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New from Miyano, the BX-26S gang tool lathe with two spindles offers complete part machining of complex bar work (1" diameter and under) in a single setup. Two gang slides and a 3D linear turret further contributes to the lathe's precision and faster cycle times, according to the company.
Its linear turret and traverse-type identical left and right spindles, both with 5 hp, ensure stable cutting from end to end and make the lathe especially good for long shaft work, the company says. High speed turning of 8,000 rpm maximum is possible by built-in spindle motors and high-rigidity linear guides. The built-in motors with the same collet capacity also allows faster cycle times because of overlapping operations. The elimination of a guide bushing speeds up operation time with less maintenance.
The lathe also offers revolving tool (eight tools max at 4,000 rpm max), L-spindle brake, cut-off confirmation (by spindle torque), parts catcher and parts conveyor, high pressure coolant (160 psi), right spindle inner conveyor, high pressure coolant (160 psi), right spindle inner coolant and all axis rapid traverse (944 ipm) and an optional hinge-type chip conveyor (right side dscharge).
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