This is the high specification version of this very fine medium sized bench lathe which has 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 150mm 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, 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 spindle taper offset; the tailstock ram leadscrew is 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.
This version is built onto the floor stand and is fitted with a 2-axis digital read-out, a built-in coolant system and a work light, resulting in a ready-to-use (bar cleaning and adjusting) lathe with the most useful options factory fitted. All of the other accessories for the SC8-AX1 model are available, such as fixed and travelling steadies, self powered milling attachment, faceplate, 4-jaw chuck, collet chuck etc. This is a most comprehensively specified lathe, suitable for serious model engineering, small component making and educational use.
|Centre Height||140 mm|
|Cross Slide Travel||155 mm|
|Distance Between Centres||750 mm|
|Max Diameter over Bed||280 mm|
|Overall L x W x H||1,500 x 750 x 630mm|
|Spindle Bore||25 mm|
|Thread Pitch Range||0.25-2.5mm (14 thread pitches), 12-96tpi (9 thread pitches).|
|Top Slide Travel||80 mm|
1 March 2017
Very Good MachineIve had this Lathe for a good few months now and can honestly say it is exceptional. more than enough torque and the speed range is excellent. very precise and very well made, solid machine. Had a few hick-ups with one than was sent out initially, which axminster immediately rectified. The customer service is second to none and tech support too. The only negative which is why i gave it 4/5 for this machine is that for some reason you can no longer get hold of the travelling and fixed steady, which really are necessary once you start working on anything over 200mm from the chuck.