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Vertical Turning Lathe handles large parts up to 2,205 lb.

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Available in left- and right-side versions, FEELER FVT-600 features 12-position turret and offers X- and Z-axis travels of 12 and 25.6 in., respectively. Spindle speeds range from 50–2,000 rpm on standard chuck size of 15 in. and optional chuck sizes of 18, 21, or 24 in., providing metal removal rate of 24 m/min. Equipped with heavy-duty roller type linear guideways and precision ballscrews coupled with AC servo motors, lathe features 23.6 in. max turning diameter and 25.6 in. max turning length.

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Methods Machine Tools Introduces New, Heavy-duty FEELER Vertical Turning Lathe for High Repeatability & Accuracy

Sudbury, MA, U.S.A.  – Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools, automation and accessories, has introduced the new High Performance FEELER FVT-600 Vertical Turning Lathe, ideal for machining large, heavy, challenging parts including those used in aerospace and power generation industries.  To easily automate processes for high-volume production applications, the FEELER FVT-600 is available in left-side and right-side versions, allowing automation to be strategically stationed between the lathes. (

“Increasingly, manufacturers are relying on vertical turning lathes to accommodate their larger and heavier parts,” said Mr. Dale Hedberg, FEELER Product Manager, Methods Machine Tools, Inc. “We are pleased to introduce the FEELER FVT-600 which is equipped with heavy-duty roller type linear guideways, resulting in high rigidity when making heavy cuts.”

To minimize thermal deformation and vibration, and increase positioning accuracy, the FVT-600 features rugged construction and precision ballscrews that are directly coupled with highly responsive AC servo motors. The new FEELER vertical turning lathe offers a high-precision and high-rigidity spindle which is supported by two double-row cylindrical roller bearings and duplex angular thrust bearings. This enables the lathe to endure heavy cutting in both radial and axial directions, resulting in high accuracy during long cutting cycles.  The FVT-600 design permits coolant to flush chips to an extra wide conveyer where the chips are immediately evacuated.

The FEELER FVT-600 features a 12 position turret and offers an X-Axis travel of 12" (305 mm) and a 25.6" (650 mm) Z-Axis travel.  Spindle speeds range from 50 to 2,000 RPM on a standard chuck size of 15" (381 mm) and optional chuck sizes including 18" (457.2 mm), 21" (533.4 mm) or 24" (609.6 mm), providing a high metal removal rate of 24m / min.  The new FEELER lathe offers a maximum turning diameter of 23.6" (600 mm) and a maximum turning length of 25.6" (650 mm).  Maximum workpiece weight is 2,205 lbs (1,000 kg).

A reliable, easy-to-use FANUC 0i-TD control is standard and available in a swiveling control box for ergonomics and convenience.  The FEELER FVT-600 offers a compact footprint at 134" length x 71" width (3,400 mm length x 1,800 mm width) and weighs 19,842 lbs (9,000 kg).

All FEELER machines include extensive design and engineering by Methods, and are backed by Methods’ application expertise, support, and extensive network of technology centers.  A 2-Year warranty is provided.  The Methods-FEELER CNC Lathes and Turning Centers also include the HT-Series, FTC-Series and FT-Series.  Methods will soon be offering the High Performance FEELER FVT-1000 Vertical Turning Lathe featuring an all-boxway design for significant cutting capacity. 

The full range of FEELER machines encompasses Vertical Machining Centers, Turning Centers, Bridge Mills and Boring Mills. 

FEELER machines are manufactured by Fair Friend Group (FFG).  Established in 1979, FFG is one of the world’s largest machine tool builders and has major manufacturing operations in Taiwan, China, Japan and the U.S.A.  FEELER is known for rigorous quality control and has invested significantly in highly advanced manufacturing equipment and research and development.

Methods Machine Tools, Inc. has been a leading supplier of precision machine tools, automation and accessories for over 50 years, providing extensive applications engineering support, installation, parts, service, and training through a network of large state-of-the-art technology centers and dealers throughout North America.  For more information, please contact Methods at 65 Union Avenue, Sudbury, MA 01776, TEL: (978) 443-5388, FAX: (978) 440-9405, Email: or visit their website at

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