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  • 7910 Manchester
  • St. Louis, MO 63143
  • P: (314)781-2100 (2341)
Sunnen SV-20 with GH Tooling
Sunnen SV-20 with GH Tooling

New automotive honing machine offers breakthrough power, capacity, precision – and price – for producing OEM bore geometry on largest blocks

Machine’s 33-inch X-axis, 1325-lb weight capacity and 20-inch stroke length handle “mountain motors” with deck plates. Ideal for race shops, production rebuilders, and fleet repair facilities handling automotive/truck blocks, cylinder liners, off-road machinery or motorcycle/ATV engines.

The new SV-20 honing system combines Sunnen’s new linear servo-stroking technology with the power and capacity to drive multi-stone diamond tools for OEM-quality bore geometry on automotive/truck blocks, cylinder liners and similar large parts. According to Sunnen, the SV-20 is a breakthrough design with class-leading price and features, such as computer-controlled spindle and stroke control, developed specifically for race shops, production rebuilders, and fleet maintenance facilities. The machine accepts blocks as large as the Cat 3126 in-line six and Ford 7.3 L V-8 (International 444) – even “mountain motors” with deck plates can be honed in one setup on the rollover fixture. The SV-20 is equipped with a variable-speed 15-600 rpm, 5.5 hp (4.1-kW) spindle motor, powerful enough to drive two-stage diamond honing tools through a 20-inch stroke at up to 100 strokes per minute for short cycle times and minimal labor. The large multi-stone tools produce a rounder bore than ever before possible. 

The SV-20’s new linear stroking system with 3.36 hp (2.5 kW) servo drive keeps the honing tool concentric with the bore throughout the full stroke length to produce a consistent diameter from top to bottom of the bore. It can hone bores with inside diameters from 0.75 to 8 inches (19-200 mm). The machine's work envelope of 48” x 30” (1219 mm x 760 mm), front-loading design, and weight capacity up to 1325 lb (600 kg) combine for versatility in processing a wide range of other large parts, such as compressor bodies and pumps.

The PLC-controlled SV-20 utilizes an industrial color touch screen with hand wheel to jog for fast setup and easy operator training. The computer control ensures automatic, consistent bore-to-bore geometry and finish, without constant adjustment by the operator. The control’s real-time display of bore cross section allows the user to see taper and correct it by dwelling the tool in the required position. Programmable auto dwell also allows taper correction through the PLC for unattended operation. The control allows on-the-fly changes of spindle and stroke speeds, and automatic calculation of crosshatch, stroke length/speed and spindle speed.

Variable speed control allows a much wider range of processing options and consistent crosshatch pattern, with automatic switching from roughing to finishing with one push of a button. Left/right positioning of the column on its 33-inch X-axis (838 mm) is easily accomplished with a machine-mounted hand wheel immediately below the PLC. The machine comes standard with a 55-gallon (208-litre) internal coolant system equipped with two standard canister filters.

The GH-series hone heads are the tools of choice for use with the SV-20 honing machine. Metal bond CBN or diamond abrasives provide fast cutting action and reduced cycle times. The GHTS two-stage hone head is a one-tool solution for both rough and fine honing operations, without changing stones, to reduce bore sizing costs. The GHSS single-stage hone head is also available for use with the SV-20 honing system.

The SV-20 is available with a 400V/50Hz/3Ph or 460V/60Hz/3Ph electrical system. Options include a T-slot base and manual rollover cradle for engine blocks

Additional information on the SV-20 vertical honing machine is available from Sunnen Products Company, 7910 Manchester Rd., St. Louis, MO 63143. Tel: 1-800-325-3670; fax: 314-781-2268 or email

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