Review: Milling Machines

Due to the versatility of the milling machine with its capability to machine both flat and irregular surfaces, it is common place in many workshops across Australia. Popular brands include Optimum, Hafco, Maxport, Metalmaster, Sieg, Metex, Kiheung and Huron.

This highly precise drill is used for resurfacing brake discs, making shifter brackets, rebuilding gear linkages and there are two main types – horizontal milling machines and vertical milling machines. Which one will best suit your business requires an assessment of the advantages of each machine and how it will increase your productivity and profitability. We take a look at some popular models.


The Sieg SU1 Hi Torque is versatile in that it easily converts for both vertical and horizontal milling. Fairly new to the market, the compact design, variable speed and heavy-duty construction is already placing this model high on astute buyers’ purchase lists.


The Turret Mill model by Hafco, the BM-53VE is a vertical milling machine which includes a digital speed readout display. Features include a Z-axis powered elevating motor, X and Y axis power feeds, coolant system and slideway covers. This manufacturer is growing in popularity, so worth a look. 


The Maxport Taiwanese Turret Mill is another worth considering. It features a riser block, one shot lube, 1270 x 250 table and variable speeds. This new Maxport is priced around $5,500 ex GST and stock is available in Australia.


The Metalmaster Turret Milling Machine Model BM90-VE is another vertical mill, manufactured in Taiwan and priced new around $30,000. It features the very high quality Yaskawa spindle speed controller and 3 axis digital readout. In this price range you may be looking for equipment finance so head to our finance page for more information.


The Kiheung bed type milling machine model Point U7 is in the top price category $150,00 to $170,000 but the features and exacting engineering standards in manufacture make it worth the spend. The machine uses heavy duty universal bi-rotary heads which can be adjusted to any angle.


The Optimum BF-20LV mill drill has a geared and tilting head and electronic variable speeds. A neat unit at an affordable price!


Metex is one of the fastest-growing manufacturers in this field and with the quality of products such as the Pro MP30L milling machine, its little wonder. This variable speed mill drill has a geared head and can be used for a wide range of applications.

To review even more milling machines to make your selection, head online for a dealer in Australia near you. If you need finance, head to our finance web page for info on getting the best machinery finance.