Metal Lathes

175 Machines

CNC lathes & automatic turning machines - renowned manufacturers

Lathes followed a long evolutionary process, from wooden lathes to CNC machines. The basic principle is the same for all lathes: a workpiece is fixed between the spindle and the tailstock, an electric motor brings it to a constant rotational speed and it is processed using tools. All lathes have the same structure, namely the bed, the frame, the main spindle, the drive system and the carriage. The differences concern, amongst others, the turning diameter, the spindle bore, the distance between centres and the machine weight. At Surplex you will find all kind of used lathes such as centre lathes, automatic lathes, heavy duty lathes, etc. Used but in a good shape!

Name
Location
Current bid
Number of bids
Closing time
MAZAK Multiplex 6300 II Y CNC Lathe
MARKE
138,000€
17/04/2019 11:00
0  Bids
17
ARIS SNG1400 Heavy Duty Lathe
St. Ingbert
52,900€
01/04/2019 10:15
0  Bids
01
GILDEMEISTER MSL 42-7 C CNC Lathe
Seewen
36,000€
24/04/2019 10:04
0  Bids
24
DAEWOO PUMA 240 MSB CNC Turning Centre
17,500€
08/05/2019 10:05
0  Bids
08
MAZAK Super Quick Turn 250 MSY CNC turning center with Y axis and portal loader
17,400€
09/04/2019 10:08
0  Bids
09
MORI SEIKI DL-20 MC CNC Lathe
Seewen
14,670€
24/04/2019 10:01
0  Bids
24
PADOVANI LABOR 320 CNC X3000 CNC Turning Centre
10,000€
08/05/2019 10:14
1  Bid
08
DAEWOO PUMA 300 LB CNC Turning Centre
10,000€
08/05/2019 10:02
6  Bids
08
COLCHESTER TORNADO 110 CNC Lathe with bar loader
Collegno
8,750€
01/04/2019 10:01
0  Bids
01
GOODWAY GLS-150 M CNC Lathe
Hinwil
14,000€
17/04/2019 09:09
18  Bids
17
KAMI DKM 420-1 Lathe
St. Ingbert
7,600€
01/04/2019 10:42
0  Bids
01
HWACHEON HI-TECH 100B CNC Lathe with bar loader
Collegno
7,000€
01/04/2019 10:00
0  Bids
01
FRATELLI GIUDICI DIAMANT 22 FR CNC Lathe
Verbania
6,500€
01/04/2019 10:20
0  Bids
01
LEADWELL LTC-50 CL CNC Slanted-Bed Lathe
Moers
9,750€
02/04/2019 10:18
16  Bids
02
MORANDO CNC Vertical Turret Lathe
6,000€
08/05/2019 10:10
0  Bids
08
FRATELLI GIUDICI DIAMANT 22 FR 2T CNC Lathe
Verbania
5,000€
01/04/2019 10:21
0  Bids
01
GILDEMEISTER NEF PLUS 710 Teach in lathe
4,200€
09/04/2019 10:00
0  Bids
09
PPL GALAXY NS CNC Lathe
Collegno
2,800€
01/04/2019 10:02
0  Bids
01
GILDEMEISTER - MAX MÜLLER MD 5 S CNC Lathe
Oberhausen
2,500€
03/04/2019 14:40
0  Bids
03
GILDEMEISTER NEF 710 PLUS Lathe cycle controlled
Monheim am Rhein
11,000€
17/04/2019 10:07
37  Bids
17
GMW VTM 2000 CNC Vertical Lathe
Ennepetal
 
on request
FRATELLI GIUDICI DIAMANT 22 CNC Lathe
Verbania
2,300€
01/04/2019 10:11
0  Bids
01
TORNOS TV Automatic Bar Lathe
Rupperswil
1,600€
12/04/2019 10:31
0  Bids
12
TORNOS M4 Automatic Bar Lathe
Rupperswil
1,600€
12/04/2019 10:35
0  Bids
12
COMM 180 Lathe
1,200€
05/04/2019 11:03
0  Bids
05
Meuselwitz DXWK 1000/3 CNC Heavy Duty Roll Lathe
Mönchengladbach
 
