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THE VERTICAL MILLER (3)

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Using a guard or a number of guards is very important as this will further ensure safety. When the machine is being operated the guards protect the machine operator by preventing hot cuttings of steel/material flying outwards. The guards can be 'swung' open and closed.
The operator should wear the usual safety clothing and goggles.

 

The machine head can be lowered and even used like a drilling machine, by turning the adjusting handles. Some milling machines do not have these. Normally, if the height of the head is altered it is then bolted/locked in position.

   

 

   

A large range of cutters are available but one of the more useful is the ‘fly-cutter’. In schools they are used to lightly skim the surface of aluminium castings, resulting in a level surface.
The distance from the centre of the fly cutter to the cutting tool can be alter by loosening the adjusting screw and sliding the shaft backwards or forwards.

   

QUESTIONS:
1. Draw a simplified diagram of the vertical miller and label all the important parts.
2. Explain the need for safety when using this type of machine. You may wish to describe the type of safety clothing required.
3. Describe how you have used a vertical miller in one of your projects.

   
 
   

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