Over the last few years, we at OmniTurn have been asking our loyal users what changes they would like to see in our GT-75 and attachments. First we found that if you ask, boy, do you get feed back! After putting together all of the suggestions we found, what was most commonly requested was a small, fast, inexpensive, simple/advanced, cross between the GT-75 and attachment. Also interestingly, many users asked that the new machine be portable. This was quite a collection of needs to try and get into a single machine. What came out of all this is the new
Very small foot print, takes up little shop space.
Same great slide and control.
It is called the Jr. because of its small foot print, not its machining capacity. The slide and control are the same systems that are used in the GT-75! The Jr. has all of the same features and characteristics. What we did take away was much of the space the GT-75 and attachments require. The Jr. takes up less floor space than attachments because of the 75-degree angle. The slide is not smaller. It has a 12" x 9" standard travel. The Jr. takes up less space than the GT-75 by the removal of the full enclosure. In many secondary operations the full enclosure is not needed. In fact, it may be in the way of many applications. So we removed the enclosure and we were able to reduce the overall footprint of the machine. Front to back, the machine is only 24" deep.
Great for secondary operations, easy access for loading:
The Jr.'s spindle is very close to the operator. They do not have to stretch over the slide or into the machine to load the spindle. The spindle is only 10" from the front edge.
After only weeks in production, the GT-Jr. established a large following. A common example of its introduction into a shop that already owned a number of attachments is at Radiant Thermal Products. Al Maglio told us the following:
75-degree slant helps with chip and coolant flow:
Built to be portable, move the OmniTurn to where the secondaries are needed.
Now, here is a novel idea: Secondary operations have always been done in the "secondary area". This has meant bringing the parts across the shop and having to handle them a number of times. Why not bring the secondary machine to where the work needs to be done? Until now, this has not been possible. Most machine tool builders and users assumed that a lathe should be planted in place and that once a lathe has been installed, it can never be moved. People thought that a machine must be bolted to the floor to take a heavy cut. The OmniTurn block construction has changed this. At OmniTurn, we experimented with a portable machine. The GT-Jr. is the result. The base frame has a cutout to enable a pallet jack or fork truck to easily pick up and move the lathe. The coolant and chip systems are enclosed in the base. They move with the lathes. To move the GT-Jr., all you have to do is unplug the electrical and air connections, then off you go.
Many options are available.
The GT-Jr. can be purchased as the simple base machine with a 5HP spindle drive, coolant system, and manual collet closer. If more complex operations are needed, options can be added: Pneumatic collet closer, C axis spindle drive, extended X axis travel, live tooling, automatic loaders, and more.