Dovetail Slides


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Dovetail slides are linear stages that provide simple and cost effective solutions for precise movement and tooling positioning. They provide solutions for machine builders and users, whether your end application is a special machine or an OEM product line.

Gilman dovetail slide assemblies are designed and built to promote smooth, accurate and long-life operation. Dovetail slides typically have a larger contact area compared to other style slide systems, providing a high stiffness and load bearing capacity. Dovetail slides can be preloaded with Gib adjustment for reduced end play.

Both the base and saddle are made from close-grained cast iron which are properly normalized to minimize distortion. After assembly, the saddle and base are machined and ground parallel on top and bottom surfaces for a flat, accurate mounting surface, and may be easily drilled, tapped, or machined to accommodate specific mounting and fixturing requirements for your dovetail slides.

Please visit our resource section for catalogs, CAD drawings and other resources on our complete and customizable line of slide products.

Dovetail Options Quicklinks:

Low Profile Dovetail Slides
High Profile Dovetail Slides
Next Day Dovetail Slides
Cylinder-Powered Dovetail Slides
DC (Custom) Dovetail Slides

low profile dovetail slides

Low Profile Dovetail Slides

Low profile slides are useful for a range of applications where the load induced into the assembly is moderate and a compact design is essential.

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Lead Screw w/ Angle Bracket Slides

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High profile dovetail slides

High Profile Dovetail Slides

High profile slides are useful for applications where the nature of the work to be done requires a more rugged construction than the low profile slide assemblies. With a thicker saddle and base this slide achieves greater stability and capacity.

Basic Slides

Lead Screw Slides
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Next day slides

ND Slides

ND slides feature a low-profile saddle and base design and are engineered for a variety of compoundable configurations using a proportional building block concept.


Angle Brackets

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cylinder powered slides

Cylinder-Powered Slides

Air or hydraulic cylinder powered slide assemblies are designed to provide efficient positioning and feeding of either the piece part or the machining head.

 Air Cylinder  Hydraulic Cylinder

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DC (Custom) Slides

DC (Custom) Slides

DC slide assemblies are designed to meet specific length requirements of one-inch increments of saddle and base lengths to save cost and space.

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