on request
TOS SUA 80 NUMERIC CNC Lathe
Magdeburg
 
on request
DMG GILDEMEISTER Twin 65 RG2 / V5 CNC Lathe
Hagen
 
on request
INDEX G 400 CNC Lathe
Frankenthal
56,900€
10/04/2019 10:00
0  Bids
10
YCM NT2000 SY BSM80 CNC Lathe
St. Gallen
48,000€
16/04/2019 10:19
0  Bids
16
WEILER E 110 X 3000 Cycle Lathe
Frankenthal
46,900€
10/04/2019 10:23
0  Bids
10
MORI SEIKI ZT1500SY CNC Turning/Milling Center
Mülheim an der…
45,000€
Not started
0  Bids
HEYLIGENSTAEDT Heynumat 15 UK / 800 CNC Lathe
Korschenbroich
 
on request
GILDEMEISTER TWIN 500 CNC Turning Milling Center
Schwäbisch Gmü…
34,000€
02/04/2019 14:08
0  Bids
02
MONFORTS KNC 8 S 4000 Cycle Lathe
Frankenthal
26,900€
10/04/2019 10:22
0  Bids
10
BIGLIA B445 S CNC Lathe
Terrassa
25,900€
28/03/2019 11:37
0  Bids
28
FAMAR Ergo 510 Vertical Lathe
Unterschleißheim
16,000€
03/04/2019 10:04
1  Bid
03
FAMAR Ergo 510 Vertical Lathe
Unterschleißheim
16,000€
03/04/2019 10:05
1  Bid
03
VOEST ALPINE STEINEL M50x1000 CNC Turning and Milling Centre
Nürnberg
13,500€
03/04/2019 10:18
0  Bids
03
GEMINIS CNC5 650 x 2000 CNC Lathe
Palau-solità i…
12,600€
28/03/2019 11:38
1  Bid
28
DÖRRIES SCHARMANN Magnetic Clamping Chuck
Mülheim an der…
11,500€
10/04/2019 10:06
0  Bids
10
TSUGAMI BS 18(BE) 5 axis Lathe
Biel/Bienne
9,500€
12/04/2019 10:17
0  Bids
12
NAKAMURA-TOME TW 30 CNC Lathe
Hünxe
9,000€
03/04/2019 10:26
0  Bids
03
DAEWOO PUMA 300 LB CNC Turning Centre
14,500€
08/05/2019 10:03
17  Bids
08
BOEHRINGER VDF DUE 500 Centre Lathe
Oberhausen
8,800€
03/04/2019 14:22
1  Bid
03
SPINNER PD CNC Lathe
Krsko
8,600€
03/04/2019 09:36
0  Bids
03
WEIPERT W 800 E Centre Lathe
Oberhausen
8,600€
03/04/2019 14:15
0  Bids
03
WEILER COMMODOR Lathe
St. Gallen
8,000€
16/04/2019 10:06
0  Bids
16

Buy and sell used lathes, turning machines and automatic lathe machines at Surplex

Index

  1. What is a lathe?
  2. Metal lathes – Construction and how to use
  3. What can be made using a metal lathe?
  4. Who can work with a metal lathe?
  5. Buy and sell affordable used lathes and turning machines equipment
  6. Overview of manufacturers of metal lathes and turning machines equipment
Second-hand metal lathe in a factory

What is a lathe?

A lathe is a piece of equipment for machining long metal products into rotationally symmetrical components. Alongside milling machines, turning machines are the central processing point in metalworking and are the successor to the traditional lathes. They therefore form part of the basic equipment required by every metalworking operation. The development of this equipment from a turning machine into a full metal-turning lathe guarantees a much higher quality of produced tools on average, which rely much less on the abilities of the person operating the lathe.

  • Precision tools for metal processing
  • Rotary clamping process
  • A range spanning small table machines to large turning machines
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A powerful electrical motor moves the workpiece into a continually rotating movement, which can consist of several thousand revolutions per minute. The tools required for the components are attached to a revolver. The desired tool is fed to the rotary body by means of a tool slide and the ablative clamping process is initiated by means of precisely adjustable guides. Metal lathes are available as mini lathes, small table machines as well as large heavy Duty Lathes measuring several metres in length.

Metal lathes – Construction and how to use

A lathe consists of three main groups of components: frame, drive system and tool guidance system. The frame bears the weight of the mechanical components. They are built in a very solid fashion to enable the machines to withstand strong forces and work precisely. Welding constructions and monolithic cast metal frames are used, which increase device lifespan and ensure that a used metal lathe can be purchased without any structural concerns. Depending on the size of the metal lathe, the base may have to be adjusted in order to withstand the pressure and oscillating forces.

