Vertical Mill

The Vertical Mill originally made by the Bridgeport type milling serves the manufacturing industry with CNC mills that are perfect to mill aluminum, soft materials with other vertical mills that are heavier can cut into titanium. These heavy-duty VMC's can be broken down into all types of vertical milling machines, Including the turret mill, drill press, and other milling cutters. If you're looking for high precision vertical machining centers, Our experts can help you find the right CNC machines that fit your needs.

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Vertical Mills and Bridgeport History

Cutting centers with a cutting tool oriented vertically are called vertical mills or vertical milling machines. Though standard vertical mills do not have PLCs (programmable logic controls), they can be workhorses and are popular in thousands of shops across the country for their ease of use, and relative low costs. Bridgeport Machine Company popularized small to mid-size vertical mills from 1938 until 2004. They made so many mills that its common to hear of any vertical mill machine being referred to just as a Bridgeport Many actual Bridgeports are still in use and sold on the used market.

Comparing Vertical Milling Machines

There are thousands of types of vertical mills available today from hundreds of machine tool builders. Popular vertical mill manufacturers of the Bridgeport-type vertical mill include Haas, Mazak, Acra, Magna, Tree, Atrump, Sharp, Comet and many others. The machines vary greatly. Light duty machines are better for milling aluminum and soft materials, and the heavier machines can drill out titanium.

Type of Speed Changes for Vertical Mills

The type of material that you will be machining will determine the frequency and type of speed changes youll want on your vertical milling machine. There are three basic kinds of heads types to consider when shopping for a vertical mill.

TypeDescription
Belt or pulley change headThe most inexpensive mills have belts and pulleys on them that you move to vary the speed. Its the most labor-intensive way to change speed, but if you dont vary the speed often, it will save a lot of money.
Variable speed headThis type of head has a simple handle that you spin to change speeds. It has high and low speeds and is very popular on many vertical milling machines.
A/C Inverter headThe most expensive and versatile milling head on non-CNC milling machines has a pedometer to allow for speed changes. This is the quickest of the three methods for changing speed. It also can use a 220V single-phase and 220V three-phase power.
Non-CNC vertical millsold both as used and new because of their relative simplicity as compared to CNC Vertical Machining Centers. Vertical milling machines continue to be popular in schools, small shops and in larger production shops that use them for prototyping and small orders.