TRX550 PRO Small Vertical Machining Center

Vertical Machining Center

Vertical Machining Center - AutoMateCNC VMC425 - Main View
Vertical Machining Center - AutoMateCNC VMC425 - Front View with Operator
Vertical Machining Center - AutoMateCNC VMC425 - Work Table, Vise, Telescoping Stainless Steel Way Covers
Vertical Machining Center - AutoMateCNC VMC425 - Rotary Table
Vertical Machining Center - AutoMateCNC VMC425 - 10 Tool Automatic Tool Change System and 8000 RPM Servo Driven spindle
Vertical Machining Center - AutoMateCNC VMC425 - End View of Work Table Through Left End Access Door
Vertical Machining Center - AutoMateCNC VMC425 - Coolant Collection System
Vertical Machining Center - AutoMateCNC VMC425 - Electrical Control Panel and Axis Servo Drives
Vertical Machining Center - AutoMateCNC VMC425 - Tri-Color Work Light and Top of Spindle
  • Additional Options:
  • · Advanced 808D Upgrade $2,850
  • · Complete Siemens Spindle Motor/Drive System  $1,600
  • · Precision 5" Rotary Table $2,879
  • · Siemens Drive & Motor for
  • · Rotary Table - $2,200  
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Warranty:
- 18 months on the TRX550 PRO
- 3 years total (2+1) on Siemens 808D Control

Small Vertical Milling Center

TRX550 PRO, 5 HP Servo Spindle

 Extended X Axis - Full Production Capacity

Meet the new kid on the block.  The TRX550 PRO is a compact, full production vertical machining center that has power, speed and performance.

The most unique feature of the TRX550 PRO is the extended length work table.  This rugged, small VMC has a 40" long work table with an extended X axis travel of 21.5".  
This "Super X" work envelope allows the TRX550 PRO to fit a wide range of applications.  Works especially well for large work pieces - or in multiple part set-ups.
The TRX550 PRO Vertical Milling Center has a full "safety assured" machine enclosure, with customer recommended ergonomic package that is designed with all-day operation in mind.
Unique TRX550 PRO features include:
  • 1) Extended Length Work Table and X Axis:  40' long work table with 21.5" of X axis travel allows for machining larger workpieces and multiple set-ups. Maximum versatility.
  • 2) Closed Loop System/Servos:  Industrial level of power, precision and performance.
  • 3) Siemens 808D CNC Control: Industrial grade CNC control with conversational programming and on-screen help guide.
  • 4) 5 HP Servo Spindle Motor:  High torque, even at low RPMs - constant torque rise through speed range.  Allows for rigid tapping and spindle positioning.
  • 5) 50-6000 RPM Spindle:  Ramp up from lowest to highest speed at the push of a button.
  • 6) 12 Tool Automatic Tool Change System:  Automated milling operations with precision BT30 10-tool ATC. Change tools by hand fast with pnuematic "push-button" tool change.
  • 7) High Quality Linear Guides and Ball Screws:  Increased precision and higher speed operations.  Allows for 1000 IPM feed rates.
  • 8) Full Enclosure:  Full "Safety-Lock" enclosure keeps operator safe - contains coolant and chips during long production runs.  
  • 9) Heavy Base and Machine Castings:  Optimal vibration damping, assuring consistent precision and excellent repeatability.
Order the TRX550 PRO Vertical Machining Center
And Get These FREE Bonus Items:
TRX550 PRO Small VMC 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: $26,995.00
TRX550 PRO - Small VMC
Universal CNC Mill with Toolroom Accuracy
"Super X" Extended Length Work Table and X axis Travel:  With a 40" work table and 21.5 inches of X axis travel, the TRX550 PRO is a universal use CNC milling center that allows for a broad range of CNC milling set-ups.   
Designed and built for full-production -- its small size and footprint allows it to fit in limited space applications.
5 HP Servo spindle drive provides power to match the machine size. 50-6000 RPM spindle speed permits a wide range of milling applications.
The TRX550 PRO is built for full CNC production, but also fits well in schools, machine shops, R & D labs or "inventor shops".  Provides the capabilities of larger, more expensive machines in a small but robust package. 
Performance Details:
  • Siemens 808D CNC Control
  • Servos/Drives on All Axes
  • Closed Loop System
  • Large 40" work table
  • 21.5" X axis travel
  • 5 HP Servo Spindle
  • 50-6000 RPM Servo Spindle
  • 1000 IPM Feed Rate
  • BT30 Tooling System
  • 12 Tool Automatic Tool Changer
  • Full Safety Grade Enclosure
  • Schneider Electrical Components
  • PMI Ball Screws
  • Auto Lube and Coolant Control
  • Heavy Castings with Cast Base
Warranty Details:
  • 18 Months on TRX550 PRO
  • 3 Years Total (2+1) on Siemens 808D Control
New Videos:
VMC425 Walk Around: Experienced AutoMate CNC technician walks around the VMC425 and points out the features and benefits of this vertical machining center.
Review of Small VMC for Production and Education: Tutorial on how to setup tools and tool length offsets using the 828D Seimens Controller.

