The photo above shows a typical CNC-ready machine slide. They are available in several lengths up to 18" long, in 1-axis, 2-axis or multi-axis form and with several different configurations of base and movement. The units are priced without stepper motors so that you have the choice of either supplying your own or purchasing stepper motors as an option. They can be controlled by Sherline's single axis programmable controllers, Sherline's full 4-axis CNC system, or by your own CNC drivers. (Click on image for a larger view)

Features

Dovetailed tables and saddles have adjustable gibs to eliminate play. The slides are manufactured primarily from 6061-T6 aluminum and finished with a black anodizing. Some slides have ground steel beds. Handwheels have a red anodized finish and the markings are laser engraved through the black finish into the white aluminum for high visibility. Handwheels are graduated in .001" increments on inch slides and in .01mm increments on metric slides. Leadscrews are precision rolled from steel, and are located under the table, out of the way of chips and coolant. Backlash is adjustable.

These slides come with a stepper motor mount to which you apply your own stepper motor and controls. If you want fully programmable control over each axis from it's own individual controller, see our CNC Slides Page.

The stepper motor mounts feature dual ball bearings with a preload nut to eliminate endplay. A dampened coupling connects the 1/4" diameter shaft of the stepper motor to the leadscrew. The mounts are designed to accept a 23 frame size stepper motor. With the exception of the rotary motion controller, the slides are CNC-ready, which means in addition to a stepper motor you must also supply the computer, driver and software to control them. Individual-axis linear controllers are available from SherlineIPD, or the slides may be used in conjunction with your own existing CNC system. Use of a dual-shaft stepper motor allows manual cranking by means of the supplied handwheel as an alternative to computer-controlled movement.

Sherline Industrial Products Division offers optional high quality, properly sized stepper motors. They are 2 amp, 136 oz/in motors with 400 step/rev resolution. They have a 1/4" shaft at both ends, so they can be driven either by computer control or manually with a handwheel.

All of these slides are also available with manual handwheels instead of stepper motor mounts. See our page on Manual slides.

Weight Capacity and Duty Cycle

The weight capacity of our slides is about 10 lbs. depending on where the weight is located and how long the table is. On an 18" table you should not go more than 10 lbs. of weight at the end of the table (there is a leverage factor). If the weight is going to be more centrally located (closer to the base), then you can exceed the 10 lbs. limit.

Duty Cycle: Our tables are black anodized and the base is hard black anodized. We use our slides in our shop to manufacture our own parts. They run (8) hours a day, (5) days a week. Under this heavy constant use the dovetail area of the slide will start to show some wear on the anodize after one year (2080 hours). They are still fully functional at this point, but the anodize is beginning to wear thin. If you keep the dovetail and the screw lubricated with light oil, they will last longer.

NOTE: Do not use WD40 as a lubricant on these slides. WD40 will remove the anodized coating from these parts! The leadscrews have a rolled thread which is hardened a bit by the rolling process. The backlash nuts are brass.

The nut is the softer material and therefore it is the part that wears out. The backlash nut is adjustable so it can compensate for the wear until the threads are gone. You should get the same (2080 hour) duty cycle from the backlash nut before it will need to be adjusted or replaced.

3D Drawings

Sherline now offers 3D CAD files for many of our most popular slides and spindles in .IGS format for designers who need to spec our parts into their machine designs.

For those who need a free .IGS file viewer, see http://igsviewer.com/. (Make sure to click on the correct download link. The page promotes a number of other downloads and can be confusing.)


Single-Axis CNC-Ready Slide w/8" Table

P/N 6552

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  • Price: $241.50
  • P/N 6552 (Metric P/N 6553)
  • Table size: 2.75" x 8" (70 mm x 203 mm)
  • Hold-down provision: 2 T-slots
  • Table travel: 4" (102 mm)
  • Table height: 2" (51 mm)
  • Mounting provision: 4 holes 1/4-20 in bottom of base plus slot for angle clamps


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Single-Axis CNC-Ready Slide w/13" Table

P/N 6557

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  • Price: $288.75
  • P/N 6557 (Metric P/N 6558)
  • Table size: 2.75" x 13" (70 mm x 330 mm)
  • Hold-down provision: 2 T-slots
  • Table travel: 8" (203 mm)
  • Table height: 2" (51 mm)
  • Mounting provision: 4 holes 1/4-20 in bottom of base plus slot for angle clamps


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Single-Axis CNC-Ready Slide w/18" Table

P/N 6552-18

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NEW!

  • Price: $435.75
  • P/N 6552-18 (Metric P/N 6553-18)
  • Table size: 2.75" x 18" (70 mm x 458 mm)
  • Hold-down provision: 2 T-slots
  • Table travel: 14" (356 mm)
  • Table height: 2" (51 mm)
  • Mounting provision: 4 holes 1/4-20 in bottom of base plus slot for angle clamps


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2-Axis CNC-Ready Machine Slide (on XY Base) w/13" Table

P/N 6545

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  • Price: $472.50
  • P/N 6545 (Metric P/N 6546)
  • Table size: 2.75" x 13" (70 mm x 330 mm)
  • Hold-down provision: 2 T-slots
  • Table travel: X-axis = 8.38" (213 mm), Y-axis = 4" (102 mm)
  • Table height: 2.8" (71 mm)
  • Mounting provision: 4 holes 1/4-20 in bottom of base plus slot for angle clamps


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2-Axis CNC-Ready Machine Slide (on XY Base) w/18" Table

P/N 6545-18

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NEW!

