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Hurco’s TM18L is a true slant-bed lathe with a maximum cutting length of 79.4" (approximately 2 m) to accommodate longer stock for the energy and mining industries. The 15-ton turning center is designed to handle heavy stock without vibration or chatter, the company says. The steady rest supports long stock sizes, a two-speed gearbox provides high torque, and optional chuck sizes range to 24".
The turning center features 17" × 80" X- and Z-axis travels, a 25.6" swing-over cross-slide, 6.5" bar capacity, and 787-ipm rapids. The 1.6-K, 53.6-hp spindle features 1,252 foot-pounds of torque at 225 rpm.
The control, which is powered by WinMax, enables users to program on the shop floor with the company’s conversational programming or to download files directly from their CAD/CAM workstations.
The 2016 Capital Spending Survey
The machine tool market bottomed in the summer of 2016, but will continue to rebound in 2017 as shops invest in technology for unattended operation.