Tormach’s 8L Lathe

Tormach’s 8L Lathe

January 7, 2021

Tormach LLC

Tormach Inc.’s 8L Lathe is a small machine with big capabilities, and has the ability to fill turning needs in a variety of spaces. Rigid enough to cut anything, whether it’s plastic, stainless steel, or titanium, this machine can handle it, and at an approachable price point. The basic machine offers tailstock and fully-assembled enclosure, while an 8L Lathe Deluxe Package delivers numerous features including a robust machine stand with integral coolant tank, separate chip drawer for easy removal, storage drawers and optional side shelving, as well as PathPilot controller, tool holder/tool kit, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and more. There is also fully-loaded 8L build comes available.

The 8L lathe features a 5C spindle that accommodates parts up to 1” diameter, which meets the needs of most lathe users. For larger pieces up to 8” in diameter, users can simply add a 3- or 4-jaw chuck to cut the stock.

Like all Tormach CNC machines, the 8L lathe will be controlled by the PathPilot software system. That means users can use intuitive conversational lathe programming, do rigid tapping, and leverage built-in Dropbox support for transferring programs. PathPilot and PathPilot HUB has been known to be incredibly powerful for both beginner CNCers, as well as veteran machinists and educators.

The new 8L is unique, not just among other Tormach machines, but also in the general machine tool market, because it offers a 1.5hp (1.11kW) spindle that runs at 180rpm to 5,000rpm. It already comes with the machine in a fully assembled enclosure as part of the base model, but the footprint remains small (26" x 50"), and the lathe itself is attached to a hand-scraped 140-pound cast base. Like all Tormach machine tools, the 8L runs on standard single-phase household power (115VAC, 50/60Hz, and a 15A breaker). 

With a 5C spindle, the 8L can accommodate parts up to 1" or use a 3- or 4-jaw chuck, providing a swing of up to 8”. And, the stepper motors on the X- and Z-axis provide a feed rate of 150ipm (3.8m/min).

Travels on the 8L are impressive for its compact size.  The maximum workpiece length is 10” with the tailstock. The X-axis travel is 4.5”, so users can accommodate a part that fully utilizes the 8” swing.

It’s configured for Industry Standard OXA Quick Change Tool Post. Instead of the operator needing two wrenches that turn hardware in opposite directions, the machine itself can lock down the tool holder. By allowing one hand tool changing, this takes a typically inconvenient task and not only makes it easier, but also greatly reduces the time required to change the tooling.