A machinist can reduce everything to the tools of the trade — even a bitterly cold football game.

Bringing layers of protective, warm clothing could be seen as a machine tool standard accessory if you were attending the coldest football game ever recently hosted by the champion Kansas City Chiefs at the beginning of their playoff odyssey last January against the Miami Dolphins where it was NEGATIVE 30 degrees.

Bringing a piece of cardboard “carpet” to keep your feet warm might be seen as an optional accessory for said machinist, even though there is some debate about whether that mat keeping the cold from seeping into your boots is allowed at Arrowhead Stadium where the Chiefs play.

Luckily for machinists, LeBlond has removed the discussion of accessories from a freezing stadium and is offering UP TO 15% OFF OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES for LeBlond and K.O. Lee machinery until March 29th.

If you are interested in optional accessories like a Newall DRO system for your LeBlond mill or a 3 or 4-jaw chuck for your LeBlond lathe, give us a call at +1 (888) 532-5663 and select Option 2.


Optional Accessories vs. Standard Accessories


For newbs, let’s summarize the distinctions.

Standard accessories come with the machine tool and are crucial for its basic operation. On the other hand, optional accessories are separate purchases that enhance the machine’s capabilities and performance for specific tasks. They’re like adding power feeds for automation or digital readouts for precision.

Here’s a table for further clarification:


Feature Standard Accessories Optional Accessories
Included with machine Yes No
Essential for basic operation Yes No
Examples Lathe tool posts and brake pedals DROs, power feeds, coolant, specialized tooling
Impact on operation Necessary for functionality Enhance functionality and efficiency


Where Do I Find Accessories for LeBlond & K.O. Lee Machinery?


Our website easily breaks down standard and optional accessories for any machine on separate tabs under any model product page.

For example, if you are interested in a smaller variable-speed lathe like the RKL-1300V, you can find standard accessories here:

machine tool standard accessories

Just move over to the next tab to find optional accessories for this particular model:

machine tool optional accessories

You’ll notice images of the optional accessories and brief text on their functionality and benefits.


To Make It Even Easier…


In the coming months, LeBlond plans to add optional accessories to the machine custom quote feature


If you are interested in a machine, you will be able to not only build an RFQ for machine requirements like center distance and swing on a lathe but also add optional accessories like a Newall NMS 800 digital readout .


Further Details on LeBlond Optional Accessories Sale


  • Discounts for optional accessories only apply to new LeBlond or K.O. Lee machine sales.
  • If you are interested in multiple machines, a discount will be applied to each quote.
  • The promotion runs through March 29, 2024.


Optional Accessories Don’t Need Cardboard or Clothes


With LeBlond’s new sale, you don’t have to bring cardboard as an optional accessory to a football game in subarctic weather.

So what would a machinist call this hearty Miami Dolphins fan at the team’s freezing-cold playoff game with the Chiefs?


I think the appropriate answer is SWARF 🤣

If you are interested in LeBlond’s optional accessories sale, call a Sales Engineer at +1 (888) 532-5663 and select Option 2 (Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm Eastern). 

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We look forward to hearing from you!