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on’t be intimidated by the large
number of accessories we offer.
Many are very specialized and will only
be needed by a small percentage of our
customers. We suggest you buy only what
you need, when you have a job where it is
needed. We ship orders within 24-48 hours
of receipt, so you can always get what you
need quickly. It’s good to know that no
matter what machining job you may decide
to tackle in the future, the proper Sherline
accessory will be available to make that
job easier and more fun.
Why Sherline Tools Are Right For You
Projects by Sherline Machinists
Sherline, The Small Solution to Big Problems
Compare Sherline Quality (Machine feature list)
· 3.5” x 8” lathe
· 3.5” x 17” deluxe lathe
Lathe Accessories
· Vertical milling column
· Multi-direction vertical mill column
· 1/4”-1/4” 2-position tool post
· 5/16”-3/8” 2-position tool post
· Rocker tool post
· 3/8” Insert holder tool post
· Cutoff tool and holder
· Steady rest
· Lathe follower rest
· 3-jaw self-centering chucks
· 4-jaw self-centering chucks
· 4-jaw (independent) chucks
· Tailstock drill chucks—3/8", 1/4" and 5/32"
· Microscope and lathe mount ...NEW!
· Adjustable “zero” handwheels
· Rear mount cutoff tool holder
· Cutoff tool rear mount block
· Live center
· Bullnose live center
· Thread-cutting attachment
· Spindle handwheel
· HSS and carbide cutting tools
· 35° Carbide insert holders
· 3/8" IC Boring tool set
· Center drill set
· Lathe tool height gage
· WW collet sets
· Collet pot chucks
· 1” WW collet blank
Lathe and mill terminology
· Deluxe WW collet sets
· 8 mm and WW collet adapter
· Adjustable live center
· Adjustable tailstock chuck holders
· Adjustable tailstock tool holder
· Adjustable tailstock 1” die holder
· Quick-change tool post and extra holders
· Quick-change tool post riser
· Crosslide accessory plate
· Compound slide
· Compound riser block
· Radius-cutting attachment
· Power feed
· Morse #0 to 3/4-16 chuck adapter
· Vertical milling table
· Tailstock spindle extender
· Headstock riser block kit
· Tailstock riser block
· Steady rest riser block
· Riser cutoff tool and holder
· Wood tool rest
Machine and Accessory Packages
· Spur driver
· Toggle switch dust cover
· Knurling tool holder
· 55° Negative rake insert holder
· Chip guard
· Lathe vinyl dust cover
· Accessories for clockmakers
· W.R. Smith watchmaker's T-rest
· Lathe digital readout
· CNC-ready lathes
Vertical Milling Machines
· Vertical mill general description
· Saddle lock lever upgrade
· Vertical mill model descriptions
· 8-direction column upgrades
Mill Accessories
· Drill chucks
· Boring head
· Boring tools
· Rotary column attachment
· Tilting angle table
· Mill digital readout
· Mill cutter arbors
· 3/8” end mill holders
· 3/8” end mill sets
· Miniature end mill set
· Milling collets
· 4-jaw hold-down set
· Chuck-to-T-slot adapter
· Standard hold-down set
· Step block hold-down set
· Slitting saw holder
· Sherline 5/32” hex T-driver
· Mill XY bases
· Mill XYZ bases
· Index block set
· Indexing attachment
· 4” Rotary table
· Right angle attachment
· Right angle tailstock
· CNC rotary table indexer
· 10,000 RPM Pulley set ...NEW!
· Gear tooth cutter
· Milling vise
· Rotating mill vise base
· Horizontal milling conversion
· Microscope and mill mount ...NEW!
· Fly cutter
· Carbide inserted tip fly cutter
· Mill headstock spacer block
· Morse #1 blank
· Mill tooling plate
· 90° angle plate
· Sensitive drilling attachment
· WW and 8.0 mm collet fixture
· Mill vinyl dust cover
· Machinist’s parallel set
New Products for Lathe and Mill
· 18" extended mill table and 15" mill column
· 78-Piece boxed metric WW collet set
· Ceramic insert tool holder
· Mill, Lathe anti-backlash saddle lock upgrades
· Thread-on drill chuck holder for mill
· Rotary table metric chuck adapters
· Super-Lube Teflon grease and spray lube
· 54,000 RPM air grinder and grinder tool posts
Books and Videos (including new lathe video)
CNC systems and upgrades for Sherline machines
Frequently asked questions about Sherline tools
Technical specifications
New Electronic Line Filter makes Sherline tools CE Compliant
New electronic filter cuts electronic
emissions to meet CE standards.
As countries around the world have tightened up their import regulations,
Sherline has taken the extra step to make available an in-line electronic filter
between the DC motor speed control and the incoming AC current in order
to meet CE standards. Users outside the USA will only need to supply a wall
plug adapter to go from the American style 3-prong plug to the type of plug
used in their country. An extra charge applies for machines ordered with this
filter installed, but the shipping box will state that the machine complies with
CE standards. We highly recommend that customers in countries requiring CE
certification order this part in order to avoid possible problems with customs.
CE Filter added to any machine: Part number plus letters -CE, Retrofit filter/cord only: P/N 45500
Sherline’s owner, Joe Martin is seen here with the Model 5400 deluxe mill and the Model 4400A
lathe. He has spent his life building things—from his youth in the building trades to becoming
a self-taught machinist and mold maker. He has also worked in the radio control manufacturing
industry and builds and operates his own R/C boats, helicopters and high performance aircraft.
He is a founder of the sport of R/C Formula 1 aircraft pylon racing and one of its early champions
in competition. His attraction to competition plus his love for building and operating high
performance equipment has extended to racing a Formula Ford in SCCA events and a 1974
Spyder IndyCar in vintage racing events.
Joe has put his experience in working with tools and building things that really perform into the
design and construction of Sherline tools. They are built to last and offer accurate, repeatable
performance at a very reasonable cost.
Why Sherline tools are right for you
has continued to grow as new products are introduced to
the line. Attesting to the good basic design of the machine
is the fact that accessories work just as well on Sherline
tools made twenty years ago or today. Sherline has the most
complete line of miniature machine tools and accessories
available. We will continue to expand that line with the
introduction of new accessories each year.
Another feature that sets Sherline apart is our complete,
well-written and illustrated instructions. We are able to
pass on this valuable knowledge to our customers because
the people who design and build Sherline tools use
them themselves and understand your needs. Sherline’s
engineering staff has an extensive background not only as
machinists, but also as modelers. The owner, Joe Martin, is
both an experienced toolmaker and has also been involved
for many years in competitive radio-controlled aircraft
With the sophistication of manufacturing techniques plus
the sound design principles of the equipment manufactured
by Sherline, the need to constantly redesign the
products has been eliminated. In a world of planned
obsolescence and disposable everything, it’s a
pleasure to work with a tool built with
quality in mind. If, as a hobbyist,
jeweler or technician, you
want or need to produce
your own accurate,
small, machined
parts, Sherline
tools are right for
t Sherline, our goal has been to produce a high quality
line of miniature machine tools at a price that offers
the customer a great value. Accuracy and versatility have
been prime requirements in the design process. As a result,
we have been gratified to find that almost half our sales have
been to technicians and industrial customers who adapt
our machines to production line use to make a tremendous
variety of small parts. This attests to the accuracy,
adaptability and dependability of Sherline tools.
In 1972, the first Sherline lathe, along with several new
accessories, were completely produced and marketed in
the United States. In 1975, the Sherline vertical milling
machine was totally designed and manufactured at our San
Marcos facility. Since then, Sherline has devoted itself to
providing versatile, quality products by using the latest
manufacturing and engineering techniques. State-of-theart computer-controlled equipment allows us to produce
tools that are of higher quality and more accurate, while at
the same time allowing us to keep production costs down,
making Sherline tools an even better buy for the machinists
and technicians who use them. A laser engraving machine
now precisely engraves scales, providing greater utility and
a higher quality look. It is also an example of one more job
done “in-house” to both maximize quality and reduce costs.
In fact, over forty major machine tools—an investment of
over a million dollars—are used to produce all Sherline’s
machined parts.
As Sherline tools enter their third decade of production, we
take pride in certain benchmarks of progress. What began
as an imported machine is now made entirely in the U.S.A.
In addition, Sherline tools are now exported throughout the
world. This is the eighth printing of our color catalog, which
Projects built by Sherline machinists...
Miniature masterpieces show what can be done
when you have the right tools
Throughout this catalog we talk about the accuracy,
capability and versatility of Sherline tools. While those
things are important, we added these pages to the catalog
so you could see some of the projects that people have built
using Sherline equipment. This, after all, is the ultimate test
of the value of any machine...the results it can produce. On
these pages and spread throughout the catalog are some
fine examples of the type of precision work that can be
accomplished when you have the right tools and the skill
to use them properly.
We invite you to send in photos of your Sherline projects
for our showroom scrapbook and for future catalog issues.
These projects speak more eloquently about what you can
accomplish with Sherline tools than any list of technical
specifications could ever do. The people who made them
are, for the most part, not professional machinists. They
have all kinds of jobs and all kinds of interests. What they
share is a creative spirit, a willingness to take the time to
do the job right and Sherline tools.
Although we have chosen to show projects built by
hobbyists, it is a fact that a sizable proportion of our
customers use their tools for industrial jobs. The projects we
have shown are colorful and fun to look at, but remember
that Sherline tools are also making parts in the industrial
world day in and day out.
CO2 powered race car • Scotty Hewitt, Van Nuys, CA
This brightly colored 5.5" long 1930’s style racer won first place
in the 1997 Sherline Machinist’s Challenge in Detroit.
1/8 Scale John Deere Tractor • Jerry Kieffer, DeForest, WI
Shown prior to painting, this fully functional tractor fires up with
a twist of the flywheel and is built to scale to the smallest part.
1/12 scale Ferrari Formula 1 engine • Bob Breslauer, Coral Gables, FL
Models like this V-12 engine took Bob’s hobby and turned it into
a career. He went on to become a professional modelmaker for a
museum. The non-running engine contains about 1500 parts.
Dual-flywheel, oscillating steam engine
Jerry Kieffer, DeForest, WI
This engine weighs just 3.5 grains.
Bore: .029", Stroke: .032". Jerry also
made the finger-jointed wood box.
Model marine exhaust, drive and rudder • Don Martin, Sacramento, CA
These model drag boat parts are both functional and good looking.
1/6 Harley cylinders
Jerry Kieffer, WI
Harley Davidson
owners will recognize
these as cylinders for
a model of a 1947
motorcycle engine.
The engine now runs
and Jerry is making
an even smaller one
in 1/8 scale.
NOTE: The American quarter-dollar coin
used for size reference in some photos is
.95” or 24.1mm in diameter.
Railroad crane car
Greg Conrad, WI
Plenty of detail made this
model train car a first place
contest winner.
“Coke bottle” steam engine
Chuck Sherwood, Naperville, IL
Chuck took on quite a challenge to build this
steam engine from a bronze casting kit as his
first machining project. The top photo shows the
completed engine, and the second photo shows
the unassembled individual components. A ruler
is used for size reference.
1/32 American LaFrance hotrod fire truck • Mike Foti, Hillsboro, OR
Mike’s entry in the hotrod division of the 1999 Salt Lake City national model contest
is made entirely from formed and soldered brass. Items like the wheels, gas tank,
lights, bell and rail stanchions are turned on the lathe.
Custom brass wheel • Bob Breslauer
Bob designed a clever double rotary table
fixture to machine these curved spokes.
herline tools are used throughout the world in industry,
schools, labs and by the hobbyist...wherever there
is a need for small, precision-machined parts. They are
operated by engineers, scientists, technicians and model
makers to produce prototype parts in metal, plastic and
wood. Craftsmen should have no problem operating
Sherline miniature machine tools, for they are designed to
be operated by people with a “common sense” knowledge
of mechanics. The skills of an experienced machinist are
not required.
The Craftsman's Alternatives
Eventually every technician and hobbyist will find they
need a part that cannot be purchased or built with ordinary
hand or power tools. The choice has been either struggling
with a hand drill and file or spending thousands of dollars
on standard machine shop equipment. Projects have
been abandoned, and many craftsmen have never had
the satisfaction of taking a completely original idea and
transforming it into a working
prototype simply because they
lacked the proper tools.
Now, Sherline tools fill the gap
between makeshift hand tools and
expensive professional equipment.
They are capable of producing a
great variety of machined parts.
Accessories are available which
allow them to perform virtually
any machining operation, the
size of the part being the only
The Small Solution
to Big Problems
Machine Demo Videos
See videos of Sherline
machines cutting materials
from Delrin to stainless
steel and titanium at
What about the Future?
Sherline tools are not just for the hobby you
participate in now. No matter how your interests
may change or grow in the future, these tools
will adapt as your needs change, bringing
a higher level of quality and expanding the
horizons of any project you attempt.
limitation. Sherline’s commitment to quality extends to
our service department. Should the need arise, repair
parts and/or service are top priority. You will experience
a maximum of a two working day (in-house) turnaround
time rather than weeks of waiting.
QUALITY...designed by a machinist and built
from top quality material
Sherline equipment and accessories incorporate many
features found only in the best production machines. For
example, the lathe spindle and the milling machine spindle
both utilize lifetime lubricated bearings with adjustable
preload for minimum end play. With the exception of the
electronic speed control’s plastic housing and protective
belt guards, all parts are metal, precision machined with
instrument quality finishes on all working parts.
Both the lathe and milling machine feature fully dovetailed
machine slides with adjustable gibs to give precise
adjustment and maximum rigidity. Machining accuracy of
one thousandth of an inch or better can be easily obtained.
In fact, the handwheels are precisely laser engraved in
graduations of .001 inch or .01mm on metric machines.
The bases of both the lathe and the milling machine are
made with mounting holes so that they can be permanently
attached to a board or workbench for even more rigidity
and vibration-free operation.
VERSATILITY... a small solution
to big problems
Sherline machines have a tremendous capacity to turn out
parts for all kinds of uses. Aluminum, steel, brass, plastic,
or wood parts can be easily machined on the lathe, yet
the entire lathe can be stored on a closet shelf. Together,
the lathe and milling machine with their many available
accessories are capable of performing all the standard
machining operations. Now, there is almost no small
machining job that can hold up your project. If a part isn’t
available, just design and machine your own!
For those who prefer to work in metric increments,
the Sherline lathe and milling machine are available
calibrated in millimeters rather than inch equivalents, or
if you’re currently thinking in inches, buy a machine that
is calibrated in inches. In other words, buy a machine that
is calibrated in the same increments as the tools you are
currently using to eliminate the aggravation of converting
dimensions. Later, should you decide to convert an inch
machine to a metric machine, all the parts are available.
There’s no need to buy a new machine. Additionally, the DC
motor and speed control supplied with the machines will
run domestically or outside of the United States without
any change in motor or controller, and no transformer is
required. doesn’t cost much to produce
valuable custom made parts
The value of any tool is the relationship between its cost
and the results it produces. For most of the small machining
jobs encountered by the average user, Sherline machines
will produce results equal to machines costing many times
more. Unless money is no object, why pay more?
A good tool never becomes obsolete. The operations done
on a lathe or mill have remained the same since the dawn
of the machine age. A good 50-year old lathe still produces
good parts. Sherline machines are designed and built to
last for generations.
Economy, versatility and quality—Sherline machines
embody all three in an unbeatable combination.
That’s VALUE!
Compare Sherline Quality
No other miniature machine tools
offer all these features...
Headstock and motor assembly
are easily relocated when
switching to vertical milling
column attachment. It takes less
than one minute!
Speed is electronically controlled with the turn of a knob, offering a range
of 70 to 2800 RPM with no gear or belt changes needed. Automatically
adjusts to any current used throughout the world.
Motor is located out of the way on lathe and
mill. Stays clear of chips and cutting oil.
Motors now feature externally replaceable
brushes for easy maintenance. (Not shown)
Two-speed “V” belt drive increases
electronic speed control power range
by offering lower ratio for more
torque at lower speeds when turning
larger parts.
• No need to worry about your investment becoming
outdated. The soundness of the basic tool design means
accessories made twenty years ago still fit today’s tools.
New accessories every year add to value.
preload nut
20mm lifetime
lubricated bearings
Dust cover protects
sealed bearings
.405” (10mm) hole
through spindle allows
machining of long stock.
Taper turning is accomplished simply by removing
the alignment key and rotating the headstock to
the proper angle.
Spindle nose has a standard #1 Morse
inside taper, 3/4”-16 external threads.
Extra long slide travel and
large 6” x 2-3/4” table
Saddle and crosslide are
precision machined with
tough anodized finish.
Leadscrew is underneath
bed, protected from grit and
flying chips.
Tapered adjustable gibs
Ground steel bed features dovetailed machine
slides with tapered gibs that handle stress
well in both lathe and mill configurations.
This is the way most large, high-quality
machine tools are built.
• Optional thread-cutting attachment cuts
over 50 different pitches, metric or inch, left
or right hand threads.
• Sherline offers not only a vertical milling
attachment for the lathe, but also makes
several complete vertical milling machines.
(See pages 27-29.)
• Huge list of available accessories makes
Sherline the most versatile tool line in the
world. Virtually any conceivable machining
operation is possible in miniature.
Saddle is connected to leadscrew with a
brass part that is easily replaceable. An
inexpensive way to correct backlash wear.
Brass gib on tailstock is adjustable for wear.
Also makes it easy to remove tailstock without
removing handwheels when adding riser block.
Black anodized finish on aluminum parts
gives a professional appearance, plus it is
tough and easy to care for.
Laser engraved aluminum
handwheels with inch or metric
lead screws and graduations.
• Optional resettable
“zero” handwheels are
available that can be
unlocked and reset to
“zero” (or any number)
at any time. This makes
dialing in a precalculated
amount of feed much
easier. (See page 14.)
Holes are predrilled into cast
metal base for secure mounting
to board or benchtop.
Tailstock spindle has a standard
#0 Morse inside taper.
All handwheels are red anodized
aluminum to increase the readability
of the laser engraved scales.
Sherline Lathes
hen the Sherline
lathe first came on
the market over thirty
years ago, its use of rigid,
extruded components meant
miniature machine tools were no longer
just toys for producing simple hobby
projects. They could now be considered
serious machine tools built specially to
produce accurate, small parts. Since then,
we have not only added a vertical milling
machine and extensive accessory line,
we have also found ways to improve
the accuracy and utility of the tools
themselves. The introduction of CNC machines
into our production facility has greatly improved the
accuracy of Sherline tools. In 1999, we improved the lathe
by changing the way the tailstock is tightened on the bed
with the addition of a brass gib. The mill column lock was
also replaced with a locking lever that tightens against the
saddle nut for easier operation and a more secure lock.
These improvements are typical of Sherline’s commitment
to continually upgrade the quality and functionality of our
products. The Sherline tools in this catalog offer the best
dollar-for-dollar value of any we have ever made.
