Victor Fortune introduces a new range of heavy-duty lathes

Victor Fortune has introduced a new range of heavy-duty lathes into the South African market. Occupying the larger end of the turning range, the heavy-duty lathes and larger through-bore machines will complement existing products offered by Victor Fortune.


Rugged in construction, the new VMax machines can be customised to meet demanding customer requirements. Lathes come as either flat-bed (CNC or manual) or slant-bed and with swing-over bed capacities starting at 800 mm and rising to 1 800 mm. Bed lengths can be specified up to 12 metres at point of order with through-spindle bore capacities varying from six to 24 inches for large shaft work. All machines are equipped with geared heads, delivering power up to 100hp for heavy-duty cutting.

The weight of a machine is often perceived as a measure of its stability, so with VMax’s weighing in at up to 31 000 kilograms rigidity won’t be an issue. Built on either two or three shear hardened and precision ground bedways, well-structured and balanced build quality ensures minimal vibration and precision results.


Machines can be specified with a host of features including programmable tailstocks, C- and Y-axis for milling functions, (B-axis heads are also available), high pressure coolant (a useful feature when machining and drilling large diameter bores), toolsetters, sub-spindles and fixed or travelling steadies for supporting larger and longer components.

Dudley Meredith, Sales Director at Victor Fortune says: “We’ve spent many months researching and looking for the right machines to extend our portfolio. Over the years, Victor Fortune products have become synonymous with quality, reliability and overall machining performance, so it was imperative for us to make sure we continued this theme with any new machines added to our range.”


“Large mining and general engineering machining and larger shaft turning are requirements that many engineering companies, including our customers throughout South Africa, confront on a daily basis and up until now we’ve had to take a back seat in that particular marketplace. This is a really exciting time for Victor Fortune and our customers and we are proud to be able to supply a complete turning solution, from small turned complex components to large shaft work for the mining, oil, gas, subsea and general engineering markets.”

For more information contact Victor Fortune on TEL: 011 392 3800 or visit