CNC-Ready Single-Axis Manual Machine Slide


CNC-ready Single-axis machine slides available with table lengths of 8″, 13″, or 18″.
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Product Description

About the CNC-Ready Single-Axis Manual Machine Slides

  1. The slides are manufactured from 6061-T6 aluminum and finished with a black anodized coating.
  2. The single-axis manual machine slides are available with table lengths of 8″, 13″, or 18″, 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. 1-5/8″ handwheels are graduated in .001″ increments on inch slides and in .01 mm increments on metric slides.
  6. Stepper motor mounts for NEMA 23 stepper motors

NOTE: CNC-ready slides cannot be operated manually until stepper motors are installed.

Mounting Provisions

FROM THE BOTTOM—Four 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 angle clamps provided. 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 WD-40 as a lubricant on these slides. WD-40 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 6550 Instructions

Instructions PDF Download

6550 (6551) 8″ table 6555 (6556) 13″ table 6550-18 (6551-18) 18″ table
Table size 2.75″ x 8″ (70 mm x 203 mm) 2.75″ x 13″ (70 mm x 330 mm) 2.75″ x 18″ (70 mm x 458 mm)
Table height 2″ (51 mm) 2″ (51 mm) 2″ (51 mm)
Table travel 4″ (102 mm) 8″ (203 mm) 14″ (356 mm)
Hold-down provision 2 T-slots 2 T-slots 2 T-slots
Mounting provision 4 holes 1/4-20 in the bottom of the base plus slot for angle clamps 4 holes 1/4-20 in the bottom of the base plus slot for angle clamps 4 holes 1/4-20 in the bottom of the base plus slot for angle clamps
Handwheel 1-5/8″ laser engraved aluminum with two pre-loaded ball bearings 1-5/8″ laser engraved aluminum with two pre-loaded ball bearings 1-5/8″ laser engraved aluminum with two pre-loaded ball bearings
Part No. Description Quantity
12050 8-32 x 3/8″ Socket Head Cap Screw 4
30561 10-32 T-Nut 4
35580 Angle Clamp 4
40080 (41040 Metric) 1-5/8″ Handwheel 1
40520 10-32 x 3/16″ Cup Point Set Screw 3
40690 10-32 x 3/4″ Socket Head Cap Screw 4
40740 10-32 x 7/8″ Socket Head Cap Screw 1
40820 Gib Lock 1
40890 (41890 Metric) Leadscrew Nut 1
40980 Gib 1
44210 (44220 Metric) 8″ Leadscrew (6552/6553) 1
50171 (51171 Metric) 13″ Leadscrew (6557/6558) 1
50173 (51773 Metric) 18″ Leadscrew (6552-18/6553-18) 1
50150 Backlash Lock Star Gear 1
50210 Button Head Socket Screw 1
50130 (51130 Metric) Backlash Lock Nut 1
65501 Base 1
65502 Table Lock 1
67036 8″ Slide Table (6552/6553) 1
67050 13″ Slide Table (6557/6558) 1
54182 18″ Slide Table (6552-18/6553-18) 1
67101 CNC Mount 1
671052 CNC Coupler 1
67106 (67108 Metric) Preload Nut 1
67111 8-32 x 7/8″ Socket Head Cap Screw 2
67115 5-40 x 1” Socket Head Cap Screw 1
67120 3/8″ Bearing W/ Flange 2

Click the P/Ns below to download a zipped version of the IGS 3D CAD file. You will need to extract the zip file before viewing the files.
8″ 6552/6553 3D IGS model
13″ 6557/6558 3D IGS model
18″ 6552-18/6553-18 3D IGS model
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