Buehler'sAbrasiMatic 300 abrasive cutter now features the optional X-Bed for
increased convenience when sectioning in the x-axis direction. The accompanying
digital display tracks x-axis travel, improving precision, consistency and
repeatability in serial (parallel) sectioning applications. The AbrasiMatic 300
is a bench-top cutter featuring a 12-inch abrasive cut-off wheel that can
section up to a 4.375 inch (110 mm) diameter sample. A 5 Hp (3.7 kW) motor powers
through large and hardened materials, including steel, highly alloyed metals,
coated metals, ceramics, concrete and minerals. The new X-Bed adjusts using a
handle wheel on the front of the machine; operators can quickly
position/reposition samples without unclamping them from the table or vice.
After making the first cut, operators can then set the digital display to zero.
Any subsequent x-axis table movement is then displayed 0.1-inch increments. The
AbrasiMatic 300 offers four sectioning options: X-axis serial sectioning; manual
"chop" style cutting in the z-axis using the manual cutting lever; manual
longitudinal y-axis cutting using the y-axis handle wheel and automated
longitudinal y-axis cutting using the y-axis motor feed and touch-screen controls.
Buehler's Smartcut system automatically reduces the feed rate to produce
burn-free cuts. A pulse cutting mode reduces deformation on difficult-to-cut
Measures 34 x 23 x 27 inch (849 x 585 x 678 mm)
Weighs 350 lbs (165 kg)
Cutting area is separated from the electrical area for total isolation
Two stainless steel T-slot vice table beds accept any standard vices
Two flexible gooseneck halogen lights can be positioned to illuminate any spot in the cutting area
Side hood door slides open as the hood is raised to allow sample placement
Side port accommodates long sample sizes
Basket catches parts after sectioning
Wash-down hose with shut-off valve enables quick cleaning of the cutting area and vices
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