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18″ NexGen XY Base – CNC Ready

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Purpose of the Sherline Mill XY Bases

If you already own a vertical milling column for use with your lathe, but feel a sturdier base with a larger work area would be to your advantage, you may purchase the base of any of our vertical mills as an XY base. Your older vertical milling column can be returned to the factory to be re-machined and used with an XY base rather than purchasing the entire vertical milling machine. (Call for price.) Vertical milling columns 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 less headstock and motor/speed control. XY bases have also found their way into the industrial market and are used in various manufacturing setups. Each of the four mills is available as an XY base.

The NexGen Mill XY base is the same base used in our NexGen mill.

Standard features of the XY Base:

  • 18″ Extended Mill Table
  • 18″ Mill Base
  • Travel: X=13.65″ (347 mm), Y= 11.0″ (279 mm), Z=9.38″ (238 mm)
  • X&Y handwheels, encoders, sensors, and will connect to your digital readout box (not included)
NOTE: The round column base of the 2000 series mill will not fit on this base. You will need to purchase the rectangle rigid column base in order to adapt your 2000 seires mill Z axis on the XY base. If you have a 5000/5400 series mill, you will need the rigid column upgrade.

The XY base comes with stepper motor mounts installed on the X- and Y-axes ready for the installation of stepper motors. (Stepper motors not included, see the stepper motor page.) Also included are the handwheels that would normally come with the mill. If using Sherline or other dual shaft stepper motors, the handwheels can be mounted to the rear shaft to provide manual control in addition to CNC control.
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 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 the upgrade kit to add the stepper motor mount. Travels of each of these CNC-ready columns are the same as for the manually controlled versions shown above.
NOTE: Manual control is not possible on CNC-ready bases until a dual shaft stepper motor has been installed. Handwheels cannot be installed directly onto the stepper motor mounts.

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XY Base Comparison Chart
P/N (inch/metric) NAME WEIGHT TRAVEL
5200/5210 Mill XY Base (10″ base, plain handwheels) 19 lbs. X=9.0″ (228 mm), Y=3.0″ (76 mm)
5220/5225 Mill XY Base (10″ base w/ adjustable handwheels) 19 lbs. X=9.0″ (228 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=9.0″ (228 mm), Y=3.0″ (76 mm)
5401/5411 Mill XY Base (Deluxe 12″ base) 21 lbs. X=9.0″ (228 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=9.0″ (228 mm), Y=5.0″ (127 mm)
5600/5610 Mill XY Base (Deluxe 14″ 2000 base) 22 lbs. X=9.0″ (228 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=9.0″ (228 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)