Boring Mills FAQ

Boring Mills FAQ


There’s no denying the utility of boring mills in industrial applications that require the enlarging of holes. But for some, understanding exactly how these intricate machines function can be a little confusing. With the various components and setting capabilities these machine have, it can become overwhelming to say the least.


As experienced purveyors of boring mills, machinery, and equipment TOS America is here to help you by offering the basics.


Today we delve into the essentials by answering a few frequently asked questions.


What does a boring machine do?


Boring machines are used for applications that require the enlarging of a pre-drilled or cast hole. The machine utilizes either a single-point cutting tool or a head that holds several tools, to achieve the desired diameter. Boring can be used for both the roughening or finishing of internal surfaces.


Why do we use boring machines?


Boring machines are essential across an array of industries. They are chosen for their ability to perform work on larger parts – which makes it easier than opting for another machine tool. Workplaces that require machined pieces with larger dimensions can be routed for a boring machine. Boring machines also allow for ease-of-use when operating on the interior or inner cavities of work pieces. This is because of the live spindle that is attached to the headstock of the machine.


What is the difference between boring and milling?


While both boring and milling are similar in theory, each differ in final result. Both boring and milling are similar in that they both utilize a rotating tool to achieve feed movement – but boring applications are suitable for processing larger holes. Milling applications also process holes, albeit much smaller and less precise.


Are there different types of boring machines?


There are two types of boring machines: horizontal and vertical boring mills. On horizontal mills, the spindle is fixed horizontally and on vertical machines, it is fixed vertically. The primary difference between these mills is that on the horizontal mill – the work piece stays stationary while the tool rotates. In contrast, in the vertical mill – the tool is stationary and the work piece turns. To learn more about the differences between horizontal and vertical mills check out our previous article, Horizontal vs. Vertical: The Differences Between These Types of Boring Mills.


Informative read!
Posted by: Roberta | September 4, 2019, 11:04 am
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