Flat Bed Lab-Turn CNC Lathe - LTF5

Flat Bed Lab-Turn CNC Lathe - Main View
Flat Bed Lab-turn CNC Lathe - with full enclosure and safety locks
Flat Bed Lab-Turn CNC Lathe - Easy access to tailatock end of the machine
Flat Bed Lab-Turn CNC Lathe - End view of the Narrow LTF5
Flat Bed Lab-Turn CNC Lathe - Easy operator access
Flat Bed Lab-Turn CNC Lathe - 5" 3-Jaw Chuck, Toolpost and Tailstock
Flat Bed Lab-Turn CNC Lathe - Rear View with access to electrical panel
Flat Bed Lab-Turn CNC Lathe - Easy access to chip and coolant collection tank
Flat Bed Lab-Turn CNC Lathe - Servo spindle motor and spindle end/bore
Additional Options:
  • · 4-Turret Automatic Toolpost  $499
  • · Hydraulic 5" 3-Jaw Chuck $4,439
  • · Manual Turning Operator's
  •   Station $2,055
  • · Siemens 808D Advanced $2,246
  • · Siemens Servo Spindle Motor Upgrade $1,390
  • · Single Bar Feeder $3,699
  • · Automatic Bar Feeder $11,919
  • · 5 HP Spindle Motor Upgrade $543
Warranty:
- 18 months on the LTF5 
- 3 years total (2+1) on the Siemens 808D Control

Flat Bed Lab-TURN CNC Lathe

LTF5, 5 HP Servo Spindle

5" Chuck, Quick Change Toolpost, Tail Stock
Built to high precision standards, the LTF5 flat bed lab-TURN CNC lathe is built on a heavy cast base and stand.  This LTF5 has additional features that qualify this rugged, robust lathe as a production grade CNC lathe.
The added advantage of this lathe is it's narrow foot print that allows it to fit through a 3' door.  This narrow guage lathe is perfect for small shop settings where you've been wondering how you'll fit a machine in.
The heavy, 33" wide cast base on this flat bed CNC lab-TURN lathe weighs over a ton.  Get real-world industrial precision results from a machine that has a foot print of under 20 square feet.
The LTF5 has a closed loop system and servo drives - allowing for rigid tapping and spindle location ID.  This lathe comes standard with the Siemens 808D CNC Control with conversational programming and on-screen programming assists.
The LTF5 flat bed lab-turn CNC lathe has the same components and features of our other industrial grade machines - like Schneider electronics, Siemens motors and drives and PMI balls screws.
The difference with this machine is that it is designed to fit in small places.  Great for small R & D shops or production settings that are in small, narrow spaces.  Also works well for education and home shops
Order the LTF5 "Lab-TURN" Lathe
And Get These FREE Bonus Items:
LTF5 Flat Bed Lab-TURN Machine: 
Siemens Control System (with Registration):
  • Additional 1 Year In-Field Warranty from Siemens USA
  • FREE Permanent Copy of Siemens 808D Simulator
  • FREE Access to Siemens USA Webinar Training Series
Fusion 360 CAD/CAM Program:
Price: $19,359.00
LTF5 CNC Lathe
Flat Bed "Lab-TURN" CNC Lathe
Weighs over a ton - Yet fits through a 3' Door

Heavy, compact production machine with features and capacity to match larger production lathes.  A lot of capacity pressing into a small, narrow package.

Even with its big lathe capabilities - it is designed narrow enough to fit through a 3' door.  We call it the Lab-TURN because it can fit through aisles and narrow spaces and sit well in compact corners where other lathes of comparable capacity just won't fit.

Perfect for R & D prototyping, school settings with limited space or urban production shops.

It's a lot of machine for the price, and it won't take up a lot of room.

Performance Details:
  • Siemens 808D CNC Control
  • Servo Motors and Drives on X/Z
  • Closed Loop System
  • Manual 5" 3 Jaw Chuck
  • Quick-Change Tool Post
  • Manual Tail Stock
  • 50-3000 Spindle RPM
  • 5 HP Servo Spindle
  • Travel: X = 10”/Z = 12”
  • Feed Rate: 240 IPM X/360 IPM Z
  • Efficient Ergonomic Design

Warranty Details:

  • 18 months on the LTF5
  • 3 years total (2+1) on the Siemens 808D Control
New Videos:
Production Machine - Fits Through 3' Door: The LTF5 is designed to have production grade features, but fit through narrow paths and fit small spaces.
Manual Turning Mode: Operate the LTF5 as a CNC machine, or switch to manual mode and turn parts as you would using a manual lathe. Expanded conversational programming capabilities.

