New lathes for sale.
Our new Turn-Pro lathes are high performance metal working lathes with great features. All of our new lathes are supplied complete with 3 jaw chuck, 4 jaw chuck, steadies, toolpost and coolant pump. These centre lathes can also be fitted with DRO's or are supplied with DRO's as standard. We sell, service and guarantee our tool room and larger engineering lathes in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Zambia. Looking for a used lathe? Click here.
New! From 400mm to 3000mm between centres
6/12 month guarantee
Fixed and traveling steadies
3 and 4 jaw chucks, faceplate supplied
Quick change Tool post
Solid bases for high accuracy turning
What is a lathe?
In a lathe, metal is removed from the workpiece using a hardened cutting tool, which is usually fixed to a solid moveable mounting, either a tool-post or a turret, which is then moved against the workpiece using handwheels and/or computer controlled motors. These (cutting) tools come in a wide range of sizes and shapes depending upon their application. Some common styles are diamond, round, square and triangular.
The tool-post is operated by lead-screws that can accurately position the tool in a variety of planes. The tool-post may be driven manually or automatically to produce the roughing and finishing cuts required to turn the workpiece to the desired shape and dimensions, or for cutting threads, worm gears, etc. Cutting fluid may also be pumped to the cutting site to provide cooling, lubrication and clearing of swarf from the workpiece. Some lathes may be operated under control of a computer for mass production of parts.
The workpiece may be supported between a pair of points called centres, or it may be bolted to a faceplate or held in a chuck. A chuck has movable jaws that can grip the workpiece securely.