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 8-Direction Benchtop Mill XY base is the same base used in our 2000-series CNC-ready benchtop 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.* The table and base have laser-engraved scales.
*NOTE: CNC-ready machines cannot be operated manually unless double-shaft stepper motors are installed.
Standard Features for the 8-Direction CNC-Ready Benchtop Mill XY Base
- 14″ Mill Base
- 13″ Mill Table
- NEMA #23 Stepper motor mounts on the X- and Y-axes
- 2″ (51mm) resettable, zero adjustable handwheels on 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=7.0″ (178 mm)
Optional Y-axis Leadscrew Cover Upgrades for the Mill XY Base
*You must purchase the 8-Direction Mill Column Base (P/N 56700) to work with the brass tube cover.
Always wear safety glasses when operating machine tools.
XY Base Comparison Chart
|5200/5210||Mill XY Base (10″ base, plain handwheels)||19 lbs.||X=8.65″ (220 mm), Y=3.0″ (76 mm)|
|5220/5225||Mill XY Base (10″ base w/ adjustable handwheels)||19 lbs.||X=8.65″ (220 mm), Y=3.0″ (76 mm)|
|5200-CNC/5210-CNC||Mill XY Base (10″ base) with stepper motor mounts ready for CNC||20 lbs.||X=8.65″ (220 mm), Y=3.0″ (76 mm)|
|5401/5411||Mill XY Base (Deluxe 12″ base)||21 lbs.||X=8.65″ (220 mm), Y=5.0″ (127 mm)|
|5401-CNC/5411-CNC||Mill XY Base (12″ base) with stepper motor mounts ready for CNC||22 lbs.||X=8.65″ (220 mm), Y=5.0″ (127 mm)|
|5600/5610||Mill XY Base (Deluxe 14″ 2000 base)||22 lbs.||X=8.65″ (220 mm), Y=7.0″ (178 mm)|
|5600-CNC/5610-CNC||Mill XY Base (14″ 2000 base) with stepper motor mounts ready for CNC||23 lbs.||X=8.65″ (220 mm), Y=7.0″ (178 mm)|
|5801/5811||Mill XY Base (NexGen 18″ 5800 base)||27 lbs.||X=13.65″ (347 mm), Y=11.0″ (279 mm)|
|5801-CNC/5811-CNC||Mill XY Base (18″ 5800 base) with stepper motor mounts ready for CNC||28 lbs.||X=13.65″ (347 mm), Y=11.0″ (279 mm)|
|12050||8-32 X 3/8″ Skt Hd Cap Screw|
|3420||2″ Zero Handwheel-Y-axis Assembly (P/N 3429 metric)|
|3428||2″ Zero Handwheel-X-Axis Assembly (P/N 3430 metric)|
|40510||(3) 10-32 X 3/8″ Skt Hd Cap Screw|
|40520||(6) 10-32 X 3/16″ Cup Pt Set Screw|
|40530||(2) 5-40 X 3/8″ Skt Hd Cap Screw|
|40560||Hex Key 3/16″|
|40690||10-32 X 3/4″ Skt Hd Cap Screw|
|40760||10-32 X 5/8″ Thumb Screw|
|40820||(2) Gib Lock|
|40890||Slide Screw Insert (P/N 41890 metric)|
|40980||(2) Crosslide Gib (Instructions)|
|50130||Back Lash Nut, X-axis Assembly (P/N 51130 metric)|
|50140||Back Lash Nut, Y-axis Assembly (P/N 51140 metric)|
|50150||(2) Anti-Backlash Lock (10/98)|
|50171||X-axis Threaded Rod (P/N 51171 metric)|
|50190||Lock, X-axis Assembly|
|50200||Nut, Y-axis (P/N 51200 metric)|
|50211||(2) 8-32 X 1/4″ Button Skt Screw|
|50911||Mill Saddle w/Oiler Assembly|
|56161||Mill 2000 Y-axis Threaded Rod (P/N 56171 metric)|
|56240||(2) 1/4-20 X 1-1/2″ Skt Hd Cap Screw|
|67051||CNC Deluxe Mill Table (P/N 67052 metric)|
|67102||(2) Stepper Motor Mount Assembly|
|671052||(2) CNC Coupling|
|67106||CNC-RH Coupling Preload Nut (P/N 67108 metric)|
|67107||CNC-LH Coupling Preload Nut (P/N 67109 metric)|
|67111||(4) 8-32 X 7/8″ Skt Hd Cap Screw|
|67115||5-40 X 7/8″ Skt Hd Cap Screw|
|67120||(4) Stepper Motor Preload Bearings|
|67153||CNC-14″ Mill Base (P/N 67154 metric)|