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Looking for a used Mori Seiki CNC lathe for sale? Want to know where to find a used Mori Seiki lathe manual or how DMG Mori now supports Mori Seiki? You’re in the right place.

Are you looking for a used Mori Seiki CNC lathe for sale at a fair price? No matter what type of used Mori Seiki CNC lathe you are looking for, we can make it easy for you. All the Mori Seiki CNC lathe machines for sale at have been thoroughly checked and can offer you the benefits of Mori Seiki without the expense of buying newer DMG Mori lathes. We both buy and sell used Mori Seiki CNC lathes.

By offering quality used CNC’s for sale, we provide access to equipment and technology to keep you competitive and making parts at high levels of efficiency. We’re here if you want to sell a used CNC and replace it with a Mori Seiki CNC lathe or if you want to add used Mori Seiki CNC lathes to increase production. When you are looking for a used Mori Seiki CNC lathe for sale, we can help. We want to partner with you, so contact us, and we’ll get started to find the best solutions for your shop.

Some History of DMG Mori Seiki and DMG Mori 

Mori Seiki has a history going back to 1948 where they started in the manufacturing of business textiles. In 1983, Mori Seiki established a USA branch and was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Osaka Securities Exchange. Around this time, they began to manufacture both vertical machining centers (MV-40) and horizontal machining centers (MV-40). By 2003 were deeply involved in the development of machine tools technology such as the DCG (driven at the center of gravity), DDM (direct drive motor and BMT (built-in motor turret). Gildemeister established Mori Seiki Sales and Service and acquired other various businesses before it was absorbed along with Mori Seiki beginning in 2009. In 2013 the company names all unified under the name DMG Mori and ceased production of Mori Seiki CNC lathes under the Mori Seiki name.

Mori Seiki manufactured Fanuc controlled CNC lathes and turning centers under the name “Mori Seiki” from the 1990’s until it was acquired by DMG Mori. Numerous Mori Seiki engine lathes, twin turret CNC lathes, turning centers, twin spindle with live tooling lathes and milling centers are still in hot demand. You will sometime see the name DMG Mori Seiki on equipment which encompasses both name brands together.

DMG Mori is a global company with headquarters in Japan and operation bases in Japan, Germany, Italy, China, Poland, and Russia. In total, they have over 12,000 employees in over 44 countries, with the majority of the employees located in Japan and Germany. They have sales offices throughout Europe, Africa, South America and 25 locations in the United States. The United States sales make up just 16% of revenue according to a 2016 corporate report.

The current DMG Mori Company supports all Mori Seiki CNC machines. Contact your DMG Mori representative or call their hotline at 1-800-DMG-MORI (800-364-6674) if you have any questions about support or need a Mori Seiki lathe manual.

Mori Seiki Product Lines

Over the years countless Mori Seiki lathes have been made and sold all over the world. Some models are more common in the USA than others. Mori Seiki made lathes, turning centers, vertical milling machines, horizontal milling machines, 5-axis machines and much more. Below is information on some popular CNC lines produced from the 1990’s until 2013.

Type: 2004 Series Description
2-Axis CNC Lathes SL This series features high-performance CNC lathes in a wide range of sizes, suitable for compact precision workpieces up to heavy-duty pieces. The SL1000, for example, has a 6″ chuck size and max turning length of only 7″, while the SL80 product line can turn parts up to 23″ OD with a turning length of 9.8″, and for very long parts, the SL-75 comes in various chuck sizes with a turning length of about 53″
2-Axis CNC Lathes CL The Mori Seiki CNC lathes in the CL Series are great for basic heavy-duty CNC chucked parts. They are produced with chuck sizes of 6″ (on the CL1500 line) up to 12″ with a CL-253B in 2004. Turning lengths vary from about 12″ to 22″.
2-Axis CNC Lathes TF For compact turning, the TF 2-axis CNC lathes are built to please. They come with standard chuck sizes of 6″ (TF1500) and 8″ (TF2000), and have maximum turning lengths from 14″ to about 22″.
2-Axis CNC Lathes HiCELL The Mori Seiki HiCell series was built to handle a variety of milling methods. In addition to turning, these machines can mill. They come in 8″ (HiCELL 20), 10″ (HiCell 23), 12″ (HiCELL 30) and 15″ (HiCELL 40) standard chuck sizes with a max turning length up to 39″.
2-Axis CNC Lathes Pick-up Turn The Pick-up Turn series was designed with automation where the spindle picks up and transports the workpiece to the work area. It comes with standard chuck sizes between 6″ (CS150) and 115″ (CS400) and up to 11.8″ maximum turning lengths.
2-Axis CNC Lathes VL The VL Series was made with the production of flywheels, brake drums, wheels and similar parts in mind. These vertical CNC lathes have improved accessibility for chucked parts up to 24″ (VL-55).
2-Axis CNC Lathes L The L-200 was made to be a small high-speed production lathe with material handling capabilities.
4-Axis CNC DL In the Mori Seiki DL series, there are two opposing spindles (Twin spindle, multi-axis) so that two operations can be completed in one setup or work on two different jobs at the same time. The chuck size on the DL-151 is 6/6″ and maximum turning length is 7.8″.
4-Axis CNC RL This parallel twin spindle/multi-axis cnc lathe series is compact and suited of parts up to 12″ chuck size and 7″ turning length.
4-Axis CNC ZL These 4-axis CNC lathes have two slides and two turrets which can be synchronized for cutting to offer maximum production. The ZL-153 line has max turning diameters of 17.3″ and 12.6″ (turret 1 & 2), the ZL-203 line has 15.3″ and 11.5″ max. turning diameters.