Model 4000 3.5" x 8" Lathe (Inch)
Model 4100 (Metric)
When used with its various accessories, Sherline lathes
will perform a host of tasks. They will turn, face, bore,
drill, ream, polish, cut tapers, and cut both inch and metric
threads. When used with its vertical milling column
attachment it can be used for milling, fly cutting, drilling,
and boring operations.
Sherline now offers several lathes to fit every budget and
need, and they are available with either inch or millimeter
calibrations. A high-torque DC motor with variable speed
control is standard on each machine. This speed control
is internally equipped with a converter that automatically
adjusts to incoming AC current from 100 to 240 volts, 50
or 60 cycles/sec without loss of torque.
Model 4500 (Inch) Deluxe 3.5" x 8" Lathe with Adjustable
Zero Handwheels—Model 4530 (Metric)
The 4500-series lathes offer the same equipment as the
4000-series lathes, but with the addition of two 2" (51
mm) resettable “zero” handwheels on the leadscrew and
crosslide feed. (For additional information on the adjustable
handwheels P/N 3420, see Figure 5, page 14.)
Standard Equipment Offered with Every Lathe
Every Sherline lathe includes the DC motor and speed
control, a 2.75" (70 mm) x 6.0" (152 mm) crosslide with two
T-slots, pulleys, drive belt, faceplate, lathe dog, two dead
centers, hexagonal adjustment keys, tool post, sharpened
high-speed steel cutting tool, eight-foot, three-wire power
cord and a 48-page color Assembly and Instruction Guide.
The 4000-series lathes come with standard 1-5/8" (41 mm)
Sherline 3.5" (89 mm) Lathe
Model 4000/4100 with 15" (381 mm) bed
The 4000-series lathes offer an accurate, compact and
versatile machine at entry-level prices. 4500-series are
the same but with the addition of handwheels that can be
reset to zero or any other reading at any time.
laser engraved aluminum handwheels, while the 4400
and 4500-series lathes come with deluxe adjustable zero
handwheels. The 4400-series lathes also include a rocker
tool post in place of the standard tool post.
Ordering lathe and accessory packages
All lathes and mills can be ordered plain or packaged
with selections of accessories. Ordering a machine
and accessory package saves you money compared to
purchasing the same items separately, and the packages
include the items most people buy first. See pages
23 and 24 for a description of the “A,” “B” and “C”
package options. Full shop packages with lathe, mill
and an array of accessories are also available.
Order any machine with Digital Readouts or CNC
In addition to accessory packages, any lathe or mill
can be ordered with factory installed digital readouts
(DRO). To purchase a machine with digital readouts
simply add the letters “–DRO” to the part number. See
pages 26 and 31 for more on digital readouts.
Any machine can also be ordered with motor mounts
ready for the installation of your own CNC stepper
motors and computer controls. We call this "CNCready." To purchase a CNC-ready machine, simply
add the letters “—CNC” after the part number. Buy a
driver box and stepper motors to complete the package
using your own computer.
Complete, ready-to-run CNC systems with stepper
motors, driver box, cables, computer and software are
also available. See page 43 for details.
Examples: 4000A—An inch shortbed lathe with
the “A” accessory package. 4410C–DRO: A metric
longbed lathe with “C” accessory package and factory
installed digital readouts.
Retrofitting DRO or CNC later
Any Sherline machine can be retrofitted with digital
readouts or CNC later if not ordered that way initially.
Using Sherline Accessories on Older Machines
Thinking of buying a new lathe or mill? All your old Sherline accessories will still work
with it. Have an older machine? All our new accessories will work with it too.
Sherline 3.5" (89 mm) Lathe
Model 4400/4410 with 24" (610 mm) bed
The 4400-series “A” package includes a larger 3.1"
3-jaw chuck and 3/8" tailstock chuck.
The 4400-series lathes offer a great value with over twice
the center-to-center distance and many luxury features.
Model 4400 3.5 x 17" Lathe (Inch)
Model 4410 (Metric)
If you are interested in a lathe with more distance between
centers, the model 4400-series lathe is available. Standard
equipment is the same as on the model 4000; however, the
4400-series lathes have a 24" (610 mm) bed that has 17"
(431 mm) between centers, a 2.5" (63 mm) resettable “zero”
handwheel on the leadscrew, two 2" (51 mm) resettable
“zero” handwheels on the crosslide and feed screw and a
rocker tool post substituted for the standard tool post. This
is Sherline's best selling lathe.
Lathe Accessories
column. The saddle is raised and lowered to control the
depth of cut by turning a handwheel. Calibrations on the
handwheel enable depth control to .001" (.01 mm). Parts to
be machined are mounted on the crosslide. On the deluxe
version, a 2-1/2" adjustable “zero” handwheel replaces the
standard handwheel.
This is the most economical way to get into milling. Most
standard vertical milling operations can be performed with
this attachment, with part size being the basic limitation.
Conversion from the lathe to milling takes less than one
minute. Most Sherline milling accessories can be used with
this setup, although larger accessories like the tilting angle
table and rotary table may require a longer table. At a later
date, should you wish to upgrade to a complete vertical
milling machine, the column will fit the Sherline XY bases
(See pages 33 and 34.). This offers a cost savings compared
to purchasing a complete vertical milling machine, because
you save the cost of a second headstock, motor and speed
NOTE: Columns made prior to January, 1996 will need to
be modified to fit the XY table. Call Sherline for details.
Vertical Milling Column, P/N 3050 (3053 Metric)
Deluxe Vertical Milling Column, P/N 3480 (3485 Metric)
(See Figure 1.) With this attachment the Sherline lathe
can be quickly and easily converted into a small milling
machine. The attachment consists of a steel dovetailed
vertical column with a solid aluminum base that attaches
to the bed of the lathe in place of the headstock. The
headstock then mounts to a dovetailed saddle on the vertical
Multi-Direction Vertical Milling Column,
P/N 3580 (3585 Metric)
(See Figure 2, next page.) The multi-direction vertical
milling column provides all the movements of the model
2000-series 8-direction mill. (See page 28.) The entire Zaxis column can be swung, rotated, tilted or moved in and
out for machining or drilling from just about any angle. At
any time, you can purchase the new P/N 5600/5610 deluxe
XY base, which has been designed to accept this special
Figure 1—The model 4000 lathe is set up with the vertical
milling column attachment. Conversion from lathe to
milling or back to a lathe takes less than one minute!
bit on one side, and a 3/8" (10 mm) square tool bit on the
other side.
1/4" Rocker Tool Post, P/N 3057—The cutting edge of a lathe
tool should be set right on or just slightly
below the centerline of the part being
machined. With new lathe tools this is not a
problem, because Sherline tool posts are made
to hold them at the correct height. Older tools
that have been sharpened numerous times may
require shimming to bring them up to the correct height.
The Sherline rocker tool post is designed to eliminate the
need for shimming. The height of the cutting edge can be
changed by simply adjusting the two clamping screws. This
inexpensive accessory reduces setup time and also extends
the life and the usefulness of your old lathe tools.
3/8" Insert Holder Tool Post, P/N 7600—Your
present Sherline tool post may be modified to
accept these special tool holders, but an easier
solution is Sherline’s special tool post. It is
designed to fit the larger 3/8" square and 3/8"
round tool holders commonly used for carbide,
ceramic or diamond inserted tips. It will also hold Sherline’s
own right- and left-hand 35° inserted tip tool holders (P/N
2258). Purchase of this tool post will allow you to keep
your standard tool post available for use with 1/4" highspeed steel tools for jobs where they are sufficient and/or
a specially ground and shaped tip is required.
NOTE: Carbide inserts and inserted tip tools are available
through Sherline. Call for a complete listing or see our
web site.
Cutoff Tool and Holder, P/N 3002—After
completing a part in the lathe it is
frequently necessary to separate the part
from the excess material used for chucking.
This operation is best accomplished with the
use of a cutoff tool or “parting tool” as it is sometimes
called. The Sherline cutoff tool and holder consists of a
very slender high-speed tool steel cutting blade mounted
in a special holder. The thinness of the blade (.040" or 1
mm) enables it to feed into the part quite easily, and, at the
same time, minimizes the amount of waste material. The
turning speed for parting should be approximately onehalf the normal turning speed for any given material. One
word of caution; never use a parting tool on a part mounted
between centers. The part can bind on the cutter and result
in a scrapped part or a broken tool. A small amount of
cutting oil is a must. Parting off free machining material
over a 1.00" (25 mm) diameter will always be a problem
on a machine of this size. The 3002 cutoff tool can be used
on the "back'" side of the tool post with the addition of the
P/N 3016 rear mount riser. See page 14.
Steady Rest P/N 1074
(See Figure 3.) All materials have a tendency to deflect
away from the cutting tool when you are turning them in
a lathe. This tendency is especially noticeable on long,
slender parts and long pieces of bar stock, which makes
Figure 2—The new multi-direction vertical milling column
opens up many new machining possibilities on the lathe by
turning it into an 8-direction mill.
column. In doing so you have duplicated a 2000-series
mill while enjoying the cost savings of not purchasing
a second headstock and motor unit. This incremental
approach allows you to start machining now and add to
your shop as your projects become more demanding or
your budget allows.
Two-Position Tool Posts, P/N 3003—1/4"–1/4" and
P/N 3008—5/16"–3/8"
It is not unusual to have to stop and change
lathe tools several times while turning a part
on the lathe. The change may be to switch
from a left-hand tool to a right-hand tool, from
a sharp-nosed tool to a radiused tool, or from a roughing
tool to a finishing tool. Whatever the reason, each change
requires a little setup time. This time can be reduced by
using a two-position tool post. Each Sherline two-position
tool post mounts two lathe tools. By having one or more of
these tool posts with your favorite lathe tools pre-mounted
in them, you can simplify your work and reduce the time
required to change tools.
P/N 3003 holds two 1/4" square tool bits. P/N 3008 is
similar but is designed to hold a 5/16" (8 mm) square tool
“I am a professional model builder of thirty years. I
specialize in building working models of miniature oil
field equipment. I have used my Sherline lathe and milling
machine for four years and find it to be fine equipment, well
designed and built for what it is intended.
My Sherline equipment has assisted me in manufacturing
miniature pump heads, pump shafts and cam work for my
oil rig equipment. I highly recommend American-made
Sherline equipment.”
John White, Professional Modeler
Figure 3—To drill a hole in the end of a long shaft, the
lathe is set up with a center drill in the drill chuck, which
is mounted in the tailstock. The steady rest keeps the shaft
from wobbling and assures that the hole will be concentric
with the outside diameter of the stock.
it quite difficult to hold close tolerances. The best way to
support a long part is with a center mounted in the tailstock.
However, for one reason or another this is not always
possible. As an example, it may be a piece of stock that
you want to center drill so that you can mount it between
centers, or it may be a part where a center drill hole would
ruin the looks of the part. Whatever the reason, a steady
rest provide a means of supporting the part while it turns.
The Sherline steady rest has three adjustable brass blades
mounted in a holder that mounts on the bed of the lathe.
These blades can be adjusted to the diameter of the part
to provide necessary support. Another advantage of the
steady rest that is often overlooked is the fact that work
held in position by the rest turns concentrically with its
outside diameter. This means that concentricity is assured
when working near the steady rest, because, at that point,
it must be running perfectly true despite imperfections in
how it is chucked or centered at either end. The Sherline
steady rest will accommodate any size part up to 1.75"
(44mm) in diameter.
Lathe Follower Rest, P/N 1090
(See Figure 4.) The purpose of the follower rest is to keep
long or small diameter work from deflecting when a cutting
tool is applied to it. It is attached to the lathe saddle and
moves as the saddle moves, keeping the point of support
directly behind the cutting tool. This helps you maintain
accuracy on long cuts and on small diameter stock.
The follower rest is mounted to the lathe saddle with one
10-32 set screw. It is not necessary to drill any mounting
“I own a small machine shop doing contract work for a
major corporation. We use the Sherline lathe in a winding
capacity in conjunction with a much larger machine. This
system has been successful using Sherline equipment to the
point where a multitude of machines have been purchased
over the years.”
Larry Rubido, The Machine Shop
Figure 4—A follower rest in use supporting thin stock.
holes, and full instructions are provided for use. A support
bar is attached to the table using a T-nut in the table slot.
The support and T-nut are also provided. A small set screw
adjustment at the end of the support presses down on the
follower base to keep it from rising. It slides along the top
of the follower base, allowing the tool post and tool to be
moved in and out while still keeping downward pressure
on the follower rest.
Chucks are by far the most popular lathe accessories. The
following types and sizes are available for your Sherline
lathe. All Sherline 3-jaw and 4-jaw chucks have reversible
jaws for holding larger stock.
3-Jaw Self-Centering Chucks, P/N 1040
(3.125") and P/N 1041 (2.5")
Three-jaw chucks are designed so
that all three jaws move together and
automatically center round or hexagonal
parts or stock to within a few thousandths of an inch. These
chucks provide the quickest and easiest way of holding
work in the lathe. For this reason, they are the most popular
of the Sherline accessories. The 2.5" (63 mm) 3-jaw
chuck is included when the 4000-series lathes when the
"A" package is ordered. The 3.1"(79 mm) 3-jaw chuck is
included when the 4400-series lathe "A" package.
The Sherline 3-jaw chucks are designed so that they can
be used to clamp externally on bar stock or internally on
tube stock. The 2.5" 3-jaw chuck is designed to grip from
3/32" (2 mm) up to 1-3/16" (30 mm) diameter stock with
the jaws in the normal position. For larger diameter work,
the jaws must be reversed. The reversible jaws can grip up
to 2-1/4" (56 mm).
The 3.1" (79 mm) 3-jaw chuck is designed to grip from
3/32" (2 mm) up to 1-1/2" (38 mm) diameter stock with
the jaws in the normal position. For larger diameter work,
the jaws must be reversed, and can grip up to 2.75" (70
mm). Both 3-jaw chucks have a .687" (17 mm) diameter
through hole with a 3/4-16 thread. (The 2.5" chuck is also
available with 1/2-20, 12 mm x 1 mm and 14 mm x 1 mm
spindle threads to fit other brand machines.)
4-Jaw Self-Centering Chucks, P/N 1075
(2.5") and P/N 1076 (3.125")
These chucks combine the ease-of-use
advantages of the 3-jaw chuck with some of
the advantages of a 4-jaw chuck. They will automatically
center square or round stock. (The stock must be accurately
shaped for all four jaws to grip.) They will also grip thin
wall tubing in four places rather than three, spreading out
the load to allow more grip without crushing the tubing.
4-Jaw (Independent) Chucks, P/N 1030
(3.125") and P/N 1044 (2.5")
These chucks have four advantages over
3-jaw chucks. 1) They can be used to hold
irregularly shaped parts. 2) With the use of a
dial indicator, they can be used to center parts
with a great deal of accuracy. 3) 4-jaw chucks can be used
to deliberately hold a part off-center. 4) They can clamp
stock tighter. This is a valuable asset when machining
cams, crankshafts, and similar parts. The main disadvantage
of the 4-jaw independent chuck is that the jaws must be
individually set, adding considerable time to setups.
Like the Sherline 3-jaw chucks, the 4-jaw chucks can be
used to clamp either externally or internally. The 2.5" (63
mm) 4-jaw chuck is designed to grip from 3/32" (2 mm)
up to 1-3/16" (30 mm) diameter stock with the jaws in the
normal position. For larger diameters, the jaws must be
reversed and can grip up to 2-1/4" (56 mm).
The 3.1" (79 mm) 4-jaw chuck is designed to grip from
3/32" (2 mm) up to 1-1/2" (38 mm) diameter stock with
the jaws in the normal position. The reversed jaws can grip
up to 2.75" (70 mm). Both 4-jaw chucks have a .687" (17
mm) through hole with a 3/4-16 thread. (The 2.5" chuck is
also available with 1/2-20, 12 mm x 1 mm and 14 mm x 1
mm spindle threads to fit other brand machines.)
Although we recommend the 3-jaw chuck for standard lathe
projects, the 4-jaw chuck is considered the accessory that
could add the most versatility to your machine. If you have
definite projects in mind and feel the 4-jaw chuck would
be more useful, and you have no need for the 3-jaw chuck,
any lathe "A" package can be ordered with the 4-jaw chuck
substituted for the 3-jaw upon request.
Jacobs Drill Chucks, P/N 1069—3/8" capacity and P/N
1072—1/4" capacity
A drill chuck will enable you to accurately
centerline drill, ream or tap any part
mounted on the lathe. The part to be
machined is mounted in the headstock
using a chuck or collet. The tool is mounted in the tailstock
chuck and fed into the part using the tailstock ram feed.
Parts that are going to be mounted between centers can
be center drilled this way. Other parts requiring a hole
accurately drilled down the center can also be done this
These drill chucks can also be mounted in the headstock
of the lathe or used in the mill. The Sherline 1/4" Jacobs
chuck has a holding range of from 1/32" (.8 mm) to 1/4"
Model builders at the San Diego Aerospace Museum model
shop scratch build custom parts for a new display using
a Sherline lathe.
(6.4 mm). It comes complete with key, drawbolt and two
arbors. The 3/8" chuck has a holding range of 1/32" to 3/8"
(9.5 mm) and also comes with a key, drawbolt and two
arbors. A #0 Morse arbor fits the tailstock and a #1 Morse
arbor fits the headstock. The 1/4" chuck is included with
the 4000-series "A" package. The 3/8" tailstock chuck is
included with the 4400-series "A" package.
0JT 5/32" Jacobs Drill Chuck with #1 Morse
Arbor—P/N 1010 (for Headstock) or #0
Morse Arbor—P/N 1015 (for Tailstock)
The 5/32" chucks hold very small drills from
5/32" (4 mm) down to #80 (.0135" or .34 mm). They are
designated “0JT” which stands for “Zero Jacobs Taper,”
because they come with a #0 Jacobs tapered hole in the
back. Into that we have pressed a special arbor that provides
either a #1 Morse taper to fit into the Sherline headstock or
a #0 Morse taper to fit the tailstock. A drawbolt and washer
are included with P/N 1010 to secure the chuck in position.
These chucks are useful for holding
very small drills and their shorter
length provides an increase
of about 1/2" in working
space between centers
compared to
the 1/4" drill
Stereo Microscope and Lathe Mount, P/N 2125
Lathe Microscope Mount Only, P/N 2126
Working on extremely small parts puts a strain on even
the best of vision. A high quality microscope focused on
your work makes small jobs a lot easier. This is especially
important if you are working on high value parts where
mistakes are not an option. This rock solid Russian-made
microscope offers a great combination of top quality optics,
many handy features and an affordable price. In addition to
use on the specially designed lathe mount, the microscope
can also be used by itself as a stand-alone inspection
scope. It offers magnification from 5 to 100 power and a
positionable light to brighten up the stage area. The scope
swings easily out of the way for setups. A separate mount
for the mill is also available, so the scope can be transferred
from one machine to the other. (See page38.)
Figure 6—The rear mount cutoff tool holder can remain
mounted to the lathe table. It is out of the way on the “back”
side until needed for a cutoff operation.