TRX550 PRO Small Vertical Milling Center - Features

Milling Machine Features
Full Enclosure - Assures Safe & Clean Work EnvironmentFull enclosure with door safety locks. Keeps coolant and chips contained. Assures a safe environment for the operator and attendants, and helps keep a cleaner work area.
PMI Ball ScrewsWorld-class standard ball screws - efficiently transmit rotary motion to linear motion, allowing for high-speed, highly accurate axis movements. Accurate ball circle diameters throughout length of ball screw assures consistent drag torque and low noise.
Precision Hiwin Linear Guideways with Telescoping CoversHiwin linear motion guideways come standard on the VMC425. Stainless steel telescoping guards provide maximum protection of guideways from chips and coolant.
12 Tool Automatic Tool Change SystemReduces cycle times by automatically changing tools between cuts without the need of an operator. Reduces operator set-up errors and maximizes productive operator and machine hours.
BT-30 Tool Holding SystemIndustry standard CNC tool holding system - the other being the CAT system. Tooling is cheaper with the BT system. We selected the BT system because our customers have said they want a quality standard CNC tooling system - and value pricing.
Large Table and Extended X Axis Travel40" long work table with 21.5" of X axis travel.  Precision ground work table and generous work cube dimensions. Big enough for real production work.

Heavy Machine Castings, PLUS a Heavy Cast Base

3800 lbs. heavy duty, vibration damping castings turns this small VMC into a full duty production machine. High weight-to-work cube ratio assures high rigidity and advanced accuracy. Sturdy cast stand has built-in coolant recycling tank.
Counter Weight Balanced Mill HeadReduces stress on Z-axis motor and ball screw at higher RPMs. Increases accuracy and extends life of Z-axis components. A counter balanced mill head will not crash in the event of a control failure.
Drive System Features
5 HP Servo Spindle DrivePlenty of power to match the size of machine. Servo drive on spindle adds to functionality and reliability. High torque, even at low RPMS. Constant toque rise throughout speed range - capable of rigid tapping and spindle alignment.
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.
50-6000 RPM Spindle SpeedServo driven spindle provides rapid speed changes, from 50-6000 RPMs in a few seconds - in a single speed range. No need for changing gears or belts. Constant torque rise, even at low RPM are assured with the servo drive.
1000 IPM Feed RatesFaster 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 than competitive systems.
Safety Operation Features
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 significantly reduced, while feed 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 Warning LightTurns on when control 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 mahine aerrors out.
Siemens 808D CNC Control Features
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.
