Drill / End Mills are one of the most versatile tools in a machinist’s arsenal. These tools can perform a number of different operations, freeing space on your carousel and improving cycle times by limiting the need for tool changes. These operations include:
- Spot Drilling
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The ability of the Drill / End Mill to cut along the angled tip as well as the outer diameter gives it the range of operations seen above and makes it an excellent multi-functional tool.
Drill Style vs. Mill Style
The main difference between Drill / End Mill styles is the point geometry. They are defined by how the flutes are designed on the end of the tool, using geometry typically seen on either an end mill or a drill. While mill style tools follow the features of an end mill or chamfer mill, the drill style geometry uses an S-gash at the tip. This lends strength to the tip of the tool, while giving it the ability to efficiently and accurately penetrate material axially. While both styles are capable of OD milling, mill style tools will be better for chamfering operations, while drill style will excel in drilling. The additional option of the Harvey Tool spiral tipped Drill / End Mill is an unprecedented design in the industry. This tool combines end geometry taken from our helical flute chamfer cutters with a variable helix on the OD for enhanced performance. Versatility without sacrificing finish and optimal performance is the result.
Drill Mills: Tool Offering
Harvey Tool currently offers Drill / End Mills in a variety of styles that can perform in different combinations of machining applications:
Mill Style – 2 Flute
This tool is designed for chamfering, milling, drilling non-ferrous materials, and light duty spotting. Drilling and spotting operations are recommended only for tools with an included angle greater than 60°. This is a general rule for all drill mills with a 60° point. Harvey Tool stocks five different angles of 2 flute mill-style Drill / End Mills, which include 60°, 82°, 90°, 100° and 120°. They are offered with an AlTiN coating on all sizes as well as a TiB2 coating for cutting aluminum with a 60° and 90° angle.
Mill Style – 4 Flute
4 flute mill-style Drill / End Mills have two flutes that come to center and two flutes that are cut back. This Drill / End Mill is designed for the same operations as the 2 flute style, but has a larger core in addition the higher flute count. The larger core gives the tool more strength and allows it to machine a harder range of materials. The additional flutes create more points of contact when machining, leading to better surface finish. AlTiN coating is offered on all 5 available angles (60°, 82°, 90°, 100°, and 120°) of this tool for great performance in a wide array of ferrous materials.
Drill Style – 2 Flute
This tool is specifically designed for the combination of milling, drilling, spotting and light duty chamfering applications in ferrous and non-ferrous materials. This line is offered with a 90°, 120°, and 140° included angle as well as AlTiN coating.
Helical Tip – 4 Flute
The Helically Tipped Drill / End Mill offers superior performance in chamfering, milling and light duty spotting operations. The spiral tip design allows for exceptional chip evacuation and surface finish. This combined with an OD variable helix design to reduce chatter and harmonics makes this a valuable tool in any machine shop. It is offered in 60°, 90°, and 120° included angles and comes standard with the latest generation AlTiN Nano coating that offers superior hardness and heat resistance.
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The 7 Best Mini/Benchtop Milling Machines in 2021
Welcome to the Thomas guide to the best mini milling machine. Thomas has been connecting North American industrial buyers and suppliers for more than 120 years. When you purchase products through our independent recommendations, we may earn an affiliate commission.
The best mini milling machine can provide industrial-style machining on a smaller scale for use at home or at a workshop. Although often not on the economical side, these machines have great capabilities that simply can’t be replicated with other simpler, cheaper tools. Whether for a freelance technician, home or interior designer, DIY aficionado, or even artist, a mini milling machine can prove invaluable for your projects, and could even save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
What is a Mini Mill Machine?
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A milling machine is comprised of a stationary cutting tool and a movable table that is controlled by either manual or computer directions. A workpiece is secured to the table which moves around a rotating blade to make the cuts for the desired outcome.
Like the full-size milling machines, a mini mill machine is a smaller engineering mill that can sit on a workbench or table, and create or modify wooden, metal, or modern-composite material components. Although full-size mill machines can be horizontal or vertical, mini mill machines usually have a vertical orientation with the axis of the rotating shaft also being vertical.
Mini Mill Machine Considerations
A few factors to consider when choosing the best mini mill machine for you are the size, adjustable table position, clamps to secure materials in place, speed range, motor power and horsepower, the depth the spindle can reach, torque, and the distance between the table and the head. In addition, you’ll have the option to decide whether you want various extra features such as coolant pumps, powered assisted tables, or inbuilt lighting. Generally speaking, the more extras you want, the more you’ll have to pay.
Find the Best Mini Mill Machine
We’ve hunted around and found seven of the best mini mill machines available to suit various needs and budgets, from top industrial tool brands such as Grizzly, Klutch, and WEN.
1. Best Horizontal and Vertical Mini Mill—Grizzly Industrial G0727 Mini Mill
Though able to tackle both vertical and horizontal milling, the Grizzly Industrial G0727 mini mill with 0.5 horsepower is still compact enough to mount on a stand or workbench. It’s made from a heavy-duty cast iron construction and has three-axis table movement, variable-speed spindle (200–2000 RPM), a 45-degree head tilt left and right, and an emergency stop button.
