What should you expect from your Swiss Type Lathe?
Moreover, in addition to these advanced features, some manufacturers offer hybrid models that provide fully-loaded machines capable of operating with or without a guide bushing. This feature is particularly useful when running a brief series of parts, making it more efficient to run without the guide bushing. To function without the guide bushing, the bushing holder is detached, allowing the headstock collet to extend into the headstock casting, enabling the machine to operate like a fixed headstock lathe with a linear Z-Axis. As a result, the stock can be regular mill-run material with some fluctuations in the outer diameter.
Used Swiss machines typically remain in excellent running condition even after 8-10 years of high-production use. The utilization of cutting oil significantly prolongs the mechanical components’ life, such as the linear guide rails found on most Swiss lathes. Additionally, the small and intricate parts do not burden the machine as much as they would on an 8″ or 10″ chuck lathe.
Star, Citizen, and Tsugami are the most sought-after Swiss machine brands, while Tornos, Hanwha, and Nexturn account for a smaller portion of the market. Generally, it is uncommon to find a top-quality brand that is 4 or 5 years old since individuals typically hold onto well-equipped Swiss machines until they see significant changes in technology before considering selling the machine.