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The TL-1 toolroom lathe combines the functionality and simplicity of a manual lathe with the power and flexibility of the Haas CNC system, according to the company. The lathe provides a maximum cutting diameter of 16" and a maximum cutting length of 30". The maximum part swing is 16" over the front apron and 8.5" over the cross slide. The lathe features a 7.5-hp (peak) vector drive spindle that spins to 1,800 rpm, and it comes standard with an A2-5 spindle nose that accepts a number of optional chucks. For additional part support, an optional manual tailstock is available that provides 30" of travel. Brushless servomotors on all axes provide precise positioning, and a one-piece cast-iron base damps vibration and provides rigidity for heavy cuts. The lathe runs on either single- or three-phase power and operates in three modes.
In combined manual/CNC mode, the lathe provides jog travel limits, motorized feeds and index jogging. In full CNC, all axes are controlled by the Haas control via a G-code program.
The toolroom lathe comes standard with 1 MB of program memory and Visual Quick Code, a proprietary conversational programming system with a graphical interface. Through an interactive graphical environment, the control software guides the operator through the steps necessary to create a part program. According to the company, operations that would be difficult on a manual machine, such as compound angles, radiuses, tapers, profiles, ID and OD threading and rigid tapping, are all possible on the lathe--without knowledge of G-code programming.
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