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    Ok here's a real machine....Lodge & Shipley 20" x 102" Lathe

    If that can't get the job done nothing will...can't kill it !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtndew View Post
    Could be nowadays, but back in the mid late 90's we bought a ltc 50 series 10 foot between centers for $150k new.
    /shrug
    I have to make something like that for my Minko. Roller rest.

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    I'd take a look at a mazak slant 50.

    Whatever you get, I'd look at live tooling. With an adjustable live tool, those angled hole are easy.
    Last edited by npok; 05-22-2015 at 12:06 AM. Reason: Added thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by npok View Post
    I'd take a look at a mazak slant 50.

    Whatever you get, I'd look at live tooling. With an adjustable live tool, those angled hole are easy.
    The swing on the Mazak Slant 50 isn't large enough, it is only 32". The closest thing I can find as hanermo pointed out is a Haas TL-4. We might but have to make the 35" swing work and all our manual lathe tooling would adapt to it very easily.

    I was looking into live tooling at first. I was told to stay away from it because the programming overhead would be to high for our small build quantities.

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    Nonsense.
    Programming live tools is like programming anything else -
    dead easy once you know how.

    Essentially, its just a vertical mill with 4th pushed onto its nose.
    (== A horizontal).
    Same commands, feeds, speeds, rules just less Hp and torque with smaller tools.

    Live tooling is great if you have that type of product.
    Only you know that..


    Quote Originally Posted by sundewzer View Post
    I was looking into live tooling at first. I was told to stay away from it because the programming overhead would be to high for our small build quantities.

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    If the bottle neck is the hole patterns and your on a budget. Why not find a programmable rotary table or tables that meet your requirements? Fixture the table to meet your needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JS View Post
    If the bottle neck is the hole patterns and your on a budget. Why not find a programmable rotary table or tables that meet your requirements? Fixture the table to meet your needs.
    With the frame being 40" long I haven't came across much that would fit it under the spindle. I found a Haas VS3 but it is more then the 5 axis. I feel the 5 axis would save us a lot of time and money on jigs and setup, but if I know that for sure I wouldn't be here asking for your guy's experience opinions.

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    I think some window shopping might help you along.

    https://www.machinetools.com/en


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