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FREE TRACER 32V Bar Feeder
Package Price starts at $274,900
FREE TRACER 51V Bar Feeder
Package Price starts at $299,900
FREE TRACER 51V Bar Feeder
Package Price starts at $299,900
Number of Axes 11 11 11
Number of Channels 3 3 3
Bar Capacity (Front/Rear) 32 mm / 32 mm 38 mm / 38 mm 45 mm / 45 mm
Guide Bushing Type Synchronous Synchronous Synchronous
Main Spindle 10 HP / 8,000 RPM 10 HP / 8,000 RPM 20 HP / 6,000 RPM
Sub Spindle 3 HP / 8,000 RPM 3 HP / 8,000 RPM 7.5 HP / 6,000 RPM
Max. Turn Length 11″ 11″ 4.72″
Total Tools 29 29 24
Fixed Tools (Front/Rear) 13 / 4 13 / 4 9 / 4
Live Tools (Front/Rear) 8 / 4 8 / 4 7 / 4
Live Tools 1.3 HP / 6,000 RPM 1.3 HP / 6,000 RPM 1.3 HP / 6,000 RPM
C Axis Contouring Main / Sub Main / Sub Main / Sub
CNC Control FANUC 31iT FANUC 31iT FANUC 31iT
Weight 8,140 lbs. 8,140 lbs. 8,800 lbs.

Why do they call it a Swiss?

Pretty much the reason you would think — the Swiss lathe originated in Switzerland! First used to make fine threaded parts and small shafts for the Swiss watch industry, the machines were later used to make intricate gun parts. However, those early nineteenth century watchmakers would hardly recognize the CNC Swiss machines of today. The early machines utilized a disc cam to rotate tooling to a workpiece, which was held in place by a collet and supported by a guide bushing. Disc cams moved the tools in a radial motion while simultaneously altering the headstock position. Swiss machines improved by leaps and bounds in the 1970s, with computer numerical controls (CNC) replacing cams.

When is it worth it to buy a Swiss lathe?

A Swiss lathe is a great option for shops that run high volume parts and need lights-out capabilities. Changeover on a Swiss lathe is minimal, especially when running a family group of similar style parts together. Another benefit is that Swiss machining is able to produce parts to high accuracy specifications, which means reduced costs from returned parts.

Why is the Swiss machine tooling capacity significant?

CNC Swiss machines can accommodate 20 or more tools in the tool zone, many with live tooling. When combined with a sub-spindle and backworking stations, this array of tools can virtually eliminate the need for secondary operations on complex parts, allowing Swiss machines to produce finished, ready-to-ship components.
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