LTF5 - Flat Bed "Lab-TURN" CNC Lathe - Features/Benefits

Lathe Machine - Features/Benefits
Built for Production - Fits Through a 3’ DoorHeavy foundation, precision components and quality design assure production capabilities similar to bigger machines. Compact design fits into small places - base casting is 34" wide. Good for labs, schools, garages, etc.
Heavy Castings with Cast BaseCompact machine design is highly rigid and weighs over 3200 lbs. Very high weight-to-work cube ratio, assuring higher precision and quality results, even when taking heavy cuts. Amazing weight and precision for small floor space requirement.
Full EnclosureMachine is completely enclosed with a sliding front access door, and easy access panels on tailstock end, and machine back side. Coolant and chips are enclosed and properly recycled. Electromagnetic lock keeps operator safe.
1.18” Spindle Bore/5” ChuckComes standard with 5” manual 3-jaw chuck and A2-4 spindle nose. Optional pneumatic system or hydraulic chuck system available. Adaptable for an automatic bar feeder, and live tooling.
Quick Change Tool PostQuick change tool post allows for convenient tooling changes by using lower cost standard sized tooling. Useful in small part run operations, machine shops and prototyping - situations where you are changing tooling more often.
Manual Tail StockWith nearly 7” of travel on the tail stock and 3.2” of quill travel.
Solid Box WaysTraditional way design has several advantages - including the ability to take heavy cuts and handling heavier work pieces. Induction hardened and ground for precision and long life.
Center Mounted Ball ScrewEliminates torque on the ball screw - improving dynamic properties of the machine and increasing component life. Also provides better protection of the ball screw.
Telescoping CoversStainless steel telescoping guards provide maximum protection of guideways and ball screw from chips and coolant.
Tool Box and ToolsA set of the basic tools required for maintenance are included with this lathe. Gives you what you need to get your machine up and running, and for routine maintenance.
Foundation PadsHeavy machined leveling pads that adjust the height to keep your machine aligned and balanced. Solid multi-point contact with shop floor reduces vibrations and increases accuracy.
Drive System - Features/Benefits
5 HP Servo Spindle DrivePlenty of power to match the machine’s capacity.  Capable of rigid tapping and spindle positioning.
50-3000 Spindle Speed RangeInfinitely variable speed ranges, from 50 to 3000 RPMs. No need for changing gears or belts.
Schneider Electrical ComponentsOne reason we can offer an 18 month machine warranty is because of the recognized quality and reliabilty of Schneider Electrical components. Highest reliability rating - highy efficient design reduces power usage.
Feed Rates: 240 IPM on X / 320 on YFaster speeds equals higher production rates. The Siemens industrial control, axis servo drive system and linear ways provide the power and control that allows for higher speeds - many times faster then competitive systems.
Safety/Operation - Features/Benefits
Ergonomic Control Panel and Operator InterfaceMachine control panel adjusts and rotates up to 90 degrees. High tactile buttons, manual pulse generator, and convenient cycle start buttons improve operator convenience, efficiency, and safety.
Manual Pulse GeneratorHandheld pendant that allows operator to be independent from the main control panel. The rotating knob generates pulses that are sent to the machine control, allowing the operator to move the lathe in a predetermined distance wiht each click of the knob detent.
Automatic Lubrication SystemLubricates all wear points during machine operation at continuous time intervals. Benefits include: reduced labor, material costs and significant extension of bearing life.
Programmable Coolant SystemControl coolant flow at the control panel using standard M-Codes. Cycle times can be significantly reduced, while feeding and cutting speeds can be significantly increased. Proper cooling extends life of cutting tools.
Work LightFocused lighting elements increase operator efficiency and reduce fatigue. This light is flicker resistant, waterproof, and resistant to both cooling and lubricants. It is also resitant to impacts and vibrations. 
