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FANUC Controls—Setting the Standard for Vocational Technical Schools

Anyone attending a vocational-technical school will tell you the flow of information is like drinking from a firehose. But one way to tame the flood is to learn CNC programming and operation on Fanuc controls. According to the FANUC website,...

Rotary Grinding: Making Parts Smooth, Flat, and Accurate for More Than a Century

Take a look at any large, flat-machined part. See that nifty cross-hatched pattern? Rotary grinding produced that surface. What's more, it did so quickly and cost-effectively.  The process responsible for this pattern has been around for more than 100 years....

Torquing Toolholders is a Crucial First Step Towards More Predictable Machining Processes

Have you ever changed a flat tire? Hopefully, you remembered to torque the lug nuts. Doing so prevents the loosening that is otherwise certain, perhaps with disastrous results. Torquing toolholders is no different. Granted, the consequences are less severe when...

Zero-Point Workholding: What Does it Do, and is it Worth the Cost?

People have used SMED, or Single-Minute Exchange of Die, for more than five decades. Is your shop one of them? Since you're reading this, we're guessing not. But hold on, you say. We don't have any dies here. Our shop...

(NEW) KHV-500 Combination Horizontal/Vertical Machining Center

Kent CNC has introduced the New KHV-500 Combination Horizontal/Vertical Machining Center with the industry standard 0i-MD control by FANUC. By combining a horizontal machining center with a vertical machining center, this cutting-edge versatile machining center allows for faster setups and...

Gateway Community & Technical College and KENT USA®: Computerized Manufacturing & Machining (CMM) Program Training

Gateway Community & Technical College in Florence, KY is one of 16 colleges working to bring better lives to all Kentucky citizens as part of the Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS).  KCTCS offers an abundance of workforce-ready education & and...

Mountainland Technical College and KENT USA®: Precision Machining Program Training

KENT USA® and Mountainland Technical College (MTECH) have enjoyed a longstanding partnership. For some time now, KENT USA® has supplied high-quality machines for the first-rate Precision Machining Program at the Lehi, Utah campus. These machines play a critical role in...

Why KENT USA® Machines are the Go-To Choice for Technical Schools

Why KENT USA® Machines are the Go-To Choice for Technical Schools As technical education continues to evolve, the need for advanced and reliable equipment becomes increasingly important. Technical schools are tasked with preparing students for successful careers in a variety...

Toolholder Balancing: What RPM, Which Tools, Why Bother?

Let’s pretend you just bought a KVR-series machining center from Kent USA. Furthermore, your shop cuts tons of aluminum, so you opted for the 20,000 rpm high-speed spindle option. Great idea. What’s not so great is overlooking the need for toolholder balancing...

Laramie County Community College Powered by Kent USA®

Kent USA® has been increasing its efforts in building closer relationships with machine tool training institutions. This initiative revolves around Kent USA®’s goal of providing turnkey machine tools equipped with industry-standard features at cost-effective prices. AMMC Machine Tool Technology Program...

Come See Us At Houstex 2023

Visit us at Booth# 2503 at Houstex! Register Here. Learn more about our CNC Knee Mill, CNC Bed Mill, CNC Teach Lathe, and Radial Arm Drill on display as we are represented by PTSolutions, a Texas local sales and service...

Gang-Style Lathes: Why Going Gangster is a Good Thing

At first glance, gang-style lathes like this one from Kent USA appear limited in their capabilities. There’s some truth to that statement. After all, even the largest of the series—the GSL-42—boasts a maximum bar diameter of 1.6" and 6" of...

Maximize Machining Center Output With a Pallet Changer

The pallet changer has long been associated with high volume work on horizontal machining centers (HMCs). However, that paradigm is beginning to shift. Automakers and prototype shops alike find that machines such as Kent CNC’s KMH Auto Pallet HMC enjoy OEE levels...

Certified Pre-Owned Kent USA TPR-C2500 Radial Arm Drill

Certified Pre-Owned Kent USA TPR-C2500 Radial Arm Drill $108,950 $84,500 w/ limited 6 months parts warranty; in stock in Minnesota      Features 16 spindle speed and 16 feed rates Centralized single level control for forward and reversal of spindle Ultra...

Centerless Grinders: Making Parts Round, Straight, and True

Centerless grinders are one of the manufacturing industry's most indispensable machine tools. Without them, parts like shafts, pistons, camshafts, and valve spools would be less accurate. They'd also cost a whole lot more. Fortunately, we don’t live in a world...

Machine Tool Technology Programs are More Successful with the Right Equipment

Given the ongoing skilled labor shortage, everyone knows the importance of machine tool technology training. That need will only grow as more manufacturing returns to the United States. And yet, many vocational-technical schools have outdated equipment. Updating manual lathes, mills,...

Buying a CNC Knee Mill: Seven Things You Should Know Before Investing

Knee mills are perhaps the most versatile of all machine tools. Size permitting, it’s possible to produce practically any orthogonal part on a knee mill, especially when operated by a skilled machinist. Add CNC capabilities and you now have a...

Oil Country Lathes are Big, Robust, Powerful, and Precise

There’s nothing magical about the term Oil Country Lathes. That is unless your company has the need to machine massive parts with equally massive metal removal requirements. For these applications, Oil Country Lathes are indeed magical. Named for their widespread...

Surface Grinders for Sale: 8 Important Features to Look for in Your Next Machine

There are plenty of surface grinders for sale promos out there. However, before you pick up the phone or fire off an email, hold up. It’s a good idea to first separate the must-have machine features from those that are nice...

