Methods Expands Feeler Line with 5-Axis Machining Center Designed for Heavy Payloads

4/19/2017   Sudbury, MA

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New FEELER U-800 provides high-precision machining
and exceptional structural stability.

Methods Machine Tools, Inc.(, a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools, 3D printing technology, automation and accessories, has expanded its FEELER line to include the gantry style FEELER U-800 5-axis machining center, designed for versatile high precision machining of large and heavy parts.

The Feeler U-800 5-axis machining center is designed with a gantry-type structure that allows large workpieces to be loaded and unloaded with ease either through the front or overhead with an automatically retractable roof. The gantry structure, together with an advanced U-shaped base and cross rail, increases structural rigidity, ensures high machining accuracy and exceptional surface finishes.

The U-800, equipped with a 27 HP, 12,000 rpm (15,000 optional) DDS spindle for fast, efficient high-speed machining, features the Heidenhain TNC-640 Control and glass scale feedback on all 5-axes. The trunnion is solidly built, utilizing direct drive motors with a 31.5″ dia. by 24″ work envelope and a weight capacity of 2,600 pounds. The tilting A axis has a full +/- 120 degrees of motion.

A servo-driven, 32 (optional 64) tool ATC carousel provides fast, reliable tool changing.  Additional features include twin ball screws on the Y axis, roller guideways on the X, Y and Z axis and 5-axis kinematic software for high accuracy and repeatability. These features, in addition to the direct drive spindle, spindle chiller and auto lubrication are all furnished standard on the Feeler U-800.

“The U-800’s gantry type structure, together with the U-shaped base and stepped cross rail, brings structural stability to a new level in the high precision 5-axis machining of heavy parts,” said Dale Hedberg, FEELER Product Manager at Methods Machine Tools, Inc.

FEELER machines are manufactured by Fair Friend Group (FFG).  Established in 1979, FFG is one of the world’s largest machine tool builders and has major manufacturing operations in Taiwan, China, Japan and the U.S.A.  FEELER is known for rigorous quality control and has invested significantly in highly advanced manufacturing equipment and research and development.

All FEELER machines include extensive design and engineering by Methods Machine Tools, and are backed by Methods’ application expertise, support and extensive network of technology centers. The full range of FEELER machines encompasses Vertical Machining Centers, Turning Centers, Vertical Turning Lathes and Bridge / Boring Mills.

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., in operation for close to 60 years, is a leading supplier of precision machine tools, 3D printing solutions, automation and accessories, providing extensive applications engineering support, installation, parts, service and training through a network of large state-of-the-art technology centers and dealers throughout North America.  For more information, please contact Methods at 65 Union Avenue, Sudbury, MA 01776, TEL: (978) 443-5388, FAX: (978) 440-9405 or visit