Tri-Color Alarm LightGreen light turns red when control alarm recognizes a machining error or machine malfunction. An operator standing away from the machine is visually alerted by the activated alarm light when machining cycle is finished or machine errors out.
Siemens 808D CNC Control - Features/Benefits
Closed Loop SystemSystem directly monitors motor position and velocity in real time. The system then automatically makes corrections to assure correct tool positioning. High accuracy and maximum parts quality ensures a minimal rejection rate. Also assures smoother surface finishes.
Siemens Servos and DrivesAchieves rapid acceleration and higher speeds - maintains high torque throughout speed range. Motor is highly efficient - and it stays cool. Quiet at high speeds - vibration free operation.
Ideal for CNC BeginnersIdeal for entry level CNC users, the innovative integrative start-GUIDE from Siemens provides an on-line digital help function on every screen. Helpful instructions are available anytime - at a push of a button.
Simple & Intuitive InterfaceWell designed conversational programming functions and Wizards from Siemens help streamline programming at the control panel. All Siemens 808D controls come standard with this SINUMERIK Operate BASIC functionality.
Compact and RobustIndustrial panel design with hardened features is ideal for harsh environments. Small compact design matches smaller machines tools like the AutoMate CNC line.
USB Connector - Easily Handles Large FilesThis unique Siemens function allows for the streaming of large program files direct from a USB. Large files are no longer a concern - other CNC systems lack this robust level of functionality.
Built-In HelpsSeveral Siemens provided “assists” help streamline programming functions. One example would be Hot Keys. With the Hot Key function, machine operators can easily access commonly used screens using operator defined hot keys.
GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS - AUTOMATE CNC LAB-TURN LATHES
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Model NameLTF5  Flat Bed Lab-TURN LatheLTS5 Slant Bed Lab-TURN Lathe
Price$19,359$24,363
TURNING CAPACITIES
Max. Swing Over Bed10”12.5”
Max. Swing Over Carriage3.25” over gang plate, 5.25" with gang plate removed3.25” over gang plate, 5.25" with gang plate removed
Max. Length of Workpiece12”12”
Machine Repeatability.0002”.0002”
TRAVELS & FEED RATES
X Axis6.3”7.5”
Z Axis12”12.75”
X-Axis Rapids240 IPM240 IPM
Z-Axis Rapids240 IPM240 IPM
Max. Cutting Speed100 IPM100 IPM
SPINDLE
Spindle Power5 HP5 HP
RPM Range50-300050-3000
Spindle Bore1.3”1.3”
Spindle Nose TaperA2-4A2-4
Chuck Type5” Manual 3-Jaw Chuck5” Manual 3-Jaw Chuck
TAILSTOCK (STANDARD)
TypeManualManual
Quill Travel3”3”
Quill TaperMT3MT3
WEIGHT/DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES
Machine Weight2950 Lbs3100 Lbs
Machine Dimensions60” x 32” x 70”60” x 32” x 70”
Shipping Weight3580 Lbs3980 Lbs
Air for Pneumatics90 PSI90 PSI
Coolant Capacity13.7 Gal13.7 Gal
Hydraulic Capacity13.7 Gal13.7 Gal
Power (Standard)220V 3 Phase Power220V 3 Phase Power
Amperage Requirements21 Amp21 Amp
GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS (Metric) - AUTOMATE CNC LAB-TURN LATHES
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Model NameLTF5 Flat Bed Lab-TURN LatheLTF5 Slant Bed Lab-TURN Lathe
TURNING CAPACITIES
Max. Swing Over Bed250mm310mm
Max. Swing Over Carriage80mm over gang plate, 130mm with gang plate removed80mm over gang plate, 130mm with gang plate removed
Max. Length of Workpiece300mm317mm
Machine Repeatability.005mm.005mm
TRAVELS & FEED RATES
X Axis160mm190mm
Z Axis300mm324mm
X-Axis Rapids6m/m6m/m
Z-Axis Rapids6m/m6m/m
Max. Cutting Speed2420mm/m2420mm/m
SPINDLE
Spindle Power3.7kW3.7kW
RPM Range50-300050-3000
Spindle Bore33mm33mm
Spindle Nose TaperA2-4A2-4
Chuck Type130mm Manual 3-Jaw Chuck130mm Manual 3-Jaw Chuck
TAILSTOCK (STANDARD)
TypeManualManual
Quill Travel80mm80mm
Quill TaperMT3MT3
WEIGHT/DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES
Machine Weight1340 Kg1409 Kg
Machine Dimensions152cm x 81cm x 177.5cm152cm x 81cm x 177.5cm
Shipping Weight1630 Kg1810 Kg
Air for Pneumatics620 KpA620 KpA
Coolant Capacity50 L50 L
Hydraulic Capacity50 L50 L
Power (Standard)220V 3 Phase Power220V 3 Phase Power
Amperage Requirements20 Amp20 Amp