Rear Mount Cutoff Tool and Holder, P/N 3018
(Figure 6 shows the rear mount cutoff tool in use.) This
timesaving cutoff or parting tool holder is
designed to hold the cutoff blade upside
down for use on the “back” side of the
part. This allows the holder to remain
mounted to the crosslide where it is out of
the way while the regular tool holder stays
mounted on the front of the crosslide. A parting tool blade
is included.
Cutoff Tool Rear Mounting Block, P/N 3016
For those who already own a standard
P/N 3002 cutoff tool holder, this spacer
block will lift the cutoff tool holder the
height of the blade, allowing the blade to
be mounted upside down and used on the
back side of the crosslide. With the standard
P/N 3002 holder and this adapter, you have a choice of
mounting the cutoff tool on either the front or rear side
of the table.
Live Center, P/N 1191
The Sherline lathe comes equipped
with two dead centers that fit the
headstock and tailstock. These centers
are used for holding parts that are
mounted “between centers.” This system of
mounting work in a lathe has been in use for many years.
However, since the tailstock center is held stationary and
does not turn with the part, it is a point of friction and
requires frequent oiling and attention. Also, because of
thermal expansion caused by friction generated heat, the
pressure of the tailstock center must be checked frequently.
This is especially important for parts made from thermal
plastic materials which have a tendency to soften and even
melt as a result of the heat.
The Sherline live center is designed to eliminate these
problems. The center is ball bearing mounted so that it can
rotate with the part. This reduces wear and heat and makes
machining much more pleasant. The sealed bearings are
permanently lubricated and require no maintenance.
Figure 5— Adjustable “zero” handwheels can be reset to
zero (or any number) at any time to make it easier to dial
in precise amounts of feed without having to calculate your
stopping point.
2" and 2-1/2" Adjustable “Zero” Handwheels
(Standard equipment on Sherline deluxe machines.
Call for part numbers to upgrade your present machine.)
(See Figure 5.) Most expensive full-size machine tools
allow the machinist to reset the handwheel to “zero” (or any
desired setting) at any time during the machining operation.
Now that option is available on Sherline’s miniature
machine tools as well. They install easily in place of the
standard handwheels by simply releasing one set screw.
Operation is simple as well. Just release the locking nut
while holding the handwheel. Then reset the handwheel
collar to “zero” and retighten the locking nut. Now you
can dial in the amount of feed you want starting from zero
without having to calculate your stopping point. It’s a great
timesaver and also reduces the chance of errors.
All standard handwheels can be replaced with 2" adjustable
handwheels. For the Z-axis of the mill or vertical milling
column and the long leadscrew of the lathe a 2-1/2"
diameter handwheel is available. Z-axis handwheels can be
purchased with a ball thrust bearing set to relieve the stress
caused by the lifting action of the vertical Z-axis that is not
present on the other horizontal axes. Older machines can be
upgraded to use the new ball bearing set when getting the
resettable handwheel. Call with your model number and we
will help you select the proper handwheel upgrade.
Bullnose Live Center, P/N 1182
A live center is the best way to support
the end of a long piece held between
centers in a lathe, but sometimes the
piece may have a hole in the end that
is too large in which to index a standard live center. The
bullnose live center will support parts or tubing with an
open end as large as 1-5/8" diameter. Its solid steel bullnose
center turns on two preloaded ball bearings. It is fitted with
a #0 Morse taper to fit the tailstock spindle. Rather than
turn a sleeve to size down a hole, this special live center
can be fitted up in seconds when needed.
Thread Cutting Attachment, P/N 3100
(See Figure 7 below.) One of the big advantages of having
a lathe is being able to machine threads. Many threads
can be cut using taps and dies, but having a tap and die
set that will enable you to cut all the non-standard thread
sizes would be quite expensive. Sherline offers a unique
and versatile thread-cutting attachment for its lathe. This
low cost attachment enables you to machine thirty-six
different unified thread pitches (Pitch range from 80 to 5
threads per inch) and twenty-eight different metric thread
pitches (Pitch range from .25 to 2.0 mm). It also allows
you to cut them as either left-hand or right-hand threads.
A 60° carbide cutting tool is included, but a standard high
speed steel lathe tool can be ground to cut various thread
forms on any pitch diameter you desire. This versatility
enables you to machine any inside or outside, standard or
non-standard thread you might desire as long as it is within
the size limitations of the lathe.
The attachment consists of 15 aluminum gears, mounting
brackets, engagement mechanism, and 4.00" (102 mm)
handwheel. Threads are generated on the Sherline lathe
by gearing the spindle to the leadscrew. As the spindle
is rotated with the handwheel mounted on the headstock
spindle, the tool will advance an amount determined by
the ratio of the gears. When the tool has completed its
movement, you simply stop cranking, back up the tool and
turn the spindle in the opposite direction until the tool is
past its starting point. Then reset the tool and you’re ready
for the next pass. It’s as simple as tapping! By using a 127tooth gear (supplied), true metric threads can be cut on an
inch (model 4000, 4500, or 4400) or true inch threads on
a metric (model 4100, 4530, or 4410) lathe.
Spindle Handwheel,
P/N 2049
This 2.5" steel handwheel mounts on the
end of the spindle shaft
and looks and works
much like a sewing
machine handwheel.
It allows the operator
to quickly and safely
stop a rotating spindle by hand. It also makes it easy to
hand index the spindle when working on a part. A black
Figure 7—When the lathe is set up with the thread cutting attachment, the motor is removed and the spindle is turned
by a large handwheel. A thread is being cut in a part held in a 4-jaw chuck. In the foreground are some of the change
gears used for cutting different size threads.
oxide finish was not used, because the smooth, machined
surface offers a better feel on your hand.
Lathe Cutting Tools
Lathe tools, or tool bits as they are sometimes called,
are the cutting tools that are used for turning and facing
work on the lathe. The most popular lathe tools are those
made of high-speed tool steel (HSS). They can be used
for machining most materials including wood, plastic,
aluminum, brass and free-machining steel. These tools will
retain their hardness at temperatures up to 1000° Fahrenheit
(588° C.). For this reason, depth of cut, cutting speed and
feed rates are important. The big advantage of high-speed
steel tools is the ease with which they can be sharpened.
A standard aluminum oxide grinding wheel can be used.
Once shaped and sharpened, they will retain their cutting
edge for a long time.
P/N 3001 (120 VAC)
(Includes LH, RH and 60° threading tool)
Figure 8—One advantage of the Sherline lathe design is the
ability to turn tapers without a special attachment. Here, a
three-jaw chuck holds a piece of hex stock. The alignment
key (foreground) has been removed so the headstock can
be rotated to a slight angle so a taper can be turned. A
P/N 3001 power feed accessory is also shown installed to
provide a smooth, even finish on the part. (See page 21 for
more on the power feed.)
Pre-sharpened 1/4" high-speed steel (HSS) and carbide
cutting tool sets and tool blank you sharpen yourself.
Carbide lathe tools usually have a tungsten carbide cutting
tip brazed or bonded to a softer steel shank. These tools
are recommended for cutting hard or abrasive materials.
Carbide tools can retain their hardness at temperatures up
to approximately 1700°. This permits a higher cutting speed
and faster feed rates.
Carbide tools are typically harder to sharpen than their highspeed counterparts. A silicon carbide or diamond grinding
wheel must be used. The shape of carbide tools is also more
critical than the shape of high-speed tool steel cutters, but
their cutting ability makes them very popular.
35° RH and LH Carbide Insert Tool Holders, P/N 2258
Sherline now manufactures its own inserted tip carbide tool
holders. They are available individually as a right-hand
holder (P/N 2256) or a left-hand holder (P/N 2257). The
pair of RH and LH is P/N 2258. Each comes with a P/N
7605 55° carbide insert, hold-down screw and special Torx
key. The 3/8" square shank is held in a P/N 7600 tool post
(See page 11) or the 2282 quick-change tool holder (See
page 20). The 35° offset angle of the tip makes it easier
to accomplish certain cuts. For example, by using the tool
holder square with the crosslide, you can turn an O.D. up
to a shoulder and then finish the shoulder by backing the
tool out while still maintaining the proper tool clearance.
The holders are made from case hardened steel with a
black oxide finish.
Grinding Your Own Lathe Tools
A sharp cutting tool is essential for producing good,
clean parts, and our four-page illustrated guide makes
it easy. It comes free with each set of HSS cutting tools
from Sherline. It is also available on our Internet site
“I initially bought my Sherline tools to do rough work…to
rough in a piece and then put it in a jeweler’s lathe to
finish it up, but since I bought the Sherline, I hardly ever
touch the jeweler’s lathes. Now I can do what I did on the
jeweler’s lathe just as accurately, faster, and the Sherline
is easier to clean up.”
Jerry Kieffer, Retired Utility Co. Field Rep.
35° carbide insert holders and Torx wrench. The 3/8" shank
fits tool post P/N 7600 or quick-change holder P/N 2282.
New Ceramic Insert Holder, P/N 2267
See New Products on Page 41
Inserted Tip Carbide
3/8" Boring Bars, P/N
These boring bars are
P/N 2260
available individually
as an 80° holder (P/N
2259) or a 55° holder (P/N 2260). The pair of both holders
is P/N 2261. Each comes with a carbide insert, hold-down
screw and special Torx key. The 3/8" round shank is held
in a P/N 7600 tool post or P/N 2250 quick-change tool
post. The 2260 holder accepts a 55° insert and requires a
minimum hole size of 3/4". The 2259 holder accepts an 80°
holder and fits into a minimum hole size of 1/2". In addition
to fitting into a smaller hole, the 80° insert offers a little
more strength, while the 55° insert will cut into a sharper
corner. The holders are made from case hardened steel with
a black oxide finish. A flat is ground on one side so the two
hold-down screws of the 7600 tool post can tighten against
it to keep the tool from rotating. Overall length of the holder
is 3-1/4", and with both hold-down screws engaged it can
be extended to bore a hole a little over 2" deep.
Center Drill Set, P/N 3021
Center drills are used with the lathe
to drill a hole in the end of stock for
mounting between centers in the
lathe. They are designed to drill a
small diameter pilot hole followed by
a 60° countersink that provides a bearing
surface for the 60° point of the lathe center. Center drills
are also used extensively with the milling machine to
accurately start holes. The large diameter shank on the
center drill holds the drill point right on center and keeps
it from "walking" as the hole is started. Once the hole is
started, the center drill is replaced with a drill of the desired
diameter and the hole is finished.
The center drill set includes a #1, #2 and #3 double-ended
high-speed steel drill. The #1 drill has a 1/8" shank, the #2
drill has a 3/16” shank, and the #3 drill has a 1/4" shank.
These and other smaller sizes are available individually.
Tool Height Gage, P/N 3009
This steel gage offers a simple way to assure
the tip of your cutting tool is set to the
centerline height of the lathe. The lower lip is
for tools in the standard tool post, while the
upper lip is used with the riser tool post. Just
set the gage on the lathe table and position it
in front of the tool tip to check height. It is
much quicker and easier than checking height
against a center in the headstock or tailstock.
P/N 2259
WW Collet Set, P/N 1160 (Metric P/N 1178)
Collets provide a quick, easy method of mounting
cylindrical parts or bar stock in the lathe with a great deal of
centering accuracy. Each collet is actually a small, precision
3-jaw chuck that fits into a special tapered adapter in the
headstock. A drawbar that passes through the headstock
and threads into the back side of the collet is used to
draw the collet up into
The WW collet set
the tapered adapter.
includes an adapter,
The adapter causes the
drawbar, knockout
bar and five collets.
jaws of the collet to
close down, gripping
the part to be machined.
Typically, collets provide
a very accurate part mounting system, but each size collet
can accommodate only a small range of diameters of
approximately ±.001-.002"(.02 mm).
WW collets differ from milling collets (P/N 3060) in that
WW collets have a hole all the way through the collet
and drawbar. The maximum diameter stock that can pass
entirely through the collet is 3/16" or 4.5 mm. The WW
collets that are larger than this diameter are sometimes
referred to as “pot” chucks. (See Figure 24.)
The Sherline WW collet set includes a WW style collet
taper adapter, a drawbar, and a set of five WW collets with
.275-40 thread, sizes 1/16", 1/8", 3/16", 1/4", and 5/16".
A metric (P/N 1178) WW collet set is also available and
includes sizes 2.0 mm, 3.0 mm, 4.0 mm, 5.0 mm, and 6.0
mm. These collets are manufactured by Sherline and are
built to standard WW specifications; however, we have
come across collets that are called WW and will not fit our
drawbar and adapter. Be sure to check WW collets made
by other manufacturers to be sure they fit our adapter before
you purchase them. Sherline manufactures a slightly larger
.315" (8.0 mm) adapter and drawbar set (P/N 1163) that
will accommodate some of these other brands.
Collet pot chucks, 2100, 2101 and 2102
Collet Pot Chucks—3/4", 1", and 1-1/4",
P/N 2100, P/N 2101 and P/N 2102
These collets can be easily machined and are especially
designed to hold larger and odd shaped parts. A 1/8" dowel
pin is included with the collet to close on while the face is
being machined. They require the WW collet adapter and
drawbar, P/N 1161, which is purchased separately.
NOTE: Collet pot chucks are designed to hold material only
on the face end, not through the collet. Maximum gripping
depth is 3/16" (4.8 mm).
1" WW Collet Blank, P/N 2083
To make it easy for you to make your own custom tool
holder, we now provide a 1" (25.4 mm) diameter blank
collet without hole or slots. It is made
from free machining steel so you can
drill and machine it to whatever shape
you need. The shaft is pre-machined
and threaded to accept your WW collet
(Two shown, but three now included.)
Vertical Mill
Figure 9—Parts terminology for the lathe and vertical milling machine. Some optional items are shown.
P/N 1201
P/N 1202
P/N 1203
P/N 1206
FIGURE 10—Adjustable tailstock tools make it possible
to achieve “perfect” alignment between the headstock
and the tool held in the tailstock. From left to right are
the adjustable live center, adjustable drill chuck holder,
adjustable custom tool holder and adjustable 1" die holder.
The 1204 holder is similar to the 1202 but with a 0 Jacobs
male taper to accept the 5/32" Jacobs chuck.
allowing it to rotate easily on a bearing, as opposed to a
standard “dead” center that does not rotate. If the point of
the center is not in perfect alignment with the shaft, or if
the center mark on the part is not dead-on, the part will “run
out” (wobble), making precise machining impossible.
An adjustable live center allows you to precisely position
the center point. The center is attached to one plate, while
the shaft is part of another. Two slightly oversize holes in
one side allow adjustment screws to be loosened, the center
located and then locked down where you want it. In this
manner, highly accurate centering can be achieved. If the
ultimate in accuracy is your goal, the adjustable live center
will help you achieve it.
Adjustable Tailstock Chuck Holders, P/N 1202, 1204
(See Figure 10.) Much like the adjustable live center,
holding a tailstock chuck in perfect alignment without some
method of adjusting it can be difficult or impossible. The
adjustment screws and split design allow perfect centering
for the chuck, should the quality of your work demand it.
P/N 1202 accepts 1/4" and 3/8" Chucks. P/N 1204 accepts
a 5/32" 0JT Jacobs chuck. (Chucks not included.)
Adjustable Tailstock Custom Tool Holder, P/N 1203
(See Figure 10.) By making your own custom split collet
with a 5/8" outside diameter, this part can hold almost any
tool you wish to adapt to it. A set screw tightens on the split
collet to hold the tool in place. It is also used to hold the
collet adapter, P/N 2085/2086. The split face design with
adjusting screws allows perfect centering of the tool’s tip.
Like the previous tools, it is designed for the machinist
seeking every advantage in the quest for total accuracy.
Adjustable Tailstock 1" Die Holder, P/N 1206
(See Figure 10.) The 1" die holder utilizes the same split
design to achieve centering accuracy. A 1" button die is held
in the face plate, and shafts held in a chuck or collet in the
lathe headstock spindle can be threaded. The tailstock is not
tightened to the bed, so the die is free to feed itself onto the
part as the part is rotated by hand with the spindle using the
large handwheel from the thread-cutting attachment or the
P/N 2049 spindle handwheel. Included is a 13/16" bushing
that allows smaller dies of that size to be held as well.
Quick-Change Tool Post and Three Holders, P/N 2250
(See Figure 11 on next page.) This accessory brings to your
Sherline lathe the ability to change tools quickly and easily.
Deluxe WW Boxed Collet Set
Deluxe WW Collet Set, P/N 1162 (Metric P/N 1179)
This set contains a complete selection of 17 (14 for the
metric set) Sherline WW collets, including a blank, 3/4"
and 1" pot chucks with 1/8" dowel pin, an adapter, drawbar
and a knockout bar. It is packaged in an attractive wood
box with a brass latch and hinges. A machined wood insert
locates each part, plus a drawing in the lid reminds you
where each part goes to keep things organized. Extra holes
are provided should you want to add additional collets to
suit your particular needs. (See the "New Products" section
on page 41 for the complete 78-collet metric set.)
“Sherline has proven to me to be a great company in so many
ways. Not only are your machines excellent to work with,
but your commitment to furthering the model engineering
hobby has been outstanding. Very few companies are
interested in anything more than turning a profit, and it is
refreshing to find one that does so much more.”
Ron Colonna
Sherline WW Collet
Adapter, P/N 2085
and 8 mm Collet Adapter,
P/N 2086
Held in the adjustable
P/N 1203
tailstock tool holder, P/N
1203 (Not included), the
collet adapter allows the
use of WW collets in the lathe tailstock. This means you
can hold extremely small drills accurately on center. Drills
of only a few thousandths of an inch are easily broken if
not perfectly centered. Complete instructions are provided
with the adapter to help you precisely align the headstock
and tailstock of your Sherline lathe. When you consider the
alternative is to spend thousands of dollars for a jeweler’s
lathe that is far less versatile, the time is well spent.
Adjustable Live Center, P/N 1201
(See Figure 10.) A live center is held in the tailstock of a
lathe and supports the unchucked end of the work while
27—WW collet
P/N 2295
(Cutting tools sold separately.)
Figure 11—The tool post at the left has two machined dovetails to accept the various holders. The three holders to the
right of the tool post come with the P/N 2250 set. They hold (L to R) a 1/4" HSS cutting tool, a cut-off blade and a 3/8"
round boring bar. A clamp and T-nut are included. To the right of the photo are two optional holders. P/N 2295 comes
with a 55° carbide insert and P/N 2282 holds 3/8" square shank tools like the 2256, 2257, 2265 and 2267. The post and
holders are all machined from steel and have a black oxide finish. Knurled brass knobs adjust tool height.
It uses a dovetail design to locate removeable holders in a
fashion similar to that used in production machine shops.
Included with the case hardened steel tool post are three
interchangeable steel holders designed to hold a 1/4"
cutting tool, a 3/8" diameter boring tool and a Sherline
cutoff tool. (Tools sold separately.) An optional holder for
inserted carbide tips is also available as P/N 2295. Each
holder has a knurled brass knob that allows you to easily
adjust the height of the tool tip. Changing tools is simply a
matter of releasing the locking screw, sliding out one tool
holder, sliding in another and re-locking. If you find your
jobs require a lot of tool changes, this timesaving accessory
will make your projects that much more of a pleasure.
