Davis Keyseater

Davis Keyseater

Get Started with the Hansford Davis Keyseater

Get Started with the Hansford Davis Keyseater

The Model 15 Davis Keyseater

The Model 15 Davis Keyseater is available in two basic versions: the DA-15A, which is operated manually only, and as the DA-15B which provides the selection of manual or automatic feed and includes variable speed drive and automatic stop. Both keyseater machines include a coolant system to flush chips, a micrometer depth stop for fast and accurate depth settings, and a one-shot lubrication system.

The Model 15 Davis Keyseater uses AF or AFS cutters exclusively. Cutter change is fast because of self-centering cutter jaws, and double resistance arms (one above and one below the workpiece) which make the cutters self-squaring. This rugged, gear-driven model can cut tapered keyways by addition of the DA-58 Tilting Table, and multiple keyways by the addition of the DA-22 Index Table.

For optimum cutting efficiency in large and/or long keyways, as well as in a range of materials that vary widely in hardness, the DA-27 Variable Speed Drive accessory is recommended for the DA-15A manual version; it is standard on the DA-15B version. Other accessories are available to expand the workpiece size capacity of the Model 15 Davis Keyseater.

Keyway Cutting Capacity 1/16″ to 1–1/2″ (in steel)
Throat Depth From face of 1” cutter to armpost: 19″
With DA-60 extra throat depth assembly: 22″
Maximum Height of Work Standard: 12″
With D-1701 arm post option: 18″
Maximum Length of Cut 16″ long cutter: 4″
20″ long cutter: 8″
24″ long cutter: 12″
30″ long cutter: 18″
Table Size 20″ x 31”
Table Travel 1–1/2″
Strokes per Minute Stroke: 4–1/2”
Standard: 45
With DA-27 variable speed drive: 11–56
Motor HP 2 hp
Gross Weight Domestic crating: 1350 lbs.
Export crating: 1750 lbs.
Net Weight 1250 lbs.
Shipping Crate Dimensions 40″ x 44″ x 48″

The ability of the Model 15 Davis Keyseater to accommodate fixtures for the external slotting of parts, and to cut internal keyways from 1/16″ to 1-1/2″ in size will make it one of the most versatile machines in your shop.

The Davis Keyseater is unequalled by other keyseaters in terms of cutting speed and precision. Davis multiple tooth cutters allow more strokes per minute, are faster cutting than single tooth cutters, save set-up time and eliminate length of stroke adjustments.

 

Davis Keyseaters have a keyway capacity of 1/16″ to 1-1/2″ wide. Using the multiple tooth cutter principle, the Davis Keyseater is the fastest cutting, most precise, and easiest to operate keyseater on the market.

The Hansford Davis Keyseater is one of the most versatile keyway cutting machines available. Easy to setup, fast-cutting and precise, the Davis Keyseater easily cuts keyways that range widely in depth and width.

Hansford’s 2018 direct list price:
Model DA-15-A Manual: $19,800 *
Model DA-15-B Automatic: $25,740 *
* Options, Tooling, Accessories Extra.

The chart illustrates cutting times for various size keyways and materials.

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Keyway Cutting

Case studies from the Model 15 Automatic

key cutting machine
Keyway Size: 1/2″ wide x 1/4″ deep
Keyway Length: 2″
Material: Cast Iron
Cutting Time: 30 seconds
key cutting machine
Keyway Size: 1/4″ wide x 1/8″ deep
Keyway Length: 2″
Material: Mild Steel
Cutting Time: 25 seconds
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Keyway Size: 1/4″ wide x 5/8″ deep
Keyway Length: 6″
Material: Tool Steel
Cutting Time: 10 minutes

Metal Slotting

Case studies from the Model 15 Automatic

All of the parts shown below have been slotted on a Model 15 Davis Keyseater (Automatic) and the times listed are superior to milling. The ability to cut external slots as well as internal keyways will make the Davis Keyseater one of the most versatile machines in your shop.

metal slotting
Slot Size: 3/16″ wide x 1-1/4″ deep
Slot Height: 1″
Material: Mild Steel
Cutting Time: 2 minutes total (2 slots)
metal slotting
Slot Size: 3/16″ wide x .680″ deep
Slot Height: 2-3/4″
Material: Cast Iron
Cutting Time: 30 seconds
metal slotting
Rough Slot Size: 5-8″ wide x 1-1/4″ deep x 1″ high
Finished Slot Size: 1″ wide x 1-1/2″ deep x 1″ high
Material: C1040 steel forging
Cutting Time: 1 minute

The Hansford Davis Keyseater

Using the multiple tooth cutter principle, the Davis Keyseater machine is fast cutting, precise, and easy to set-up and operate.

Our cutters virtually eliminate the necessity of frequent re-sharpening, resulting in longer tool life. Often it is possible to drive the cutter at a constant speed, regardless of the material or the size of the keyway being cut.

Cutters made of high speed tool steel with proper rake, clearance, and hardness cut efficiently. Using a work locating bushing ensures concentricity and allows for fast set-up of parts. Manual and automatic feed models available.

Davis Keyseaters can cut keyways that range widely in depth and width, whereas hand broaches are limited.

Our keyseating machines are also able to accept simple fixtures for external shaping and slotting of work pieces that are conventionally milled. This feature, combined with the rugged machine design and cost cutting tooling principle, make the Davis Keyseater one of the most versatile machines in your shop.

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