Axminster Engineer Series SC8-AX1 Lathe

Code: 505113

Axminster Engineer Series SC8-AX1 Lathe

Code: 505113

£2,599.50 (£2,166.25 Ex. VAT)

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Key Features

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  • Medium capacity, high quality lathe suitable for workshop or school use
  • Electronically variable spindle speed range of 100-2,500rpm
  • 1,500W high torque, brushless motor provides plenty of power
  • Metric and imperial thread cutting, simple gearbox settings
  • Integral splash guard and drip tray, and optional floor stand
  • Full range of accessories available, tooling, steadies etc.
  • Converts to a multi-purpose machine with the milling attachment

In Detail

This is a very fine medium sized bench lathe with many modern conveniences. As you would expect, the bed is made from high tensile cast iron with induction hardened slideways. Power is provided by a 1,500W brushless DC high torque motor, with all functions controlled by a push button panel. A 130mm 3-jaw self centring chuck is provided, driven by a 54mm diameter spindle supported on adjustable tapered roller bearings, with a 25mm through bore. The carriage is powered in both axis, giving faster, smoother cuts and smoother facing; a clever interlock prevents accidental engagement, plus an overload clutch is fitted to the carriage drive shaft. Selection of either feed speeds or thread pitches is via a simple twin gearbox arrangement, the conversion between metric or imperial threads being just one gear wheel change. There is also a tumbler gear set-up to allow LH threading. The tailstock has cam locking and taper spindle offset; the tailstock ram lead screw is also very accurately made. All the controls are grouped on the front face of the headstock, with the spindle speed being clearly indicated. A locking "E" stop switch and an interlocked steel chuck guard are included. A 4-way tool post is fitted which will take tooling up to 16mm shank size. A swarf tray is also included, helping to keep the workshop clean.

This is the basic version of this lathe, which can be tailored to your requirements with many optional accessories such as a floor stand, 2-axis digital read-out (DRO), quick change tool post, faceplates, steadies etc. Another very useful component is a powered milling attachment, which bolts to the rear of the bed and plugs into its own power outlet. Based on the SX2 mill, this creates a very versatile machining centre.

For those looking for a more complete lathe (with stand, DRO, coolant system and work lamp), please look at the SC8-AX2 505114. This is a completely factory made with integrated wiring etc. and may be well suited to the education sector or small component making.

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Centre Height 140mm
Cross Slide Travel 155mm
Distance Between Centres 750mm
Max Diameter over Bed 280mm
Model SC8
Nett Weight 205kg
Overall L x W x H 1,500 x 750 x 630mm
Power 1,500W (230V)
Rating Engineer
Spindle Bore 25mm
Spindle Speed 100-2,500
Thread Pitch Range 0.25-2.5mm (14 thread pitches), 12-96tpi (9 thread pitches).
Top Slide Travel 80mm
Headstock Taper 4MT
Tailstock Taper 2MT
Reviews (1)

Reviews (1)


Robert Varns

19 June 2016

A quality Lathe

new to engineering Lathes. My 1st one.
Great help and advice from Sittingbourne branch from a very knowledgeable engineer.
Definitely gave me the right advice and well pleased with it's performance on my fist main project.
Purchased add ons like the face plate which has been superb.
Cannot fault it's performance. It's quiet and easy to use.

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