6540-18/6541-18 XY Slide w/18″ Table


6540-18 (6541-18 metric) 2-axis manual XY machine slide w/18″ table
The XY slide is shown in manual configuration, but it is also available with NEMA 23 stepper motor mounts for CNC operation.

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About the XY Slides

The slides are manufactured primarily from 6061-T6 aluminum and finished with a black anodizing. Some slides have ground steel beds. Leadscrew backlash is adjustable. Dovetailed tables and saddles have adjustable gibs to eliminate play. Handwheels have a black anodized finish and the markings are laser engraved through the finish into the white aluminum for high visibility. Handwheels are graduated in .001″ increments on inch slides and in .01mm increments on metric slides. Leadscrews are precision rolled from steel, and table screws are located under the table, out of the way of chips. Backlash is adjustable.

In most slide bases, a groove is machined around the bottom of the base that can be used to attach the slide to a table using hold-down clamps (supplied). 1/4-20 mounting holes are also provided.

About the 6540-18 (6541-18 metric) XY Slide w/18″ Table

The 6540-18/6541-18 2-axis XY machine slide has an 18″ table with plain handwheels.
Travel: X=13.38″ (340 mm), Y=4″ (102 mm)

CNC-Ready XY Slide Bases

These manual slides can be converted to CNC use at a later date by removing the handwheel and collar and retrofitting a stepper motor mount and stepper motor. These same slides can also be purchased already fitted with stepper motor mounts. See the page on CNC machine slides.

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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.


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XY Slide w/18″ Table
Material Aluminum
Body Coating Black Anodized
Table size 18″ x 2.75″ (458 mm x 70 mm)
Table height 2.8″ (71.1 mm)
X-axis travel 13.38″ (340 mm)
Y-axis travel 4.1″ (104 mm)
Hold-down provision 2 T-slots
Handwheel graduations .001″ on inch versions, .01 mm on metric
Overall weight (6540-18) 10 lb (4.5 kg)
40600 10-32 X 1/4″ Flat Pt Set Screw
40690 10-32 X 3/4″ Skt Hd Cap Screw
40820 Gib Lock
40890 X-axis Slide Screw Insert (P/N 41890 metric)
40980 Crosslide Gib (Instructions)
50130 Back Lash Nut, X-axis Assembly (P/N 51130 metric)
50140 Back Lash Nut, Y-axis Assembly (P/N 51140 metric)
50150 Anti-Backlash Lock (10/98)
50172 X-axis Lead Screw For 18″ Table (P/N 51172 metric)
50190 Lock, X-axis Assembly
50200 Y-axis Slide Screw Insert (P/N 51200 metric)
50211 8-32 X 1/4″ Button Skt Screw
50910 Mill Saddle Assembly
58180 Mill Table 18″ w/End Bushing Assembly
67017 Industrial 2″ Handwheel-Y-Axis Assembly (P/N 670171 metric)
67018 Industrial 2″ Handwheel-X-axis Assembly (P/N 670181 metric)
67019 Industrial Thrust Collar Assembly
67106 CNC-RH Coupling Preload Nut (P/N 67108 metric)
67111 8-32 X 7/8″ Skt Hd Cap Screw
67115 5-40 X 7/8″ Skt Hd Cap Screw