Each of our four mill sizes is available as an XY base. You can purchase the base of any of our vertical mills as an XY base if you already own a vertical milling column for use with your lathe. The XY base offers a sturdier base and a larger work area than the lathe. Lathe owners can then swap the headstock and motor/speed control from their lathe to the vertical milling column in approximately 60 seconds.
XY bases have also found their way into the industrial market and are used in various manufacturing setups. These slides have been popular items in the industry to control movement in small production line processes, and the addition of computer control extends the possibilities for automation. If you are taking the vertical milling column and motor/speed control from your manual lathe to add to this XY base to make up a full milling machine, you can also upgrade your milling column to CNC-ready by adding upgrade kit P/N 6740/6745 to add the stepper motor mount.
If You Have a Standard Mill Column Base
Please note that milling column bases made before 1995 must be modified in order to work with this XY base. You can return your older vertical milling column to the factory to be re-machined and used with an XY base rather than purchasing the entire vertical milling machine (Contact us for pricing).
Vertical milling column bases made after 1995 do not need to be modified. This combination saves you the amount of money included in the cost of the vertical mill for the column but gives you the same machine minus the headstock and motor/speed control.
The Tabletop Mill XY base is the same base used in our 5000-series CNC-ready tabletop mill. It has stepper motor mounts on each axis, ready for the installation of stepper motors. (Stepper motors not included, see the STEPPER MOTOR page.) Handwheels are included and can be mounted to the end of the stepper motors to maintain manual control when needed.*
*NOTE: CNC-ready machines cannot be operated manually unless double-shaft stepper motors are installed.
Standard Features for the CNC-Ready Tabletop Mill XY Base
- 10″ Mill Base
- 13″ Mill Table
- NEMA #23 Stepper motor mounts on the X- and Y-axes*
- Standard 1-5/8″ (41mm) handwheels are included for the X- and Y-axes. Each handwheel has laser-engraved aluminum handwheel collars.
- Oil reservoir on the X/Y axes
- Travel: X=8.65″ (220 mm), Y=3.0″ (76 mm)
Optional Y-axis Leadscrew Cover Upgrades for the Mill XY Base
*You must purchase the Mill Column Base (P/N 50050) to work with the brass tube cover.