This is how the Schaublin 135 looked when I bought it. At that moment I didn’t realize what a huge task it would be to get it in proper working order.

Yes, somewhere it has the original Schaublin blue color.

The tailstock ram was ok.

The slide ways were heavily corroded. There was no chance of getting this machine in a good working condition without having the bed regrinded.

Also the exterior parts of the apron with support and cross slide had a lot of wear and corrosion.

Worn ways of the apron.

Before I started scraping on the lathe parts, I bought and read the books “Machine tool reconditioning” by Edward F. Connelly, and “Basic scraping modern methods” by Michael Morgan. I then spent 3 months practicing scraping on different cast iron items. To quote Michael Morgan; “Scraping is not some dark craft that only an initiated few can learn. It is true that natural ability will determine to a large part how skilled one may become at this or any craft, but nearly anyone can learn the basics easily. No human sacrifices necessary”

Gear Box.

Gear box painted and starting to reassemble all the gears and levers.

Despite having taken a lot of photos and made a lot of drawings, I messed up the gear shifting cams. On every cam there are numbers stamped, and this gives the right orientation. When I dismantled the gearbox I was not able to see the numbers because of old oil, rust and debris. Luckily the Schaublin factory provided me with drawings of how to reassemble the cams properly.

Spindle head with the 3 super precision bearings.

The original bearings had to be replaced. Run out on the spindle nose is now less than 0.001 mm. As a test, free turning on a 200 mm long bar shows only 0.001 mm diameter difference.

Regrinding of the lathe bed was done by a highly specialized company in Germany. According to some, this company has skills superior to the Schaublin factory. This is the wooden case made for transport to Germany. Before I shipped the parts I removed the rust by means of emery paper and diamond hones. That’s the reason for the grinding marks on the parts in this photo.

The original Schaublin blue is a very nice color, but I decided to paint it green. It looks more modern in this way, but there are days when I do have a little regret that I didn’t paint it in its original color.

Finally I would like to thank Rüdiger Krämer from in Germany for all his help and support to get this machine up and running. His knowledge about machine reconditiong is amazing. He has incredible skills and his workshop in Germany is state of the art. His everlasting encouragement has been invaluable. I would never had been able to complete this work without his help.

Gilles THOMAS 18.08.2022 19:40


This machine is not an ordinary lathe. Its a dream !

Morgan Pillay 08.02.2022 05:36

Dear Sir
My son manged to get his hands on Schaublin 135. He requires a wiring diagram that is not cut off like on many of the online manuals.

Michael 08.12.2021 23:26

I have also owned a 135 for almost 25 years they are a superbly built machine, I am now semi retired and hopefully will overhaul the 135 also.

Edvind 29.06.2020 15:28

Kevin. Preload is correct when there is no play in de spindle.

kevin 29.06.2020 00:32

HI i have a a question when you removed the main spindel was it easy ? hot do you insure you have put it back with the same thust applied?

Pablo 18.05.2020 07:01

Nice job, congratulation is very interesting, I' have own a Schaublin 1966, I bought it in 2003. I writing from Lima Perú.

Fredrik 27.06.2019 12:37

Thank you for sharing all these beautiful machines and the ongoing restauration.
I have recently bought a Schaublin 135 from the 1970.

Ton van Dijk 07.06.2019 15:38

I'm also an owner and user of a 135 type schaublin. I purschased it from the German company here above mentioned. It is really a great machine to work wi

Rauf Quliyev 30.03.2019 17:05

Haw many maney ?

SENTHIL JAYAKUMAR S L 15.11.2018 12:48


We own a Schaublin 135 lathe, In between we lost the cross slide JIB. Can we have dwg for the same. Our email and +91 9902024771.

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