Taking pride of place this week, on the Selmach showroom floor was the Brenner range of turret mills. High precision, accurate and impressively versatile, these are the machines for seriously accurate milling.
However the turret mill much like its sister machine the pillar drill; is not a machine without its talking points, the most hotly debated of which is this:
Should you mill with a pillar drill and could you drill with a turret mill?
Confused..? You might be. It is a conversation our sales specialists encounter a lot. With that in mind let’s explore the issue in a little more depth. A milling machine’s primary function is milling, it can drill the occasional hole but is generally used for milling slots or T-grooves. So if your primary need is milling and occasional drilling then the Brenner Turret Mill is the one for you.
If however your primary need is drilling with an occasional need for milling we would (and always do) recommend a pillar drill with the milling table as an optional extra.
At Selmach we offer four types of Turret Mill, with the Brenner 220RX being our best seller, we import these machines for two very good reasons. Firstly they allow us to offer exceptional value for money in a no-nonsense range of machines that simply get the job done, and secondly their design is based around the classic Bridgeport Turret Mill, a machine that represented the very best of British design which is sadly no longer available despite still being widely sought after.
The 220 RX has powered axes and a digital readout for the X, Y and Z axis, interlock safety guards come as standard, as do hardened slideways, a tapping facility and coolant system. Add centralised lubrication, motor brake lever and a generous sized table with T-slots and you start to see exactly why the Brenner 200RX is a consistent seller.
The Brenner’s turret head can be inclined upwards and downwards and rotated in both the vertical and horizontal plane either clockwise or anti-clockwise. Controlling the axes accurately is simple using both the hand wheels with micrometer scales and the DRO system. The 2.2 KW motor powers spindle speeds of 60-4200 rpm while the optional slotting head attachment allows for notching square holes, it is a simple heavy duty workhorse that quickly becomes indispensible in any workshop.
While more complex milling might require the accuracy and speed of a heavy duty CNC machine for precision engineering. The occasional milling jobs and teaching the next generation of engineers and apprentices in colleges and universities ensures there is still a healthy need for manual turret mills and the Brenner Turret Mill represents a fine machine to accomplish all those things.
Published 7th November 2018