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Types of Milling Machines

If you want to carve, drill a piece of metal or just simply need to mill it - than you exactly need a milling machine. Read more and you will find the full info about the milling process.

Universal horizontal milling machines

The characteristic which best defines the difference between a universal horizontal milling machine and a plain one is that there is an additional table between the worktable and the saddle on a universal milling machine. This unique feature allows the table to spin 45 degrees in all directions. This makes non-linear milling a far greater possibility than with the plain milling machine. The universal milling machine also comes with a wide array of additional features. These features include rotary tables, fixtures that allow for indexing, and a variety of other options.

Ram-type milling machines

There is yet another type of milling machine, known as a ram-type machine, which is different from both plain and universal machines because of the special location of its spindle. On a ram-type machine, the spindle is connected to a part of the pillar that is capable of movement. This allows for the possibility of placing the cutter in different positions. There are at least two different types of fashionable ram-type milling machines: the universal ram-type milling machine and the swivel cutter head ram-type milling machine. Below you can find more information about both of these models.

Universal ram-type milling machine

The universal ram-type milling machine isn't all that different from the universal horizontal milling machine. The thing which really sets the two machines apart is the fact that on a ram-type machine, the spindle is attached to the ram, which allows it to move in a variety of directions. On a horizontal milling machine, this isn't a possibility.

Swivel cutter head ram-type milling machine

On this type of machine, there are also a number of key differences. For instance, the cutter head, where the spindle is located, is fixed onto the ram. This head can be easily transfixed from an up-and- down position to a left-and-right one. It can also be held in place at every possible location between these two positions. Because of this, the saddle and knee are electrically powered, while the work table is controlled by the person operating the machine. This means that the work table can either be powered by hand or by electricity, offering even more flexibility than in other milling machine models.