-- Slant Bed CNC Turning Center- SL6

Slant Bed CNC Turning Center - AutoMateCNC SL6 - Main Picture
Slant Bed CNC Turning Center - AutoMateCNC SL6 with 6" chuck and precision, bi-directional indexing 8-station turret
Slant Bed CNC Turning Center - AutoMateCNC SL6 in action
Slant Bed CNC Turning Center - AutoMateCNC SL6 - chuck actuating buttions
Slant Bed CNC Turning Center - AutoMateCNC SL6 - Precision ground gears on the 8-station bi-direcitonal indexing turret
Slant Bed CNC Turning Center - AutoMateCNC SL6 - Hydraulic tank for chuck
Slant Bed CNC Turning Center - AutoMateCNC SL6 - Servo spindle motor, spindle through hole and spindle coolant flow-through collection
Slant Bed CNC Turning Center - AutoMateCNC SL6 - Chuck and precision 8-station turret
Additional Options:
  • · Hydraulic 6” 3-Jaw Chuck $3.950
  • · 5000 RPM (NSK Bearings) $2,800
  • · 7.5 HP Servo Spindle Motor $460
  • · Chip Conveyer $2,900
  • · Advanced Siemens 808D Control System $2,799
  • · Single Bar Feeder $3,300
  • Automatic Bar Feeder $7,595
- 18 months on the SL6 Lathe
- 3 years total (2+1)on Siemens 808D Control
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Slant Bed CNC Turning Center

SL6, 5/7.5 HP Servo Spindle

8-Tool, Bi-Directional Turret - 6" 3-Jaw Chuck
The SL6 slant bed CNC turning center is a high speed production lathe, with a precision bi-directional indexing turret.  The SL6 also has PMI ball screws and Hiwin linear guideways to assure precision and provide high level feed and cutting speeds.
The SL6 slant bed CNC turning center also comes standard with closed loop system and servo motors/drives, as we as the industrial grade Siemens 808D Basic CNC Control.  This world class control, along with high quality Schneider electonic components, provide a machine control system that is designed to keep this quality CNC turning center producing quality parts for the long-term.
The SL6 CNC lathe features a mono-block bed/spindle design for increased rigidity and vibration damping during heavy cuts. Rigid design also assures precision and repeatability during high speed turning operations. 
Order the SL6 Slant Bed CNC Turning Center
And Get These FREE Bonus Items:
SL6 Machine: 
Siemens Control System (with Registration):
  • Additional 1 Year In-Field Warranty from Siemens USA
  • FREE Permanent Copy of Siemens 808D Simulator
  • FREE Access to Siemens USA Webinar Training Series
Fusion 360 CAD/CAM Program:
Price: $24,349.00
SL6 CNC Lathe
CNC Slant Bed Production Lathe w/Turret
Parts Making - Power and Precision

True slant bed design, with the headstock and turret designed on the same bed plane. Design - plus mass - results in minimal thermal expansion resulting in highest precision. Mono-bed design also increases rigidity - resulting in optimal surface finishes. Side benefits include reduced warm up times and less power consumption.

High quality 8-position turret has high positioning accuracy and repeatability. Bi-directional indexing of the turret allows for the shortest indexing and cycle time.

High quality precision components like Schneider electrical components, PMI ball screws and Hiwin linear guideways are built-in. Highest quality components are built-in and combined with heavy, quality castings; assuring long-term precision results. It's also the biggest reason we can offer an 18 month parts warranty on the SL6.

Performance Details
  • Siemens 808D CNC Control
  • Servos and Closed Loop System
  • True slant bed – mono-block casting
  • Servo spindle – high speed/torque
  • 1.89” Spindle Bore
  • 5/7.5 HP Spindle 
  • Travel: X = 6”/Z = 12”
  • 800 IPM Feed Rate
  • 50-3000 RPM Spindle
  • Schneider Electrical Components
  • Bi-directional Indexing Turret
Warranty Details:
  • 18 months on SL6 lathe
  • 3 years total (2+1) on Siemens 808D Control

Additional Larger Models Available:

  • SL8 -
        8" Chuck, 3" Center Height, 5300 Lbs
  • SL10 -
        10" Chuck, 4" Center Height, 8800 Lbs
  • SL12 -
        12" Chuck, 4" Center Height, 9700 Lbs

   (Call 1-800-476-4849 for more detail)

New Videos:
SL6 Demo at IMTS: Demo program showing roughing, grooving, boring, external threading and finishing.
SL8 Operation of Turret: Continuous machining using Pragati bi-directional, indexing 8-station turret. Also shows optional parts catcher.
SL10 with Optional Live Turret: Operations include roughing, main spindle drilling, finish boring, index milling, off-center drilling, A and C axis interpolation, X and Z axis interpolation, finishi turning.

