- May 27, 2010
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LeBlonde Lathes.A good friend hurt himself very badly. He has many many years of experience as a machinist and gunsmith. He has a wonderfull shop.
The machine is a big Lablond, 15x56 or there abouts. He has a phase changer in the shop to run it.
He made a magnetic system to hold his lathe tool holders. It was located behind the lathe and above. He was making a cut and reached over the spindle to put a tool away. The work was rough enough to grab his sleeve. The work wound his arm up around it several times. It pulled his head down to the chuck and cut off part of his ear. Just then the circut breaker kicked off. If he had been running faster the inerta would have killed him. If running slower the torque would have killed him.
Finding himself alone and wrapped up in the machine he was able to kick the clutch petal and unwind himself. He was able to call 911 and get help.
He had several compound fractures of the bones in his arm and his hand was mangled. This thumb is ruined. The arm healed up pretty well. Modern medicine amazes me. He is still getting around and making lots of great projects and having fun.
Gads, It makes me queasy to write this.
I bought two LeBlonde Precision Lathes for the Singapore compressor plant.Proud to say were made in Singapore by LeBlonde Singapore. Leblonde Singapore Plant was later sold to Makino,Japan.They make CNC Machine Centres. FMS n FMC etc.
These were the best lathe I ever had. Will take very light cuts and gives good finishing basis the right cutter and feed rate and rpm.