Siemens Control

AutoMate and Siemens 808D
Small CNC Control Leadership
Detroit Machine Tools - AutoMate is leading the way in the development and support of the Siemens 808D CNC control matched with small industrial machine tools.
DMT has technicians and CNC programmers who are trained and proficient in operating the 808D control. DMT offers training classes and individualized training for AutoMate owners and Siemens 808D operators.
Experienced technicians are available to answer questions and offer technical support for your AutoMate machine with Siemens 808D control.
You can purchase an AutoMate CNC lathe or mill with confidence - knowing you will have the support of an organization with relevant depth and experience. DMT technicians are knowledgeable and commited to your machining success.
SINUMERIK 808D - INTRODUCTION
Features and Facts - Advantages of Siemens 808D
DOWNLOADABLE OFFLINE SIEMENS 808D SIMULATOR
Familiarize yourself with the 808D control.
Proof out existing part files.
Create programs away from the machine.
SIEMENS 808D - TRAINING CLASSES
Training Classes in Ann Arbor, MI


Siemens Webinars
SIEMENS 808D - TRAINING MANUALS
The Sinumerik 808D Programming and Operations Manual
3 YEAR WARRANTY - on the SINUMERIK 808D

AutoDesk Fusion 360 and AutoMate CNC

AutoDesk Fusion 360 and AutoMate CNC

Autodesk Fusion 360 provides the CAD/CAM program that best fits the AutoMate CNC line of CNC lathes and milling machines. And, Fusion 360 is the CAD/CAM program that best fits our customer requirements.

Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE platform for product development. It combines industrial and mechanical design, simulation, collaboration, and machining in a single package.

AutoMate CNC has custom post processors for Fusion 360 - From concept to parts production, machining program file management has never been easier!

Fusion 360 - Design

Free Form Sculpting

Within Fusion’s sculpting environment you have the ability to start with, and modify predefined primitive shapes right alongside mechanical workflow.

Apply symmetrical strategies and manipulate edges/faces to transform primitive designs into organic shapes that are not only eye pleasing but meet technical parameters as well.

Parametric Modeling

Fusion 360 gives designers, engineers, and machinists the ability to create designs that meet manufacturing criteria involving precise tolerances. This type of modeling lends itself well to part families that require slight variations to a specific feature, or designs that require iterations on a regular basis.

Parametric modeling is a structured process where users create designs/assemblies with constrained sketch(s). Edits are typically indirect and can be accessed through the history tree, or chain. Parts and assemblies have fully defined parent/child relationships.

Key Benefits of Parametric Modeling:

  • The model design is automatically updated as changes/iterations are made
  • It is easier to predict how models/assemblies will interact with parameters as changes are made within the data tree
  • Easy to define and create families of parts
  • Manufacturing processes are streamlined - resulting in decreased production time

Solid Modeling - Direct Modeling

Solid modeling is a more flexible design process that allows the part geometry itself to be the master in determining design process and flow. There are times, most often in the concept phase of a part design, when a designer/machinist does not want a fully defined part drawing. Direct modeling does not rely on a linear “parent/child” relationship. Editing to the design model is accomplished within the part geometry itself. Not on the part’s design history chain.

Key Benefits of Direct Modeling:

  • 3D designs are quickly created
  • Edits are quick with geometry changes directly on the model
  • Very flexible within the design stage
  • Short learning curve
  • Smaller file size

Libraries

Common hardware and CAD files can be directly imported into the modeling environment. With a few clicks of the mouse products from popular vendors can be added. Design details, like part number, quantity, and CAD data are automatically populated.

Fusion 360 - Design

Use Fusion 360 to create toolpaths for existing solid models, or models created directly within Fusion. Take advantage of the rapid prototyping environment with the built in 3D printing utility.