Quick-Change Tool Post Riser, P/N 2251
Now your Sherline quick-change tool post
system can be used with the riser blocks in
place when turning larger diameter parts.
This 1.25" riser base brings the cutting tool
up to the proper height when the headstock
Figure 12—The compound slide offers another way to cut
riser block is used on the lathe. It is made from
tapers. The slide is used on the "back" side of the table with
solid steel with a black oxide finish to complement the high
the tool upside down. An inset shows the slide by itself.
quality of the quick-change tool holder components.
Compound Slide, P/N 1270 (Inch) or P/N 1280 (Metric)
Crosslide Accessory Plate, P/N 3017
(See Figure 12.) The compound slide offers a way to
The table on the mill is thicker than the table on the lathe
turn tapers and cut angles on a lathe without rotating
because of the greater forces transferred to the table in
the headstock. Four mounting holes are provided in the
milling and the requirement for stiffer
base for solid positioning on the crosslide. The base has
setups. When using the vertical
a red anodized finish with laser engraved angle scales to
milling column on the lathe,
make setting an angle easy. It utilizes a highly efficient
the table can be “beefed up”
locking ring design to lock it in position without having to
with the addition of this plate,
overtighten the locking screws. A 1/4" cutting tool can be
which adds 1/2" of thickness
mounted across the front or on either side of the head.
to the table. It also serves as a
Unlike compounds used on full-size, conventional lathes,
tooling plate that protects the surface
this one was designed to be used from the “back” side of
of your lathe table from damage. The
the table. This allows it to be designed in a more compact
plate attaches to the table by means of four recessed cap
size and used without interference from the crosslide
screws and T-nuts. It must be removed for lathe turning to
handwheel. The lathe tool is inserted in the holder “upside
maximize the diameter of part that can be turned and so
down” so the cutting tip faces downward. Because of the
that the standard tool post can be used.
small size of the miniature lathe, operating the crosslide
Looking for metal in small quantities for your projects?
handwheel in this position is just as convenient.
Find a list of suppliers at
Compound Riser, P/N 1272
This riser block is about 1" thick and
allows the compound slide to be used when riser
blocks are in place on the lathe. When mounted to the riser
block, the compound slide is used on the "front" portion
of the crosslide rather than in back, and the cutting tool is
returned to the normal upright position.
Figure 13—The radius cutting attachment can cut a convex
or concave radius. Unlike most lathe operations, the tool
is moved up and down rather than horizontally.
Radius Cutting Attachment, P/N 2200
(See Figure 13.) The radius cutting attachment swings a
tool through an arc to put a radius on the end of a part.
The pivot points and tool position are adjustable, so it
is capable of cutting either a concave or convex shape.
It came about as a result
NOTE: The Radius Cutter is
of studying the method
not designed for use with
riser blocks in place.
used to shape grinding
wheels. Conventional
thinking says that lathe tools
should move parallel to
the tool’s longitudinal axis
or horizontally across it. Once
it was realized that the tool could
also be pivoted vertically on this axis,
the design of this tool became much easier
to conceive. Believe it or not, a technician with a need to
cut an accurate radius to make prosthetic eyeballs got us
started on putting this tool into production. Now anyone
with a need to put a nice looking radius on the end of a
part can benefit from the way this accessory makes it easy.
It may not be something that a lot of people need, but it is
typical of our commitment to serve all of our customers. If
you need to (or just think it would be fun to) put a radius
onto or into the end of a part, there is no easier way to do
it than with this accessory. It can also cut a complete ball
in a two-step operation covered in the instructions.
120V Power Feed, P/N 3001
(See Figure 8 on Page 16 for
power feed in use.) Reducing
the diameter of a long shaft or a
long part can be a tedious task.
Obtaining a good finish on such a
part requires very steady movement
of the cutting tool; something hard to
achieve when feeding the tool by hand. For this reason,
Sherline has developed a simple power feed attachment
for the lathe. It consists of a constant speed gear motor
complete with “ON” and “OFF” switch, a simple, easy-toinstall mounting bracket and an engagement mechanism
that permits quick disengagement of the motor so that you
can hand-feed the cutter whenever you desire. The power
feed is from right to left at a constant (non-adjustable)
speed of approximately .9" (23 mm) per minute. It is not
designed for use with the thread-cutting attachment. A 240
Volt version is no longer available.
#0 Morse to 3/4-16 Chuck Adapter,
P/N 1230
This adapter fits into the #0 Morse
taper of the tailstock to allow Sherline
chucks with a 3/4-16 spindle thread to be
mounted to the tailstock for holding tools or
work. This is a simple and inexpensive way to increase the
versatility of your lathe.
Vertical Milling Table, P/N 1185 (Metric P/N 1184)
The vertical milling table is another method of milling on the
Sherline lathe instead of using the vertical milling column.
For general milling we recommend the
vertical milling column, but for specific
setups you may find this accessory useful.
Many older books written for the hobbyist
show this type of setup on larger lathes.
The Sherline vertical milling table is
mounted on the lathe crosslide. Vertical
table travel is 2.25" 57 mm). This allows
work to be moved up or down on the
vertical milling table, back and forth
with the crosslide, and in and out with
the leadscrew, which covers all the axes
needed for milling. This accessory takes two
minutes or less to mount on a Sherline lathe. Many of our
customers have also found uses for the vertical milling
table on special machines that require a reasonably priced,
small precision slide.
Tailstock Spindle Extender, P/N 1220
Certain setups on lathes with the old
style tailstock (made prior to July, 1996)
are made possible by the use of the tailstock
spindle extender, because it adds 1-1/2" to the reach of the
tailstock spindle. Although the new cutout tailstock design
usually eliminates the need for this part, some setups can
still make use of this accessory to get extra reach over the
table without over-extending the tailstock spindle.
Headstock Riser Block Set, P/N 1291
(See also Figure 14.) A 3.5" (88.8 mm) diameter part is the
largest part that can be accommodated in the basic Sherline
lathe. However, occasionally it may be necessary to work
on something larger. The Sherline riser block set increases
the maximum working diameter of the
lathe to 6" (152 mm). P/N 1291
includes a 1-1/4" (31.7 mm)
riser block to fit under
the lathe headstock and a
riser rocker tool post that
raises the cutting tool by
a corresponding amount.
This useful accessory
greatly expands the capability of the lathe. (If you are using
the P/N 2250 quick-change tool post, a riser for that tool
post is available separately as P/N 1289.)
Tailstock Riser Block, P/N 1292
For those customers interested in turning larger diameters
between centers, the tailstock riser block will raise the
tailstock to correspond with the 1291 riser block kit above,
allowing you an additional 1-1/4" (31.7
mm) of clearance. The tailstock riser
block has a two-part dovetailed base to
allow for easy installation and secure
locking to the bed.
Steady Rest Riser Block, P/N 1290
The steady rest can be used with the riser blocks in place
by using the steady rest riser block to bring it up to the
same height as the headstock and tailstock.
An example of where it might be used would
be in turning a large diameter part that has a
long shaft that needs to be steadied to keep it
from wobbling or for those who leave their
riser blocks in place all the time yet still need to center
drill small stock.
Riser Cutoff Tool and Holder, P/N 1296
This accessory is not meant to imply that
you can part off large stock, but many
people leave their riser blocks in place
when doing operations on small diameter
stock, and this accessory allows you to use
the cutoff tool without removing the riser
blocks. It is used on the “back” side of the
Figure 14—Larger parts up to 6" (152 mm) in diameter
can be turned on the lathe using the riser block kit shown
above. Parts over 4" (102 mm) in diameter can be turned
between centers over the table.
part with the blade upside down to reduce “chatter”. The
extra wide base adds to stability. (Cutoff tool and holder
P/N 3002 are shown but sold separately. See page 11.)
Think big, build small, have fun!
Figure 15—A
wood tool rest
set in use
Wood Tool Rest, P/N 3038 and P/N 3047
(See Figure 15.) The Sherline lathe is used by many
hobbyists to turn wooden parts. In wood turning, the
chisel-like tool is held by hand rather than in a tool holder
as is used to cut metal. These adjustable 3" and 5" rests
are placed near the work, and
the cutting tool is rested
on and moved across
their surface to cut
wood. The design of
the tool rest support
system allows great
flexibility in adjustment for
position. Socket head screw and T-nut fasteners are
included for mounting the base to the crosslide. (Continued
on page 25.)
PROJECT: 9-cylinder
radial model engine.
It is very small (note
size of dime in center)
yet it is beautifully
crafted. It is typical of
the type of projects that
can be produced with
high quality miniature
machine tools.
Built by Charles
Herman, Jr.
Sherline Machine and
Accessory Packages
Save money when you buy as a package deal!
Sherline’s Ultimate Machine Shop Package...Set up a complete machine shop with just one purchase!
Buying tools as a package offers two advantages. First, we have made it easier by helping you with the selection of the
most important items when setting up a shop. In addition, we have reduced the price of each package to save you some
money compared to buying all the items individually. (Accessories are prepackaged for shipment, so we cannot make
substitutions at the discounted price. Additional accessories may be purchase separately.)
The opposite page shows some of the lathe and mill
packages available. The Ultimate Machine Shop package
shown above includes a long bed lathe and deluxe mill plus
all of the most important accessories most people choose
when setting up a shop. The package can be purchased with
either the 5400-series or 8-direction model 2000 mill. It
can also be ordered with digital readouts or stepper motor
mounts installed. Here is what you get in the package:
Machine Tools
• 3054 Boring head, inch (P/N 3049 metric boring head with metric orders)
• 3060 3-piece mill collet set w/ drawbolt
• 3063 Boring tool (5/16" min. hole, 1" max. depth)
• 3072 1/4" Jacobs drill chuck and key w/ #1 Morse arbor and drawbolt
• 3079 3/8" End mill holder
• 3551 Milling vise
• 3700 4" Manual rotary table (P/N 8730 4th axis CNC rotary table with stepper
motor included with 8600/8601 and 8220/8621 CNC shop packages)
• 3750 Tilting angle table
• 7400 6-piece 3/8" shank double-ended, 2-flute end mill set
• P/N 4400/4410 3.5" x 17" deluxe long bed lathe (See page 10)
• P/N 5400/5410 deluxe mill (Pg. 27) or P/N 2000/2010 8-direction mill (Pg. 28)
Other Accessories
• 3020 Sherline 5/32" hex T-driver
• 3021 3-piece center drill set
• 5327 Sherline Accessories Shop Guide instruction book
• 5330 Safety glasses
Lathe Accessories
• 1040 3.1" 3-Jaw self-centering chuck
• 1069 3/8" Jacobs drill chuck, key, #0 and #1 Morse arbors and drawbolt
• 1074 Steady rest
• 1191 Live center
• 3002 Cutoff tool and holder
• 3007 3-piece 1/4" HSS cutting tool set (RH, LH, Boring)
P/N 6000 (inch) or P/N 6010 (metric)—Ultimate Machine Shop
Package with P/N 5400-series mill
P/N 6200/6210—as above but with P/N 2000-series mill
P/N 8600/8601—Ultimate CNC Machine Shop Package with
5400-series mill, steppers, 4-axis driver, computer and software
P/N 8620 /8621—As above but with 2000-series mill
Mill Accessories
• 1297 Headstock spacer block (with 5400/5410 mill only)
• 3013 Step block hold-down set
• 3052 Fly cutter with 1/4" brazed-tip carbide cutting tool
Sherline Lathe and Mill
Accessory Packages
Unless you are replacing an existing Sherline machine,
most new machinists need certain accessories right away
in order to get started. Chucks, holding fixtures and cutting
tools are the most often purchased and are, therefore,
included in these popular, money-saving packages. Lathe
packages include your choice of Model 4000 or 4500-series
3.5" x 8" lathe or deluxe model 4400-series 3.5" x 17" lathe
and the following accessories:
Lathe “A”, “B” and “C” Packages...
“A” Packages Include Lathe PLUS:
· 3-Jaw chuck (2.5" with 4000-series lathes, 3.1" with 4400-series lathes)
· Tailstock drill chuck (1/4" with 4000-series lathes, 3/8" with 4400-series lathes)
“B” Packages Include “A” package chucks PLUS:
· 1074 Steady rest
· 1191 Live center
· 3002 Cutoff tool and holder
· 3007 3-piece 1/4” HSS cutting tool set (LH,RH, Boring)
· 3020 5/32” Sherline hex T-driver
· 3021 3-piece center drill set
· 5327 Sherline Accessories Shop Guide book (224 pages, B/W)
4000B/4100B (3.5" x 8" lathe) Save $65.00
4400B/4410B (3.5" x 17" lathe) Save $75.00
“C” Package includes all “A” and “B” package items PLUS:
· 1270 Compound slide
· 3100 Thread cutting attachment
4000C/4100C (3.5" x 8" lathe) Save $75.00
4400C/4410C (3.5" x 17" lathe) Save $85.00
Milling Machine “A” Packages...
Mill “A” packages include your choice of 5000-series,
5400-series or 2000-series mill and the following
“A” Packages Include:
· 1072 1/4" drill chuck with key, arbor , drawbolt
· 3013 Step block hold-down set
· 3020 5/32" Sherline hex T-driver
· 3021 3-piece center drill set
· 3052 Fly cutter with 1/4" carbide cutting tool
· 3060 3-piece mill collet set with drawbolt
· 3079 3/8" end mill holder
· 3551 Milling vise
· 5327 Sherline Accessories Shop Guide book (224 pages, B/W)
· 7400 6-piece, 3/8" shank, double-ended, 2-flute end mill set
5000A/5100A (Standard mill with 10" base) Save $45.00
5400A/5410A (Deluxe mill with 12" base) Save $50.00
2000A/2010A (8-direction mill with 14" base) Save $50.00
· For digital readouts, add "—DRO" to part number
· For CNC-ready machines, add "—CNC" to part number
· Accessory packages also available with full CNC machines.
steel, this tool holder
will bring a great deal
more enjoyment to your
machining. Manufacturing
it from 7075 aluminum,
which is approximately
twice as hard as regular
T6 aluminum, insures a long
life for the holder. The carbide insert is designed in such
a way that it cuts like a positive rake cutter. Positive rake
cutters don’t require as much rigidity as negative rake
cutters. This type of design allows the advantages of a
negative rake cutter (four cutting edges per insert) without
requiring the rigidity that can’t usually be found in smaller,
bench-type lathes.
Carbide cutters give good finishes on hard-to-machine
materials such as cold rolled steel. (They will also work on
aluminum, brass or leaded steels, and will last practically
forever; however, the best finishes on those materials are
still achieved with a good, sharp high-speed steel tool.)
The holder comes with one four-sided carbide insert.
Replacement cutters are available from Sherline (P/N 7612)
as well as from other sources. Though not inexpensive,
when you consider you are getting four cutting tools in one
and are saving a lot of time in tool sharpening, it really is
a pretty good deal.
NOTE: The insert tool holder was not designed for use
with riser blocks.
Chip Guard, P/N 4360
The chip guard mounts to the
headstock and swings down
over the faceplate or chuck.
It is made of a tough, clear
polycarbonate material, so
you can see what you are doing
and still be protected from flying chips. It
swings easily out of the way for setups. It is not
recommended as a replacement for safety glasses, but rather
as an additional safety feature. It also helps keep your work
area cleaner by containing chips in a smaller area. It was
designed to meet the compliance requirements of countries
that require a chip guard.
Lathe Vinyl Dust Cover, P/N 4150 (for 4000 and 4500-series
lathes) and P/N 4151 (for 4400-series lathes)
(See Figure 16 on next page.) Fitted 6-mil vinyl dust covers
are available for the two different size lathes. They extend
the life of your machine and keep it looking like new by
keeping it clean and dust-free when not in use. The clear
By special request from a number of our wood turning
customers, we offer a set of wood tool rests with extended
bases (P/N 3047). These are designed to accommodate the
additional height needed when using riser blocks (P/N 1291
and 1292) to work on larger diameter parts.
Spur Driver, P/N 3035
The spur driver is used in the headstock
to drive wood when turning between
centers rather than using the 3-jaw chuck. It
has a point and four sharp blades that grip a wood
part from the end to drive it. (See Fig. 15, page 22.)
Toggle Switch Dust Cover, P/N 3015
Working with brass or wood often generates a very fine
dust that can work its way into the toggle switch, eventually
causing your machine to work erratically
or even short out. This special nut with a
built-in seal replaces the standard mounting
nut on the speed control on/off switch. The
soft silicon collar slips over the head and shaft of the
toggle switch and seals out fine dust to keep the inside of
the switch as clean as new for years of reliable operation.
This is an easy and inexpensive way to avoid possible
headaches later on.
“Presently, I own a Sherline lathe and vertical milling
machine. They are very versatile in every machining aspect
and small enough to be kept in cupboards. Thank you, my
hunt for a good compact lathe/mill machine is over.”
S. Wan
Knurling Tool Holder,
P/N 3004
Sherline’s knurling system
can add that “professional”
look to your parts. Knurls are
embossed into the surface of
a part rather than cut. Straight
knurls are often used on the
end of a shaft that is to be
pressed into another part.
Straight or diamond knurl
patterns are used to provide better grip on handwheels and
The holder consists of a right and left side that evenly
tighten down on your part, creating a knurled pattern. The
holder is supplied with one set of spiral knurls that creates a
diamond pattern. Other size knurls for diamond or straight
patterns are also available as options. The tool will handle
diameters up to 1" (25 mm).
NOTE: The knurling tool was not designed for use with
riser blocks.
55° Negative Rake Insert Tool Holder, P/N 7610
If you have trouble grinding good tools or if you
choose to work with difficult materials such as stainless
A Contest for Miniature Machining Projects
Each April Sherline sponsors a contest called the “Sherline
Machinist’s Challenge.” Entry is free and up to $2500 is
awarded. Special awards are available for novices (less than
2 years experience) and entrants under age 20. Call or visit
our web site at for rules
and an entry form.
The digital readout indicates table
position to within .0005" (.01 mm)
and also reads out spindle RPM.
Figure 16—Once your machine is cleaned up, a fitted vinyl
cover will help keep it that way until the next use.
covers have a red Sherline logo printed on them. Add
a professional touch to your workshop with these fitted
construction and clamps to the lathe’s bed in seconds. If
you are interested in watch or clock repair or construction
but wanted a tool system more versatile and less expensive
than a jeweler’s lathe, this T-rest makes a Sherline lathe a
most attractive choice.
8mm AND 10mm
Lathe Digital Readout with RPM Gage, P/N 8200
(See photo above.) A digital readout is available to read
the position of the two lathe axes while also providing
continuous RPM readout. It allows you to read the position
of the leadscrew and crosslide to three and one-half decimal
places (.0005") and either axis can be reset to a zero reading
at any time with the push of a button. Now you can dial
in dimensions larger than .050" (1 mm) without having to
keep track of the number of handwheel rotations. If you
use your lathe as a mill with the vertical milling column
attachment, you can purchase a 3-axis DRO kit. If you
add a 2-axis DRO to your lathe now and later purchase a
vertical milling column, you can purchase a kit to add the
third DRO handwheel and sensor at that time. New lathes
can be ordered with the DRO already installed. See page
31 for more details on the similar DRO for the mill.
