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Methods Machine Tools’ Feeler FT-series high-performance CNC turning centers feature an all-boxway design to increase cutting capacity. The series includes four models: FT-200, FT-250, FT-350 and FT-350L. All models feature a single-piece structure with box ways, 45-degree slant-bed and robust base to increase rigidity during heavy cutting appliccations. FEA analysis is used to ensure a solid machine base with structural rigidity and stability.
Additional design features include a more rigid Z axis and tailstock rail to maximize support and provide accurate tracking, the company says. The machines also feature a spindle headstock with a Feeler sleeve-type spindle and a high-rigidity servo turret that includes clamping with curvic coupling for stable and swift tool changes. The machines are equipped with a 7.5-hp milling motor with 51.6 foot-pounds of torque for multitasking capabilities.
The machines offer a FANUC 0i-TD control and a 12-station turret. Four different gearboxes and two spindle types are available. Spindles range from 2,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm and chuck diameters range from 8" to 15" (210 to 381 mm). Bar capacity ranges from 2.6" to 4.5" (65 to 115 mm). Maximum turning diameter ranges from 13.0" to 25.0" (330 to 620 mm), and maximum turning length ranges from 21" to 60.2" (530 to 1,530 mm).
A BMT-65 tool system features a solid interface for tool holding. Servo-programmable tailstock is standard. A fully enclosed CE cabinet prevents dust and fumes from entering for machine component longevity.
The Feeler CNC lathes and turning centers include the HT-series, FTC-series and FT-series. The full range of Feeler machines includes VMCs, turning centers, bridge mills and boring mills.