Post Processors: AutoMate CNC has already done the hard work - custom post processors for Fusion 360 are built-in. Having an intuitive, easy-to-use CAD/CAM program like Fusion 360 is a great help to the time-conscious machinist/programmer. With some practice and experience you will realize how much Fusion 360 can simplify your machine programming journey - from concept, to print, to finished part.

Good Match: Fusion 360 is a great match for AutoMate CNC machine tools. One strength of Fusion 360 is that it can take advantage of AutoMate CNC’s high spindle speed, AND, the machine’s high rapid feed rates, and cutting feed rates.

Efficient and Accurate Operations: Fusion 360 offers options for both 2D and 3D adaptive tool paths. These toolpath strategies generally have a higher material removal rate. They also assure longer tool life. Using Fusion 360 CAM to develop efficient machining programs offers the smoothest operation of your machine - improving efficiency and accuracy. AND, assuring easier operation and longer machine life.

LTF5 - Flat Bed "Lab-TURN" CNC Lathe - FAQ

Why is the LTF5 lathe called a “lab-TURN” lathe?

The LTF5 has the same machining capabilities and tolerances as larger, production CNC lathes. However, it has a narrow footprint that allows it to fit through a 3’ door. The “Lab-TURN” name suggests that it fits well in small lab settings that have limited access and locations that require a small footprint.

Why would I choose this lathe over one of the other tool room lathes?

Even before we were selling CNC machines, our company was known for selling quality machines that work well in small space applications. Thousands of Smithy machines are turning out quality parts in engineering labs around the country. The LTF5 continues the tradition by providing a quality CNC lathe that can fit in small workshop settings.

Is the LTF5 a production quality CNC lathe?

Even though it has a small footprint, the LTF5 weighs over 2000 lbs. and has tolerances that match production machines. It has quality components and will hold up well under the high demands of production turning applications.

Will the lathe hold up? Is it good quality?

In addition to the LTF5’s heavy, vibration damping foundation, this lathe is built with high quality components and construction. That’s how we are confidently able to offer an 18 month parts warranty on the mechanics of the machine. As mentioned, the lathe features a Siemens CNC control and heavy-duty spindle bearings. It also uses Schneider electrical components and PMI ball screws.

How is the accuracy? 

This machine is designed to maintain repeatability at .0002”. This lathe is also built on a heavy foundation machine base/lathe bed casting design. This assures ultimate rigidity and vibration damping – initially, and for the long-term life of the machine.

What are the standard features? What are the options?

The LTF5 Lab-Turn Lathe has standard specifications that include 5 HP spindle motor, 5” manual chuck, 4-Turret quick-change tool post, manual tail stock and 3000 RPM spindle. Optional upgrades include: pneumatic or hydraulic chuck, hydraulic tail stock, 4-turret tool post, different control options.

Can I set this lathe up myself? Do I need a rigger?

If you have a forklift that has sufficient fork length and load capacity, in addtion to a safety minded and well-trained operator, you should be able to safely remove the lathe from the truck it is shipped on and place it at its intended operating location. Some customers rent fork lifts and/or operaters to perform the task. 

Basic instructions for setting up the lathe are included in the operations manual. Of course, you can always call us with questions you may have.

What’s the warranty? How does it work?

Automate CNC lathes have a 18 month parts replacement warranty. AutoMate CNC will send you the proper parts as replacement for parts that prove to be defective.

The Siemens 808D control has a three year total (2+1) “in-field” warranty that is supported by Siemens USA.

How about service, can I do it myself? What if I need technical support?

The expectation is that customers who purchase a CNC machine tool will have the adequate mechanical and electrical know-how to handle service questions as they arise. Naturally, you can call and talk to an AutoMate CNC technician with questions you have.

If you need technical support beyond telephone, on-line or email support provided by AutoMate CNC technicians, we can help you find a local technician that is willing to travel to your location to provide assistance at your expense. We may already know of a technician in your area that we have worked with previously.

This lathe uses three phase power. Why? Is there an advantage?

The simple answer is that larger horse power machines operate more efficiently when using three phase power.

The advantage of three phase power is that your machines will last longer and operate with higher energy efficiency. Three phase power does not use more electricity than machines using single phase power. This also applies when using a phase converter – The average 10 HP phase converter runs on around 7 cents per hour of electricity.

