Along with lathes, milling machines are the heart and soul of the tool room. These essential pieces of manufacturing machinery. We’d like for them to last forever, but realistically? They don’t.
You’ll know it’s time to replace your milling machine when you can’t produce work to your acceptable tolerances anymore. There are characteristic wear marks to look for, sometimes called bellies or waves, that appear on the bed or table your work rides on.
These waves will be immediately obvious to a skilled operator when the milling machine is in use; with guidance, an administrator or office manager can often see them as well.
You may not need to replace your milling machine. Refurbishment may be a viable option. For example, one common sign that a milling machine is well past its prime is when the scraping on the mill bed (the visual crosshatching pattern used to contain and direct lubricating oils) has worn away, leaving you with a smooth surface. This renders the milling machine inoperable, but you may not need to replace it. There are specialists who will chrome and re-scrape the mill bed for you. It’s an investment that can add decades more to the useful life of your milling machine.
If you’re not sure if your milling machine needs repair, refurbishment, or replacement, give us a call. We’d be glad to help you out!
Be Aware of Clones!
Clones don’t just appear in science fiction movies. There are look-alike copies of some of the most popular milling machines on the marketplace. Bridgeport mills, which are the gold standard for milling machines, are the most frequently copied. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, but buyers of these clones are often less than pleased when the quality and performance is not at all what they expected.
Don’t be fooled by the clones. When you work with a used manufacturing machinery broker like GreasyMachines, you have an expert on your side, looking out for your best interests. Our years serving the used industrial equipment marketplace have made us exceptionally adept at spotting clones, assessing a machine’s true quality and capabilities, and providing buyers with all the information they need to make a good purchasing decision. There’s never any surprises when you work with GreasyMachines – which is great news if you need to replace your milling machine.