Movements of the Vertical Mill Head - 4: Moving the Turret
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Milling work comes in many sizes and configurations. You can hardly tell what may be presented to you for machining someday. Sometimes you may have to work with parts that are quite large and cumbersome and just getting them fixed to the milling table is a chore. This is where the vertical milling machine can show its flexibility. The head of the machine can be moved to the work area if the work area can not be moved to the head of the machine. This is accomplished with the turret and ram.

The turret allows the head and the ram to swivel clockwise or counter clockwise when viewed from above. To rotate the turret, loosen four bolts - two on each side. Rotate the turret by hand, note the protractor. Re-tighten the four bolts.

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