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


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Product Description

About the 2-Axis Manual Machine Slides

  1. The slides are manufactured primarily from 6061-T6 aluminum and finished with a black anodizing. The slides that incorporate steel parts have ground dovetails.
  2. The table is 8″ x 2.75″, and any table is available with either an inch or metric leadscrew.
  3. Leadscrews are precision rolled from steel, and table screws are located under the table, out of the way of chips. Leadscrew backlash is adjustable.
  4. Dovetailed tables and saddles have adjustable gibs to eliminate play.
  5. 2″ Industrial handwheels are graduated in .001″ increments on inch slides and in .01 mm increments on metric slides.

Mounting Provisions

FROM THE BOTTOM—Two 1/4-20 holes are provided in the base’s bottom on 2-inch centers for mounting.

FROM THE TOP—If access is not available from the bottom, the slide can be mounted from the top using the four provided angle clamps. They slide into the groove around the perimeter of the base, and holes are drilled in the mounting surface and tapped to accept the 10-32 socket head cap screws provided. Use all four clamps for the most secure mount.

Weight Capacity

Our slides’ weight capacity 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 more centrally located (closer to the base), you can exceed the 10 lbs. limit.

Duty Cycle

Under 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 anodized coating will begin to wear thin. The dovetail and the screw will last longer if you keep them lubricated with light oil*.

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 duty cycle (2080 hours) from the backlash nut before it will need to be adjusted or replaced.

*NOTE: Do not use WD40 as a lubricant on these slides. WD40 will remove the anodized coating from these parts!

The improper use of machine tools and their accessories can result in serious injury. Before using this tool, thoroughly read the instructions and make sure you understand its proper and safe use.


Always wear safety glasses when operating machine tools.

Download PDF 6560 Instructions

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Table size 2.75″ x 8″ (70 mm x 203 mm)
Table height above mounting surface 5.13″ (130 mm)
Table travel X-axis = 6.25″ (159 mm), Y-axis = 5.38″ (137 mm)
Hold-down provision 2 T-slots
Mounting provision 2 holes 1/4-20 in the bottom of the base plus slot for angle clamps
Handwheels 2″ laser-engraved aluminum with two pre-loaded ball bearings
Part No. Description Quantity
40174 (41170 Metric) Saddle Nut, Plain 1
40175 (41175 Metric) Manual Saddle Locking Lever 1
40330 10-32 x 5/8″ Socket Head Cap Screw 1
40520 10-32 x 3/16″ Set Screw 2
40600 10-32 x 1/4″ Flat Point Set Screw 2
40670 10-32 x 1/2″ Socket Head Cap Screw 1
40740 10-32 x 7/8″ Socket Head Cap Screw 4
40820 Gib Lock 2
40890 (41890 Metric) Slide Screw Insert Nut 1
40910 Saddle 1
40980 Gib, Table 1
40990 Gib, Saddle 1
44210 (44220 Metric) Crosslide Table Leadscrew 1
44880 Crosslide Table 1
45030 Bed 1
65451 Base 1
67018 (670181 Metric) 2″ Industrial Handwheel 2
67019 Industrial Handwheel Collar 2
67030 (67031 Metric) Leadscrew 1
67106 (67108 Metric) Preload Nut (RH) 1
67107 (67109 Metric) Preload Nut (LH) 1
67120 3/8″ Flanged Bearing 4

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