Slant Bed CNC Gang Tool Lathe - SL280

Slant Bed CNC Gang Tool Lathe - Main Picture
Slant Bed CNC Gang Tool Lathe - Mono-block bed
Slant Bed CNC Gang Tool Lathe - Standard Pneumatic Chuck and Gang Plate
Slant Bed CNC Gang Tool Lathe - Multiple Tooling Options
Slant Bed CNC Gang Tool Lathe - Quality Ball Screws and Linear Guideways
Slant Bed CNC Gang Tool Lathe - In action
Slant Bed CNC Gang Tool Lathe - Operator workstation and MPG
Slant Bed CNC Gang Tool Lathe - Full Enclosure with Safety Lock
Slant Bed CNC Gang Tool Lathe - Electrical Panel
Additional Options:
  • · 5C Hydraulic Chuck $3,450
  • · Hydraulic 6" 3-Jaw Chuck $3,450
  • · 5000 RPM (NSK Bearings) $2,800
  • · Siemens 808D Advanced $2,600
  • · Chip Conveyer $2,900
  • · Single Bar Feeder $3,300
Warranty:
- 18 months on the SL280 Lathe
- 3 years total (2+1) on Siemens 808D Control

Slant Bed CNC Gang Tool Lathe

SL280, 5 HP Servo Spindle

1100 Inch Per Minute Feed Rate
The SL280 is a high-speed production slant bed CNC gang tool lathe with standard pneumatic collet system and gang plate. The slant bed design on the SL280 slant bed CNC gang tool lathe encourages efficient chip removal and coolant flow.  Optional bar feeders and chip conveyor are available.
As with all AutoMate CNC machines, the SL280 has a closed loop system with servo motors and drives - allowing for rigid tapping and spindle positioning.  The lathe also comes standard with the Siemens 808D CNC control with conversational programming and on-screen programming support screens.
Extended-length gang mounting plate and generous X axis travel allow for multiple gang tool and live tooling set-up options.  Quality components and industrial grade CNC control allow this heavy-duty, but nimble CNC lathe hussle through its paces at feed rates up to 1100 IPM.
Highest qaulity components: Bosch Rexroth linear guides, Schneider electrical components, PMI ball screws, and Siemens servos and drives add efficiency, accuracy, and long life. Quality components are the reason we can offer an 18 month warranty on this high precision, high-speed, high quality CNC gang turning center.
Order the SL280 Slant Bed CNC Gang Tool Lathe
And Get These FREE Bonus Items:
SL280 Gang Tool Lathe 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: $21,899.00
SL280 High Speed Gang
Slant Bed CNC Gang Tool Lathe
High Speed - High Precision

The SL280 features a high-quality, heavy cast iron bed.  The bed is heat treated and annealed to provide a strong foundation for the SL series of lathes. The single piece 35 degree slant bed design is extremely rigid - able to withstand heavy cutting forces.  The SK280 will consistantly produce high precision parts parts for the long-term.

The SL280's slant bed also makes for efficient chip removal and operator access.

Gang tooling with live tooling options - combined with 1100 IPM feed rates offers high productivity and industry best return on investment.

German made Bosch Rexroth guides and Schneider electrical components assure reduced downtime and longer life.

Performance Details:
  • Siemens 808D CNC Control
  • Servo Motors and Drives on X/Y
  • Closed Loop System
  • 5 HP Servo Spindle
  • 2" Spindle Bore
  • 50-3000 Spindle RPM
  • 1100 IPM Feed Rates
  • Travel: X=11" / Y=10"
  • 35 Degree Slant Bed
  • Pneumatic Collet System
  • Extended Gang Table
Warranty Details:
  • 18 months on the SL280 lathe
  • 3 years total (2+1) on Siemens 808D Control
New Videos:
SL280 High-Speed Production Turning: Time is money and the SL280 is built to run at rapids of over 1000 IPM, thanks to quality components like Bosch-Rexroth linear guideways.
SL280 Customer Spotlight: James Beechy purchased his SL280 with Kickstarter funds he received in advance from customers so he could produce his line of "Every Day Carry" pens. The product went out on time and his machine paid for itself with the first production run, and is already on to the next project.
Slant Bed Gang Tool w/ Multiple Advanced Tooling Options: Machining a cast-iron part using C-Axis positioning and Y-axis live-tooling operations.