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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 and stays vibration free during 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 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 MILLING MACHINES
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Model NameMX200 Small CNC Bed MillTRX550 PRO Small Vertical Milling CenterVMC425 Vertical Machining Center
Price$17,399$26,995$30,659
MILLING CAPACITIES
Spindle Nose to Table - Max18.5”19.5”19.5"
Spindle Nose - Min2.5”2.5”2"
Spindle Center to Column12”12”15"
Machine Repeatability.0004”.0003”.0002"
TRAVELS & FEED RATES
X Axis21”21.5”17"
Y Axis11.25”11”10"
Z Axis16”18”18"
X-Axis Rapids325 IPM600 IPM800 IPM
Y-Axis Rapids325 IPM600 IPM800 IPM
Z-Axis Rapids325 IPM600 IPM800 IPM
Max. Cutting Speed100 IPM315 IPM315 IPM
TABLE
Length36”41.25”28"
Width9.5”11”12"
T-Slot Width5/8”0.55" (14mm)5/8”
T-Slot Center Distance2.4”2.4”3.3"
Number of T-Slots333
Max Weight on Table350 lbs350 lbs550 lbs
SPINDLE
Spindle Power4 HP4 HP7.5 HP
RPM Range50-600050-600050-8000
Drive SystemServo/Direct BeltServo/Direct BeltServo/Direct Belt
TaperBT30BT30BT30
TOOL CHANGER
TypeN/ACarouselCarousel
CapacityN/A1210
Max. Tool DiameterN/A4"4”
Max. Tool WeightN/A12 Lbs7 Lbs
WEIGHTS/DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES
Machine Weight2150 Lbs2820 Lbs4800 Lbs
Machine Dimensions71” x 52” x 82”77” x 64” x 82”81" x 69" x 83"
Shipping Weight2310 Lbs3040 Lbs5120 Lbs
Air for Pneumatics90 PSI90 PSI90 PSI
Coolant Capacity3.75 Gal35 Gal35 Gal
Power (Standard)220V 3 Phase Power220V 3 Phase Power220V 3 Phase Power
Amperage Required30 Amp30 Amp40 Amp
GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS (Metric) - AUTOMATE CNC MILLING MACHINES
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Model NameMX200 Small CNC Bed MillTRX550 PRO Small Vertical Milling CenterVMC425 Vertical Machining Center
MILLING CAPACITIES
Spindle Nose to Table - Max470mm495mm500mm
Spindle Nose - Min64mm64mm50mm
Spindle Center to Column300mm300mm350mm
Machine Repeatability.01mm.007mm.005mm
TRAVELS & FEED RATES
X Axis530mm546mm425mm
Y Axis290mm280mm240mm
Z Axis410mm457mm450mm
X-Axis Rapids9m/m15m/m22m/m
Y-Axis Rapids9m/m15m/m22m/m
Z-Axis Rapids9m/m15m/m22m/m
Max. Cutting Speed2.5m/m8m/m8.75m/m
TABLE
Length900mm1047mm700mm
Width240mm279mm300mm
T-Slot Width16mm14mm16mm
T-Slot Center Distance60mm60mm85mm
Number of T-Slots333
Max Weight on Table160 Kg160 Kg250 Kg
SPINDLE
Spindle Power3.0 kW3.0 kW5.5 kW
RPM Range50-600050-600050-8000
Drive SystemServo/Direct BeltServo/Direct BeltServo/Direct Belt
TaperBT30BT30BT30
TOOL CHANGER
TypeN/ACarouselCarousel
CapacityN/A1210
Max. Tool DiameterN/A100mm100mm
WEIGHTS/DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES
Machine Weight900 Kg1280 Kg2181 Kg
Machine Dimensions140cm x 140cm x 200cm195cm x 162.5cm x 208cm205cm x 175cm x 210.5cm
Shipping Weight1000 Kg1480 Kg2320 Kg
Air for Pneumatics90 PSI90 PSI90 PSI
Coolant Capacity10 L132 L132 L
Power (Standard)220V 3 Phase Power220V 3 Phase Power220V 3 Phase Power
Amperage Required30 Amp30 Amp40 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.

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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