3050-DRO/3053-DRO Vertical Milling Column

$190.25

DRO Vertical Milling Column for use on Sherline Lathes

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About the Vertical Milling Column

With this 3505 (3053 metric) attachment the Sherline lathe can be quickly and easily converted into a small milling machine. The attachment consists of a steel dovetailed vertical column with a solid aluminum base that attaches to the bed of the lathe in place of the headstock. The headstock then mounts to a dovetailed saddle on the vertical column. The saddle is raised and lowered to control the depth of cut by turning a handwheel. Calibrations on the handwheel enable depth control to .001″ (.01mm). Parts to be machined are mounted on the crosslide. If you already have a DRO lathe then this is the vertical milling column for you. This DRO Column features the handwheel, encoder, sensor and connector and will connect to your digital readout box (not included).┬áIt is plugged into the electronics box that comes with the 8200, as it already has a Z-axis input.

New Feature! Vertical milling columns now include an oil reservoir on the saddle nut to keep the leadscrew lubricated.

This is the most economical way to get into milling. Most standard vertical milling operations can be performed with this attachment, with size being the basic limitation. Conversion from the lathe to milling takes less than one minute. Almost all Sherline milling accessories may be used with the setup. At a later date, should you wish to upgrade to a complete vertical milling machine, the column will fit the Sherline XY-bases (P/N 5200/5210, or 5401/5411). This offers cost savings compared to purchasing a complete vertical milling machine, because you save the cost of a second headstock, motor and speed control.

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The model 4000 lathe is shown set up with a vertical milling column attachment. Convert from lathe to mill, or back to a lathe, in less than one minute!

Explanation of terms: As used in reference to the Sherline product line, a MILL COLUMN is a column used on a mill. It is held in place on the mill base with two 1/4-20 bolts. A VERTICAL MILLING COLUMN is used on the lathe to add a milling capability. It has a large hole in the center which fits over the headstock pin on the lathe base and is held in place with a set screw. The lathe’s headstock/motor/speed control unit is relocated from the pin on the base to the pin on the vertical milling column saddle. In practice, all vertical milling column bases now have both the single hole for the pin AND the two holes for use on a mill base, so they can be used for either application, whereas mill columns can only be used on a mill base.

Other Purchasing Options:

3050/3053-CNC Vertical Milling Column CNC-Ready
3480/3486 Deluxe Vertical Milling Column
3580/3585 Multi-Direction Vertical Milling Column
3580/3585-CNC Multi-Direction Vertical Milling Column CNC Ready

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The improper use of machine tools and their accessories can result in serious injury. Before using this tool, thoroughly read the instructions and make sure you understand its proper and safe use.

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34020 “Z” Axis Handwheel Knob
34030 “Z” Axis Handwheel Shaft
34060 Thrust Bearing Set
34070 (34090) “Z” Axis Handwheel Body (for P/N 3450)
34080 Handwheel Plug
40170 (41170) Saddle Nut
40176 (41176) Saddle locking lever
40260 Head Key
40330 (2) 10-32 x 5/8″ Skt Hd Cap Screw
40520 (2) Cup Pt Set Screws 10-32 x 3/16″
40540 5/16-24 x 3/4″ Cone point set screw
40600 10-32 x 1/4″ Flat point set screw
40740 (4) Skt Hd Cap Screws 10-32 x 7/8″
40820 Gib Lock
40900 10-32 x 3/8″ Flat Head Screw
40990 Saddle Gib
45010 (45160) Column Lead Screw
45030 Column Bed
45040 Column Saddle
45050 Column Base
45200 Bored Column Thrust
40176 (41176) Saddle locking lever 40260 Head Key 40330 (2) 10-32 x 5/8″ Skt Hd Cap Screw 40520 (2) Cup Pt Set Screws 10-32 x 3/16″ 40540 5/16-24 x 3/4″ Cone point set screw 40600 10-32 x 1/4″ Flat point set screw 40740 (4) Skt Hd Cap Screws 10-32 x 7/8″ 40820 Gib Lock 40900 10-32 x 3/8″ Flat Head Screw 40990 Saddle Gib 45010 (45160) Column Lead Screw 45030 Column Bed 45040 Column Saddle 45050 Column Base 45200 Bored Column Thrust