SL6 - Slant Bed CNC Turning Center - Features/Benefits

Lathe Machine - Features/Benefits
Mono-Block Cast Iron - True Slant BedOne piece cast iron foundation is a true 35 degree slant bed casting, providing a large mass in a small footprint. More mass means higher rigidity and better heat dissipation.
Slant Bed DesignA slant bed lathe allows for better chip flow. A slant bed lathe can handle a large volume of chips, while protecting the ways from chips and debris. The slant bed design also allows the operator closer access to the chuck and turret - resulting in easier and faster set-ups.
Full EnclosureMachine is completely enclosed with a sliding front access door, and access panels on the tail stock end and back side. Coolant and chips are enclosed and properly recycled. Electromagnetic lock keeps operator safe.
1.89” Spindle BoreWith A2-5 spindle nose. Generous bore size for easy pass through of large stock and easy access for optional pneumatic or hydraulic chuck. Adaptable for automatic bar feeder.
Manual 6” 3-Jaw ChuckWith American Standard A2-5 spindle nose chuck mount. Manual 6” scroll chuck is a standard option - adaptable for pneumatic or hydraulic chuck.
8-Tool Precision Bi-Directional TurretWorld-class quality Pragati turret is precision machined, and is assebled to assure high speed and accurate tool changes. Bi-directional tool change capability also adds speed and efficiency to tool changes. An additional advantage of turret lathes, considered by many, is that they tend to be easier and more logical to program, especially when cutting complex parts.
Tool Box and ToolsA set of the basic tools required for maintenance are included with this lathe. Gives you what you need to get your machine up and running and for routine maintenance.
Foundation PadsHeavy, machined leveling pads adjust height to keep your machine aligned and balanced. Solid, multi-point contact with shop floor reduces vibration and increases accuracy.
Drive System - Features/Benefits
5 HP VFD Spindle DrivePlenty of power to match the machine’s capacity - nearly twice the power of comparably priced machines. Capable of rigid tapping and spindle positioning.
50-3000 Spindle Speed RangeInfinitely variable speed changes, from 100 to 3000 RPMs in a single speed range. No need for changing gears or belts.
Scheider Electrical ComponentsOne reason we can offer an 18 month machine warranty is because of the recognized quality and reliability of Schneider Electrical components. Highest reliability rating - highly efficient design reduces power usage.
PMI Ball ScrewsWorld-class standard ball screws - efficiently transmit rotary motion to linear motion, allowing for high-speed, highly accurate axis movements. Accurate ball circle diameters through length of ball screw assures consistent drag torque and low noise.
Precision Hiwin Linear Guideways w/Telescoping CoversWorld-class standard linear motion guideways come standard on the TS-1117. Stainless steel telescoping guards provide maximum protection of guideways from chips and coolant.
Feed Rates: 800 IPM on X / 1000 IPM on YHigh quality linear guides and ball screws turn this into a high speed machine. The Siemens industrial control and axis servo drive system provide the power and control that allows for higher speeds - many times faster than competitive systems.
Safety/Operation - Features/Benefits
Ergonomic Control Panel and Operator InterfaceMachine control panel adjusts and rotates up to 90 degrees. High tactile buttons, manual pulse generator, and convenient cycle start buttons improve operator convenience, efficiency, and safety.
Auxilary Cycle StartEasy access buttons allow operator to operate pneumatic or hydraulic chuck with the push of a button. Having a second E-Stop within easy reach also adds to the safety features of this lathe.
Manual Pulse GeneratorHandheld pendant that allows operator to be independent from the main control panel. The rotating knob generates pulses that are sent to the machine control, allowing the operator to move the lathe a predetermined distance each pulse.
Automatic Lubrication SystemLubricates all wear points during machine operation at continuous time intervals. Benefits include reduced labor and material costs and significant extension of bearing life.
Programmable Coolant SystemControl coolant at the control panel using standard M-Codes. Cycle times can be significantly reduced - feeding and cutting speeds may be significantly increased. Proper cooling extends life of cutting tools.