SL280 - Slant Bed CNC Gang Tool Lathe - Features/Benefits

Lathe Machine - Features/Benefits
Uni-Block Cast Iron - True Slant BedSingle piece, true slant bed and foundation casting.  Provides large mass in a small footprint. More mass means higher rigidity and better heat dissipation.  
Slant Bed DesignThis 35 degree slant bed lathe allows for better chip flow. A slant bed lathe can handle a large volume of chips, while protecting the ways from chips and debris. Slant bed offers improved operator access to chuck and work table - easier for set-ups.
1.89” Spindle BoreGenerous spindle bore allows for an easy pass through of large diameter stock. Easy access for optional pneumatic or hydraulic chuck.
Full EnclosureMachine is completely enclosed with a sliding front access door and easy access panels on the tailstock end and machine back side. Coolant and chips are enclosed and properly recycled. Electromagnetic lock keeps operator safe.
Gang Tool PlateA nice set of tool holders is included. Gang tool turning is the fastest, simplest and most economical of turning methods. Set-up is extra convenient with the slant bed design.
Pneumatic Collet Closer w/Foot ActuatorCollet system is air actuated and can be operated from the auxiliary panel or with the foot actuator. Easy access actuator options improve efficiency and safety for the operator, while reducing operator fatigue.
Tool Box and ToolsA set of the basic tools required for maintenance are included with this lathe. Gives you what you need to get up and running, and for routine maintenance.
Foundation PadsHeavy machined leveling pads which adjust the height to keep your machine aligned and balanced. Solid multi-point contact with shop floor reduces vibration, and increases accuracy.
Drive System - Features/Benefits
5 HP Servo Spindle DrivePlenty of power and torque 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 reliability of Schneider Electrical components. Highest reliability rating - highly efficient design reduces power usage.
Bosch Rexroth Ball ScrewsGerman designed and built, world-class standard ball screws - efficiently transmit rotary motion to linear motion; allowing for high-speed, and highly accurate axis movements. Accurate ball circle diameters throughout length of ball screw assures consistent drag torque and low noise.
1100 IPM Feed Rates on X and YHigh quality linear guides and ball screws turn this lathe into a high speed machine. The Siemens industrial control and servo drive system provide the power and control that allows for higher speeds - many times faster than competitive CNC lathe 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.
Auxillary Cycle StartEasy access buttons allow the operator to operate pneumatic or hydraulic chuck with the push of a button. Having a second E-Stop within reach also adds to the safety features of this lathe.
Manual Pulse GeneratorHandheld pendant that allows the 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 with each click of the knob detent.
Automatic Lubrication SystemLubricates all wear points during machine operation at continuous time intervals. Benefits include reduced labor and 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 reduced significantly, while feed and cutting speeds may 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 resistant to impacts and vibrations.
Tri-Color Alarm LightGreen light turns red when the 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 SystemA closed loop system directly monitors axis motor position and velocity in real time. The system then automatically makes corrections to assure correct tool positioning. High accuracy and maximum parts quality ensure 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 - with 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 the 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 panel design is well matched to AutoMate CNC Lathes & Mills.
USB Connector - Easily Handles Large FilesThis unique Siemens function allows for the streaming of large program files direct from a USB.  Machining large program files is no longer a concern with this unique Siemens level of operation.  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 GANG TOOL LATHES
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Model NameFL300  Flat Bed Gang Tool LatheSL280 Slant Bed Gang Tool Lathe
Price$19,900$21,899
TURNING CAPACITIES
Max. Swing Over Bed11.8”16.5”
Max. Swing Over Carriage5.3”9.45”
Max. Length of Workpiece7”12”
Machine Repeatability.0002”.0002”
TRAVELS & FEED RATES
X Axis14”11”
Z Axis12”13”
X-Axis Rapids1000 IPM1100 IPM
Z-Axis Rapids600 IPM1100 IPM
Max. Cutting Speed315 IPM315 IPM
SPINDLE
Spindle Power4 HP5 HP
RPM Range50-300050-3000
Spindle Bore1.46”1.89”
Spindle Nose TaperA2-4A2-5
Chuck TypePneumatic ChuckPneumatic Chuck
WEIGHT/DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES
Machine Weight3960 Lbs4400 Lbs
Machine Dimensions81” x 54” x 68”68.9” x 52” x 59”
Shipping Weight4260 Lbs5070 Lbs
Air for Pneumatics90 PSI90 PSI
Coolant Capacity11 Gal15.3 Gal
Hydraulic Capacity11 Gal13.2 Gal
Power (Standard)220V 3 Phase Power220V 3 Phase Power
Amperage Requirements20 Amp20 Amp
GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS (Metric) - AUTOMATE CNC GANG TOOL LATHES
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Model NameFL300 Flat Bed Gang Tool LatheSL280 Slant Bed Gang Tool Lathe
TURNING CAPACITIES
Max. Swing Over Bed300mm420mm
Max. Swing Over Carriage135mm180mm
Max Length of Workpiece180mm300mm
Machine Repeatability.005mm.005mm
TRAVELS & FEED RATES
X Axis350mm280mm
Z Axis300mm330mm
X-Axis Rapids25m/m28m/m
Z-Axis Rapids15m/m28m/m
Max. Cutting Speed8000mm/m8000mm/m
SPINDLE
Spindle Power3.0kW3.7kW
RPM Range50-300050-3000
Spindle Bore37mm48mm
Spindle Nose TaperA2-4A2-5
Chuck TypePneumatic ChuckPneumatic Chuck
WEIGHT/DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES
Machine Weight1200 Kg1800 Kg
Machine Dimensions1700 x 1200 x 5501753 x 1321 x 1500mm
Shipping Weight1320 Kg1975 Kg
Air for Pneumatics620 KpA620 KpA
Coolant Capacity50 L58 L
Hydraulic Capacity40 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.