As a cost-saving measure, accommodation has also been
made for owners of both a lathe and mill to use a single
electronic display box for both machines. The input
cables from the lathe can be unplugged and the readout
box transferred from the lathe to the mill and vice versa.
Depending on which machine you already have fitted with a
DRO, ask for the upgrade for the other machine that allows
you to use your existing box.
Figure 17— Sherline offers arbors and adapters to add
versatility to existing jeweler’s lathes that take 8.0 mm and
10.0 mm “D” collets.
Attention Watch and Clock Makers...
(See Figure 17.) Sherline makes a number of accessories to
make your job easier. Shown above are some of the chuck
arbors, gear-cutting arbors and 10.0 mm collet pot chucks.
In addition, we offer a selection of WW collets, a tailstock
WW collet adapter (See page 19) as well as adapters that
allow you to use our 3- and 4-jaw chucks on your jeweler’s
or watchmaker’s lathe. Take advantage of the versatility
of the Sherline system of tools and accessories. If you’re
looking for a new lathe or ways to make your old lathe more
versatile, check out all that Sherline has to offer.
NOW AVAILABLE: 8.0 mm and 10.0 mm collet-to-live
center adapters for your watchmaker’s lathe. 8.0 mm–P/N
2106, 10.0 mm–P/N 2107.
W.R. Smith T-Rest, P/N
CNC-Ready and full CNC Machines
Any existing Sherline lathe can be retrofitted to accept
stepper motors. They can also be ordered with just stepper
motor mounts in place or as complete CNC systems with
mounts, motors, drivers, software and a computer. See the
CNC section on pages 43 and 44 for more details.
The W.R. Smith T-rest
turns your Sherline
lathe into a first class
clockmaker ’s lathe.
The T-rest supports a
handheld “graver”,
the traditional metal
turning tool of watchand clockmakers.
“Once again I must tell you how happy I am with the lathe
and accessories, and my friends and family are too, as I
make toys and things for them.”
Kieth Yundt
A T-rest is used by watchmakers to support a handheld
cutting tool called a “graver”. World-renowned watchand clockmaker, William R. Smith has designed a Trest especially for the Sherline lathe. It is of solid steel
Sherline Vertical Milling Machines
Model 5400 deluxe mill
he main difference between a lathe and a mill is that
on a lathe, the work turns and the cutting tool is
stationary, while on a mill, the tool turns and the work
is stationary. Because of the tremendous number of
operations that can be performed on a vertical mill, it
is commonly regarded as the most important tool in the
modern machine shop...the workhorse of the industry.
At first glance, a vertical mill looks similar to a drill
press, but there are some important differences;
such as, a spindle that can take side loads as
well as end loads and an accurate method of
moving the work in relation to the spindle on
all three axes. Sherline milling machines can
perform all of the tasks and operations that
a large commercial machine can perform.
Operations such as fly cutting, precision
drilling and boring are all routine tasks for the
Sherline mill. Because the tool turns rather
than the work, much larger parts can be worked
on in a mill, and these parts need not be round. The work
is securely held, thus extremely accurate hole patterns can
be drilled or bored. The longer X-axis table (side-to-side)
throw also increases the machine’s versatility over that of
the lathe with the vertical milling column attachment. It is
an extremely rigid, accurate tool that accomplishes tough
machining jobs with ease.
In addition to the basic three axes of movement, known as
the “X” (left/right), “Y” (in/out) and “Z” spindle (up/down)
axes, Sherline mills also offer a headstock that can
be tilted to either side to mill angled surfaces. The
Model 2000 mill offers four additional directions
of adjustment for those who wish the ultimate in
flexibility. (See next page.)
Sherline milling machines are offered in four
models and can be purchased in either inch or metric
versions. The inch models have their feeds calibrated in
.001" increments, while the metric model is calibrated in
.01mm increments. The machines are equipped with a
high-torque DC motor with variable speed control.
This speed control is internally equipped with
a converter that automatically adjusts between
inputs of 100 VAC to 240 VAC, 50-60 Hz.
without loss of torque.
The saddle locking lever is typical of Sherline’s
policy of constantly striving to improve the accuracy,
functionality and value of our machines. (See Figure 18.)
This lock is standard on all new mills and vertical milling
columns. In keeping with our goal to make all accessories
and improvements compatible with existing machines, any
older Sherline mill can be upgraded to add the new saddle
lock by purchasing upgrade kit P/N 4017U, which includes
the locking lever and a new saddle nut.
The differences between the various models of the standard,
deluxe and mulit-direction mills are described in the
following pages.
Figure 18—The
saddle locking lever
provides a positive
lock for the Z-axis
and is standard on
all Sherline manual
mills. CNC mills
have a lock that also
controls backlash.
Visit for new accessories added since this catalog was printed.
All Sherline mills are available “CNC-ready” with stepper
motor mounts. Mills can also be ordered with Digital
Readouts factory installed. See page 31 for details.
Model 5000 Vertical Mill (Inch),
Model 5100 (Metric)
The 5000-series mills feature a
solid 10" (254 mm) aluminum
base, precision machined
dovetailed slides with adjustable
gibs, permanently lubricated
spindle bearings, adjustable
preload anti-backlash feed
screws on the X- and Y-axes, two
1-5/8" (41 mm) laser engraved
Model 5000 mill
aluminum handwheels, one 21/2" (63 mm) laser engraved
handwheel with thrust bearings, Z-axis locking lever and
many other features found only on the best commercial
machines. This milling machine, along with a Sherline
lathe, will enable you to complete almost any appropriately
sized job in your own machine shop.
Model 5500 Vertical Mill (Inch)
Model 5510 (Metric)
The model 5500/5510 comes equipped with the same
features and standard equipment as the model 5000/5100
but with the addition of upgraded adjustable “zero”
handwheels. A 2" (51 mm) adjustable “zero” handwheel
is provided on the X- and Y-axes, while a 2-1/2" (63 mm)
adjustable “zero” handwheel with ball bearings is featured
on the Z-axis column.
Model 5400 Deluxe Vertical Mill (Inch)
Model 5410 (Metric)
(See page 27.) The deluxe 5400-series mills come equipped
with all of Sherline’s standard features upgraded to include
a laser engraved 12" (305 mm) solid aluminum base for
2" of additional Y-axis travel, laser engraved scales on
the table and base, 2-1/2" (63 mm) adjustable “zero”
handwheel on the Z-axis and 2" (51 mm) adjustable “zero”
handwheels on the X- and Y-axes, a mill headstock spacer
to provide more throat distance and a 1/4" drill chuck and
Model 2000 8-Direction Vertical Mill (Inch)
Model 2010 (Metric)
The 2000-series 8-direction mill was designed to take
Sherline tools into the 21st century. Patterned after the
movements of the industry standard for full-size mills, the
Bridgeport® mill, the column has been redesigned to offer
four additional directions of movement compared to other
Sherline mills. A modified rotary column attachment allows
the Z-axis column to tilt from side to side up to 90°. A laser
engraved angle scale makes setting the tilt angle easy. As
on the rotary column, a clamping ring design locks the
column securely at the desired angle. On the back side of
this special rotary column attachment is a
knuckle that allows
the top of the Zaxis column to
be tilted either
toward or
away from the
operator. Laser
engraved scales indicate movement
up to 90° in either direction on this
In addition to the side-to-side and
fore/aft tilt movements, the new
column base offers a center
pivot lock that allows the
ram to be moved both
in and out as well as
swung from side to side.
In/out travel is 5.50"
and side-to-side motion
is indicated by laser
Model 2000
8-direction mill
Figure 19—A
column upgrade
brings your present
mill up to 8direction capacity.
engraved scales showing up to 90° of movement either way.
These four movements are in addition to the standard mill’s
X-, Y-, Z-axis travel and headstock rotation movement,
giving a total of eight directions of movement or tilt. This
much versatility puts the Sherline model 2000 mill in a class
by itself in this size range. It is a fully functional shop mill
that fits on a tabletop and stores on a closet shelf. When
used with accessories like the tilting angle table and rotary
table, the machining possibilities of the mill are limited only
by part size and the extent of your imagination.
The 2000-series mill base has been extended an additional
2" over the Model 5400, extending the Y-axis travel to 7.0"
(178 mm). This was done to accommodate the pivoting
mechanisms and to take advantage of the increased
arm movements. Like the deluxe Model 5400 mills, all
handwheels are resettable to zero at any time.
The 8-direction mill includes the same laser engraved
scales on the base and table as the 5400-series deluxe mill
package. Also included is a 1/4" Jacobs drill chuck. (The
headstock spacer block is not included on the 2000-series
mill, as the ram travel makes it unnecessary.)
8-Direction Upgrade for 5000-Series Mills,
P/N 5650 (Inch), P/N 5660 (Metric)
(See Figure 19.) If you already own a 5000-series Sherline
mill, or if you purchase one now with the thought of
upgrading later, an upgrade package is available to convert
your mill to an 8-direction mill when you feel its additional
capabilities would be useful for your projects. Included
is an adapter base and all necessary attachment screws.
Also included is the column travel extension that allows
the headstock to be brought down closer to the table. (See
also Figure 33, page 39.)
Milling Accessories
1/4" Jacobs drill
chuck, drawbolt
and key
NOTE: These chucks are NOT designed for lateral loads
and should not be used for holding end mill cutters. End
mills should be held in a collet or end mill holder.
(Included with 5400-series
and 2000-series mills)
Boring Head, P/N 3054 (Inch),
P/N 3049 (Metric)
It is hard to say what is the most important accessory for a
milling machine. It really depends on the type of work you
want to do, but certainly the boring head must rank highly
in importance for any shop. What makes it so important
is that it provides a means of accurately
machining almost any size hole. It
would be very impractical to
own drills and reamers
for all the possible hole
sizes up to 1.75" (44
mm) in diameter. Another
point to consider is the fact that
larger diameter drills and reamers could
not be adapted to fit on a miniature size machine
tool. They are unnecessary too, because the boring head
is infinitely adjustable so it can machine all of these holes
to a high level of accuracy. It is also capable of machining
stepped holes for seating bearings and internal grooves for
lock rings. Boring tools cut like lathe boring tools with the
difference being the tool moves rather than the work.
Drill Chuck, P/N 3072
The Sherline milling machine
makes an excellent precision
drilling machine. Accurate
positioning on both the X- and Y-axes
provides a simple way to locate holes, and, although the
standard Sherline mill does not have a quill feed, the Z-axis
feed screw does give you micrometer accuracy for depth
control. The drill chuck is similar to the tailstock chuck used
with the lathe in that it holds drill bits from 1/32" (.79 mm)
to 1/4" (6.4 mm). It is mounted on a #1 Morse arbor that
has been drilled and tapped for a drawbolt. This prevents
the arbor from working loose during use. The Sherline drill
chuck comes complete with key, #1 Morse arbor, drawbolt
and thrust washer.
A 5/32" Jacobs drill chuck is also available for use in the
mill. P/N 1010 has a #1 Morse adapter pressed in and
includes a drawbolt and washer. It is capable of holding
drills as small as #80. The P/N 3073 3/8" Jacobs chuck can
also be used on the mill.(See chucks on page 13.)
The Sherline boring head comes complete with drawbolt,
thrust washer and a hex key for making adjustments. The
cutting tool is not included. The boring head is designed
for use with standard 3/8" (10 mm) diameter shank boring
tools. For best results, the length of the tools should be kept
to a minimum. You will find that a short tool gives you less
chatter and it will be easier to hold tolerances.
Boring Tools, P/N 3061, 3063 and 3064
These high-speed steel cutting tools are designed for use
with the Sherline boring head. They have a 3/8" (9.5 mm)
diameter shank. The cutting end of P/N 3061 is designed
to work in a 1/4" (6.4
P/N 3064
P/N 3063
mm) minimum hole
with a maximum depth
P/N 3061
of .600" (15.2 mm).
P/N 3063 is designed
to work in a 5/16" (7.9
mm) minimum hole
with a maximum depth of 1.00" (25 mm). P/N 3064 also
requires a 5/16" minimum but has a longer 1.5" (38 mm)
reach. If desired, they can easily be ground down to work
in a smaller hole. These tools can also be used in the round
hole of the P/N 7600 tool post on a lathe for boring.
Rotary Column
P/N 3500
The headstock on
the Sherline mill can
be rotated so that
milling cutters can
be used at an angle.
However, once the
spindle is pivoted,
it no longer aligns
with the movement
The rotary column attachment
of the Z-axis, and
allows angled drilling to be done on
the handwheel
a 5000/5400 series mill.
can not be used to
advance the spindle for drilling. Parts to be drilled at an
angle must be mounted to the table on a tilting table. For
some larger parts this may not be possible. The rotary
column attachment goes between the mill column and
base to allow the entire column to be rotated to any angle
up to 90° in either direction. Now the Z-axis handwheel
advances the spindle along its axis, allowing angle drilling
to be accomplished on parts mounted square to the table.
A laser engraved collar and magnifying scribe lens make
it easy to set angles accurately. No additional holes are
required for retrofit. (Not required on 2000-series mills or
multi-direction vertical milling columns, as this function
is already designed into those columns.)
Tilting Angle Table, P/N 3750
(See Figures 20 and 21.) This accessory offers a variety of
setup options and an alternative to rotating the column. With
the base mounted square to the mill table, parts mounted to
the tilted table can be machined or drilled at precise angles.
It can be set at any angle from 0° to 90°. The hole pattern
Figure 20—The tilting angle table allows you to hold a part
on an angle so it can be drilled or milled without taking
your column out of alignment.
in the table accepts Sherline’s mill vise or rotary table.
A threaded chuck mount is also included, which means
parts from the lathe can have machining operations done
on them without removing them from the chuck. They can
then be returned to the lathe for further operations without
re-centering. With the rotary table mounted to the tilting
table, many additional machining possibilities are opened
up. (See Figure 28, page 36.) The pre-drilled and tapped
hole pattern is laid out so that when the rotary table is in
the 90° position, its center is the same height as the rotary
table tailstock. This eliminates the need for the P/N 3701
right angle attachment.
Figure 21—Chamfers can be milled using the tilting angle
table on a mill.
is available in a choice
of standoff lengths of
3/4" (short) or 1-3/4"
(long). You can see one
in use holding a gear
cutter in Figure 28 on
page 36.
Part numbers:
3230–7/8" (short)
3231–7/8" (long)
3235–1" (short)
3236–1" (long)
Figure 22—Mill arbor cutters
hold 7/8" or 1" I.D. round
milling cutters.
3/8" End Mill Holder, P/N 3079
(Other sizes available also)
This easy-to-use end mill holder screws onto the threaded
end of the mill spindle. End mills are held in place with a
single set screw that tightens against the
flat on the side of the cutter. Because
of the ease of use of this type of
cutter holder and the
fact that it allows the
use of longer or doubleended end mills, we have also
made it available for 1/8" (P/N
6081), 3/16" (P/N 6080), 1/4"
The end mill
(P/N 6079) and 5/16" (P/N
holder includes
3075) diameter cutters. For
a Tommy bar for
metric tools, we offer the most
commonly used 10 mm end
mill holder (P/N 3078) as well as 6.0 mm (P/N 3076) and
8 mm (P/N 3077) sizes.
In addition to end mills, special purpose cutters such as
those designed for cutting key slots, dovetails and corner
radii usually have 3/8" diameter shanks. The Sherline end
mill holder will increase the versatility of your milling
machine by enabling you to hold these popular cutters.
CAUTION! Always consider power and size limitations of
your equipment when using larger cutters. You may want
to reduce cutter speed.
A Sherline mill or lathe fitted with a digital readout makes
keeping track of cut and feed calculations much easier. It
reads out to .0005" (.01mm) and also provides a continuous
spindle RPM display.
Mill Digital Readout with RPM Gage, P/N 8100 (Inch),
P/N 8160 (Metric)
Most full-size shop mills are available with a digital readout,
and now that option is available on Sherline mills too. They
are popular because they make your life as a machinist
easier. Readouts on the X- Y- and Z-axes can be reset to
zero at any time with the push of a button. From there, as
you move the handwheels, you can read the table position
to three and a half decimal places (.0005") on the digital
readout. (Metric versions read to .01 mm.) You no longer
need to count handwheel revolutions or make difficult
calculations when cranking in a negative number.
While we were designing the electronics, we went the
extra step to include an RPM readout, adding an additional
function to the package. The sensors are easy to install and
require no modification of your Sherline mill. A two-axis
DRO package is also available for the lathe as P/N 8200.
(See page 26.) A three-axis package for using the lathe
with the vertical milling column can be purchased, or a
third axis can be added later if you add the vertical milling
column to your lathe. For those with both a lathe and a
mill, the electronic readout box can be shared between
both machines to offer a cost savings if you buy just the
additional handwheels and cables for the second machine.
At present, the DRO is only available with a 120 VAC
power supply. Those operating on 240 volt current will
need to provide a converter.
Mill Cutter Arbors, P/N 3230, 3231, 3235, 3236
(See Figure 22.) If you need to hold 7/8" or 1" I.D. round
cutters for milling or gear cutting, these arbors are designed
to hold them on your Sherline mill. They are steel arbors
turned with a #1 Morse taper and provided with a drawbolt
and washer for use in the Sherline headstock spindle. Each
“Your lathe has made it possible for us to complete the
assembly and fabrication of many intricate parts that are
critical to the function of the special machinery that we
design and produce. In fact, the machine was used so
much that we practically wore it out! Anyway, we are
definitely satisfied with your company and its service to
us. We probably will be buying the new series this year to
accommodate and enhance our ‘small tool’ room.”
Richard Proud, Engineering Company President
3/8" End Mill Sets, P/N 7400 and P/N 7401
(See Figure 23.) Of all the end mills available to machinists,
by far the most popular are those with a 3/8" shank. Because
they are made and sold in great quantities, they are an
Milling Collets, P/N 3060
(Inch), P/N 3090 (Metric)
Sherline milling collets are designed to
be used with the Morse #1 internal taper that is
standard on both the Sherline lathe and vertical mill.
Because of the shallow angle of the Morse #1 taper when
the drawbolt is tightened, greater clamping force can be
applied when compared to the clamping pressure of WW
collets. Therefore, we recommend the use of these milling
collets for holding miniature size end mills (3/16" or 1/4"
shank), #1 and smaller center drills or Dremel® bits (1/8"
shank) and assorted other cutters. The Sherline milling
collet set consists of a 1/8", 3/16" and 1/4" mill collets, a
drawbolt and a thrust washer. (Metric sets include 3 mm, 4
mm and 6 mm sizes.) Other size collets in inch and metric
sizes are also available through Sherline.
Cutting tools held by these collets must have a shank size
within .001" of the manufactured size. Because of the
shallow taper angle, these collets will not loosen from
the spindle without backing the drawbolt off a couple of
revolutions and tapping the drawbolt to free the collet.