BUY NOW: $1,290, Amazon
2. Best Mid-Range Mini Mill—Klutch Mini Milling Machine
The cast iron Klutch mini milling machine has a smooth, vibration-free operation. With a 0.5 horsepower, 110V variable-speed (100-2,500 RPM) motor, and a 350-watt two-speed gearbox, this is a great mini mill for the price. The milling head and column have a 45-degree tilt left or right, and at around 140 pounds, the unit is much lighter than other similar mills.
BUY NOW: $739.99, Amazon
3. Best Benchtop Mini Milling Machine—WEN 33013 Milling Machine
Whether you want to create flat surfaces, angled edges, straight holes, slots, pockets, or surface contours, the variable speed (100–2,500 RPM), single-phase WEN 33013 compact bench top milling machine with R8 taper is a sturdy, reliable, safe, and effective option. The head and column are adjustable 45 degrees either to the left or right, it has a versatile 13-inch swing tool, and comes with a wide variety of cutters, mills, and bits.
BUY NOW: $1,042.64, Amazon
4. Best Mini Milling Machine—JET JMD-18 Milling/Drilling Machine
In addition to the cast iron column and heavy-duty roller bearings, easy-read depth gage and 360-degree swiveling head, the JET JMD-18 350018 milling/drilling machine has an extra-large worktable so you can tackle bigger jobs. The mill machine comes with a work-lamp, adjustable carbide face-mill, drill press angle vise, half-inch drill chuck, chuck arbor, and drawbar.
BUY NOW: $2,499 (Was $3,000), Amazon
5. Best Micro Milling Machine—Proxxon 37110 Micro Mill
For small, delicate, and intricate projects, the Proxxon 37110 MF 70 micro millis ideal. This aluminum machine with a cast iron base is a sturdy and highly accurate mini mill. “Excellent little machine,” reads one review. “Been using mine to create models for casting jewelry and it really is a powerhouse… Works beautifully. Don't be fooled by its half-pint size, this is no toy. It's a serious tool.”
BUY NOW: $368.49 (Was $398), Amazon
6. Best Feed Motor Mini Mill—OTMT OT2213 Mini Milling Machine
Slightly larger than a regular mini mill, the OTMT OT2213 X2 mini milling machine with its variable speed control at a range of 0–2,500 RPM, and 0.5 horsepower, can travel both forward and back, has a 45-degree head tilt both left and right, an easy-to-read dial which can read up to .0001 inches of movement, an impressive feeding system, and a coarse feed for drilling.
BUY NOW: $979.99, Amazon
7. Best Mini Wood Milling Machine—Genmitsu CNC 3018-PRO
For anyone who wants to try their hand at CNC learning in woodworking, the fairly-priced Genmitsu CNC 3018-PRO router kit wood carving milling engraving machine is the perfect place to start. One of the many happy buyers explains, “If you're looking to explore an introductory lesson into CNC machinery, this would be a great start! Easy to assemble, simple instructions, all the tools and hardware are accounted for, plus extras. The machine is simple, yet complex enough for you to program with your choice of programs… Even if you're a pro, having this as a small desktop CNC is fun to operate and experiment with.”
BUY NOW: $249.99, Amazon
Best Mini Milling Machines—Summary
Although on the pricier end, the JET JMD-18 350018 milling/drilling machine ($2,499) stands out as one of the best mini mill machines currently on the market. For something a little more economical but still powerful, the Grizzly Industrial G0727 mini mill ($1,290) comes in at a close second. The Klutch mini milling machine ($739.99) is a great mid-range milling machine with an impressively low price tag.
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Finally I can contribute to this group. I've been harboring a machine shop for most of my years. Right now, my shop occupies a 2.5 car garage. I started off with used low-end equipment and eventually built up to fairly modern light industrial equipment and do general repairs, make custom yacht parts and for my own hobby, make precision sundials (that tell time with amazing accuracy)... You've been given good advice. For 250, its a good way to get into machine work but without a doubt, you'll discover its limitations quickly. For small pieces of mild steel, aluminum and plastic, it will do fine. You'll need to take light cuts on everything and make multiple passes. Forget about any alloys like chrome molly (41xx type metals). Space wise, they're difficult to work with because it's cramped quarters. I could go on about the specific limitations for each of it's capabilities but don't want to come-off as being negative. If you just want to mess around or make parts that are much smaller than a breadbox and only need to hold about +/- 0.002" accuracy (within 8" lengths) then those machines are fine and you can do a lot with them. It will not handle any sizeable pieces of harder metal because the flex in the machine is too great. All of the above assumes the machine is not worn out. Bearings can go bad, the "ways" (the flat rails that the carriage rides on) can be worn or even bowed, spindle shafts can get bent, leadscrews can be bent or worn, gib ways can be worn... Most of those things can be repaired but watch-out for getting nickle-and-dimed to death. Left unchecked all those ailments show-up in the workpiece and it can be frustrating.
