Benchtop Mill

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Benchtop Mill
Tool BenchtopMill.PNG
Manufacturer Wabeco
Model F1210
AKA {{{aka}}}
Obtained Pledge Drive (May 2016)
Location Metalworking Area
Team Metalworking
Induction Required No
Booking {{{booking}}}
Status Defunct
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This is a Wabeco 11400 / F1210 precision milling machine which arrived as a result of the New_Tools_May_2016/Pledge_Drive.

The mill is currently located on a workbench against the back wall near the Metalworking Area and the fire doors. Wooden covers have been made to protect the bed, please ensure these are replaced after use.


The Benchtop mill has the following accessories available:

  • Milling vice
  • Digital caliper-type XYZ readouts
  • Dial indicator and mounting

In addition to these, there are tools and additional accessories available in the drawer immediately below the machine.


PDF version:


Do not, ever, use an ordinary Jacobs-type drill chuck to hold milling tools. Collet chucks are a much more secure and safe way of holding such tools (a drill-chuck is fine when the operating force is along the axis, but will loosen dangerously if sideways forces are applied).


Please follow the correct install procedure for the draw bars (TODO: dig up good docs / video of this process)

Also not there are two different size bars for different collets, check the drawbar against the collect before installing. Benchtop Mill Drawbars.jpeg Benchtop Mill Drawbars marking.jpeg

Fitting and removing the tools

Benchtop Mill Drawbar.png

The tool tightening and removing screw has a fine thread at the head, and a coarse thread on the shaft. Due to this construction, a special procedure must be followed when fitting and removing tools.
To make this easier to understand, the image shows a cut-away of the protective hood and the spindle housing. The cross-section shows the tool screw (2) and the Allen key (1).

To change the tool, proceed as follows:

Tensioning tools with inner thread
  1. Screw the tool tightening screw (2) clockwise using the Allen key (1) into the main spindle up to the end of the thread.
  2. When the tool tightening screw (2) is at the end of the thread, undo by 2 - 3 turns.
  3. Now the tool (e.g. the collet chuck (5)) is inserted by hand from below into the ball of the tool spindle (3) and screwed anti-clockwise onto the tool tightening screw (2). The Allen key (1) is used to hold the tool tightening screw (2) in place.
  4. When the tool has been hand-tightened, the holding bolt (4) is used to hold the tool spindle (3) and tighten the tool tightening screw (2) clockwise without great strength using the Allen key (1).
Removing tools with an inner thread
  1. Hold the tool spindle (3) with the holding bolt (4).
  2. Undo the tool tightening screw (2) using the Allen key (1) by turning anti-clockwise. To undo the tool tightening screw (2) turn the Allen key (1) forcefully until the cone comes undone.
  3. Now unscrew the tool clockwise by hand from the tool tightening screw (2) and remove from below from the ball of the tool spindle (3).
Tensioning tools with take-up(without inner thread)
  1. Undo the tool tightening screw (2) using the Allen key (1) far enough that the take-up is no longer up against that tool tightening screw (2).
  2. Press the tool with a forceful push into the tool spindle (3).
Removing tools with take-up(without inner thread)
  1. Insert the holding bolt (4) in the tool spindle (3) and hold with one hand.
  2. Rotate the Allen key (1) clockwise, this releases the tool which will fall out of the tool spindle (3). In order to prevent damages, place something under the tool to catch it gently.