4-Jaw Chuck Hold-Down Set, P/N 3058
This set consists of two clamps complete with screws and
T-nuts and can be used to clamp the 4-jaw chuck to the
milling table or lathe crosslide. The
set provides a little more versatility
than the chuck-to-T-slot adapter (P/N
1187) in that the chuck can be located
almost anywhere on the table, and
the part can be properly aligned with
the axis of the machine. The clamps
fit in a groove machined around the circumference of the
4-jaw chuck. They are the same as those furnished with
the Sherline milling vise and rotary tables, so they are not
needed if you already own one of these accessories.
Chuck-To-T-Slot Adapter, P/N 1187
This simple adapter can be used with either the 3- or 4-jaw
chuck and fastens the chuck securely to the
milling table or lathe crosslide T-slots. It
slides into the T-slot and the chuck is simply
screwed down onto it until it tightens against
the table.
Standard Hold-Down Set, P/N 3012
Sherline now offers two types of hold-down sets; standard
and step block. The standard set offers a simple and
versatile method of clamping work
to the mill table.
This simple hold-down set consists
of two strap clamps complete with
bolts, T-nuts, washers and a variety
Figure 23—Double-ended 3/8" end mills fit in the P/N 3079
end mill holder. They are available in a large variety of
sizes and shapes. For strength and maximum rigidity, use
the largest diameter cutter your job will allow.
economical alternative to the smaller but less often used
miniature series end mills. They also offer the advantage
of being double-ended, so you get twice the cutter for
your money. Each has a flat on the side against which the
set screw of the end mill holder is tightened to hold it in
Sherline offers two sets of six double-ended cutters. Both
sets include sizes 1/8", 5/32", 3/16", 1/4", 5/16" and 3/8".
(Remember, when cutting in a pocket, the corner radius
left by your cutter will be half the cutter diameter.) P/N
7400 is made up of 2-flute cutters, while P/N 7401 offers
4-flute cutters. The 2-flute cutters are recommended for
softer materials like aluminum where they are less likely
to become clogged. For cutting tougher metals like steel,
4-flute cutters are a good choice. Each set comes with a
plastic case or wooden block to protect and store your
CAUTION: Unlike a drill bit that looks similar, end mills
are sharpened on the edges as well as the tip. These sharp
edges demand a lot of respect when being handled and
used! Also, to keep them sharp, store them in the block
provided or individually protected in your toolbox.
Miniature End Mill Set, P/N 3080
These small, single-ended end mills can be held in a mill
collet or a 1/4" end mill holder. Their small size makes them
useful where space is limited. The set is made up
of the highest quality general purpose 3-flute
cutters manufactured in the miniature series.
Sizes are 1/8", 3/16" and 1/4" diameter, all
with 1/4" shanks. A plastic storage block is
End mills must run true in order to cut
properly. Small end mills or miniature size
end mills are very expensive and can be
easily damaged if milling is attempted using a drill chuck
to hold the end mill. Milling collets or an end mill holder
are a must for proper operation of your mill!
NOTE: It is always a good idea to use cutting oil when
working with end mills.
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Sherline Hex T-Driver,
P/N 3020
This tool is used in place of the
standard 5/32" hex key that is
furnished with your lathe or
milling machine. The majority The handy Sherline 5/32"
of adjustments on Sherline hex T-driver is easy to
tools and accessories are made find on your bench.
with this size hex key. Its large black plastic handle is more
comfortable and provides better leverage than the shorter
standard key. Also, because of its larger size, it is easier
to spot on your workbench when you want to use it. This
T-driver will quickly become your most often-used tool.
Mill XY Base (See part numbers below)
If you already own a vertical milling column (P/N
3050/3053, 3480/3485 or 3580/3585) 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
made before 1995 can be
returned to the factory to
be remachined 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. Part numbers for the various
XY bases are as follows:
P/N 5200 (Inch) or 5210 (Metric)—10" XY base from 5000series mill. Travel: X=8.65" (220 mm), Y=3.0" (76 mm)
P/N 5220 (Inch) or 5225 (Metric)—10" XY base with adjustable
“zero” handwheels from 5500-series mill. (Same travels
as 5200/5210 above.)
P/N 5401 (Inch) or 5411 (Metric)—12" deluxe XY base with
adjustable “zero” handwheels and laser engraved table and
base from model 5400/5410 deluxe mill. X=8.65" (200
mm), Y=5.0" (127 mm)
P/N 5600 (Inch) or 5610 (Metric)—
14" deluxe base w/ adjust. “zero”
handwheels and laser engraved
table and base from the 2000series 8-direction mill. (Takes
P/N 3580/3585 column.)Travel:
X=8.65" (220 mm), Y=7.0" (178
Mill XYZ Base (See following part
The Sherline vertical mill can be
purchased without the headstock
and motor/speed control. This
Figure 24—A step block set offers a quick and versatile
way to clamp parts to the mill table.
of lengths of socket head cap screws. The round heads of
the carriage bolts rest upside-down on washers on the table
surface and are screwed up or down to support the strap
clamp at the same height as the part being held.
Step Block Hold-Down Set, P/N 3013
(See Figure 24.) This style clamp set has long been popular
on full-size milling machines, and we now produce a nice
set suitable for miniature machine tools. The step blocks
are notched as are the back of the clamps to make it quick
and easy to set your clamps to the proper height. A selection
of threaded studs from 1" to 3-1/2" is provided to allow a
variety of heights to be selected quickly. The nut and washer
design is a nice touch too. The bottom of the nut is convex
while the top of the washer has a matching concave surface.
Even if the clamp isn’t level, the washer will seat flat on
top of it while applying even pressure. Also provided is a
spare, unanodized third step block that you can cut down
to make smaller size step blocks for low setups.
Though slightly more expensive than the standard set, this
type of clamp is easier on the surface of your mill table
and also quickly adjusts to a larger range of heights. At
least one set of hold-down clamps should be considered a
necessity for every milling machine owner.
Slitting Saw Holder, P/N 3065
Jeweler’s slitting saws are small, circular, metal cutting
saw blades that are used for machining thin slots. The
Sherline slitting saw holder is designed to mount jeweler’s
slitting saw blades with 1/2" diameter mounting holes.
Sawblades are available
through a large network
of industrial suppliers.
(See our “cutting tools
price list” for sizes offered by
Sherline.) The slitting saw holder has
a #1 Morse taper and mounts directly into
the spindle. A drawbolt and thrust washer are also
NOTE: As with almost all metal cutting operations, a small
amount of cutting fluid is helpful when using a slitting
allows lathe owners to swap the headstock and motor/
speed control from their lathe to the mill in approximately
60 seconds. This package offers a savings of about 30%
when compared to the price of our standard mill, and
10% compared to the cost of a vertical milling column
and XY base. Part numbers of the various XYZ bases are
as follows:
P/N 5201 (Inch) or 5211 (Metric)—Standard 10" XYZ base
from 5000-series mill. Travel: X=8.65" (220 mm), Y= 3.0"
(76 mm), Z=6.25" (159 mm)
P/N 5230 (Inch) or 5235 (Metric)—10" XYZ base with
adjustable “zero” handwheels from the 5500-series mill.
(Same travels as 5201/5211 above.)
P/N 5420 (Inch) or 5430 (Metric)—12" deluxe XYZ base with
adjustable “zero¨ handwheels and laser engraved table
and base from 5400-series deluxe mill. Travel: X=8.65"
(220mm), Y= 5.0" (127 mm), Z=6.25" (159 mm)
P/N 5625 (Inch) or 5630 (Metric)—14" XYZ base with 8direction capability from the 2000-series 8-direction mill.
Travel: X=8.65" (220 mm), Y=7.0" (178 mm), Z=5.38"
(137 mm)
Figure 25— A toothed gear sprocket is being cut using the
indexing attachment. The blank is being held in a 3-jaw
chuck and supported at the other end by the tailstock. A P/N
3217 gearthooth cutter holder (included with the indexing
attachment), holds a standard 1/4" tool blank which has
been custom ground to the shape required.
rack gear that is used to measure radial movement, a gear
tooth cutter holder and a high speed steel tool blank. The
indexing head utilizes a spindle with a #1 Morse taper
and a 3/4-16 make thread identical to the spindles on the
Sherline lathe and milling machines. This enables the
use of all the Sherlne accessories such as the faceplate,
3- and 4-jaw chucks, Jacobs drill chuck and the dead or
live centers with the indexer. A built-in mechanism detents
the spindle every 5°, and there is also a red laser engraved
collar that indicates rotation in 1° increments. The rack
gear mentioned previouslly provides a means of accurately
positioning the spindle where positioning in other than 5°
increments is required. The gear inserts into the indexing
head and engages an index gear. This transfers the rotary
motion of the spindle into linear motion that can be
measured with the depth rod of a Vernier caliper. Simple
calculations then permit accurate indexing to an infinite
number of positions.
The indexing attachment can be attached directly to the
table of the Sherline milling machine as in Figure 25, or the
indexing head can be used by itself in a horizonal position
similar to a rotary table. The indexing attachment is not
recommended for use on the Sherline lathe with the vertical
milling column; however, with the use of shims to elevate
the unit high enough to clear the crosslide handwheel, it
can be done.
Index Block Set, P/N 2045
For simple indexing jobs,
we now offer a set of two
blocks. An indexing set
offers an easy way to index
simple hole patterns or do
milling on 2, 3, 4, 6 or 8 sides.
Something similar to this
has been around in machine
shops for years utilizing 5C
collets, but we adapted this set to take all the tools and
accessories that will fit the spindle of your Sherline tools. A
hexagonal block allows indexing to three or six sides, and
an octagonal block allows indexing to two, four or eight
sides. By mounting your part on the block with a collet or
chuck, the block is held in a mill vise on the table. Once
located, the first operation is completed. Then the vise is
loosened, the block is indexed to the next side, the vise is
retightened and the next operation is completed. It is quite
simple, but very effective for the most common patterns
you will probably do repeatedly, such as the six flats on a
hex nut. A drawbolt is available (P/N 11681) to hold WW
collets in the #1 Morse taper. A 3/4-16 thread accepts
Sherline chucks. Now you can do simple patterns without
math and without even moving the mill table!
Indexing Attachment, P/N 3200
(See Figure 25.) Many times a machinist is required to
machine features into a part that are located in a radial
rather than linear manner. Examples of such features are the
flats on a nut, the teeth on a gear or the splines on a shaft.
The Sherline indexing attachment is a unique design that
provides an economical means of accurately rotating a part
so that these kinds of features can be machined.
The attachment consists of an indexing head and a tailstock
mounted on a 12" long dovetailed bed. Also included is a
“My steam engines are machined from castings to
a tolerance of .0005". They are not toys, but precise
machines... it requires a precision tool to do this– Sherline
does it best– for far less than the $2000 to $5000 industrial
machines. Sherline is compact and portable as well. An
added bonus is the accessory line available for special
James Horvath, M.D.
Figure 26—Rotary table
The table T-slots are identical to those used on the Sherline
mill and lathe, making the vast line of Sherline tooling
available for use with this product. Two hold-down clamps
and T-nuts are provided with the table. Also included is
an adapter that allows Sherline’s 3- and 4-jaw chucks to
be mounted directly to the rotary table. An optional right
angle attachment is available (P/N 3701) to mount the table
in the vertical position to further increase its versatility.
(See Figure 27.) With the table mounted vertically, an
optional adjustable right angle tailstock (P/N 3702) can be
mounted to the mill table. It is used to support and stabilize
the other end of long work held in a chuck or otherwise
attached to the rotary table. (See also Figure 27.) A tilting
angle table P/N 3750 can be used in place of the 3701 right
angle fixture as it also aligns with the 3702 tailstock in the
vertical position.
Rotary Table, P/N 3700
(See Figures 26, 27 and 28.) A rotary table used in
conjunction with a mill allows a machinist to produce
virtually any part he can design. The only limits are size,
not complexity.
Sherline’s rotary table is a precision piece of equipment that
has been designed to work with Sherline’s vertical milling
machines; however, it can be used on any mill whenever
the compact 4-inch size would be an advantage.
The table is 2" (51 mm) high and 4" (102 mm) in diameter.
The main components have been machined from solid bar
stock steel, and the complete unit weighs seven pounds.
The table has been engraved with a laser, giving sharp
and precise lines every 5°, numbered every 15°. These
lines are calibrated with the 72-tooth worm gear that is
driven by the handwheel. The handwheel is divided into
50 parts, making each line on the handwheel 1/10°. This
allows a circle to be divided into 3600 increments without
interpolation. Seventy-two revolutions of the handwheel
rotate the table one revolution.
Figure 27—Here is a sample setup to cut a gear using the
rotary table mounted to the right angle attachment. An
adjustable right angle tailstock steadies the other end of
the long shaft. The teeth are being cut using a P/N 3217
gear tooth cutter holder.
The rotary table has a unique table locking mechanism
that is positive and does not move the table as it is locked.
To maintain accuracy and frictionless movements a ball
bearing is used. Worm gears are factory greased and
the drives sealed to keep out chips and dirt. An oiler is
easily accessible to facilitate lubrication of the table. The
appearance is instrument quality with a black oxide base,
precision ground finishes and laser engraved markings.
As with all Sherline tools, the illustrated instructions are
very useful. The 6-page manual covers the basics of rotary
table use and takes the user through a typical project.
Machinists who wants to take their capabilities to the
ultimate levels should consider purchasing and learning to
use a rotary table. The Sherline rotary table is an extremely
precise and well-built piece of equipment that is sized to
fit with our product line. It can also be useful on larger
equipment when its compact size is called for.
More details on Roger's work can be found at
Project: 1/2 size pistol. Gun engraver Roger Ronnie of
Rapid City, SD was commissioned to restore and reengrave this rare 1896 Bergmann 6.5 mm pistol. While he
had it apart, he recreated each part in 1/2 scale to make
a complete, working model. He even duplicated the silver
inlays and engraving at 1/2 size. Small parts for rare full
size guns can also be made on tabletop machine tools. The
model is shown below the full-size original.
Manual and CNC-ready versions
A manual version is shown here, but
Sherline rotary tables can be ordered
“CNC-ready” with just a stepper motor
mount as P/N 3700-CNC, with mount and
motor as P/N 8730 or as a complete CNC
indexer with controller as P/N 8700.
If an error is made, previous
positions can be accurately
recalled by hitting another key.
Basic resolution is 28,800 steps
per revolution, or ±0.006° per
step. This allows the accurate
machining of items like gears with odd numbers of teeth.
Computations are made internally to many decimal places
as on an electronic calculator to avoid cumulative errors.
The CNC rotary indexer is a stand-alone unit. You get
everything you need to make complex indexing jobs
easy. In addition, the unit can be connected to an existing
CNC control to act in conjunction with that system. An
input signal triggers the programmed function. When
it is complete, it signals back to continue the program.
The unit can also be “daisy chained” with other units to
trigger sequential actions. As with all Sherline accessories,
complete instructions are included.
Rotary Indexer Specifications
Rotation speed—1°/ sec to 50°/sec maximum (programmable)
Resolution—28,800 steps per revolution (±.006° per step)
Backlash compensation—Programmable
Stepper motor—120 oz-in, 400 steps per revolution
Power supply—Input: 115 VAC 50/60 Hz, Output: 24V, 1 Watt
Figure 28— A rotary table is held at an angle on a tilting
angle table (P/N 3750) to cut a bevel gear. The gear blank
is held in a chuck which is clamped to the rotary table. A
mill arbor in the spindle holds the specially shaped cutter.
The headstock is rotated to the horizontal position using
the horizontal milling attachment (P/N 6100). This setup
demonstrates how accessories can be combined to produce
sophisticated cuts on miniature machine tools.
Right Angle Attachment, P/N 3701
The rotary table is made even more versatile
with the addition of the right angle attachment.
This part has been designed to accurately align
the rotary table in a vertical position while
still maintaining rigidity.
(Note: The P/N 3750 tilting angle table
can be used in place of this accessory
when tilted to the 90° position.)
Right Angle Tailstock, P/N 3702
The adjustable right angle tailstock
supports the end of long stock held
in the rotary table when it is in the
vertical position. This allows you to
accurately turn a part between centers.
See also Figure 27 for a typical example of
how it can be used.
Programmable CNC
Rotary Table Indexer, P/N 8700
(See Figure 29.) Sherline has taken their accurate
and reliable 4" rotary table into the 21st century with
the addition of Computer Numeric Control (CNC).
Clockmakers or anyone with a need to cut gears, splines
or radial hole patterns will find this accessory takes all the
headaches out of repetitive indexing operations.
You get everything you need including the 4" Sherline
rotary table with installed stepper motor, microprocessor
unit with numeric input keypad, 115 VAC power source
and all necessary connecting cables. Operation is very
simple. After entering the number of divisions per
revolution or the number of degrees per step on a simple
numeric keypad, the table advances quickly and precisely
to the next position at the touch of a single advance key.
Figure 29—For complex indexing jobs Sherline’s 4"
rotary table is the perfect platform for the application of
CNC controls. Included is a programmable input unit that
contains its own microprocessor, keypad and power supply.
10,000 RPM Spindle
Pulley Set, P/N 4335
The standard Sherline
pulley set is geared to
turn the spindle at a
maximum speed of 2800
RPM. This offers a speed
range sufficient for most
lathe and mill operations
while taking maximum advantage of the motor’s torque.
However, we often get requests for higher turning speeds
from people running small diameter cutters for jobs like
engraving. For this purpose we have developed a pulley
set that is capable of turning the spindle at speeds up to
10,000 RPM. Naturally, when geared to turn such a high
speed, power is somewhat reduced, but this is not normally
a problem with small cutters or when turning small shafts.
In the second belt position, maximum speed is 2200 RPM,
which is about the same as the normal pulley set when you
need more torque. Installation takes about 10 minutes.
designed to hold the movable
jaw down while clamping,
eliminating any chance for
the jaw to lift. A cheap drill
press vise is almost useless on
a milling machine, because it
46° TO 60°
can’t be accurately aligned with
Figure 31—Vise pull- the machine.
down feature. Tightening The Sherline milling vise is
in direction F1 produces sized just right to be the perfect
forces to both hold the working companion to the
part (F2) and keep the Sherline milling machine. The
jaws are 2.00" (50.8 mm) wide
jaw from lifting (F3).
by 1.00" (25.4 mm) deep and
open a full 2.00" (50.8 mm). The fixed jaw has both a
horizontal and vertical “V” groove to facilitate holding
round bar stock. The vise includes two clamps for use in
attaching it to the milling machine. These clamps are the
same as the 4-jaw hold-down set (P/N 3058).
“Having worked with a manual 10" lathe for a few years
now, I didn’t see how such a small machine could work
with the 2" diameter material I was hoping to work with.
After using it for a week and a half it has surpassed my
wildest dreams of usability. It is more powerful than I ever
would have suspected, it leaves a beautiful finish and is
highly accurate. The machine has worked so well that I am
not only using it for prototypes but for a small production
run as well!”
