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    • Heavy-Duty Combination Brake Lathe

    Brake Lathes by Ranger

    Ranger's full-service brake lathes are hands-down the best in-class investment you can make for brake service needs because they are exceptionally speedy, rugged and precise. Featuring infinitely adjustable feed rates at the turn of the dial, our brake lathes are designed to deliver perfect lathe results every time. Ranger Brake Lathes are the superior choice because no other brake lathe on the market has the same incredible Ranger innovations, essential to every garage or shop looking to perform brake service.

    A Ranger combination brake lathe is an effective and essential piece of shop equipment for curing brake pedal pulsation, annoying brake noise, vehicle driveability and safety. Ranger brake lathes easily correct thickness variations on rotor and drum surface areas, a common condition caused by uneven contact of the brake pad on the friction surface.

    Uneven surface flaws are responsible for almost every customer complaint when frustrations are directed towards the brakes--especially what happens when they press on the brake pedal. When brake surface variations are found, the rotor's (or drums or flywheels) imperfections need to be corrected which typically involves machining down the entire surface so that high spots are machined smooth across the entire surface. Brake lathe resurfacing is usually less expensive and more efficient than replacing the rotor.

    Ranger-Products-Logo.jpgRanger Brake Lathes are the superior choice because no other brake lathe on the market has the same incredible Ranger innovations, essential to every garage or shop looking to perform brake service.

     Model Max rotor thickness Max rotor diameter Brake drum diameter Spindle travel Spindle speed
     RL-8500  2-1/2" 17"
    6" - 28" 6-7/8" 150 rpm -
    200 rpm
     RL-8500XLT  2-1/2" 17" 6" - 28" 9-7/8" 150 rpm -
    200 rpm

    One of the common problems that plague other brake lathes is the vibration and chatter transfer that directly affects the tool-tip and leaves an imperfect cut on the machined surface. The RL-8500XLT Brake Lathe by Ranger is specifically designed to address this issue by eliminating the need for gear-driven mechanical drives and variable-speed transmission devices.

    Ranger brake lathes replaced antiquated transmission / gears found on other brands. You would be surprised if you stood back and watched a brake lathe machine finish a cut on a rotor or drum. Brake rotors are very smooth or should be. If you were to turn a rotor on any lathe then drop a hammer on the floor next to the lathe, you would see a noticeable degradation of the cut at the moment of impact. Vibration causes frequencies which get transferred to the finish cut. Because the Ranger RL-8500XLT brake lathe does not use gears and transmissions, we completely eliminate multiple frequencies that could degrade the machining finish. The formation of surface roughness is usually the result of the tool feed rate, spindle rotational speed, tool geometry, the material properties and relative tool-work vibration. Vibrations and chatter from gears, bearings and mechanical drive parts are eliminated--the same kind of vibration that is often transferred to the tool-tip leaving irregular cuts on the machined finish.

    One of our brake lathes' best features is the Brake lathe rodindependent The DC servo motors that control the cross feed and spindle feed drives are one of the best features on a Ranger brake lathe, eliminating the need for mechanical gear boxes found in traditional brake lathing units. The final result is a drastic reduction in repair and service costs throughout the entirety of your Ranger Brake Lathe's lifetime.

    Brake lathe tooling storageAdditionally, all Ranger Brake Lathes come standard with a heavy-duty work bench, convenient quick-change tool-head design, a complete adapter package, simple controls that minimize operator movement, a double-headed work lamp, safety shield, chip "catch" funnel and an adjustable cross feed stop. No other brake lathe works as hard as a Ranger Brake Lathe; Ranger always means value.

    Our standard brake lathe tooling package features our Brake lathe arborQuick-Change Adapter Plus system that eliminates the need for conventional bell clamps and cones.

    Our extensive brake lathe tool package fits foreign and domestic car and light truck hubless drums and rotors with 2-5/32” to 4” center-holes and composite rotors with center-holes 4” to 6 1/4”. The brake lathe adapter package also includes micro-dial twin tool cutter, boring bar, hubless adapters, backing plates, tapered collets, centering cones, self-aligning spacer, bell clamp, step adapter, drum silencer, universal silencer band, wrenches and safety shield.

    The ability to stop at will is the most important safety feature Brake lathe standard tooling packagea vehicle has. When it comes to your clients' brakes, don't take chances. Make sure it's a Ranger Brake Lathe.

    Browse and compare our full offering of Ranger Brake Lathes with the handy slider at top of the page, or click on another product section using the navigation bar to see something completely different.


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