Lathe Multi-Direction Vertical Milling Column – Manual


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About the Multi-Direction Vertical Milling Column

The multi-direction vertical milling column provides all the movements of the 8-direction mill. The entire Z-axis column can be swung, rotated, tilted or moved in and out for machining or drilling from just about any angle. At any time, you can purchase the Deluxe XY base, which has been designed to accept this column. In doing so, you have duplicated an 8-direction mill while enjoying the cost savings of not purchasing a second headstock and motor unit. This incremental approach allows you to start machining now and add to your shop as your projects become more demanding or as your budget allows.

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

Adding a milling column to your lathe is the most economical way to get into milling. This attachment can perform most standard vertical milling operations, with size being the only 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 10″ XY-base or 12″ XY-base. 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.



The multi-direction vertical milling column mounted on a Model 4000 lathe. The new multi-direction vertical milling column opens up many new machining possibilities on the lathe by turning it into an 8-direction mill.

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 that 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.

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.


Always wear safety glasses when operating machine tools.

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Part No. Description Quantity
34060 Thrust Bearing Set 1
2.5″ Z Axis Zero Adjustable Handwheel (Inch)
2.5″ Z Axis Zero Adjustable Handwheel (Metric)
35160 Graduated Clamping Ring 1
35170 Movable Clamp Disk 1
Saddle Locking Lever (Inch)
Saddle Locking Lever (Metric)
40176 Saddle Travel Extension w/Screws 1
Saddle Nut with Oiler (Inch)
Saddle Nut with Oiler (Metric)
40260 Head Key 1
40330 10-32 x 5/8″ SHCS 4
40340 10-32 x 1″ SHCS 1
40540 5/16-18 x 3/4″ Cone Point Set Screw 1
40600 10-32 x 1/4″ Flat Point Set Screw 1
40660 #10 Washer 3/16″ 1
40670 10-32 x 1/2″ SHCS 4
40690 10-32 x 3/4″ SHCS 4
40740 10-32 x 7/8″ SHCS 1
40820 Gib Lock 1
40900 10-32 x 3/8″ Flat Head Screw 1
40990 Saddle Gib 1
Column Lead Screw (Inch)
Column Lead Screw (Metric)
45030 Column Bed 1
45040 Column Saddle 1
45200 Bored Column Thrust 1
50211 8-32 x 1/4″ Button Socket Screw 1
50220 1/4-20 x 1-3/4″ SHCS 2
50240 Pivot Pin 1
56130 Arm Hold Down Bolt 1
56200 Arm Hold Down Washer 1
56210 3/8-16 x 2″ Should Bolt 1
56220 Swing Arm – Left Side 1
56230 3/8-16 Flange Nut 2
56330 Swing Arm – Right Side 1
56350 Column Adjustment Block 1
56400 Arm Spacer Block 1
56440 Arm Mount 1
56450 Index Tab 1
56470 3/32″ x 1/2″ Dowel Pin 1
56550 Column Top 1
56670 Lathe Column Base 1
76140 5/64″ Hex Key 1