Work LightFocused lighting elements increase operator efficiency and reduce fatigue. This light is flicker resistant - also waterproof, resistant to cooling and lubricants. Impact and vibration resistant.
Tri-Color Alarm LightGreen light turns red when control alarm recognizes a machining error or machine malfunction. An operator standing away from the machine is visually alerted by the activated alarm light when machining cycle is finished or machine errors out.
Siemens 808D CNC Control - Features/Benefits
Closed Loop SystemSystem directly monitors motor position and velocity in real time. The system then automatically makes corrections to assure correct tool positioning. High accuracy and maximum parts quality ensure a minimal rejection rate. Also assures smoother surface finishes.
Siemens Servos and DrivesAchieves rapid acceleration and higher speeds - maintains high torque throughout speed range. Motor is highly efficient - and it stays cool. Quiet at high speeds, and a vibration free operation.
Ideal for CNC BeginnersIdeal for entry level CNC users, the innovative, integrative startGUIDE from Siemens provides an on-line digital help function on every screen. Helpful instructions are available anytime - at a push of a button.
Simple & Intuitive InterfaceWell designed conversational programming functions and Wizards from Siemens help streamline programming at the control panel. All Siemens 808D controls come standard with this SINUMERIK Operate BASIC functionality.
Compact and RobustIndustrial panel design with hardened features is ideal for harsh environments. Small compact design matches smaller machine tools like the AutoMateCNC line.
USB Connector Easily Handles Large FilesThis unique Siemens function allows for the streaming of large program files direct from a USB. Large files are no longer a concern - other CNC systems lack this robust level of functionality.
Built-In HelpsSeveral Siemens provided “assists” help streamline programming functions. One example would be Hot Keys. With the Hot Key function, machine operators can easily access commonly used screens using operator defined hot keys.
Model NameFL300-IIFTL320SL6STL6
Max. Swing Over Bed11.8”18"15.75"17”
Max. Swing Over Carriage5.3”6.5"7.85"8.5”
Max. Length of Workpiece7”20"11.8"9”
Machine Repeatability.0002”.0002".0002".0002”
X Axis14”7.5"11.75"11.75”
Z Axis12”13.5"17"17”
X-Axis Rapids1000 IPM984 IPM720 IPM800 IPM
Z-Axis Rapids600 IPM400 IPM800 IPM800 IPM
Max. Cutting Speed315 IPM315 IPM315 IPM315 IPM
Spindle Power4 HP7.37 HP7.5 HP5 HP (7 HP Optional)
RPM Range50-300050-300050-300050-3000 (5000 Optional)
Spindle Bore1.46”1.89"1.89"1.89”
Spindle Nose TaperA2-4A2-5A2-5A2-5
Chuck TypePneumatic Chuck6" Manual 3-Jaw Chuck6" Manual 3-Jaw Chuck6” Manual 3-Jaw Chuck (Hydraulic Chuck Optional)
Machine Weight2640 Lbs4180 Lbs5500 Lbs4409 Lbs
Machine Dimensions67” x 47” x 61”85" x 55" x 66"83.9" x 57.1" x 63"80.7” x 57” x 74.8”
Shipping Weight2904 Lbs4380 Lbs5720 Lbs5060 Lbs
Air for Pneumatics90 PSIN/A90 PSI90 PSI
Coolant Capacity11 Gal11 Gal25 Gal21 Gal
Hydraulic Capacity11 GalN/A18.5 Gal18.5 Gal
Power (Standard)220V 3 Phase Power220V 3 Phase Power220V 3 Phase Power220V 3 Phase Power
Amperage Requirements20 Amp30 Amp35 Amp29 Amp
Model NameFL300-IIFTL320SL6STL6
Max. Swing Over Bed300mm457mm400mm430mm
Max. Swing Over Carriage135mm165mm200mm215mm
Max Length of Workpiece180mm177mm300mm320mm
Machine Repeatability.005mm.003mm.005mm.005mm
X Axis350mm190mm155mm300mm
Z Axis300mm343mm300mm430mm
X-Axis Rapids25m/m25m/m18m/m20m/m
Z-Axis Rapids15m/m10m/m20m/m20m/m
Max. Cutting Speed8000mm/m8000mm/m8000mm/m8000mm/m
Spindle Power3.0kW5.5 KW5.5 kW3.7 kW (5.5 kW Optional)
RPM Range50-300050-300050-300050-3000 (5000 Optional)
Spindle Bore37mm48mm48mm48mm
Spindle Nose TaperA2-4A2-5A2-5A2-5
Chuck TypePneumatic Chuck160mm Manual 3-Jaw ChuckHydraulic 3-Jaw Chuck160mm Manual 3-Jaw Chuck (Hydraulic Chuck Optional)
Machine Weight1200 Kg1900 Kg2500 Kg2000 Kg
Machine Dimensions1700 x 1200 x 550mm2160 x 1400 x 1676mm2130 x 1450 x 1600mm2050 x 1448 x 1900mm
Shipping Weight1320 Kg1990 Kg2750 Kg2200 Kg
Air for Pneumatics620 KpAN/A620 kPa620 kPa
Coolant Capacity50 L50 L80 L80 L
Hydraulic Capacity40 LN/A70 L70 L
Power (Standard)220V 3 Phase Power220V 3 Phase Power220V 3 Phase Power220V 3 Phase Power
Amperage Requirements20 Amp30 Amp35 Amp29 Amp