  • Price: $666.75
  • P/N 6545-18 (Metric P/N 6546-18)
  • Table size: 2.75" x 18" (70 mm x 458 mm)
  • Hold-down provision: 2 T-slots
  • Table travel: X-axis = 13.38" (340 mm), Y-axis = 4" (102 mm)
  • Table height: 2.8" (71 mm)
  • Mounting provision: 4 holes 1/4-20 in bottom of base plus slot for angle clamps


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2-Axis CNC-Ready Machine Slide (w/Steel Bed on Raised Base)

P/N 6565

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  • Price: $462.00
  • P/N 6565 (Metric P/N 6566)
  • Table size: 2.75" x 8" (70 mm x 203 mm)
  • Hold-down provision: 2 T-slots
  • Table travel: X-axis = 6.25" (159 mm), Y-axis = 5.38" (137 mm)
  • Table height above mounting surface: 5.13" (130 mm)
  • Mounting provision: 4 holes 1/4-20 in bottom of base plus slot for angle clamps


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Vertical CNC-ready machine slide (with headstock saddle)

P/N 3050-CNC

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Accepts P/N 8800 programmable single axis control (See below)

  • Price: $246.75
  • P/N 3050-CNC (Metric P/N 3053-CNC)
  • Vertical travel: 6.25"
  • Includes adjustable anti-backlash locking system on saddle nut
  • Mounting provision: two 1/4-20 holes and keyway slot in bottom
  • Saddle includes mounting pin for Sherline headstock, two locating keyways for alignment in horizontal or vertical position and precision ground alignment key
  • Mount includes dampened coupler, 2 ball bearings and preload nut to eliminate end play
  • Accepts NEMA 23 frame size stepper motor
  • Includes 1/58" aluminum handwheel for mounting to rear shaft of dual shaft stepper motor for manual control


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6-Direction, 2-Axis CNC-Ready Machine Slide

P/N 6575

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  • Price: $682.50
  • P/N 6575 (Metric P/N 6576)
  • Table size: 2.75" x 6" (70 mm x 152 mm)
  • Hold-down provision: 2 T-slots
  • Travel: Z-axis = 5.38" (137 mm), Table side-to-side = 4.25" (108 mm), Column rotation = 90° L/R, Column pivot = 90° Fwd/Back, Column swing = 90° L/R, Column in/out travel: 5.5" (140 mm)
  • Mounting provision: 4 holes 1/4-20 in bottom of base
  • Laser engraved scales indicate rotation and travel
  • Lever locks, or unlocks Z-axis leadscrew


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CNC Accessories

CNC-Ready 4" Rotary Table

P/N 3700-CNC

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Also available as full CNC with stepper motor as P/N 8730

  • Price: $336.00
  • P/N 3700-CNC
  • Table diameter: 4.0" (102 mm)
  • Table height: 2.0" (51 mm)
  • Stepper motor mount with dampened coupler accepts stepper motor with 23 frame size
  • Worm gear ratio: 72:1
  • Hold-down provision: 4 T-slots plus 3/4-16 chuck adapter to mount Sherline 3-jaw or 4-jaw chucks to table
  • Mounting provision: 3 holes 1/4-20 in bottom of base plus slot for angle clamps and 2 holes in worm housing flange
  • Works with P/N 8540 or 8020 CNC mill systems as 4th axis

See Accessories page for 3701 right angel attachment or 3702 right angle adjustable tailstock for vertical mounting.



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CNC Linear Motion Controller with Stepper Motor

P/N 8800

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  • Price: $472.50
  • P/N 8800 (Metric P/N 8810)
  • Complete, stand-alone controller and stepper motor. Attach to any Sherline CNC-ready slide for instant programmable control for that axis
  • Power supply: 120 VAC input; 24 VDC, 1 Amp output
  • Stepper motor: 136 oz-in (uni-polar), 2 amp, NEMA 23 frame size, dual shaft (with flats pre-machined on shaft for Sherline coupling set screws)
  • Handwheel included on rear shaft for manual operation
  • Instructions: 8800 Inch version, 8810 Metric version


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4-axis CNC Driver Box

P/N 8760

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  • Price: $630.00
  • P/N 8760
  • Converts g-code to steps to run DC stepper motors
  • Control up to 4 stepper motors via g-code—X, Y, Z plus A (rotary) axes
  • Power supply works on 115 or 240 VAC
  • Fused circuit protection
  • 25-pin parallel cable included to connect to your computer*
  • Output cables for X, Y, Z and A pre-wired with DIN plugs for stepper motors
  • Includes Ubuntu Linux OS and EMC2 control program on CD
  • Second CD has instructions and free utilities

*Computer requires 25-pin parallel port for connection. Does not work with USB.



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Stepper Motor with plug

P/N 67127

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  • Price: $78.75
  • P/N 67127
  • 136 oz-in, 2 amp
  • 23 Frame size
  • 200 steps/rev resolution (400 half steps)
  • Dual shaft allows handwheel mounting for manual control
  • Shaft has flats pre-machined for set screw of Sherline coupling and handwheel
  • 6-wire harness with soldered 8-pin connector that plugs into Sherline controller


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Stepper Motor without plug

P/N 67130

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  • Price: $68.25
  • P/N 67130
  • 136 oz-in, 2 amp
  • 23 Frame size
  • 200 steps/rev resolution (400 half steps)
  • Dual shaft allows handwheel mounting for manual control
  • Shaft has flats pre-machined for set screw of Sherline coupling and handwheel
  • 6-wire leads (raw) for use with non-Sherline controller


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