Sherline Vertical Milling Machines

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 tool in the modern machine shop...the workhorse of the industry.

Jobs for a mill...

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 fly cutting, precision drilling, and boring are all routine tasks for the Sherline mill. Because the tool turns rather than the work, much larger parts can be worked on in a mill, and these parts need not be round. The work is securely held, thus extremely accurate hole patterns can be drilled or bored. 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 that accomplishes tough machining jobs with ease.

Directions of movement...

In addition to the basic three axes of movement, known as the “X”, “Y” and “Z” axes, Sherline mills also offer a headstock that can be tilted to either side to mill angled surfaces. The Model 2000 mill offers four additional directions of movement for those who wish the ultimate in flexibility when it comes to creative setups.

Sherline mills...

Sherline milling machines are offered in four models and can be purchased in either inch or metric versions. The inch models have their feeds calibrated in .001" increments, while the metric model is calibrated in .01mm increments. The machines are equipped with a high-torque DC motor with variable speed control. This speed control is internally equipped with a converter that automatically adjusts between inputs of 100 VAC to 240 VAC, 50-60 Hz. without loss of torque. Speed is continuously variable from 70 to 2800 RPM without gear or belt changes. A second pulley position is available for providing additional torque at low RPM.

*New Mill Features...

All Sherline mills now include oil reservoirs on the X/Y axes and the Z axis to help keep critical parts lubricated. These were initially developed for CNC machines that run constantly for hours on end but can benefit manual machines as well. Another new feature is the brass leadscrew cover that keeps chips off the rear of the Y-axis leadscrew.


(Model 5400 pictured here)
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Choose a mill...

Click on the product number below for a photo, complete description and price for each machine. (Part numbers for metric machines are given in parenthesis. Price is the same for either.)

5000 (5100) Vertical milling machine (10” base)

5500 (5510) Vertical milling machine (10” base) w/ adjustable zero handwheels

5400 (5410) Deluxe vertical milling machine (12” base)

2000 (2010) Eight-direction vertical milling machine (14” base)     

Milling machines with digital readouts factory installed

Milling machines with CNC-ready packages factory installed

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) 2.25" (50 mm) 2.25" (50 mm) Adjustable
Throat (with headstock spacer block) (Not included) Included, 3.50" (89 mm)  Not Required

Travel, "X" Axis

9.00" (228 mm)

9.00" (228 mm)

9.00" (229 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)

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)

Motor 90 volt DC with electronic speed control automatically converts any input from 100 VAC to 240 VAC, 50 or 60 Hz. (See motor specifications)
Spindle speed range

70-2800 RPM continuously variable by electronic speed control

*Overall dimensions include motor and speed control

Save money with package deals

Mills can now be purchased packaged with a preselected group of accessories. See the page on PACKAGE DEALS. Save time and money by buying a package.


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