Most people I know who bought combo units either use them for what they're intended and are happy or, grew out of it quickly and bought single component equipment. I've got about 3 tons between the lathe, mill and surface grinder -and sometimes I wish I had 6 tons between them all. Solid and heavy is good when it comes to machine equipment and any machine that can be lifted by 1 or 2 people is not going to cut it for serious use. But for 250... It could be just the perfect thing for you.
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Mini Mill Comparison
This chart compares the specifications of the major brands of the mini mill. Bold rows highlight what we feel are significant differences, rather than mistakes or variations in measurement.
|LittleMachineShop.com||LittleMachineShop.com||Grizzly Industrial, Inc.||Harbor Freight Tools||Micro-Mark|
|Head Tilt||Solid Column||Solid Column||45°-0°-45°||45°-0°-45°||45°-0°-45°|
|Head Support||Gas Strut||Gas Strut||Torsion Spring||Torsion Spring||Torsion Spring|
|Table||4.7″ x 18.1″||4.7″ x 18.1″||3-5/8″ x 15-3/4″||3-11/16″ x 15-7/8″||3-3/4″ x 16″|
|T-slots||12 mm (7/16″)||12 mm (7/16″)||12 mm (7/16″)||12 mm (7/16″)||12 mm (7/16″)|
|Spindle Taper||R8 Taper||R8 Taper||#3 Morse Taper||R8 Taper||R8 Taper|
|Face Milling Capacity||1.2″||1.2″||1″||1″|
|End Milling Capacity||0.6″||0.6″||1/2″||1/2″|
|Spindle Clearance||11″||11″||11-1/2″||12-1/4″ (10 1/2″ measured)||10″|
|Spindle Speed||0-2500 RPM||100-1100, 100-2500 RPM||0-1100, 0-2500 RPM||0-1100, 0-2500 RPM||0-2500 RPM|
|Motor Controller||Brushless DC||PWM||PWM||PWM||Brushless DC|
|X & Y-Axis Dials||0.0625″ / Turn, 0.001 Graduations||0.0625″ / Turn, 0.001 Graduations||0.0625″ / Turn, 0.001 Graduations||0.0625″ / Turn, 0.001 Graduations||0.050″ / Turn, 0.001 Graduations|
|Z-Axis Dial||0.060″ / Turn, 0.001 Graduations||0.060″ / Turn, 0.001 Graduations||0.060″ / Rev, 0.002 Graduations||0.060″ / Turn, 0.001 Graduations||0.060″ / Turn, 0.001 Graduations|
All the mini mills listed on this page are made in the same factory in China. Except where they have different features, the parts are interchangeable. In our experience there is not a noticeable quality difference between the brands.
LittleMachineShop.com HiTorque Mini Mill is the best in its class. It has the most power, most torque, and a larger table than other mills in its size range.
The solid column was specifically designed for LittleMachineShop.com to maximize rigidity. The column bolts solidly to the base with four cap screws and the wall thickness of the column is significantly greater.
The 500 Watt (0.67 hp) brushless spindle drive motor provides tremendous low end torque. And you can vary the speed from 50 RPM to 2500 RPM continuously. There are no gears to shift. And, with no gears, the HiTorque Mini Mill is the quietest in its class.
The large mill table provides 50% more table area than other mini mills. It also has 30% more travel in each direction. The resettable feed dials allow you to zero them at any point.
LittleMachineShop.com carries the SIEG X2D Mini Mill. This mini mill has a larger table than other mini mills in its size range and features a 350 Watt DC motor with two spindle speed ranges. The air spring head support gives it more Z-axis travel than most other mini mills.
Grizzly Industrial, Inc. sells the Grizzly model G8689 mini mill. The Grizzly mini mill has a 3 Morse taper spindle. It comes with two 3 Morse taper collets; a 3/8 inch collet and a 1/2 inch collet.
Harbor Freight Tools distributes the Central Machinery model 44991 mini mill. The Harbor Freight mini mill has an R8 spindle.
Micro-Mark also carries the MicroLux model 84630 R8 mini mill. The MicroLux mini mill has one unique feature; the table feed dials both advance 0.050 inch per revolution. On all the other mini mills the dials advance 1/16 inch per revolution. The 0.050-inch per turn is easier to use than the 0.0625-inch per turn of the other mini mills. Micro-Mark will have you believe that the other mini mills have metric dials, but they do not. This mini mill features the 500 watt brushless DC drive system.
Homier Mobile Merchants previously distributed the Speedway mini mill model 03947. The Homier mini mill has an R8 spindle.
ToolsNow.com (Cummins Industrial Tools) previously distributed the mini mill model 7877. The ToolsNow mini mill has an R8 spindle.
This information is put together from published specifications and by measurements made by users of the machines. It is believed to be accurate, but there are no guarantees.