Siemens Control

AutoMate and Siemens 808D
Small CNC Control Leadership
Detroit Machine Tools - AutoMate is leading the way in the development and support of the Siemens 808D CNC control matched with small industrial machine tools.
DMT has technicians and CNC programmers who are trained and proficient in operating the 808D control. DMT offers training classes and individualized training for AutoMate owners and Siemens 808D operators.
Experienced technicians are available to answer questions and offer technical support for your AutoMate machine with Siemens 808D control.
You can purchase an AutoMate CNC lathe or mill with confidence - knowing you will have the support of an organization with relevant depth and experience. DMT technicians are knowledgeable and commited to your machining success.
Features and Facts - Advantages of Siemens 808D
Familiarize yourself with the 808D control.
Proof out existing part files.
Create programs away from the machine.
Training Classes in Ann Arbor, MI

Siemens Webinars
The Sinumerik 808D Programming and Operations Manual
Complete Information on the Siemens 808D CNC Control - Downloadable PDF Brochure

S6 - Slant Bed CNC Turning Center - FAQ

This lathe features a turret, what’s the advantage?

A lathe with turret offers the greatest flexibility, both in terms of size and dimension of turning piece, and tooling and programming options. Programming turret operations generally is more straight forward than programming for gang tool operations.

This is probably why lathes with turrets are the most common of industrial production lathes found in US machine shops and production shops.

Is this a high quality turret?

The Pragati Company of India has been producing turrets for decades and is widely respected, worldwide, for the efficient design and high quality of their turrets.

What does it mean when you say the turret is “bi-directional”?

This means the turret will rotate both clockwise and counter-clockwise, not just in one direction. This allows you to program the turret to move either direction, in order to move to the next tooling station as quickly as possible. This makes tool changes faster, and is highly applicable to a machine with high feed rates like the SL6.

What’s the quality of this machine? How good are the built-in components?

This lathe is built with high quality components and construction, that’s why we can offer an 18 month warranty. As mentioned the lathe uses a high quality Pragati turret and Siemens control. It also uses Schneider electrical components and PMI ball screws.

How is the accuracy? Will it hold up?

This machine is designed to maintain repeatability at .0002”. This lathe is also built on a true slant bed, mono-block casting design. This assures ultimate rigidity and vibration damping – initially, and for the long-term life of the machine.

What are the standard features? What are the options?

The SL6 Slant Bed Lathe has standard specifications that include 5 HP spindle motor, 6” manual chuck and 3000 RPM spindle. Optional upgrades include: 7.5 HP motor, pneumatic or hydraulic chuck, 5000 RPM spindle, different control options, and a chip conveyer.

