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 setup 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 12mm 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.
|Cross Slide Travel||155mm|
|Distance Between Centres||750mm|
|Max Diameter over Bed||280mm|
|Overall L x W x H||1,500 x 750 x 630mm|
|Thread Pitch Range||0.25-2.5mm (14 thread pitches), 12-96tpi (9 thread pitches).|
|Top Slide Travel||80mm|
19 June 2016
A quality Lathenew to engineering Lathes. My 1st one.