Axminster Engineer Series ZX30M Mill Drill

Code: 505109

Axminster Engineer Series ZX30M Mill Drill

Code: 505109

£1,239.50 (£1,032.92 Ex. VAT)

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Key Features

Engineer Classification & 3 Year Guarantee
  • For the serious home engineer or small professional workshop
  • Quiet, belt driven head provides a range of speeds
  • Rack-and-pinion control for head height
  • 3-arm control wheel controls chuck travel for drilling
  • Lockable fine downfeed control for milling
  • Heavy duty optional steel stand (795mm high, 580mm wide, 750mm deep)
  • Optional power feed provides smooth variable speed drive to longitudinal travel

In Detail

This rugged and well made machine with good capacities and plenty of power is a good choice for the serious home engineer, school D & T department or small professional workshop. The belt driven head provides a useful range of 12 speeds, 100-2,080 rpm and is quiet in operation. The head can be re-positioned on the column with the aid of a handle driven rack and pinion drive; fine height control is achieved by a low geared control wheel, whilst the drilling downfeed is achieved with the 3-arm control wheel on the right of the head. The fine downfeed control can be locked firmly in position when milling and the mill also features an easy-to-read inboard depth stop. The spindle is driven by a powerful 1.5kW induction motor via a 12 speed belt drive system, which is smooth running and very reliable. The table has three 14mm T-slots to allow the mounting of work directly or in a milling vice, and is positioned with two large diameter control wheels with metric calibrations for the horizontal axis. There are two moveable stops to control the traverse length of travel and the table can be locked into position in either axis. It is supplied with a 13mm drill chuck and arbor, ER32 collet holder, tools and interlocked chuck guard. The ZX30M can be mounted either on a solidly made bench (please note the weight of 270kg!) or on our custom-made floor stand. This stand is made of heavy duty steel sheet and measures 795mm high, 580mm wide and 750mm deep. Another useful accessory is the power feed unit (700095), which can be fitted to the left hand end of the table to provide a smooth variable speed drive to the traverse travel.

Please note: the ZX30M Mill is graduated METRIC only.

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Diameter of Column 115mm
Drilling Capacity 30mm
End Milling Capacity 20mm
Face Milling Capacity 75mm
Lateral Table Movement 175mm
Longitudinal Table Movement 500mm
Max Stroke 130mm
Model ZX30M
Nett Weight 270kg
Nose of Spindle to Table [Max] 475mm
Overall L x W x H 1,095 x 1,010 x 1,125mm
Power 1.5kW (230V)
Rating Engineer
Spindle Speed 12 from 100 - 2080rpm
Spindle Taper 3MT
Spindle Travel 130mm
Table Size 730 x 210mm
Throat 202mm
T Slot Size 14mm
Reviews (2)

Reviews (2)



6 September 2015


Love my milling machine for my Model Engineering seems very accurate.
Drilling and Milling is with a breeze.
The only Downfall is the Dials need to be a good at maths to work out if they where in Metric be a great machine but so far that's the only downside


3 August 2015

Pleased with ZX-30M

Thought i'd better put up the good news on the recent ZX30M after all the noise i made about obtaining an accurate machine.
It's no Bridgeport, it's a light mill/drill and it's not going to win any prizes for quality of materials, assembly and finish. (some loose screws, soft steel fasteners, missing washers, rough castings, chipped paint etc) They just aren't the neatest turned out of items, and that probably puts some off - but it has turned out to be well set up in terms of key alignments. Very much in the territory shown on the test sheet. (pardon if i'm coming over as a bit surprised :) ) .
With decent belts on it runs nice and smoothly. Hums actually. The 4 star rating for quality reflects the rough edges, and could yet prove optimistic - but three stars might seem unduly negative given the price point.
I've no idea if mine is typical, but the quill/spindle clocks close to zero runout inside the quill taper. (less than i can measure with a 0.001in dial gauge) This goes up to over 3 thou on a ground dowel pin mounted in the chuck. There's a hint of movement if it's pulled on, but very lightly nipping up the lock more or less eliminates it.
The numbers suggest a chuck that's fairly typical of commodity general purpose items from Western makers, with scope to improve by changing it for a precision item. Nothing wrong with it though.
The tables while not the sweetest on the hand wheels ( a bit tight to start with) are actually pretty accurate too.
The front face/edge of the Y (cross) table clocked spot on parallel to its direction of travel. The X is out of square to it by a hair over a thou in 3in - not too bad for a machine like this. The top surface is meanwhile dead nuts square to the axis of the spindle as best i can test tramming it with a dial gauge mounted in the chuck. There's small ripple/hollow of around a thou deep in one small area, but it's otherwise flat.
One basic alignment i've not checked is whether or not the head stays square over the table as it cranks up and down the column, but it seems likely to be reasonable.
It's completed a first project which entailed milling 1/4in slots in and drilling accurately sized and placed holes with a doctored slot drill to accept press in dowel pins (a good test of spindle runout) in 20mm 6082T6 aluminium plate with no obvious problems. Time will tell how it does on heavier cutting in steel, but YouTube video seem to suggest the type is reasonably capable if handled sympathetically.
It mightn't sound like it, but overall I'm pleased as it's not the fanciest ever price point.
It's likely not a hard use commercial jobbing machine, but i'd imagine that paying more than double for an Eastern made gear head machine of similar work envelope buys little if anything more in terms of build quality and accuracy. (excluding of course bring a tilting head into the picture and avoiding the scenario where the round column loses register if the head needs raising or lowering mid job)
Hopefully it'll prove reliable and hard wearing enough for my not too heavy use.
Thanks for the help and for taking on the challenge of a questioning customer - it's been nice to find somebody prepared to go the extra mile….

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