Can I set this up myself? Do I need a rigger?

The SL6 is a heavy, bulky, cumbersome piece of machinery that should be handled with respect.  You should carefully and realistially consider your capabiliites before deciding to handle the moving of this machine on your own.  If you have a forklift that has sufficient fork length, size and load capacity, in addtion to a safety minded and well-trained operator, you should be able to safely remove the lathe from the truck it is shipped on and place it at its intended operating location. Some customers rent fork lifts and/or operaters to perform the task. 

Basic instructions for setting up the lathe are included in the operations manual. Of course, you can always call us with questions you may have.

What’s the warranty? How does it work?

AutoMateCNC Lathes have an 18 month parts replacement warranty. Detroit Machine Tools will send you the proper replacements parts for parts that prove to be defective.

The Siemens 808D control has a three year (2+1) “in-field” warranty that is supported by Siemens USA.

How about service, can I do it myself? What if I need technical support?

The expectation is that customers who purchase a CNC machine tool will have the adequate mechanical and electrical know-how to handle service questions as they arise. Naturally, you can call and talk to a DMT technician with questions you have.

If you need technical support beyond telephone, on-line or email support provided by DMT technicians, we can help you find a local technician that is willing to travel to your location to provide assistance at your expense. We may already know of a technician in your area that we have worked with previously.

This mill uses three phase power. Why? Is there an advantage?

The simple answer is that larger horse power machines operate more efficiently when using three phase power.

The advantage of three phase power is that your machines will last longer and operate with higher energy efficiency. Three phase power does not use more electricity than machines using single phase power. This also applies when using a phase converter – The average 10 HP phase converter runs on around 7 cents per hour of electricity.

I don’t have three phase power in my shop, what am I going to do?

The best solution is to use a rotary phase converter, which plugs into a standard 220V plug and converts power from the wall into the three phase power used by the machine.

If you do not have a phase converter yourself, you can purchase a high quality American made phase converter from us for a discounted price.

This is a simple plug and perform solution for the small shop operator. Watch this video to learn more about setting up and using a phase converter:


This video clip shows the Marton Brothers using phase converters to set up their new machine shop.

Siemens 808D CNC Control

The Siemens 808D is a real deal industrial control?

The Siemens 808D is a fully functional, industrial grade CNC control system that uses software based on the same software used in Siemens' larger, more industrial control systems. The difference is that the 808D is designed to be used on smaller machines.

Machine tools with real production capabilities, like AutoMateCNC machines, are best matched with a control system that has the power and functionality to do real production work, just like the Siemens 808D.

(NOTE - PERSONAL CNC CONTROLS: Mach3 and other “personal CNC” control systems are limited and best applied to hobby applications. Personal CNC systems are not easier to use than an industry standard control system, like the Siemens 808D. Also, the application of personal CNC systems is limited).

All AutoMateCNC machines come standard with the Siemens 808D Basic control, which can be upgraded upon request. Other control options include the Siemens 808D Advanced and Siemens 828D controls. Those that prefer using a Fanuc system can order any of our lathes or mills with a Fanuc Oi Mate TD CNC Control.

It says AutoMateCNC machines have servos. Is that true, even at this low price?

Yes, all AutoMateCNC lathes and mills use servo motors and drives on all axes. The biggest advantage of servo drives over steppers is the degree of accuracy and repeatability that can be accomplished. 

Other advantages of servos include: Rapid acceleration and higher speeds  2) High torque throughout the speed range 3) High efficiency  4)  Stay cool during long operations  5) Operate at very low noise levels – even at high speeds. Vibration free operation is one important reason for this.

PLUS, it has a closed loop control system?

Yes, this CNC control is a closed loop system. A servo-driven closed loop system is significantly more accurate than steppers. A closed loop system sends commands from the control out to the machine and then completes the communication process by sending data back that updates the control as to where the machining process is at any given time.

The system directly monitors motor position and velocity in real time. The system then automatically makes corrections to assure correct tool positioning. This assures high accuracy and maximum parts quality. PLUS, it assures smoother finishes and a reduced reject rate.

Does the control have conversational programming?

