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...Is it a bird??...no....is it a plane?....no.....It's a LANG Lathe!!

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Hello All,

20 years plus picking up & restoring old machines, this has to be one of the most spirited or daring one to date......

I picked up a LANG lathe recently where it was located in a tiny little shed. This lathe has sat in the same shed for 60 or so years where a housing estate was built up around it ruling out all possible extraction options be it fork truck or rollers. There was no option but to hire a crane and lift skywards, over the house and onto an awaiting trailer. It a sight to behold....terrifying in fact!

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Here's the old girl.....a beauty of an old LANG lathe....all 2.5tons of her....

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The heavy lift arrives and sets up..................

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Oh look at the strain on that mast....a little worrying at this stage... lol....

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It was nail biting stuff where the lathe cleared a house and hovers directly over a car.....the owner at his window looking out and wondering what the hell???!!! ...LOL

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Thanks be to God, safely down to earth, tied up and ready for the road.......

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In position and ready for a good clean down and new oil. She needs an electric motor and some set up but its in top order. She's a real beauty. Delighted with the day's work.

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Some times paying the Pro's is the cheapest way to go.  When I bought my large screwpress  I cheerfully paid a rigger US$35 to load it onto my vehicle---even though I had only paid $50 for the beast to start with!  (appx 7' tall with a 42" toroid, Hopkins #2). Every other vehicle on my way home avoided my truck making the trip much smoother if slow...

That lathe looks like it *wants* to do a good days work!

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Absolutely agree with you there Thomas. This case I had no choice, there was no way out. That said. Enter an area of risk and you take on something like that and get brave with a lift and move.....it can kick you in the ass big time. Not a chance would I touch it, way too dangerous. Pro's exactly, set up, lift and on my trailer in less than an hour.

I'm really looking forward cleaning this lathe up and getting it going. It's done very little work, backlash is minimum, slides good and tight...a good clean and oil up and she's ready for work. 

 

 

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What many people don't realize is that the primary cause of major damage to machine tools is *moving* them.  They get dropped, the trailer turns turtle, their binders fail, etc and what was once a glorious piece of machinery becomes low grade scrap metal---and if you are LUCKY it doesn't involve an A&E/ER visit! (Had a friend moving a 250 pound LG powerhammer in a truck designed to haul rock. He was going to use the hydraulic tilt bed to set it down upright; but it caught in the very dinged up floor. He went in to see if he could help it with a crowbar and it suddenly shifted and he was 15' away on top of the cab of the truck. No indication of him moving between the two locations. None!  Then he agreed to my suggestion and rented a semi wrecker that for US$50 set it up in place *safely*.)

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Underestimate a lift and that can happen, very easily. These old girls don't like moving so at the least give it the respect by a generous factor of safety with lifting tackle. This lift was planned a week ago where the crane men were out to access the project. A risk assessment if you like. One week later the gear arrives and the job was done. I couldn't be happier. Professionals at their best. Top class service. 

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