I don’t have three phase power in my shop, what am I going to do?

The best solution is to use a rotary phase converter, which plugs into a standard 220V plug and converts power from the wall into the three phase power used by the machine.

If you do not have a phase converter yourself, you can purchase a high quality American made phase converter from us for a discounted price.

This is a simple plug and perform solution for the small shop operator. Watch this video to learn more about setting up and using a phase converter:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJjCQqtEdFU

This video clip shows the Marton Brothers using phase converters to set up their new machine shop.

Siemens 808D CNC Control

The Siemens 808D is a real industrial control?

The Siemens 808D is a fully functional, industrial grade CNC control system that uses software based on the same software used in Siemens' larger industrial control systems. The difference is that the 808D is designed to be used on smaller machines.

Machine tools with real production capabilities, like AutoMate CNC machines, are best matched with a control system that has the power and functionality to do real production work, just like the Siemens 808D. The functionality of the Siemens 808D CNC Control matches the AutoMate CNC line of CNC lathes and mills perfectly.

All AutoMate CNC machines come standard with the Siemens 808D Basic control, which can be upgraded upon request. Other control options include the Siemens 808D Advanced and Siemens 828D controls. Those that prefer using a Fanuc system can order any of our lathes or mills with a Fanuc Oi Mate TD CNC Control.

It says AutoMate CNC machines have servos. Is that true, even at this low price?

Yes, all AutoMate CNC lathes and mills use servo motors and drives on all axes. The biggest advantage of servo drives over steppers is the degree of accuracy and repeatability that can be accomplished.

Other advantages of servos include: 

1) Rapid acceleration and higher speeds  

2) High torque throughout the speed range 

3) High efficiency  

4) It will stay cool during long operations  

5)  Servos operate at very low noise levels – even at high speeds. Vibration free operation is one important reason for this.

PLUS, this control has a closed loop control system?

Yes, this CNC control is a closed loop system. A servo-driven closed loop system is significantly more accurate than steppers. A closed loop system sends commands from the control out to the machine and then completes the communication process by sending data back that updates the control as to where the machining process is at any given time.

The system directly monitors motor position and velocity in real time. The system then automatically makes corrections to assure correct tool positioning. This assures high accuracy and maximum parts quality. PLUS, it assures smoother finishes and a reduced reject rate.

Does the control have conversational programming?

Yes, you can program standing at the control panel using fill-in-the-blank style forms. Each form has a graphic demonstration of the machining process you are programming. The control interface features include standard programming patterns like bolt hole circles, linear rays, full-contour definition, peck drilling, tapping, etc.

Do AutoMate CNC lathes and mills have a servo driven spindle? What’s the advantage?

Yes, all AutoMate CNC machines have a servo driven spindle, exactly like the spindle drive motors used on larger, industrial CNC machine tools. A servo driven spindle provides much better torque, and assures constant torque throughout the speed range, even at low RPM.

Servo motors with an encoder are able to continually identify the exact radial location of the spindle shaft. This makes the servo driven spindle capable of rigid tapping, a function that most machine operators will eventually find a need for. The servo also allows for spindle positioning – an important consideration when using live tooling.

So, this lathe can rigid tap?

Yes, AutoMate CNC lathes and mills can be easily programmed to do rigid tapping operations.

Does the Siemens 808D handle larger programs well?

Siemens has a unique function that allows for the streaming of large program files direct from a USB. Large files are no longer a concern - other CNC systems lack this robust level of functionality.

Will this CNC Control work with my CAD-CAM system?

Yes, the Siemens 808D control has post processors for all CAD-CAM systems. If you are having a problem we will work with Siemens USA to resolve the issue.

What about training?

When you purchase an AutoMate CNC lathe or mill you receive free tuition (Value $299) to attend a day long basic programming and machine set-up class that we hold at our location in Ann Arbor, MI. Siemens USA also has many training webinars on their website.

I noticed that Siemens has a simulator for the 808C control. Is this helpful?

Yes, definitely. You should take the time to download the FREE Siemens 808D simulator on your computer. Spend some time getting to know the control system. Only with a little experience will you be able to see that the Siemens 808D control is as powerful and easy to use as other industrial CNC control systems on the market.