SL280 - Slant Bed CNC Gang Tool Lathe - FAQ

What’s unique about the SL280 gang tool lathe?

Two things, speed and slant bed design: 1) Premium quality Bosch linear guides assure quiet, high speed axis movements – with rapid feed rates up to 1100 IPM.  2) The slant bed design provides easier access to the operator for set-up and tool changes.  The slant bed design also helps efficiently remove coolant and chips.

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

High speed and precision make this lathe a fantastic value for small diameter parts turning applications. The heavy, slant bed design features heavy cast iron for damping - resulting in consistently higher precision parts production.  The slant bed design makes for easy access for set-ups and process observation.

Is the SL280 a production quality CNC lathe?

The heavy cast slant bed machine foundation is heat treated and annealed, and weighs in at over two tons. It has tolerances that match production machines. It has top 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 SL280’s heavy, vibration damping foundation, this lathe is built with high quality components and construction.  As mentioned, the lathe features a Siemens control and heavy duty spindle bearings. It also uses German Bosch-Rexroth linear guideways, Schneider electrical components and PMI ball screws.

That’s why we can confidently offer a 18 month warranty on the machine and 3 years on the Siemens Control.

How is the accuracy? Will it hold up?

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.  Out of the box, and for the long-term life of the machine.

What are the standard features? What are the options?

The SL280 Lathe has standard specifications that include 5 HP spindle motor, pneumatic collet chuck, high speed slant bed gang table with tooling package and 3000 RPM spindle. Optional upgrades include: hydraulic pneumatic chuck, live tooling, bar feeder and 5000 RPM spindle.

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

You should carefully and realistically consider your capabiliites before deciding to handle the moving of this machine on your own.  An SL280 CNC Lathe is a bulky, heavy piece of equipment that should be treated with respect.

The first thing to consider is whether or not you have a forklift - with sufficient fork length, size and load capacity.  Secondly, do you have a safety minded and well-trained forklift operator.  With a proper forklift and driver you should be able to safely remove the lathe from the truck and place it at its intended operating location.

You should seriously consider renting a forklift with operator to perform this task.  Many large organizations and eductional institutions do hire a rigger.  We are happy to work with a rigger/millwright to get your machine set up correctly.

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 an 18 month parts replacement warranty. AutoMate CNC will send you the proper replacements parts 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 adequate mechanical and electrical know-how to handle service questions as they arise. When issues arise you can call and talk to an AutoMate CNC technician with questions you have. 

On occasion, there are machine buyers who do not have adequate knowledge to be able to trouble-shoot a technical issue with a machine.  AutoMate CNC technicians will always do their best to provide technical support - over the telephone, through on-line video chats or through email.

If a machine owner is not able to diagnose a technical issue on their own, we can find a local machine tool technician to visit the customer's location and provide assistance - at the customer's expense. With 30 years of experience in the machine tool business, we have developed a large network of knowledgable machine tool technicians across North America.

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 deal 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 Siemens 808D Control and AutoMate CNC Machines make a great match.

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: 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, it 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 AutoMateCNC lathes and mills have a servo driven spindle? What’s the advantage?

Yes, all AutoMate CNC machines have a servo driven spindle, similar to the type of spindle drive motors used on larger 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. Machining large program files are no longer a concern.  The Siemens 808D CNC Control will handle the machining of larger program files.  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 even after their machine is set-up and making parts.  The machine owner uses the Siemens simulator 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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