600 Machine Tools Help Center

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your main brands?


600 Group is the home of world leading machine tool brands such as Colchester-Harrison lathes, Electrox Laser marking systems, Pratt Burnerd workholding Chucks, Crawford Collets and Gamet Bearings.




What is a machine tool?


A machine tool is a powered mechanical device, typically used to fabricate metal components of machines by the selective removal or shaping of metal. Most machine tools can be operated either manually or by using automatic (CNC) controls.




What is a metal working lathe used for?


A lathe is a machining tool that is used primarily for shaping metal or wood. It works by rotating the workpiece around a stationary cutting tool. The main use is to remove unwanted parts of the material, leaving behind a nicely shaped workpiece.




How does the design of a spindle for high speed improve the performance of Vertical Turning Lathe (VTL)?


For design the spindle of a vertical lathe, you need to know 3 variables:

1) The diameter range that you need to turn (maximum diameter and minimum diameter);

2) The material with the poor machinability index;

3) What type of material tool do you want to use.

This variables are necessary to estimate the power of the spindle and the minimum - maximum rpm speed range.




I need my machine serviced... who do I contact?


Our Service division are readily available to asisst with you with any machine service you may need. Give us a call on 02 9674 4738 and ask to speak to the Service and Support team.




My machine is not functioning optimally? Can someone come and check it out?


Yes! Our Service and Support team are available Monday to Friday. Give us a call on 02 9674 4738 and ask to speak with the service and support team. They will work with you towards understanding and fixing the problem and will provide a date and time that they can come out and inspect your machine.




I need a particular type of machine, however Im not sure which model will best suit my machining applications?


Youve come to the right place! Our Sales divisions are here to assist you with any questions or queries you may have with regards to any machine. Give our Main Office a call on 02 9674 4738 and ask to speak to a Sales Member, they will be waiting for your call!