Lathe Provides Stability, Precision
South Bend Lathe is introducing the Heavy 10 SB1007 10" lathe.
South Bend Lathe is introducing the Heavy 10 SB1007 10" lathe. The lathe has a 10 ¾" swing and 30" distance between centers. It also has powered carriage and cross feeds, quick-change gearbox, and all-gearhead headstock. The company designed the lathe to be heavy enough to do a variety of jobs, but light enough to be quick and responsive to the operator.
Headstock levers control the spindle speed for an available range of 55 to 2,200 rpm. A heavy-duty, 3-hp Delta variable-frequency driver inverter enables consistent torque at every speed from the three-phase motor (2 hp, two-speed) without requiring three-phase power. It includes a jog button, an outboard spindle spider for gunsmithing, a D1-4 camlock spindle, German-made spindle bearings and thick castings.
Lathes represent some of the oldest machining technology, but it’s still helpful to remember the basics when considering the purchase of a new turning machine.
With macros and canned cycles resident in the CNC on most contemporary turning centers, single point turning of OD threads can seem like almost a default process decision. However, for numerous applications, OD thread rolling has inherent advantages as an alternative to cutting threads.
The right choices in tooling and technique can optimize the thread turning process.