Yes, you can program standing at the control panel using fill-in-the-blank style forms. Each form has a graphic demonstration of the machining process you are programming. The control interface features includes standard programming patterns like bolt hole circles, linear rays, full-contour definition, peck drilling, tapping, etc.

Do AutoMateCNC lathes and mills have a servo driven spindle? What’s the advantage?

Yes, all AutoMateCNC machines have a servo driven spindle, similar to the type of spindle drive motors used on larger CNC machine tools. A servo driven spindle provides much better torque, and assures constant torque throughout the speed range, even at low RPM.

Servo motors with an encoder are able to continually identify the exact radial location of the spindle shaft. This makes the servo driven spindle capable of rigid tapping, a function that most machine operators will eventually find a need for. The servo also allows for spindle positioning – an important consideration when using live tooling.

So, this lathe can rigid tap?

Yes, AutoMateCNC lathes and mills can be easily programmed to do rigid tapping operations.

Does the Siemens 808D handle larger programs well?

Siemens has a unique function that allows for the streaming of large program files direct from a USB. Large files are no longer a concern - other CNC systems lack this robust level of functionality.

Will this CNC Control work with my CAD-CAM system?

Yes, the Siemens 808D control has post processors for all CAD-CAM systems. If you are having a problem we will work with Siemens USA to resolve the issue.

What about training?

When you purchase an AutoMateCNC lathe or mill you receive free tuition (Value $299) to attend a day long basic programming and machine set-up class that we hold at our location in Ann Arbor, MI. Siemens USA also has many training webinars on their website.

I noticed that Siemens has a simulator for the 808C control. Is this helpful?

Yes, definitely. You should take the time to download the FREE Siemens 808D simulator on your computer. Spend some time getting to know the control system. Only with a little experience will you be able to see that the Siemens 808D control is as powerful and easy to use as other industrial CNC control systems on the market.

Many customers continue to use the simulator after they have their machines to develop machining programs while at their computer, rather than at the control panel. Once programs have been written and tested they can be easily transferred to the machine control via USB drive.

Shipping Information


The Automate machines are larger machines which require special attention when transporting. You will want to make sure you recognize the exact dimensions of the machine you're going to purchase in order to make this process go as easy as possible. Please click here for machine dimensions (insert link). Due to such a large variation in sizes of our machines, please call us at 800.476.4849 or fill out the online quote form to obtain a freight quote.

Forklift Requirements
  • The length of forks on your machine must be a minimum of 6' long.
  • The lifting capacity must be greater than the weight of the machine you are purchasing.
Air Ride Delivery
Standard Delivery
Standard Delivery
(Forklift and Loading Dock) This delivery method is a standard Less Than Truckload shipment meant for a location that has a fork lift with a minimum of 6' forks and a lifting capacity greater than that of the machine being purchased. You must also have a loading dock capable of driving your forklift onto the truck. If you're unsure of your personnel or fork lift's capabilities, please contact a local rigger for assistance.
Flatbed Delivery
Flatbed Delivery
Forklift without loading dock: this delivery method enables your machine to be shipped to your location and removed from the truck by a forklift (with 6’ forks) driving at ground level. Your locatin must be truck/trailer accessible. It is a standard open trailer flatbed truck. Machines are crated and covered with a tarp.
Air Ride Delivery
Air Ride Delivery
Air Ride Delivery
Forklift with or without loading dock: this delivery method is an upgraded package that transports your machine on a trailer using an air ride suspension system ensuring the delivery of your machine delicately and safely to its destination.
If you do not have a forklift or a loading dock, we'd be happy to discuss alternative options with you. Call us at 1-800-476-4849 and speak with one of our representatives to discuss the logistical solution best suited for you.
Shipping to Canada
We use a variety of transport companies for Canadian shipments to ensure you the best possible rates when going across the border. We offer two different options when dealing with customs, duties and taxes going into Canada. The first option is to act as your own servicing agent, we'll sell you the machine, but contacting a broker and paying duties, taxes and fees is up to you. The second option would be an all inclusive package where we take care of everything for you, your job is to prepare to receive the machine when delivered.
International Shipping
For our international shipments we use Mid-America Overseas. We will quote and ship to the port nearest you, forwarding from the port to your door will be your responsibility. You must provide valid contact information and a ship-to address to obtain a quote.

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