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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 19, 8:40 PM Thread Starter
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Our “New” Lathe Arrived last Week

For you that do not know, I am one of the Owners of R.C. Schmidt & Sons Machine Shop. We are in Houston, specializing in New Construction and Repair for the Marine Industry.

We have been looking for and upgrade for one of our long bed lathes, a 30 foot NR LeBlond.

We found a really nice 38 ft American Pacemaker up in Chicago and made a deal to get rid of the old LeBlond and acquire the newer machine.

The Lathe is twin carriage and will work 38 ft between centers. It is a hard ways machine that came out of government storage and is in excellent condition.It will make a nice addition to our shaft machining capabilities.

The Lathe arrived last Monday. We hired a Machinery Mover to handle moving the old Lathe out, loading it on a truck, and unloading the new Lathe and setting it were we want it.

Watching these two men work was a pleasure. They brought a 100,000 lb fork truck, a 15,000 lb fork truck, a couple of machinery rollers, and a truck.

They unloaded the new Lathe and placed it on their truck. They then loaded the old Lathe on the truck headed back to Chicago. They then moved the new Lathe in and set it in place.

I leveled it yesterday while my brother looked up the electrical.

Here are some pictures of the operation.

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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 19, 8:45 PM Thread Starter
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'67 Chevelle Malibu, Catalina Blue, 540 inch Rat, Air Flow Reasearch 290 CNC Heads heads, Custom Hyd Roller, .675 lift, 234, 244 at .050, Lemons Headers, Holley Multiport Fuel Injection, TCI 6X 6Speed Automatic, 12 bolt Posi Eaton TruTrac, 3:31 Richmond Gears, front and rear power disc brakes, Global West Suspension, etc.

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post #3 of 30 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 19, 9:14 PM
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Re: Our “New” Lathe Arrived last Week

WOW, bet that cost a big chunk of change

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That is one awesome lathe. The cost of transporting the 2 lathes is likely considerable. Was there no local market for the old one in Houston?
I mention the cost because I had a small home shop that I moved from Chicago to Shreveport and the cost of the moving was likely more than the value of the machines. Sold the old 16 inch South Bend in Shreveport before moving here to Tucson. Moving those machines twice was not going to happen.
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That's a beast. What's it weigh?

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That's a beast. What's it weigh?
The truck driver said 66,000 lbs.

'67 Chevelle Malibu, Catalina Blue, 540 inch Rat, Air Flow Reasearch 290 CNC Heads heads, Custom Hyd Roller, .675 lift, 234, 244 at .050, Lemons Headers, Holley Multiport Fuel Injection, TCI 6X 6Speed Automatic, 12 bolt Posi Eaton TruTrac, 3:31 Richmond Gears, front and rear power disc brakes, Global West Suspension, etc.

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When I was younger working for a class A Fl. a/c & mechanical co. we used to move large ac units with Johnny bars and 2" rigid pipe for rollers, that equipment you have would have laughed at those tools LOL, Nice equipment


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What do you turn on a 38’ lathe, flagpoles?
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Tighten it till it strips and back it off a quarter turn.
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What do you turn on a 38’ lathe, flagpoles?
Propeller shafts for inland tugboats.


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That sucka be impressive. Congrats on your score.

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Wow, that’s a chunk of steel, nice job.

Tighten it till it strips and back it off a quarter turn.
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One expensive driveshaft machine! WHOA! Never seen or heard of one that big!
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Biggest piece of machining equipment I've seen was a roll grinder at the paper mill where I used to work. They would grind rolls that were 35 ft. plus long & 6 ft. diam. for the paper machine.
Never a lathe that big.

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That is one awesome lathe. The cost of transporting the 2 lathes is likely considerable. Was there no local market for the old one in Houston?
I mention the cost because I had a small home shop that I moved from Chicago to Shreveport and the cost of the moving was likely more than the value of the machines. Sold the old 16 inch South Bend in Shreveport before moving here to Tucson. Moving those machines twice was not going to happen.
The used machinery market is a lot like the used car market. The one you have is not worth much, but the one you want is a very desirable item

The old LeBlond NR paid for its self many times over. But it was bulky, not real user friendly for the kind of work we do now, and not long enough. In short, we could make better use of the space it was taking up.

We also have a 32’ Lehman, a 26’ Kingston, and a 28’ LeBlond, all in great condition. Plus a myriad of all other machines, ie mills, slotters, saws, drill presses, welders, cranes, etc that it takes to perform the work we do.

Here is a picture of our large radial drill press. I can post some more pics if anyone is interested......

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Re: Our “New” Lathe Arrived last Week

Awesome equipment Jackie! Years ago I was responsible for building a dozen fan shrouds for a power barge headed to Guam. Those generators were 1/3 the size of my house. As much as I was in awe of the magnitude, I could only envision the machinery it took to machine the various components.
BTW, the shrouds were 15'x18' and it took a team of 4 just over 2 months to build and install them.
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