If you’re going to build a car in a factory and you want the car to be inspected and prepped before it is shipped to its new home, then it will probably benefit your shop to purchase a vertical machining center. A vertical machining center is essentially a drill press attached to a work bench, with all of the functions that are needed for a workstation being housed on one unit. Some examples of functions are the capability to cut metal and the ability to layout the work piece.
Purchasing a vertical machining center can be accomplished at any local hardware store, but it would be wise to contact several different stores to ensure that you get the best deal possible. Each store has its own specific needs. Be sure to talk with each vertical machining center owner so that you get a feel for how each machine operates and their capacity for different functions. You should also ask them how they intend to use the machines in order to determine what the best configuration is for your shop.
In most cases, your shop’s design will dictate the order in which you will add a machine. For example, if you have been having trouble dealing with thinner and thicker pieces of metal in your shop, you may need to begin with a drill press, and then work your way up from there. The work piece on a vertical machining center will be perfectly usable with a screw gun, as well.
There are several different kinds of vertical machining centers. In general, the smallest version is the horizontal machine. It is most useful for woodworking and for general cutting. For larger objects like trucks, there is a multi-purpose machine that will do the job just as well.
One of the most important things to consider when deciding on a vertical machine is how your shop’s capabilities will change once the machine is in place. You’ll want to make sure that you are able to continue to use the tools that you currently use and also know that you’ll be able to cut metal on a day-to-day basis. Make sure that you’ll be able to handle the size of the pieces you want to cut.
If you plan to use a hand drill for the work piece, the first step is to invest in a power drill. A drill press will not be a good fit for woodworking jobs or large pieces of metal. If you have the budget for a drill press, the second step is to find a metal-cutting table that is right for your vertical machining center. You want a table that will fit your needs.
The table is the basic requirements of a tool. When you buy a table, you want to know that it is made of a material that will stand up to use in the shop, that the materials will be sturdy enough to support your tools and that it is a model that will not crack or warp with excessive use.
Once you have your table and the machine in place, you’ll know exactly what type of work you’ll be doing and exactly how many materials you’ll be working with. By figuring out your capabilities and determining what type of vertical machining center is best for your shop, you can get the most value from your investment.