The following product lines were introduced between 2005 and 2013. These are the newer models, some of which continued to be offered by DMG Mori in 2018.

Year Series Introduced Type & Current Model
2005 NVD 1500 DCG, NT Series Vertical Machining Center – Current Models NV 4000, NVD 4000 DCG, NVD 5000 a1A, NVD 6000 DCG
2006 NMH 6300 DCG, NMV 5000 DCG


5-Axis Milling Machines –
Still offered under same model numbers. NMV 5000 – USA brand.
2007 NZ Series (NZ2000 T3Y3)


Multi-axis machine with three turrets, built in milling motors & Y-axis. No longer produced new (2018).
2009 New control added to new machines: MAPPS Integrated Operation Panel
2011 NXT Series Mill-turn center, in 2018 offering 4 models.
2011 NZX Series Large-scale high-efficiency 4-axis turning, in 2018 offering 5 models.
2011 MILLTAP 700 Compact machining center still offered new in 2018.
2012 NVX 5000 II Series (NVX5080 II) Vertical Machining Center – Offering 4 models in 2018.
2013 NHC Series (NHC 4000 and NHC 5000) Not a USA series product.

DMG Mori Service and Training

DMG Mori offers 24/7 support for its machines. You can place a hotline call to 1-800-DMG-MORI (800-364-6674) to ask any questions you may have about DMG Mori or Mori Seiki CNC machines. According to their research, over 75% of the problems encountered by their customers are resolved with this telephone service. DMG Mori carries over 50,000 spare parts in their Dallas, Texas facility. They are typically able to ship spare parts within 24 hours. DMG Mori offers training courses through their DMG Mori Academy which you can reach at 847-593-5400.

Found a Mori Seiki lathe? 

  1. Be informed. When shopping for a used Mori Seiki, you will want to make a list of your requirements.
  2. Ask for good photos. Zoom up in the photos and look for signs of damage and worn components.
  3. Speak with a local DMG Mori service provider who can provide service for the machine.
  4. Search similar years for the Mori Seiki model to see how pricing compares.
  5. Get the hours of operation.
  6. Ask for the maintenance records of the specific Mori Seiki lathe that you are considering.
  7. Ask for the Mori Seiki lathe manual that came with the machine.
  8. Find out if any tooling or other accessories are being offered for sale along with this Mori Seiki lathe.

Once you’ve done your homework, and you think you’ve finally identified the perfect used CNC Mori Seiki lathe for your company, you may decide to buy it without looking at it, or you want to go the extra mile an inspect the machine for yourself. Here are some inspection tips below.

How to Inspect

  1. Inspect for damage and worn components. Carefully look all over the machine. A good used Mori Seiki lathe for sale should show little wear since they are built to last for years.
  2. Ask to operate the machine to see it run. Make some chips!
  3. Listen to the sounds of the axis moving at different speeds
  4. Run the spindle(s) at the max RPM.
  5. Look at the guards and sensors on the machine. If sensors, switches, wires, and hoses all match and look like they match well, that’s an indication of a well-maintained machine.
  6. Make parts on the machine if possible.
  7. Check the tool-changer/turret(s). How quickly does it change tools?
  8. Check the electrical cabinet for anything that looks like “not factory” and ask about it.
  9. Ask the owner why he’s selling the machine.
  10. Find out what process controller is on the machine. Have they done any upgrades?
  11. Review bar feeder options.
  12. Review chip & coolant management options.
  13. Find out the electrical requirements for install (should be on the serial number plate.)

We are a trusted source for used Mori Seiki CNC lathes and consistently take in Mori Seiki CNC trade-ins. We have many used CNC’s in stock.  Our used Mori Seiki CNC lathes have been thoroughly checked and refurbished as necessary. We welcome you to call or visit and inspect one of our used Mori Seiki machining centers. Contact us and we’ll help you find the best Mori Seiki CNC for your business!