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    It bothered me more to see it chained to that dropdeck, picturing it flexing it's way down the road. Not really any other choice though I guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ox View Post
    They seriously picked up that lathe in one spot with one truck?
    Just trying to break it in half?
    Or was it going to scrap anyway?


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    I had the same thought at first sight of that pic. If you look you see a second smaller lift on tailstock end. Mostly hidden by drivers seat of the big lift.
    On edit I see John O beat me to it.
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    Ah!

    Now I see it.

    I was looking before, but couldn't set my eyes on it.

    This must'a been when they were moving it to the other truck.



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    Jackie said the 2 carriages allow them to cut two diameters at the same time. I believe they have 2 lathes that have a longer bed than this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ox View Post
    Well it was the new one even - not the old one.






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    Yeah...

    Obviously didn't put steel beans UNDER for the lift in that foto, either.

    Kinda "overly casual" about what was afoot, actually.

    Oh, well, time will tell. Whatever it was then, it is now what it is NOW.

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    I'm glad that lathe is in Texas, it is to big for anywhere else

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob F. View Post
    I'm glad that lathe is in Texas, it is to big for anywhere else
    United States Steel essentially covered an island only a bit over five miles long as what became an ordnance works that served War One, and after.

    Neville Island, PA: Communities of World War I

    Skinflints didn't see the point in shipping their best ordnance steel huge distances at great cost only to have the most of it turnt into chip that had to be shipped BACK to feed their hungry furnaces!

    Aerial view of Neville Island | Historic Pittsburgh

    Texas is surely larger, but then, making chips ain't the only thing they do.

    Some o' them randy Texians even share their blanket with wimmin' instead of machine-tools.

    Others are impartial.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Butch Lambert View Post
    A friend just had his new to him lathe delivered and he leveled and took any twist out.
    Our New Lathe Arrived This Morning.
    I am the owner of this “new” Lathe. My shop is R.C. Schmidt & Sons Marine Machine Shop in Houston.

    We have been looking for a newer, longer Lathe to replace the NR LeBlond we have had since 1978. We found this Lathe at Belmont Machinery in Chicago. It is a 1959 American Pacemaker. It will work 38’ between centers.

    The Lathe came out of government storage. It was originally used in a shop that manufactured prop shafts for submarines. It is dual carriage, ( a huge plus in our line of work), and is in excellent condition.

    We do marine work, mainly propeller shafts for push boats. These shafts range from 5 inches in diameter to 12 inches, and from 18 ft to 30+ feet in length. We do both new construction and repair. While our specialty is long shafts, we do any type of general machine work coming out of shipyards.

    We are the premier shop for this type of work in the Houston/Gulf coast area.

    I spent yesterday leaving the machine, the electrical will be hooked up Monday.

    By the way, some of your fears about the handling of the Lathe are unfounded. These men knew exactly what they were doing and were a pleasure to watch.

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    Those forks must be made of some seriously tough shit. HT'd 4340? For that load, they don't seem all that thick at the heel.

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    Most fork truck forks are 4140, some 4340.

    I have drilled holes in them before and my best guess would be a typical fork is tempered to around 36 RC hardness.

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    Better be good steel toe boots.

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    Here is a picture from a different view of the Lathe supported by both fork trucks.

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    They say that Shaft Maker is a bad Mother*******!

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    [QUOTE=JACKIE SCHMIDT;3455032]I am the owner of this “new” Lathe. My shop is R.C. Schmidt & Sons Marine Machine Shop in Houston.

    Do you have a website?

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    [QUOTE=davehud;3457808]
    Quote Originally Posted by JACKIE SCHMIDT View Post
    I am the owner of this “new” Lathe. My shop is R.C. Schmidt & Sons Marine Machine Shop in Houston.

    Do you have a website?
    No, we do not. Fact is, we never saw the need for one. The majority of the people in our industry know us.

    Amazingly, we are the only shop in the Houston Metro area that does the kind of work we do. We have no CNC equipment. The type of work we specialize in simply does not lend its self to The advantages that CNC equipment offers, especially in the repair sector.

    We have 13 employees, not counting myself and my two brothers.

    We have been incorporated since 1964. Our shop moto is “giving people the shaft since 1964”

    https://www.practicalmachinist.com/v...8&d=1576241195
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    If you're interested in any more large long bed lathes near you, get a hold of Timken-Boring Specialities there in north Houston. They used to have a couple of 36" Lehmann hollow spindle lathes there with 38 foot one piece beds on them. That's if Timken hasn't already moved that stuff out of there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BGL View Post
    They say that Shaft Maker is a bad Mother*******!
    That's a great theme tune.

    Regards Tyrone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JACKIE SCHMIDT View Post
    ... We have been incorporated since 1964. Our shop motto is “giving people the shaft since 1964” ...
    What a great motto! Love it.

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    can you trepan full length 36 ft shaft?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JHOLLAND1 View Post
    can you trepan full length 36 ft shaft?
    No. We have machined shafts with a hole through the center, but there are services in the area that perform the trepanning.

    The hole in a Prop Shaft is usually to contain the control rod for a variable pitch propeller system.

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