Sherline

The Sherline story starts back in 1970 when an Australian by the name of Harold Clisby designed the first lathe with the help of an electrical engineer named Ron Sher, who began mass production of the lathe under the name Sherline. By 1980 Sherline had gone international, setting up a manufacturing plant in California producing table-top lathes, mills, CNC machines and their respective accessories and parts. Sherline has a large line of miniature machine tools, laser engraving tools, and full-size machining tools for industrial service.

What characteristics do Sherline's lathes have?

This piece of Sherline equipment is used to shape wood, metal, plastic, and other materials by way of a rotating drive that spins the material against changeable cutting tools. Sherline lathes are made in the USA and come in sizes ranging from 3.5 inches by 8 inches to 3.5 inches by 17 inches. All Sherline lathes come standard with a 90V DC motor equipped with a throttle, a 2.75 inch by 6 inch cross slide with dual T-slots, a drive belt reinforced with Kevlar, two position pulleys, and anti-backlash adjustment on the y-axis leadscrew of the lathe. Sherline lathes are made in either metric or inch calibration, can be outfitted with a digital readout display, and depending on the model lathe, come with different numbers and types of chucks.

What are the specifications of Sherline's mills?

Sherline milling machines use rotary cutting tools to remove materials from a workpiece by feeding the cutting tools (or chucks) into the workpiece. The cutting tool can be set at a variety of degrees across its axis depending on what sorts of cuts are called for on a specific job. The main difference between a lathe and a milling system is that on the former the tool stays stationary while the workpiece spins, and on the latter, it is the reverse. Sherline mills come in a range of sizes from a 10 inch to 18 inch base, are constructed in the United States, and can be ordered in either metric or inch formats. Sherline mills come standard with a 90V DC motor and variable speed control that can oscillate between 70 and 2800 RPM without having to change gear or the belt. Also standard are oil reservoirs on the X/Y/Z axis to keep essential parts lubricated, and a brass cover to keep the y-axis leadscrew unscathed.

How do Sherline's computer numerical control machines work?

Sherline computer numerical control machines take a lathe or mill and automate the cutting process. Sherline offers three varieties depending on customer needs. There are Retrofit kits where any existing Sherline system can be fitted with stepper motor mounts in place of the handwheels (these can also be purchased with a computer). There are computer numerical control-ready machines that come with the motor mounts attached and the customer adds the motors, controls, computer, and software to complete the system. There is the Complete Computer Numerical Control system available that include everything needed to begin operation. These systems use industry-standard g-code and m-code that can be written using a CAD/CAM program, or by looking up the coding language online.

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