The second component group consists of an electrical motor and a gear unit. The gear unit chosen can range from a single-stage spur gear through to a high-performance torque converter for exceptionally quiet rotational movements. The spindle and tailstock also form part of the gear unit and are used to clamp the workpiece in position. Those who are looking to purchase second hand lathes should pay particular attention to the following areas: highly precise concentricity and a play-free tailstock are essential for precise workpieces. However, buyers of second-hand metal turning lathes may need to be willing to accept higher tolerances than in newer models under some circumstances. Overall, used lathe machines can still offer a considerable degree of stability.

Turning machines in operation

The third component, the tool guidance system, in the simplest versions consists of a rail along which the tools are fed using a turning spindle. If the purchase in question is a used lathe or turning machine, these components need to be checked carefully. Used metalworking lathes frequently come with a test log since they have already been in use. This log features information on concentricity and spindle play recorded at regular intervals. It is also possible for these key components to undergo a general overhaul. Various automated components may also be included depending on the design of the lathe, which guide the machining tools towards the rotating workpiece in accordance with a preconfigured programme. Nowadays, there are often options available for automatically switching tools and workpieces.

Lathes also require accessories and various equipments. The housing protects the area surrounding a lathe from chips and shavings cast off during the turning of metal and cooling lubricant is supplied to ensure uniform removal of chips from the workpiece. High-performance illumination enables the workpiece processing steps to be continually monitored. If the lathe machine is second-hand, accessories and attachments may be missing, or these may be optional parts. Even if the manufacturers are not obliged to keep a supply of accessories for old and second-hand lathes, the majority strive to offer a range of basic services for used machinery.

What can be made using a metal lathe?

Everything requiring a rotationally symmetrical or near symmetrical cross-section can be produced on a turning machine. This primarily concerns all types of shafts and linear axes. Gear racks, toothed wheels or asymmetrical crankshafts and camshafts can also be produced on lathes. Even though conventional centre lathes are still used a great deal, CNC milling machines are being used more frequently for turning metal when producing individual parts. These automatically complete the turning process in accordance with a preconfigured programme.

Who can work with a metal lathe?

Only qualified specialists are allowed to work with a lathe unless it is an automatically equipped automated turning machine. The lathe operator must undergo several years of training and must have specific theoretical and practical knowledge. In addition to knowing about materials and processing regulations, the operator must also be knowledgeable of all the safety-relevant aspects of working with a turning machine. However, thanks to extensive automation, today’s metalworking lathes require far less interaction from the operator compared to a conventional turning lathe. Spinning chips, high rotational speeds and high temperatures make the lathe workplace very challenging. Simply putting on appropriate protective clothing is generally not enough, which is why it is mandatory to have safety training for all work using a lathe.

Detail of a second-hand metal lathe

Buy and sell affordable used lathes and turning machines

Surplex.com frequently has used lathes for sale from a wide range of available lathe machinery, which means you can find just what you’re looking for. In a used condition, turning machines are generally sold as part of an industrial auction. The machinery on offer is just as varied as the areas of application and spans small lathes, engine lathes, conventional manually-operated turning machines, through to automated lathes and NC-/CNC-controlled, modern lathe machines. For example, you could cheaply acquire a second hand lathe for training purposes or vastly increase production using a second hand CNC lathe.

The majority of lathes for sale come from the German, Austria or Swiss second-hand market. However, the increasing internationalisation of our platform means that there is also a large number of machines from other European countries as well. You can see the location of the lathe you intend to purchase on the product information page.

You can also sell your old and used lathes and turning machines via Surplex, irrespective of whether it is a small table lathe or a large turning machine. Simply get in contact with us to clarify the details. Selling your used metal lathes via Surplex gives you the chance of achieving good sales prices. Speak to our experienced project managers for more information.

Overview of manufacturers of metal lathes and turning machines equipment

Even when used, lathes and turning machines are still precision machine tools which can create products of the highest quality. However, the machinery itself must have been high-quality to begin with, which is why those looking to buy a second hand turning machine should focus on manufacturers known for top quality.

Prestigious turning machine manufacturers include BERNARDO, BOEHRINGER, BOLEY, COLCHESTER, EMCO, GILDEMEISTER, MATRA, OKUMA, OPTIMUM, QUANTUM, TORNOS, WEILER and WABECO.