Jordan Blessing, President
ScopeTronix Astronomy Products, Florida
Gear Tooth Cutter, P/N 3217
The gear tooth cutter is included with the purchase of the
indexing attachment and can also be purchased separately.
It looks much like a small
fly cutter and includes
a 1/4" high speed
steel tool blank that
you can custom grind
to the particular gear tooth
shape you need. Figures 25 and
27 show the cutter in use in conjunction
with the indexing attachment and rotary table.
The #1 Morse taper on the shaft is held in the spindle
with a drawbolt and thrust washer. This is an economical
alternative to round commercial gear cutters.
The rotating vise base provides a way to pivot the vise on
an arc or in a circle for drilling hole patterns or milling
Rotating Mill Vise Base, P/N 3570
When mounting the mill vise to the table, this base will
allow the vise to be rotated to any angle. The red anodized
base is laser engraved with angle measurements in 1°
increments all the way around. A witness mark is engraved
on the side of the rotating collar that holds the vise. The
locking washers can be loosened, which allows the vise to
slide forward and back in the fixture for further adjustment.
A locking ring underneath pulls the collar down onto the
base to lock it securely when the two hold-down screws
are tightened. The low profile tooling plate base only raises
the height of the vise 1/2". Four T-nuts and hold-down
bolts are included.
The rotating vise base eliminates clamping and unclamping
the vise to produce angles. Once mounted square to the
table, the vise can be positioned using the laser engraved
protractor scale as a guide for setting the angle. Properly
positioned, the rotating base can even be used as a simple
rotary table to drill small radial hole patterns or to machine
repetitive flats.
Figure 30—The Sherline mill vise and hold-downs.
Milling Vise, P/N 3551
(See Figures 30 and 31.) The most convenient way to hold
small parts for milling is with the milling vise. Milling
vises are different from other machine vises in that they are
If you do not already have a vise and are considering
purchasing both a vise and a rotating base, they can be
purchased together at a price that that offers a savings
compared to buying the two individually. The part number
for the vise and base together is P/N 3575.
The base is 3/4" thick aluminum 10.5" by 12.5" and is
machined and drilled to accept the base on your mill’s
vertical column. The headstock is rotated 90°, and the unit
is remounted to predrilled holes in various positions on the
conversion plate. The mill’s vertical column base should
be modified by cutting off 2" from its height to lower the
spindle in relation to the table. (Machines made prior to
1993 will also require a 90° keyway on the Saddle.) This
allows the spindle center to go below the top of the table,
meaning you can machine the edge of material overhanging
the table. The cutoff piece from the column is machined
flat and re-tapped to be used as a spacer block to return the
mill to its normal height.
Alignment bars are provided with the conversion so that
once the base and column are mounted and squared up,
they can be quickly and accurately remounted in the
future. Alignment bars, a hex wrench and all necessary
fasteners are provided to set up the mill in all of the possible
configurations. The plate is mounted on four rubber feet for
quiet operation. Complete instructions are provided.
NOTE: The horizontal milling conversion was not designed
to be used with the 2000-series 8-direction mills. The
additional flexibility and versatility of that mill makes this
attachment unnecessary.
Stereo Microscope and Mount for the Mill, P/N 2127
Mill Microscope Mount Only, P/N 2128
Your ability to accurately machine tiny parts can be limited
by your ability to see what you are doing. Magnifying the
interface between cutter and part can solve this problem.
The mill mount allows a stereo microscope
to be swung
around to view
the operation
from the front,
side or in between.
The Russian-made
microscope itself
features high quality
optics with edge-toedge sharpness and very
little vignetting. You can
purchase the scope and mount
together or buy the mount
separately if you already have the
scope and lathe mount. Purchasing the scope and mount
along with a mill offers an additional price savings on the
package. See page 13 for the lathe microscope mount.
The microscope features a magnification range of from 5
to 100 power. It rivals the quality
of European scopes costing many
times more and is perfectly suited
in size and focal range for use in
machining. It comes with its own
base for use as a separate inspection
scope with a glass or solid stage
and includes a protective lens filter,
light and power supply.
Horizontal Milling Conversion, P/N 6100
(See Figure 32.) An easy way to increase the size of
work that can be machined on your Sherline 5000- or
5400-series mill is the addition of the horizontal milling
conversion. By allowing the vertical
column to be mounted in various
positions in relation to the table,
and with the headstock and
spindle rotated 90° into
the horizontal position,
a tremendous variety of
machining possibilities are
opened up. Plus, the mill can remain mounted to the
conversion base and still operate in its conventional vertical
mode as well, providing a very sturdy and vibration-free
With the work mounted perpendicular to the table, position
“A” (Figure 32) allows an area of up to 9" by 6" to be
machined without moving the work—a very large work
area for a machine of this size! (The 90° angle plate, P/N
3559 can be very useful for this purpose.) A second set
of holes allows the spindle to be moved further back so
longer tools such as drills or a boring tool can be used. In
position “B”, the table is reversed and the column rotated
90° to the table to take advantage of the long X-axis travel
(which becomes the Y-axis in this configuration). This
position could offer an advantage when drilling a deep
hole, for example.
Figure 32—The horizontal milling conversion allows the
mill column to be repositioned in two different ways on a
sturdy base plate in order to provide greater versatility in
set-up and increase the machinable area of the parts being
worked on. To the left of the mill is the base of the Z-axis
column, which has been cut off to allow a lower positioning
of the headstock in relation to the table.
be done with the standard fly cutter. Once you use this
tool, you will understand why 80% or more of the metal
removed in modern machine shops is removed with carbide
insert tools.
The cutter comes with one 2-edged carbide insert, a Torx
attachment screw, a drawbolt and washer plus a T-15 Torx
wrench. Additional inserts are available through Sherline
as P/N 7622.
Mill Headstock Spacer Block, P/N 1297
On the mill, having the option to extend the headstock
further out can sometimes allow surfaces to be machined
that could not
otherwise be
reached without
breaking down
the setup and
re-clamping the
part. The spacer
moves the
spindle out an
additional 1-1/4"
(31.8 mm). In many cases, it is much easier to increase
your machinable surface area by using this spacer than to
re-clamp the part. Precisely machined keyways keep the
headstock accurately aligned.
Morse #1 Blank,
P/N 3055
The Morse #1 blank
is made from freemachining 12L14 steel
and is available so that
you can make your own custom
tool holders. The proper #1 Morse
taper is already machined onto the tapered
end. You need only turn, drill, tap or slot the blank
to fit your special tooling needs. Included with the blank
is an instruction sheet showing some common uses with
dimensions for making a fly cutter, a slitting saw holder
or an end mill holder.
Figure 33—Fly cutting is an excellent way of producing
a flat surface quickly. This Model 5400 mill has been
converted to 8-direction capacity with a P/N 5650
column upgrade. The adapter base can be seen in the
Fly Cutter, P/N 3052
(See Figure 33.)
Fly cutters are used
primarily for machining
large, flat surface areas.
The fly cutter is a single-point
cutting tool similar to a lathe tool
mounted in a special holder. The cutter
can be adjusted to cut up to a 2.00" (51 mm)
diameter and is easily capable of taking a .010"
(.25 mm) deep cut in aluminum at this diameter.
The Sherline fly cutter comes complete with the holder, a
drawbolt, thrust washer and a left-hand brazed 1/4" carbide
cutting tool. It is a worthwhile addition to any shop.
REMINDER—As with all other machine operations,
safety glasses are a must when fly cutting. The parts
being machined must be held very securely.
Carbide Inserted Tip Fly
Cutter, P/N 7620
This fly cutter offers several
advantages over the standard
high-speed steel fly cutter. Inserted
carbide tips will last much longer
without sharpening, plus they provide an
excellent finish on hard-to-machine materials
like cold-rolled and stainless steel. The cutter path
is 1-1/8" (28.6 mm) wide. The cutter shape allows it to
cut a straight shoulder on a part— something that cannot
The late Augie Hiscano of Miami, Florida won the 1999
Salt Lake City national model car contest “Best Hot Rod”
and “Best of Show” trophies with this model. Aside from
a few highly modified plastic kit body parts, the 1/25 scale
Ford hot rod is almost entirely scratch-built from metal.
shaft returns the chuck to the retracted position when
pressure is released. You get precise control of the feed with
plenty of feel for the cut when the precision of the Z-axis
handwheel is not needed for depth control.
WW and 8.0 mm Collet Fixtures,
P/N 1164 and P/N 1165
The collet fixture was designed to be mounted either
on the surface of the rotary table or on the mill table. A
knurled ring allows WW collets to be tightened without
the use of a drawbolt from the back. This is particularly
useful for clockmakers for gearcutting
on a gear blank that has a pinion shaft
attached that can be held in a collet. A
bushing is provided that fits into the
center hole of the rotary
table and helps locate
the fixture on center.
T-nuts and attaching
screws are also provided
for clamping the fixture
in place in the rotary
table or mill table T-slots.
WW collets vary somewhat in size depending on
manufacturer. This adapter holds those collets made by
Sherline with a .312-.313" body size and .275-40 thread,
which we refer to as WW collets. Other common “WW”
collets have a body size of .314-.315" which we refer to as
8.0 mm collets. A fixture for these collets is also available
as P/N 1165. It looks identical except that it is identified
by a groove machined around the body. If you are using
a brand of collets other than Sherline, measure the body
diameter with a micrometer before deciding which collet
fixture to order.
Vinyl Dust Covers for Vertical Mills,
P/N 5150 and P/N 5151
A fitted 6-mil vinyl dust cover is available for your Sherline
milling machine. Keeping dust off your machine when it
is not in use will not only extend its life, but will also keep
it looking like new while adding a professional touch to
your workshop. P/N 5150 fits the 5000- and 5400-series
mills. P/N 5151 is sized for the 2000-series mill. (Does
not completely cover X and Y stepper motors on CNC
Machinist's Parallels,
P/N 7505
Parallels are pairs of
accurately ground steel
spacers of different heights.
They can be used in many
ways, but are typically used
to raise a part a known
while keeping it
(Scale not included.)
parallel to the table surface
during machining. The pieces in this set are 2-1/2" long and
1/16" thick. The set includes five pairs of precision ground
steel bars in heights of 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 5/8" and 3/4".
Mill Tooling Plate,
P/N 3560
Like those used on our large
production machines, the mill
tooling plate solves two problems.
It not only protects your mill’s table from
damage, but it also provides an inexpensive,
modifiable surface for clamping work that is as flat as
the machine’s original table. The best way to hold a part
more securely is to add more clamping points rather than
over-tightening the points you already have. The mill
tooling plate allows you to easily do this.
Like a lathe faceplate, the mill tooling plate should be
looked at as somewhat disposable. It has a hole pattern
predrilled to make it easy to clamp down the Sherline
mill vise or the rotary table, but you should feel free to
drill whatever additional holes are needed to meet your
particular needs. The plate is made from cast aluminum,
which is milled to 1/2" thick. Though not quite as strong
as extruded grades, it is very stable and free from internal
stresses so it will not warp when you drill additional holes.
The surface is not anodized, as it is intended to be drilled
and machined to suit your unique part holding needs.
The tooling plate comes with six 10-32 socket head
screws and six T-nuts for mounting. The mounting screw
holes are countersunk to keep the working surface free
of obstructions. All other holes are drilled and tapped for
10-32 screws.
90° Angle Plate, P/N 3559
This angle plate is a very useful workholding fixture for milling. It can be
used to hold parts on either surface
which means you can hold a part
perpendicular to the table, even if the
bottom is not flat. Parts can also be held
from two directions at once. It has large 3" x
3" x 10" machined mounting surfaces with two Tslots running full length on each. It is made from extruded
aluminum with a black anodized finish. Provided with the
plate are six 10-32 mounting screws and T-nuts.
Sensitive Drilling Attachment, P/N 1012
(See Figure 34.) Tiny drill bits are expensive and easily
broken. This attachment gives you the proper “feel” for
hand feeding when drilling small holes while also speeding
up the process. The
shaft fits inside the
spindle and the
mount threads onto
the spindle thread
in seconds. A 5/32"
Jacobs drill chuck
is pushed down by
hand using a knurled
collar that rides on
ball bearings. A
spring inside the Figure 34
For the most up-to-date listing of
new products, see our web site at
New Products
Extended 18” Mill Table P/N 54182 and 15” Tall Mill
Column Bed P/N 45260
Due to requests for more travel, mainly from CNC
users, Sherli
Sherline has introduced an 18" mill table that is
5" longer than
the standard
13" table
and a 15"
mill column
bed that is 4" taller
than the standard 11" column.
Appropriate leadscrews are also available in
inch or metric, manual or CNC versions for each. It
is also possible to order new machines with these extended
travel items already installed. Because of the number of
combinations and part numbers, it is best to call Sherline
for prices and options.
Metric WW Collet Set, 78 Collets in Oak
Box, P/N 1180
Sherline offers a set of WW watchmaker's
collets that run from 0.03 mm to 8.0
mm by 0.01 mm increments. Also
included is a collet blank. The oak
box has brass hardware and an insert
with 96 holes, leaving room for additional
metric or inch size WW collets.
Ceramic Insert Holder, P/N 2265
Ceramic inserts are used to cut
hardened tool steel and other
materials that might otherwise
have to be ground. The triangular
insert has 6 cutting surfaces. The holder
has a 3/8" shank for use in the P/N 7600 tool
post. Extra inserts are available as P/N 2266.
Hex key included.
Mill Z-axis Saddle Lock Upgrade
P/N 4017Z (Inch), 4117Z (Metric)
On CNC mills, excess backlash is a particular problem
on the Z-axis for certain 3D modeling and engraving
applications requiring very subtle movements of the Zaxis. This modification to the Z-axis locking lever allows
adjustable control over the Z-axis backlash, making it
possible to reduce it down to as little as .001". It is now
included as standard equipment on all CNC and CNCready Sherline Machines and can also be easily installed
on existing manual or CNC machines, requiring no new
holes. Once the lever is positioned to the desired location
removing as much backlash as is desired, the thumbscrew
is tightened, holding the
locking lever in place.
Lathe Anti-backlash
Saddle Lock Upgrade
P/N 4417Z (Inch), 4417ZM
Based on the mill locking
lever design, this kit adds a
locking lever to the saddle
nut under the long axis
of your lathe. This allows
you to control backlash
to as little as .001" on this
axis. Designed for CNC
use, it can also be added to
manual lathes.
Drill Chuck Holder, P/N 3074
This chuck holder was designed
to help CNC users change tools
quickly on the mill. End mill
holders with a preset diameter and
length tool can be entered into the
tools table. Settings are retained
when the tool is returned to the spindle. This works the
same way for a drill chuck with a drill bit mounted in it.
The 3/8-24 thread accepts a 1/4" or 3/8" Jacobs chuck.
Chuck Adapters for Rotary Table, 37091 (12 x 1 mm),
37092 (14 x 1 mm), 37093 (1/2-20) and 37094 (3/8-24)
Now you can attach a 1/4" or 3/8" Jacobs drill
chuck, an older Unimat chuck with 12 x 1 mm or
14 x 1 mm threads or a 1/2-20 Sears chuck to your
Sherline rotary table. The adapter screws into the
3/8-16 threaded center hole of the table.
Super Lube Grease P/N 7550 and Dri-Film Spray
Lubricant P/N 7555
This Teflon-based lubricant is what comes on
your machine from the factory. It works great
on handwheels and slides and can be used on
other applications around the house and shop.
It is available in a 3-ounce tube or an 11-ounce aerosol
can of Dri-Film. This is a clear, non-staining lubricant that
makes an excellent choice for machine tool applications.
54,000 RPM Pneumatic Engraving Head, P/N 8900
The advent of CNC has increased the demand for the ability
to engrave type and fine patterns.
This air grinder comes with its own
headstock that replaces the standard
mill DC motor headstock. It is
driven by your 1.5 HP compressor
and needs only 90 PSI of line
pressure. Included in the kit are 3 carbide engraving tips,
air lines, lubricating oil and several grinding tips.
Grinder Tool Posts P/N 8976 and Riser
Grinder Tool Post P/N 8987
Use the 8900 on your lathe for polishing
or fine grinding jobs. The P/N 8976 tool
post holds the grinder body on center
with your lathe. The P/N 8987 riser tool post is
used when the lathe riser blocks are in place.
More new products elsewhere in the catalog...
Page 13—P/N 2125 Lathe microscope mount
Page 20—P/N 2282 Quick-change 3/8" tool holder
Page 36—P/N 4335 10,000 RPM pulley set
Page 38—P/N 2127 Mill microscope mount
Page 42—P/N 5335 Lathe instruction video
Books and Videos
Tabletop Machining by Joe Martin, P/N 5301
Sherline’s owner, Joe Martin, has written a book that
gives you not just the “hows”, but also the “whys” of
machining practices. Being a hobbyist himself as well
as a manufacturer, Joe is familiar with
the needs of both the home shop
machinist and the commercial
production facility. His insights
offer a unique and practical
perspective on the equipment and
processes of machining at both
extremes... from intricate miniature
machining projects to full size shop
production tools and practices.
Sherline Accessories Shop Guide, P/N 5327
Instruction sheets for all Sherline
accessories are reproduced in one handy
book. Learn about how an accessory
works before you decide to order it. The
illustrated, information packed instruction
sheets contain a wealth of useful machining knowledge.
Learn about boring, thread cutting, knurling, the indexing
attachment, using a rotary table and much more.
· 8-1/2 x 11", softbound, Illustrated, B&W, 224 pages
Machine Shop Essentials–Questions and
Answers by Frank Marlow, P/N 5305
An excellent introduction to shop practices
featuring small and full-size shop tools
Joe’s book details “real world” practices
with over 500 line art illustrations.
in machining and gives a good insight
· 7 x 10, softbound, B&W, 585 pages
into the challenges faced by machinists. Too often, good
Machine Shop Trade Secrets by James A.
craftsmen cannot progress because the only information NEW!
Harvey, P/N 5306
available shows the technically perfect way to do things
of shop practices by a
rather than the simple, practical methods everyone really
with 30 years
uses. This book should be required reading for all newly
clear, helpful
graduated engineers. For those wishing to design and build
their first metal parts, it is a perfect starting point. Naturally,
312 pages
Sherline tools are featured throughout in the examples, but
the rules of machining apply to equipment and projects of
Building a Small Steam Engine, Video and Plans by Rudy
all sizes.
