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    Default Leblond heavy duty lathes

    I had a question about the LeBlond heavy duty series of lathes that I cannot seem to get a handle on. Was hoping to get a clearer picture if someone here can help out. I was wondering what the distinction was between models like the NK, NI, NFL, etc. I am referring to the final generation of the manual “super lathes”. Obviously they were all built like brick S#*@ houses, but what separated them? I assume one was a sliding bed model, but that is just a guess. Have done some digging around but maybe I missed it.

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    Have you looked at Tony's web site?

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    If you use Duckduckgo to search for online images, it is possible to make a informed guess as to what the the differences were between the lathe models.

    Tony's images are for the NFL and NK series.

    This dealer has a NFL series model:
    LeBlond NFL in Holland, OH, USA

    This dealer has a NK series model:
    https://vanderzielmachinery.com/wp-c.../02/13984a.jpg

    This dealer has a NI series model:
    30" X 48" LEBLOND MODEL #NI HEAVY DUTY ENGINE LATHE: STOCK #68184

    There are significant changes to the headstock design as the models progressed from the NI to the NK and finally to the NFL series.
    Last edited by Robert R; 09-18-2019 at 11:47 PM.

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    Thanks for the link. I have checked out these pages but I do not think there is an explanation of the differences in the models that are referred to in the text. Maybe someone can shed a bit more light?

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    Sorry Robert, I did not move down to see the rest of your reply. I appreciate your digging up the different links with the models. I need to pay more attention!


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