[Lathe] Samson Lht-25b Turret Lathe

Ulma Doctor

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I came across one heck of a deal on a lathe on CL, a Samson LHT-25B Turret Lathe.
i had considered purchasing a second operation lathe for a while.
one very troublesome piece of equipment that i frequently service( rebuild bi-monthly:mad:) is a large conveyor system that in my opinion didn't even think of longevity in their design, they literally slapped a light duty bushing assembly together and expect it to survive in a heavy duty, harsh environment :black eye:
i have tried to purchase commercially made replacements, unfortunately i need often need custom OD's that are not in the books or are not even made.
for example, i'll have a .250" shaft but have a .560" OD requirement.
sure i can pay to have them made, but now i can set up the lathe, dial it on on any size requirement i may have (up to 1" thru spindle) and pop them out in mere seconds at a very low cost to me.
i'll be making most of these bushings from delrin, some bronze and teflon as well.

Here's the specs,
10 1/4" swing, Gear Head Speed Control (4 speeds), 2 hp 230v 3 phase, coolant feed, t slot production crossslide , 6 position auto indexing turret tailstock, 5C Collet Closer, threaded spindle.

the well made lathe was manufactured by Lin Huan, Taiwan ROC.
i plugged her into my rotary phase converter and she operated flawlessly in all speeds.
the crossslide is like silk, the turret is rigid and operates as intended and smoothly at that!
this lathe has seen very little use, the last owner was almost giving this baby away- i was happy to fill a need.
the lathe will pay for itself on the first production run :D

May i introduce you to Leah,

here's a few pictures...
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i heard this song when i picked her up this morning and found it fitting as a namesake
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thanks for reading!
 

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Hey Mike,

Nice find! and a beautiful addition to your shop.
It is always great to find a useful, well-maintained machine at a good price.
(Also nice to have the space for additional equipment.........;))

It reminds me of a turret lathe I used to run on a job years ago.
Any idea the age?

btw, I knew that song, but never knew the artist.....

-brino
 

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Nice score Mike I am sure you will provide a wonderful new home to the lathe.
 

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That should be a handy little machine, and it sounds like the price was right. Congrats on a nice score. Mike
 

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Hey Mike,

Nice find! and a beautiful addition to your shop.
It is always great to find a useful, well-maintained machine at a good price.
(Also nice to have the space for additional equipment.........;))

It reminds me of a turret lathe I used to run on a job years ago.
Any idea the age?

btw, I knew that song, but never knew the artist.....

-brino
Thanks Brino,
i'm thinking that it's 80's vintage but don't have proof yet.

Donnie Iris is famous for being unknown!
 

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Thanks Brooks & FOMOGO, i have patiently waited for the right deal and it payed of big time.
the last owner didn't have a way to make 3 phase power so he never even fired it off.
I plugged her into my RPC and she sings like angel.
i have run it through all of it's speeds and got a basic understanding of it's capabilities and operation.
i started cleaning up and general inspection.
a careless operator messed up the collet closer, i'll need a little research into what is missing.
the 5c collet can be manually tightened but the closer is inoperative at this time.
My 4 yr old son was the first to use the lathe, he drilled a 1/4" hole in some .750" delrin stock to a depth of .680".
they grow up fast....
i'll need to get a couple tool holders for the crossslide and make up some .750" straight tool holders for the turret

thanks guys for reading and commenting!
 

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Nice machine even looks like at sometime in its life it had a bar feeder hooked up . That little machine is a great find for doing production runs. I ran several different kinds and sizes of turret lathes about 35 years ago , they are fun till it gets into the thousand or so amounts. The old Warner and swazey lathes sure give you a workout I remember.
 

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Nice machine even looks like at sometime in its life it had a bar feeder hooked up . That little machine is a great find for doing production runs. I ran several different kinds and sizes of turret lathes about 35 years ago , they are fun till it gets into the thousand or so amounts. The old Warner and swazey lathes sure give you a workout I remember.
Thanks Silverbullet for reading!
the collet closer isn't functional, i have the lever but there must be some parts missing.
i'll break it down and see if there is a logical reason.
i'll be making bushings in the hundreds, so that should keep it fun
all the best
mike
 

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Hi w9jbc,
it does look a bit like a DV-59 doesn't it??
 

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Mike, I told you before that you are running out of fingers for counting your lathes. Pretty soon you will need to take off your shoes to count them all. I think there is a seven step program for that...
8^)
(nice score, I won't tell your wife...)
 

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I found some3/4" screw machine toolholders on Ebay and got em' pretty cheap!
a picture for the peanut gallery!!!
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I finally figured out the collet closer, the PO had some stuff assembled in the wrong order.
it's fully functional and ready to rock and roll :pickaxe:!!!!!
 

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here's a video of the lathe in action!

i made 2 bushings in less than 40 seconds!

thanks for reading and watching!:D
 

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Thank you very much!
she has paid for herself 4 times over already :grin:
 

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well i'm back with a new look for the lathe,
a VFD conversion with a Omron 3G3XV inverter, so i can run the 3 phase motor on single phase power
here is the video after the install and initial parameter settings

as always thanks for reading and watching!
 

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Sorry I missed the start of the thread.
This inspires me to to work toward figuring out my 1930s Gisholt #5 ram turret.
Thanks for the kick in the pants!!

Daryl
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Man I wish one would drop in my lap. Use to love running the little ones over those behemoth W&S man makers or killers . Nice job good luck with her .
 

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thanks Silverbullet,
the lil samson lathe is beautiful to work with, very simple and robust.
i like to just hear her run!
 

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Remember if you need turret tooling I have some 1" and 1 1/4 and one 1 1/5 with an adapter to 1".
That I currently have no machine to fit it to.
Got any breakdowns on the geometric die heads. One missing some parts on eBay at fair price. I have a big one that takes six cutters over an inch threads . And I want a 9/16 head.and or a 5/16 . Have lots of cutters in the small sizes.
 

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Remember if you need turret tooling I have some 1" and 1 1/4 and one 1 1/5 with an adapter to 1".
That I currently have no machine to fit it to.
I forgot all about it.
Thanks for the reminder.
Do you have a break down of what you have available?

Daryl
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Do you have a break down of what you have available?
Starting at top left 1 1/4 shank x 1 1/2 holder?
Next to it: 1" shank 2 tool bit holder missing one semi circle for one tool holder.
Next is a 1 1/2 shanked box tool with an adapter to 1"
Upper right kinda a box tool ...1" shank
lower left: 2 tool 1" shank carbide insert bits that appear to me to be turned sideways.
Lower middle: 1" shank 2 tool holder with HSS bits
Lower right: 1" shank 2 tool holder with 1 holder with a hss bit.
 
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