Kouhoupt, P/N 5328-VHS* or P/N 5328-DVD
Expert machinist and engine designer Rudy
Information is given on selecting materials; using a lathe
Kouhoupt, long-time editor at The Home Shop
and a mill; measuring tools; cutting tools; using accessories
Machinist Magazine, produced complete video
for threading, indexing and gear-cutting; tool sharpening,
instructions that take you from start to finish in
knurling, coolants, using files and hand tools, setting up
building a small steam engine using Sherline
a home shop, CNC in the home shop and more. Several
simple projects are provided for beginning machinists. A tools. Follow Rudy through the setups and cuts as
you gain a wealth of information on machining. 3
photo gallery of superb miniature projects will inspire you
hours and 38 minutes—Includes printed plans and material
and show what these small but mighty machines can really
list, 2 VHS tapes or 2 DVD's.
do. A history of Sherline tools is written from the point of
view of giving you some guidance if you’ve ever thought
Shop Secrets–Measuring Tools, Video by
of taking a product of your own to market. This is a high
Mike Rehmus, P/N 5329-VHS* or P/N 5329-DVD
quality book that will be equally at home on your coffee
Editor of Model Engine Builder magazine,
table or shop workbench. The book has received many
Mike Rehmus is both an expert videographer
positive reviews from magazine editors and home shop
and an experienced machinist. This 2-hour
machinists alike. It is now in its fourth printing.
video shows and tells you what you need to
know about using machine shop measuring
· 8-1/2 x 11", softbound with “lay-flat” binding, full color,
tools to make accurate parts. VHS or DVD.
352 pages, 400+ color photos, 200+ illustrations
The Home Shop Machinist's Handbook
Using the Sherline Lathe, Video by Mike
by Doug Briney, P/N 5300
Doug Briney’s book is a complete guide for the amateur
machinist. It is especially valuable to the Sherline tool
owner because it not only covers all aspects of machine
shop work, it features the Sherline lathe
and milling machine in its illustrations
and text. Included are plans for several
simple projects and tools you can use in
your shop after you make them.
· 7-3/4 x 9-1/4", softbound, B&W, 285
pages, many black and white photos
Rehmus, P/N 5335
This professionally produced video
covers the setup, alignment and use of
a Sherline lathe. Also covered is the
use of a number of the most popular
accessories. If you are just getting started
or if it's been a while since you've used a lathe, this is
the fastest way to go from opening the box to making
parts. DVD version only.
*While they last. VHS versions will eventually be discontinued.
CNC for Sherline Machines
Z-axis motor
SHOWN: Model 8540
CNC mill with stepper
motors, computer, drivers,
software and cables.
Driver box power supply
ON/OFF switch.
X-axis motor
Y-axis motor
A-axis cable for
rotary 4th axis
Y-axis motor
Backup software on CD
Keyboard and mouse included, monitor not included.
or years Sherline lathes and mills have been available
in "CNC-ready" configuration as they still are for the
application of controls made by others; however, many
customers expressed a desire to be able to buy a complete,
turnkey system from one reliable supplier. Now Sherline
offers just such a system, and at a great price too. Each
CNC system includes a lathe or mill with stepper motors
mounted on each leadscrew axis, a new computer with
keyboard, mouse and 4-axis driver box, connecting cables
that plug into each stepper motor and pre-installed Linux
operating system and EMC control program. All you need
to supply is a monitor. Any Sherline machine or shop
package can be purchased this way.
Your CNC Options
Sherline offers machines in various states of completeness
depending on your budget and/or knowledge of putting
together a working CNC system. Here are your options:
Retrofit kits—Any existing Sherline machine can have
stepper motor mounts added in place of the handwheels.
Complete retrofits with computer and motors are available
as well.
CNC-Ready—You can order any new Sherline machine
with stepper motor mounts installed. You add the
stepper motors, controls, software, computer and other
components to turn it into a complete CNC system.
Complete CNC—Like the system shown above, you can
now buy a complete turnkey system with everything you
need to get started. All our standard accessory packages
can also be ordered. For example, you could order a CNC
mill with the "A" accessory package, or you could order
a complete shop package including lathe, mill and rotary
Figure 35
The P/N 8760 Driver Box runs up to four stepper motors
and plugs into the parallel port of your own computer. It
includes cables, power supply and Linux/EMC software.
Figure 38
systems offset
screen also
shows jog
controls at
bottom. (X-axis
is highlighted)
Back plotter
and auto mode
screen. Tool
paths are shown
graphically and
the G-code is
displayed at
the bottom with
the current line
highlighted in
Figure 36—The simple, straightforward EMC visual
interface is customized to the capabilities of Sherline
table all fitted with stepper motor mounts, stepper motors,
computer, drivers and all the tooling and accessories.
About Linux and the EMC software we use
Operating System (OS)—Linux is an operating system
just like Windows®, except it offers some advantages: 1)
It is open source, which means we don't have to charge
you any extra for it, so it keeps our system cost down, 2)
It operates in "real time" and does not multi-task, so the
information stream to your stepper motors is uninterrupted
and glitch-free and 3) It is graphically almost identical to
Windows, so most operators familiar with Windows will
not have any trouble adapting to a new environment.
EMC Control Software— According to the official
definition, "The Enhanced Machine Controller (EMC)
Figure 37—The
8730 rotary table
connects to the
A-axis cable from
the driver box to
become your 4th
stepper motor
mounts feature
dual preloaded
ball bearings
to eliminate
end play and
a dampened
coupler to
protect the
program is a National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST) effort to develop, standardize and
validate a specification for interfaces to open architecture
controllers." In simpler terms, EMC is a free but highly
capable open source CNC control program. Because this
sophisticated program is available at no charge, we are
able to pass the savings on to your by eliminating one of
the biggest sources of expense in most CNC systems...the
operating system and software.
· Utilizes industry standard g- and m-codes that you write
yourself or generate from a CAD/CAM program (not
included) that generates G-code.
· Features powerful NEMA 23 size, 120 oz-in, dual shaft
stepper motors
· Capable of accuracy to 0.001" (0.01 mm) or better
· Tool offsets—Enter the tool diameter in the "tools" table
and the computer calculates how far to offset the tool path
so the side of the tool cuts the desired path.
· Accepts inch or metric dimensions
· Instructions by Joe Martin—the most practical, concise
and down-to-earth you will find on the subject of CNC.
· Priced for the hobbyist but suitable for running small
prototype or limited production work.
· One year warranty for home (non-production) use
Part Numbers for CNC systems
8400/8410—4000-series lathe with computer (2 axes)
8440/8441—4400-series lathe with computer (2 axes)
8540/8541—5400-series mill with computer (3 axes)
8020/8021—2000-series mill with computer (3 axes)
8600/8601—Complete CNC shop package with 4400series lathe, 5400-series mill, 4th axis rotary table and
accessories with computer (2 axes–lathe, 4 axes–mill)
8620/8621—Same as above but with
2000-series mill instead of 5400series mill.
Project: Supercharger
turbine for Honda 50
minibike made with CNC
by Robert Rosenfield,
Henderson, NV
Frequently Asked Questions About Sherline Tools
By Joe Martin, President and owner, Sherline Products Inc.
machining steel), you will be pleased with a Sherline lathe if
the average part you make is approximately 1" in diameter. For
hard materials like stainless, your average part size should be
around 3/4" in diameter or less. Wood and plastic are so easy to
machine that only the physical size limitations of the machine
need be considered. That doesn’t mean you can’t machine a 3"
flywheel, but if you are planning to consistently make parts of
that size, you will probably be happier with a larger machine and
more horsepower. Removing large amounts of metal on a small
machine takes time. If you have plenty of time, the size of the
part is less critical. Users of any machine are happier with its
performance when they are not consistently pushing the limits
of its capabilities.
The vertical milling machine is capable of holding much larger
parts than the lathe, because the part is held and only the tool
turns. It also has a much longer table throw (X-axis). A deluxe
version is available which offers an additional 2" of travel on
the Y-axis compared to the standard mill. With the addition
of the horizontal milling conversion, surfaces up to 6" x 9"
can be machined without moving the part. This is a very large
machinable area for a tool of this compact size. The 2000-series
8-direction mills open up even more machining possibilities.
Joe Martin turns a complex
experimental shape using a
combination of accessories on the
Sherline mill. Mr. Martin is an
experienced toolmaker as well as an
expert modeler. As owner of Sherline
Products, he works daily with both the
large industrial machines that make
Sherline tools as well as the miniature
machine tools themselves.
Q: How accurate are Sherline tools?
A: I can easily turn a diameter close to the chuck on the lathe
within .0002" (two ten-thousandths of an inch). Does this mean
the machine is built to that tolerance? No, but it does mean that
the leadscrews are accurate, the cutting tool is proper and the
diameter I am cutting is large enough not to deflect.
Most problems associated with making very tight tolerance parts
are not caused by the machines but rather are the result of the level
of craftsmanship of the operator. As your technique improves,
you’ll find your machine keeps making better and better parts. It
is not uncommon for a good craftsman to be able to make parts
accurate to within a thousandth of an inch or less on our tools.
Headstock/tailstock alignment is within .003" when it leaves the
factory. Adjustable tailstock tool holders are available to align
the headstock and tailstock “dead on” if you need it.
The tools we make are as accurate as you can build them without
expensive grinding and heat treating. We have over a million
dollars invested in state-of-the-art CNC machine tools and tooling
to mass-produce accurate parts. To increase the accuracy less
than 1% would increase the cost by a factor of ten. This simply
wouldn’t be cost effective for our average customer. To go from
our under $600 lathe to a lathe of similar size costing over $5000
yields a machine that is only slightly more accurate.
Q: What is the power of the motor and the speed range?
A: The 90-Volt DC motor offers far more torque than the 1/2
HP AC/DC motors we used to use. (It is also much smoother
and quieter.) The electronic speed control adjusts automatically
for any voltage worldwide from 100 to 240 VAC, 50 or 60 Hz.
An electronic circuit in the speed control unit compensates for
load, keeping the RPM constant during cuts. The electronically
controlled speed range of 70 to 2800 RPM requires no changes
of gears or belts to achieve. For even higher torque at low speeds
when turning large parts, a second drive belt position is available
on the motor drive and headstock pulleys. (By the way, to buy
just a DC motor and speed control of this quality elsewhere could
cost more than the entire model 4000 lathe!)
Q: What is backlash and how much do the leadscrews have?
A: Backlash is the play in the engagement of the leadscrew
threads that allows a few thousandths of an inch to be turned on
the handwheel before the leadscrew starts to turn when changing
directions. This is not a fault with the machine but simply a fact
of life on any threaded screw and is accounted for by always
making your cuts in the same direction and keeping track of
which way you turned the handwheel last. On axes that have
an adjustement, we recommend backlash be set to about .003 to
.005" (.08 mm to .12 mm).
Q: How heavy a cut can I make on the Lathe?
A: This depends mostly on the diameter and type of material you
are attempting to cut. It is also dependent on the sharpness of
your cutter and the firmness of your setup. For aluminum, you
should expect to be able to take cuts of up to .060" (1.5 mm) on
3/4" diameter stock, while stainless steel of the same size would
require taking no more than .015" (.4 mm) with each pass. On
free-machining steel you could take that same .015" cut on a 3"
(76 mm) diameter piece. Heavy cuts at high RPM or feeding
the tool too slowly will cause the tool to “chatter”. Rule #1 in
any machining operation is: “If the tool chatters, reduce speed
(RPM), reduce depth of cut and increase the rate of feed.”
Q: What kind of materials can I machine?
A: There are almost no limits to the kind of materials you can
machine. Anything from wood or plastic to exotic materials
like stainless steel or titanium can be cut as long as the part is
appropriately sized, can be safely and firmly held and the proper
cutting tool and speed are used. (See
Q: Do I have to be an expert machinist to use Sherline tools?
A: No. In fact, a good craftsman who has never cut metal before
will often do better than a professional machinist on small tools.
Machinists who normally work on big, expensive machines
often tend to push a smaller machine too hard. Sherline tools
were designed to be operated by people with a “common sense”
knowledge of mechanics. We also provide the most complete
instructions in the industry. With our tools, accessories and
instructions, plus a willingness to take the time to make good
parts, you have everything you need to enjoy the world of
miniature machining.
Q: How big a part can I work on?
A: The Lathe is capable of turning a 3.5" (90 mm) part over the
bed or 1.88" (45 mm) over the crosslide. A 1.25" riser block
kit increases that to 6" (152 mm) over the bed or 4" (102 mm)
over the crosslide. A .405" (10 mm) diameter hole through the
headstock allows long material of up to that size to be fed through
and worked on. The 4000 lathe has 8" (200 mm) between centers
and the 4400 lathe has 17" (430 mm) between centers.
That gives you the physical limitations of the machine, but
what does the hardness of the material you are working with
do to those numbers in the real world? If the materials you plan
to work with are free-machining (aluminum, brass and free-
Want to learn more? There is a more extensive FAQ on our web
site at and another just on CNC at
Technical Specifications
Model 4000/4100 short bed lathe (rear)
Model 4400/4410 long bed lathe (front)
A Point of Reference...
The average human hair is about
.004" (.1 mm) in diameter.
Swing over bed
Swing over carriage
Distance between centers
Hole through spindle
Spindle nose thread
Spindle nose taper
Travel of crosslide
Tailstock spindle taper
Tailstock spindle travel
Protractor graduations
Handwheel graduations
Electronically controlled
spindle speed range
Length overall*
Width overall*
Height overall*
Shipping weight
Vertical Mills
Model 5000/5100 vertical mill
Model 5400/5410 deluxe vertical mill
Max. clearance,
table to spindle
Throat (no spacer)
(w/ headstock spacer)
Travel, X-axis (with stop)
Travel, Y-axis
Travel, Z-axis
Hole through spindle
Spindle nose thread
Spindle nose taper
Handwheel graduations
Electronically controlled
spindle speed range
Width overall*
Depth overall*
Height overall (Max.)*
Table size
Hold-down provision
Shipping weight
Movements in addition
to X-, Y- and Z-axes
5000 (5100)
8.00” (203 mm)
2.25” (50 mm)
8.65” (220 mm)
3.00” (76 mm)
6.25” (159 mm)
.405” (10 mm)
3/4-16 T.P.I.
#1 Morse
.001” (.01 mm)
Motor Specifications
NOTE: DC motors and headstock/motor units are available
separately. Part numbers are as follows:
P/N 33050—DC Motor and Speed Control only
P/N 3306—Std. Headstock/Motor/Speed Control Unit
P/N 3307—10,000 RPM Headstock/Motor/SC unit
(Left) Model 2000/2010 8-direction deluxe vertical mill
4400 (4410)
3.50” (90 mm)
1.75” (44.5 mm)
8.00” (200 mm)
.405” (10 mm)
3/4-16 T.P.I.
#1 Morse
4.25” (110 mm)
#0 Morse
1.75" (44.5 mm)
0° to 45° by 5°
.001” (.01 mm)
3.50” (90 mm)
1.75” (44.5 mm)
17.00” (430 mm)
.405” (10 mm)
3/4-16 T.P.I.
#1 Morse
4.25” (110 mm)
#0 Morse
1.75" (44.5 mm)
0° to 45° by 5°
.001” (.01 mm)
70 to 2800 RPM
23” (584 mm)
10.25” (260 mm)
8” (203 mm)
24 lb. (10.9 kg)
70 to 2800 RPM
32.5” (826 mm)
10.55” (267 mm)
8.5” (216 mm)
30 lb. (13.6 kg)
5400 (5410) 2000 (2010)
8.00” (203 mm)
2.25” (50 mm)
3.50” (90 mm)
8.65” (220 mm)
5.00” (127 mm)
6.25” (159 mm)
.405” (10 mm)
3/4-16 T.P.I.
#1 Morse
.001” (.01 mm)
70 to 2800 RPM
14.75” (375 mm)
11.75” (298 mm)
20.75” (527 mm)
2.75” x 13.00”
(70 mm x 330 mm)
2 T-slots
33 lb (15.0 kg)
Headstock rotation
(90° L/R)
Input voltage—100 to 240 VAC, 50 or 60 Hz
Output to motor—90 VDC
Current draw—.5 to 15 amps depending on load
No-load output shaft speed—6000 RPM (no pulley)
4000 (4100)
9.00” (229 mm)
8.65” (220 mm)
7.00” (178 mm)
5.38” (137 mm)
.405” (10 mm)
3/4-16 T.P.I.
#1 Morse
.001” (.01 mm)
70 to 2800 RPM
70 to 2800 RPM
15.00” (381 mm)
15.00” (381 mm)
14.00” (356 mm)
22.25” (565 mm)
20.75” (527 mm)
23.38” (568 mm)
2.75” x 13.00”
2.75” x 13.00”
(70 mm x 330 mm) (70 mm x 330 mm)
2 T-slots
2 T-slots
36 lb (16.3 kg)
38 lb (17.2 kg)
Headstock rotation Headstock rotation
(90° L/R)
(90° L/R),
Column rotation (90° L/R),
Column pivot (90° Fwd/Bk),
Column swing (90°L/R),
Column travel (In/Out) 5.5” (140 mm)
*All overall dimensions include motor and speed control.
Spindle Specifications
End play (factory adjustment of preload):
–.0002” (.005 mm) or less, normal pulleys
–.0003" (.008 mm) or less, 10,000 RPM pulleys
Runout at nose—.0005” (0.013 mm) or less
Bearings—Two 20 mm lifetime lubricated ball
bearings with adjustable preload
High Quality
Machine Tools
Made in the USA
Since 1974
The Sherline shop floor, showing just a few of
the CNC production tools used to manufacture
the Sherline tool line.
(No Exit Westbound
From Hwy 78)
herline’s modern 66,000 square foot manufacturing facility is located
in Vista, California. If you would like to see how we produce our high
quality tools at such a reasonable price, we invite you to visit our factory.
You will see state-of-the-art equipment, including computer-controlled
machining centers and laser engravers producing the extremely accurate
parts that make up our lathes, mills and accessories.
Vista is located approximately 35 miles North of San Diego. Our
showroom display includes examples of all our tools and accessories.
Manual and CNC lathes and mills are available for demonstration. We
are open Monday–Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM and closed holidays.
The Internet Craftsmanship Museum
Your Sherline dealer is:
Visit the on-line museum that features some
of the world's finest miniature craftsmanship.
Sponsored by the Joe Martin Foundation for
Exceptional Craftsmanship, it is open twentyfour hours a day and admission is free. There is
also a physical museum located at the Sherline
factory facility in Vista, CA that is open during
business hours. It includes a shop and houses
our vintage machine tool collection as well.
Secure on-line ordering is now
available 24 hours a day on
Sherline’s e-commerce web site:
3235 Executive Ridge, Vista, CA 92081-8527
Technical Assistance or International: 1-760-727-5857
Fax: 760-727-7857
Internet: or
Toll Free Order Line:
USA and Canada
Visit Sherline’s information-packed
Worldwide Web site:
© 2007, Sherline Products Inc.
Printed in USA by Village Press, Inc., Traverse City, MI
P/N 5325—$2.00
Eighth Edition
Miniature Machine Tools and Accessories Catalog
Featuring lathes, vertical milling
machines and over one hundred and
thirty accessories for your miniature
machine shop.
These are perfect tools for the
hobbyist, modelmaker, jeweler,
clockmaker, gunsmith, prototyper,
inventor, design engineer or any
craftsman needing small, accurate
parts in metal, wood or plastic.
Lathes–Page 9
Milling Machines–Page 27
CNC Systems–Page 43
New Products!
Machine Packages–Page 23
Lathe microscope mount, page 13
Mill microscope mount, page 38
Eleven more new products, page 41
See the Books and Videos section on page 42 for a new DVD video on how to set up and use a Sherline lathe.
New Products–Page 41
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