The Sherline Miniature Machinist's Newsletter
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Number 86—March 2018


We have begun shipping our new ball leadscrew retrofit kits for our mills for both the X/Y-axes and the Z-axis.

Essential upgrade parts for both retrofit kits are the ball leadscrews and ball screw stepper-motor couplings. The X/Y-axes includes the ball screw mill saddle with nickel/Teflon plate, while the Z-axis has an upgraded vertical milling column saddle for ball screws, and column saddle Z-axis ball nut mount.

You can also check out our Ball Screw Retrofit How-to videos on our YouTube channel.

To learn more about the new Retrofit Kits, click on the links below.

6800 Mill Ball Screw Z-Axis Retrofit Kit
6810 Mill Ball Screw X/Y-Axes Retrofit Kit
6820 Mill Ball Screw X/Y/Z-Axes Retrofit Kit

For more about ball leadscrews, check out the postings on our Blog page.

P/N 3025 3C Lever Collet Closer – NEW
3025 3C Lever Collet Closer
The 3C Lever Collet Closer will be a great addition to our 3C Collet Headstock (P/N 30113). Anyone doing repetitive lathe operations on small parts will find this new accessory saves a lot of time when holding components in a 3C collet. The 3C Lever Collet Closer can be mounted on our standard lathes with a 3C headstock, or on the new industrial Chucker Lathe (P/N 6600). Read more... 
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Mill and Lathe Digital Readout Upgrades
8100 Mill DRO Upgrade
Digital readouts make your life as a machinist much easier. Readouts on the X- Y- and Z-axes can be reset to zero at any time with the push of a button. DRO kits include options for Sherline mills and lathes in both inch and metric. You can order DRO kits without the readout box if you already have DRO on one of your machines and want to upgrade another machine. Just move the readout box from one machine to the other. Read more...
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Tommy-Bar Locker
Tommy-bar lock closed
One of our customers in Korea has a great idea that may be helpful to the rest of the Sherline machining community. The device is a Tommy-bar locker that enables one-hand operation for the opening and closing of a chuck. You can use it on either your mill or your lathe. Read more...
Ship Modelers
Centaur, by Andrew Green

We have created a new web page devoted to ship modelers. This page highlights the various machines that Sherline offers that can help model makers take their skills to a higher level.

The page also features typical projects that a show the types of items that can be created using miniature machine tools like wheels, block and tackle, and many other small fittings. Read more...

Upcoming Shows

  • April 21-22, 2018(NAMES) Expo, North American Model Engineering Society Wyandotte, MI. Sherline will have a booth there and the Joe Martin Foundation will present its annual award to Metalworking Craftsman of the Year during the show. See for details.

Customer Projects

Alvis Barrington – Model Maker
Alvis Barrington recently submitted some photos of model cars, which he customizes using Sherline machines. The following link is to the transcribed interview we had with him in December 2017. CLICK HERE

Nelson Giesecke – Custom Lathe Stand
This unique lathe stand design comes to us courtesy of Nelson Giesecke. Nelson uses a Sherline 4000 lathe to make beautiful, custom-designed jewelry in his Denver studio. CLICK HERE


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