Models 5000/5100, 5400/5410 and 5500/5510

The main difference between a lathe and a mill is that on a lathe, the work turns and the cutting tool is stationary, while on a mill, the tool turns and the work is stationary. Because of the tremendous number of operations that can be performed on a vertical mill, it is commonly regarded as the most important machine in the modern machine shop...the work horse of the industry. At first glance a vertical mill looks similar to a drill press, but there are some important differences, such as a spindle that can take side-loads as well as end loads and an accurate method of moving the work in relation to the spindle on all three axes. Sherline milling machines can perform all of the tasks and operations that a large commercial machine can perform. Operations such as milling, fly cutting, precision drilling, and boring are all routine tasks for the Sherline. Because the tool turns rather than the work, much larger parts may be worked on in a mill (these parts need not be round). The work is securely held, thus extremely accurate hole patterns can be drilled or bored using the Sherline vertical mill. The longer "X-axis" throw also increases the machine's versatility over that of the Lathe with the vertical milling column attachment. It is an extremely rigid, accurate tool which accomplishes tough machining jobs with ease.

Model 5000 (5100)

The Model 5000 (5100 metric) features a solid 10" (254mm) aluminum base, precision machined dovetailed slides with adjustable gibs, permanently lubricated spindle bearings, adjustable pre-load anti-backlash feed screws on "X" and "Y" axes, two 1-5/8" (41mm) laser engraved aluminum handwheels, one 2-1/2" (63mm) laser engraved handwheel with thrust bearings, and many other features found only on the best commercial machines. This machine along with a SHERLINE LATHE will enable you to complete almost any job in your own machine shop.

Model 5500 (5510)

The Model 5500 (5510 metric) comes equipped with the same features and standard equipment with the exception of upgraded adjustable "zero" handwheels. A 2" (51mm) adjustable "zero" handwheel is featured on the "X" and "Y" axis, while a 2-1/2" (63mm) adjustable "zero" handwheel with bearings is featured on the "Z" axis column.

Model 5400 (5410)

The Deluxe Model 5400 (5410 metric) comes equipped with all SHERLINE'S standard features upgraded to include a laser engraved 12" (305mm) solid aluminum base, laser engraved scales on the "X" axis table, 2" (51mm) handwheels on the "X" and "Y" axes, a 2-1/2" (63mm) adjustable "zero" handwheel with ball bearing thrust on the "Z" axis, a mill headstock spacer (P/N 1297) to provide more throat distance, and drill chuck and drawbar (P/N 3072).

Model 2000 (2010) 8-direction mill

Sherline's newest mill brings the best features of full size shop mills into your miniature machine shop with a column that offers 4 additional directions of movement compared to our Model 5000 and Model 5400 series mills. Like the Model 5400, it includes laser engrave scales on the base and table. In addition, laser engraved scales mark all the new directions of movement on the column as well. The base is extended to 14" long to accomodate the additional mechanism of the column. A 1/4" drill chuck and key are included. With this mill, holes can be drilled or surfaces milled from almost any angle with the part mounted square to the table. Take your shop into the 21st Century with the Model 2000/2010 mill.

Mills with digital readouts mill

Any Sherline mill can be ordered with a 3-axis digital readout factory installed. Included with the readout is the ability to read out spindle RPM as well. Any existing Sherline mill can also be retrofitted to add the digital readout. For more information on digital readouts, see P/N 8100. To add a DRO to any new mill, add the letters "-DRO" to the part number. For example, 5410-DRO is a metric 5400 mill with digital readout factory installed.

Complete CNC or CNC-ready Mills

Any Sherline mill can be ordered with mounts for NEMA 23 stepper motors already installed. These mills are ready for you to add Sherline or your own stepper motors. To drive the stepper motors you will need a driver box (P/N 8760). Note that CNC-ready machines do not come with stepper motors, so there is no way to mount handwheels to operate them manually. Once stepper motors are installed, handwheels are attached to the rear shaft of the stepper motor allowing either manual or CNC control. To complete the system you will need to purchase a driver box, computer and software.

Another option is to purchase a complete CNC system that comes with a mill with stepper motor mounts installed, stepper motors on each axis, a new computer with driver box and power supply installed inside the computer case and all the connecting cables. The computer includes a keyboard and mouse but the customer supplies a monitor. The Linux (Ubuntu) operating system is pre-installed on the computer as is the EMC2 g-code control program. With the addition of a monitor, this system is ready to set up, plug in and begin using CNC.

Mill Packages

Mills can also be purchased as an "A" package with accessories included to get you started. See the page on PACKAGE DEALS for more details. It's a money-saving way to set up shop.

Mill Specifications




2000 (2010)

Max clearance, table to spindle

8.00" (203 mm)

8.00" (203 mm)

9.00" (229 mm)

Throat (without headstock spacer block) 2.25" (50 mm) 2.25" (50 mm) Adjustable
Throat (with headstock spacer block) Not included, but 3.50" (89 mm) if optional block is purchased Included, 3.50" (89 mm) Not required

Travel, "X" Axis

8.00" (203 mm)

8.00" (203 mm)

8.00" (203 mm)

Travel, "Y" Axis

3.00" (76 mm)

5.00" (127 mm)

7.00" (178 mm)

Travel, "Z" Axis

6.25" (159 mm)

6.25" (159 mm).

5.38" (137 mm)

Hole through spindle

.405" (10 mm)

.405" (10 mm)

.405 (10 mm)

Spindle nose thread

3/4-16 T.P.I.

3/4-16 T.P.I.

3/4-16 T.P.I.

Spindle taper

#1 Morse

#1 Morse.

#1 Morse

Handwheel graduations

.001" (.01 mm)

.001" (.01 mm)

.001" (.01 mm)

Motor/Speed Control (See motor specifications.)

90 Volts DC with electronic speed control (Accepts 100 VAC to 240 VAC, 50 - 60 Hz input and converts automatically to 90 VDC)

Spindle speed range

70 to 2800 RPM continuously variable with electronic speed control

Width overall*

14.75" (375 mm)

15.00" (381 mm)

15.00 (381 mm)

Depth overall*

11.75" (298 mm)

14.00" (356 mm)

22.25" (565 mm)

Height overall*

20.75" (527 mm)

20.75" (527 mm)

23.38" (568 mm)

Table size

2.75" x 13.00" (70 x 330 mm)

2.75" x 13.00" (70 x 330 mm)

2.75" x 13.00" (70 x 330 mm)

Hold down provision

2 "T" Slots

2 "T" Slots

2 "T" Slots

Shipping weight

33 lb. (15.0 kg)

36 lb. (16.3 kg)

38 lb. (17.2 kg)

Movements in addition to X-, Y- and Z-axes

Headstock rotation 90 left/right

Headstock rotation 90 left/right

Headstock rotation 90 left/right, column rotation (90 L/R), column pivot (front/back), column swing (90 L/R) and 5.5" column travel (in/out)

*Overall dimensions include motor and speed control


Our catalog offers illustrations of each accessory and a description of how it is used. To see a list of some of the accessories available for the Sherline Mill, click on the highlighted word "Accessories" above and you will jump to the Mill Accessories section. You will be able to click on each accessory name and see complete instructions for that part. You can also call 1-800-541-0735 to request our 48-page color catalog for detailed information or to be added to our newsletter mailing list. (The catalog is $2.00 plus $3.00 shipping/handling, or you can download it for free at

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