Many customers continue to use the simulator after they have their machines to develop machining programs while at their computer, rather than at the control panel. Once programs have been written and tested they can be easily transferred to the machine control via USB drive.

Machine Shipping

Machine Shipping Information

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- Basic Shipping Info -

AutoMate CNC machines are large. bulky and can weigh up to 5000 lbs. The potential for damage to a machine or injury to shipping personnel or bystanders is significant. These machines require special attention throughout the transportation process.

Four Methods of CNC Machine Shipping Include:

1) Basic Truck Freight Delivery - Foam Protected and Wrapped Machine
2) Basic Truck Freight Delivery – Wooden Crate Protected Machine
3) Advanced Truck Freight Delivery – Separated Divider w/ Non-Stop Delivery
4) Flat Bed Truck Delivery – Direct delivery of protected and tarped machine

**All Trucks Used by AutoMate CNC to Deliver CNC Machines are Equipped with Air Ride Suspension Systems. We want to be sure your machine has as smooth a ride as possible.

**AutoMate CNC Recommended Machine Delivery Method: Our recommendation is that each customer use the Advanced Truck Freight Delivery – Separated Divider w/ Non-Stop Delivery for shipping of machines they purchase. This method is a little more expensive, but we can, and will provide assurance that the CNC machine will be delivered safely and without damage.

Customers who decide to use Basic Truck Freight Delivery can expect to receive their machine safely, but it requires more vigilance and responsibility on the part of the customer who is receiving the machine.

Determining Machine Weight and Dimensions:

Determining crated machine weight and dimensions is complicated. A number of factors go into this equation. Please allow us to help you determine the machine and shipping combination that work best for you. To get started, fill out the quote form on the website, and we’ll get back to you with a machine and shipping quote. Or, call us at 800.476.4849 – an Automate CNC technician would be happy to answer your questions.

- Fork Lift Requirements -

Fork Length:

In our warehouse operations we use forklifts with 6000 lb. lift capacity and 6’ forks. Six foot forks can be used safely with all of the AutoMate CNC Lathes and Mills, except the FTL400 Lathe. We have a set of extension we add to the 6’ forks for this lathe.

Max Lift Capacity:

The first step is to determine the weight of the crated CNC machine you are receiving from the machine specifications page. Next, check the stated lift capacity of the fork truck you intend to use. The lifting capacity of this machine must be greater than the weight of the machine you are purchasing. 

Machine Delivery Options:

You may prefer to use professional shippers and riggers to receive and set up your machine. Many larger organizations and government agencies are required to use a trained and registered machine tool rigger/mill wright.

Other Options:

If you do not have experience handling this size and type of machine we welcome a discussion about delivery options with you. Call us at 1-800-476-4849 and speak with one of our representatives to discuss the logistical solution best suited for you.

- International Shipping -

Shipping to Canada

We use a variety of transport companies for Canadian shipments. We do this to ensure you the best possible rates when going across the border. There are two different options you can consider for handling customs paperwork, duties and taxes going into Canada.

The first option is to act as your own servicing agent. We will sell you the machine, and contacting a broker and handling customs duties, taxes and fees is up to you.

The second option includes an all-inclusive package where we take care of everything for you. Your job will be to prepare to receive the machine when delivered.

Shipping to Other International Locations

For international shipments of AutoMate CNC lathes and mills we use Mid-America Overseas as our broker. We will quote and ship to the port nearest you. Forwarding of the machine from the port to your door will be your responsibility. Please provide valid contact information and a ship-to address when requesting a quote for shipment to a location outside the US and Canada.


Four Methods of Machine Delivery - Options

1. Basic Truck Freight Delivery – Foam Protected and Wrapped Machine

In general, AutoMate CNC Lathe and Mills are small enough to fit into standard sized freight trucks. Also, the weight of most machines is less than the maximum 5000 weight of an individual delivered item, as stated by most truck freight companies.

We have delivered tens of thousands of machine tools by truck freight through the years. So we know it can be done safely. We also know that the size and weight of these CNC machines brings additional risk of damage to package and/or person.

Loading Dock or Direct From Truck: The first consideration for Truck Freight delivery is availability of dock. The easiest way to unload a CNC machine direct from a common freight truck by using a loading dock with adjustable dock plate.

