Now Available: Tailstock for 15L Slant-PRO CNC Lathe

A fully adjustable tailstock option is now available for the 15L Slant-PRO CNC lathe. 34926_Tailstock_with_34105_Live_Center_IMG_9965 Features include:

  • 3MT Taper
  • 3.5″ stroke via handwheel
  • adjustments in both X and Y (elevation)

Check out the following video for more information of how to install and align the tailstock.

The design of our tailstock has a lot to do with who we had in mind when we designed the Tormach 15L Slant-PRO lathe.  We believe that for many customers, this lathe would be the only lathe in the shop – CNC or otherwise.  There are two primary reasons for this:

  • Many of our customers operate small shops (garages, for example) where floor space is at a premium
  • Somewhat related, small shops operate on smaller equipment budgets – budgeting for a 2nd manual lathe might not be realistic

To these points the 15L Slant-PRO was designed to be a bit of a chameleon – it’s a lathe that can easily adapt to many jobs that might come to a small shop.   One specific example is the knockout 5C insert feature on the 15L Slant-PRO – this gives the lathe  extra capacity beyond a 5C chucker lathe so tube and bar work up to 1.4″ diameter doesn’t need to be offloaded to manual engine lathe, gunsmithing lathe, or larger tool room lathe.  Here’s how that works:

The tailstock is another example.  A tailstock is a feature that  isn’t needed for a small parts chucker lathe, but is frequently called into service on a manual engine lathe or tool room lathe.  For the 15L Slant-PRO, we designed a tailstock option that removed when not needed, freeing up extra room for tooling and not getting in the way of programming.  We think it provides our lathe customers the versatility they need without compromise in ability.  

Andrew Grevstad

With over ten years of professional experience in advanced manufacturing systems, digital design tools, and applied software, Andy Grevstad has worked in product development and technical support for Tormach since 2008. Grevstad has received engineering degrees from Michigan Technological University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a regular contributor to Digital Machinist magazine and also blogs weekly about CNC milling and related topics on the Tormach blog, Milling Around.

Andrew Grevstad