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    hello i just got a new lathe well new to me anyway i was trying to find some information on it cant find anything it's a leblond 15" it has a s/n on the electrical box 0-1982 & s/n o the end of the bed 8C 3710 how do you tell what year it is ? anyone have a parts break down ? or know any tricks how tighten up the F/R lever on the carriage ?
    any help is appreciated

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    gh:
    You can type in "Leblond" in the search and you will get lots of hits. Some will have the website of Leblond and you can give them a call. They will tell you all about it. I did on an old 1947 Regal and they told me the year it was made and the day it was shipped to Nashville, TN - about 40 miles to my east. Tooling is hard to find on the older ones but well worth the hunt.

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    I think the 8 means 1975.

    Here's a scan courtesy U.S. Gov't of the manual for these vintage 60's-70's. Cover page says 17" but I think it includes the 15's as well.

    http://dogpatch.com/misc/leblondregalarmy.pdf

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    Call Leblond at 513-943-5379 they are great to deal with.
    Dale

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    thanks for the fast replies i'll give them a call tomorrow

    yea i've found tooling is hard to find i've been looking for 5-c chuck & 4 jaw for it with no luck

    anyone know of any machine salvage yards in the midwest ?

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    gh:
    I am still looking for a 3 jaw chuck with 2 1/8 X 5tpi. When I get a little more experience, I plan to try and make one. I am gathering the materials a little at a time. Should you run across "bunches" of Leblond tooling and you do not need it all, please post it.

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    Hi, one thing is for sure, you´ll be surprised about the prices from leblond.
    Next time I´ll buy a diferent brand.

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    Let me know which brand is cheaper on parts.

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    What town/city are you located in gh?

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    well...Idon´t know, I´m not a pro in machining ,
    I asked the guy at leblond about an exploded view for me to order parts, instead to give me the address of manualarmyleblond.pdf, he tried to sell me a 73 dollar manual.....I think the guy is desperate about economic issue, that way, the things will go worst for american tool maker.
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    some prices for you to know from leblond.
    2-17 Gear $572.00 us dollars In stock
    2-6 + others $425.00 USD In stock
    4-4 Gear $594.00 usd in stock
    4-10 Gear $712.00 US D In stock'
    4-11 Ret Ring $5.00 usd In stock
    (pins are not required) New style.......your original gear may be a 4 gear cluster, no longer avail) use the replacement above.
    the bearing for Inter shaft and spindle ??
    see 4-2 $34.00
    4-3 $16.00
    4-8 $18.00
    4-9 $32.00
    Also: 3-9 $79.00
    3-12 $279.00
    3-13 $192.00
    3-18 $185.00
    3-19 $161.00

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    THose prices are normal for all the makes. Monarch wanted around $500 for a used handle and Clausing wanted $1000 or so for a plastic (!!!) handle.

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    or know any tricks how tighten up the F/R lever on the carriage ?
    Hi gh. Here's a link to a discussion on the loose handle:

    http://www.practicalmachinist.com/cg.../1/17609.html?

    As has been mentioned, a search here will bring up lots of reading for you. Good luck with the new toy!

    Mark

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    1. I have 3 LeBlond Regals of that vintage [all restoration projects], and am currently restoring [for my own personal, permanent use] LeBlond 15 x 54 Serial Number 8C-4956. It was completed on Dec 17, 1976, so yours should be mid-70s too.

    2. The alpha in the serial number designates the swing capacity [C=15", B = 13", etc.]; the preceding number indicates the series, and the last four digits the exact serial number.

    3. LeBlond has a toll-free number at 888-532-5663. They have been amazingly helpful to me [an old Buckeye, Ohio State class of 1960]. I have found that they have surprisingly accurate, detailed records on lathes of that vintage

    4. I found two copies of their manual #3928 on eBay for about 10 bucks each. #3928 is very helpful. I'd be glad to make a copy if it were legal to do so, Anybody know??

    5. That sleeve is a high wear item , and as I recall, LeBlond quoted $126 for a new one. I will certainly pursue the link that Chevy427z provided. Thank you, Mr. Chevy427Z.

    6. eBay always has a lot of chucks for sale. My personal 15 x 54 has the D1-6 spindle, but the others are L series. Plaza Machinery always a couple of hundred chucks on hand, almost exclusively American-made.

    Best wishes for surmountable challenges and good times with your 'new' LeBlond.

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    Copying the manual just to give away doesn't go against copyright laws to my knowledge. And to sell it, the copyright laws have surely expred.

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    Some Leblond manuals for free download here:
    http://www.bbssystem.com/viewtopic.php?t=65

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    thanks for all the replies
    i needed the manual anyway & couldn't see paying what leblond wanted so i bought one on ebay ??
    anyone ever made a new sleeve ? for 126$+ i can afford to put a little time in making one


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