If you do not have a loading dock you can still receive a machine via truck freight delivery. In this case you must arrange with the AutoMate CNC technician to have the machine placed on the back of the truck for delivery. A forklift can drive up to the truck on the ground and lift the machine out of the back of the truck.

Fork Truck Requirements: (See Details Above).

If you're unsure of your personnel or fork lift's capabilities, please contact a local rigger for assistance.

Receiving the Machine: Prior to receiving your machine you will receive an email from with us with instructions and pictures of the machine just before it is loaded on the truck to leave our warehouse.

When the machine arrives you should compare these emailed pictures to the look of the machine packaging when it arrives. You must note any damage to the lathe or mill on the bill of lading before the trucker leaves in order to be able to hold the trucking company liable for damage before it arrives at your location.

It is similar to doing a walk around of a rental car before you sign to accept it. You must note any damage to the machine on the truck company’s bill of lading before signing for acceptance. It will be assumed that any damage that is noted to the machine at a later date will have happened after the machine arrived at your location.

2. Basic Truck Freight Delivery – Wooden Crate Protected Machine

There is a way to deliver a CNC machine by truck freight that entails less risk. A second option that carries greater assurance of safe delivery is to build a wooden cross-member crate around the machine before it ships. We charge $300-500 to build a crate around the CNC machine and pallet.

The terms of delivery for a machine with crate are the same as for a CNC machine that is foamed and wrapped. Be sure to read the section just above, to learn about shipping a CNC machine by Truck Frieght.

Receiving a CNC Lathe with Wooden Crate: The procedure for receiving a machine with crate is the same as if you had shipped the machine without a crate.

You will receive pictures of your machine as it sits in its crate on the delivery dock before leaving our location. You should compare the machine you receive with the pictures. It’s a good idea to take pictures of the machine as you receive it.

Any damage to the machine or crate must be noted on the trucker’s bill of lading before he leaves your location. It is assumed that any damage to the machine noticed after the machine is delivered to your location will have occurred after the machine was delivered.

3. Advanced Truck Freight Delivery – Separated Divider w/ Non-Stop Delivery

To assure safe delivery of your CNC machine, while still relying on standard Truck Freight Delivery, the best way to have your machine delivered is with “Separated Divider”. This shipping method is more expensive, but we can provide the assurance that your machine will arrive without damage.

Process of Shipping with Separated Divider: The actual process of preparing and shipping a CNC machine by this method is straight forward. We will negotiate a delivery quote from our shipping Company, ESTES TRUCKING for your machine delivery. Should you accept this delivery method we will prepare the machine for shipment with standard foam and plastic wrap protection.

Delivery of Separated Divider Shipment: When the machine is loaded on the truck at our location it will be placed in the front of the trailer, just behind the cab. After strapping the machine down the driver will place a set of metal bars – the secure divider system – between the two walls of the trailer.

No other freight will be able to make contact with your machine. Your machine will not be moved to another truck before it arrives at your location. It will be a direct shipment from our location to yours. It’s a bit expensive, but you can rest assured your machine will arrive safe and ready to go to work.

4. Flat Bed Delivery

Flat bed delivery makes the most sense when you don’t have a truck loading dock. Many of our customers in rural locations opt for delivery by flatbed truck.

Fork Lift and Unloading Area: The rules for having an adequate fork lift stated above in the Truck Freight Delivery apply for flatbed truck also. Be sure to read the section about fork truck requirements.

Fork Truck Rental: It is common for customers who don’t have a forklift to arrange for rental of a forklift on the day the machine will be delivered. Let us know if you need assistance in renting a forklift and driver, if you don’t have experience.

To receive a delivery by flatbed truck your location must be accessible by the truck and trailer tandem. The driver must have a path to drive through or turn around in while at your location. There must also be room for the fork truck to move in from the side of the trailer to lift and remove the machine tool.

One other note of caution: The ground must be hard enough to handle the weight of fork truck and machine. Soft dirt or gravel are not an adequate foundation for moving a machine tool and delivery vehicle.

Receiving/Inspection: The CNC machine will be covered by a tarp while it is traveling. The machine is well protected using this type of delivery, so you should not expect to have damage to your machine.

However, it is still the responsibility of the person receiving the machine to fully and carefully inspect the machine for damage. Any damage should be noted on the bill of lading before accepting the machine as being delivered.

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