Eight Things to Consider Before Responding to a Lathe Advertisement Like This

Lathes for sale. It’s a common headline on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and many other internet sites. And let's face it, there are some very high-quality lathes for sale out there. But then again, some fall far short of this description....

Milling Machines: Why They’re Important, and What to Look for When Buying One

Milling machines are often among the first pieces of equipment in many shops. They are used to machine surfaces, mill pockets, drill and bore holes, and much more. This makes them a mainstay of any metalworking company or repair facility....

Bandsaws Are a Shop’s Best Friend

Every shop needs a good bandsaw. That’s just as true for the home hobbyist as it is a large manufacturing company. But what are bandsaws? How do they work, and most importantly, what should you look for when buying one?...

Leaving China: Why Manufacturers are Reshoring to North America

The Thomas Publishing Company conducted a survey in the spring of 2020. That was right about the time the pandemic began turning the world on its head. In it, fully 64% of the 878 manufacturing and industrial sector professionals said they “are...

Starting a Machine Shop? It’s Not as Hard as You Might Think

Most machinists with a few years under their belt have at least toyed with the idea of starting a machine shop. It’s a lot to think about. It’s also a bit scary. Where will you get the money? How about...

Down to the Wire: Think Wire EDM is Only for Tool and Die? Think again.

Cut thin to win. That’s what my uncle used to say. He was talking about the card game Cribbage, not wire EDM, yet the adage holds true either way. That’s because Wire EDM (WEDM) uses ultra-thin wire from 0.1 to...

The Largest Kent USA Machines Sold

We stock over 150 machines at our warehouse. However, some machines are so huge that they are delivered, then built straight at the customer's site. Here are some of the ones we sold in the past. 1. SGS-3012AHD Double Column...

Things You’ve Always Wanted To Know About Sinker EDM

A Few Of The Things You Always Wanted To Know About Sinker EDM But Were Afraid To Ask... Sinker EDM is an improbable machining process. It relies on high-voltage electrical current to remove material, so there’s no direct contact between...

RIZE 3D In Action at FIRST Robotics

Challenges FRC Team 1257 was challenged to play FIRST Power Up, which entailed building robots that placed boxes on scales in competitive events vs. other FRC teams. Solution FRC Team 1257 selected Rize One to safely print a functional pulley...

Top 3 In-Demand EDMs of 2021

We've had a surge of orders for EDMs since the beginning of 2021! Most of our customers love us for our other lines of conventional and CNC machines. Our relatively smaller (but growing) set of EDM fans also love us for our: Proven and trusted...

Knee Mills: Three Things to Look for in a New Machine (Along with Some Very Nice Options)

Knee mills have been around for nearly nine decades. In fact, the American Precision Museum has one from 1938 on display. And although the company that built that machine is no longer in business, others have taken its place. That’s because its...

CNC Knee Mills with G2 Control Create a Popular Line of Tattoo Machines

By now most of us are aware that tattooing involves some measure of skill, creativity and talent.  But creating the tattoo artist’s instrument can be a matter of artistry, as well. Based in Independence, MO, former Air Force machinist and...

Trade UP your old MILLPWR to MILLPWR G2!

The MILLPWR control Powerful yet easy to operate CNC retrofit systems for knee mills and bed mills. Faster set-ups, shorter run times and a major boost in productivity are just one "powerful easy" retrofit away. Our new MILLPWRG2 control and retrofit kits can turn...

Ceramic Grinding: With the Right Setup, It’s Not All That Difficult

Ask anyone who does it for a living. Ceramic grinding is challenging work. Still, it's not rocket science. You'll need the right wheel and suitable operating parameters. An accurate, rigid grinder is a must. Oh, and don't forget your patience. That...

How Shops Save Time and Money with RIZE 3D

Production Services Management Inc. operates tool cribs in over 250 industrial manufacturing sites for the likes of GM, Ford, Eaton, John Deere, Paragon Medical, and more. Like a lot of other shops, PSMI used to endure high costs and long...

Largest Kent USA (Manual/CNC) Lathes IN STOCK!

Largest Kent USA (Manual/CNC) Lathes IN STOCK! These are the largest lathes that we have in stock right now. In case these are too big, we have over 150 smaller lathes, mills, grinders, EDMs, and radial arm drills ready to ship.   1. LA-38120 Precision Lathe - 38" x 120"...

RIZE Additive Manufacturing Helps Soldiers Get Parts Faster

Headquartered at the Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey, The United States Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC) is the primary research and development group for the US Army’s armament and munitions systems. The ARDEC team works on advanced...

Hands On in Dayton

Hands-On in Dayton Teaching people the art of machining, one turn of the crank at a time Why do designers and mechanical engineers need experience operating a manual mill, or for that matter, any machine tool? A similar question might...

Buying a Lathe: What You Should Know Before Investing

Buying a Lathe: What You Should Know Before Investing Are you thinking about buying a lathe? One of the first things to determine is what you want to do with it and what kinds of materials you will cut. Are...

Teach Lathe: Programming Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

Let’s face it: some part features are a real bear to cut on a manual lathe. Single-point threads. Spheres and large radii. Tapers and barbed hose ends and oddly-shaped ports. These are a few of the everyday requirements that will...

Machine Tool Sales Engineer Eddie Torres: Opening Doors

Machine Tool Sales Engineer Eddie Torres: Opening Doors Ask machine tool sales engineer Eddie Torres what’s most important to him. The answer might surprise you. It’s not selling equipment. “I have a passion for making friends, and opening doors on...

A Quick Spiel About the New Industry Standard Knee Mills

Kent Industrial (USA) offers a wide variety of high-quality milling machines that are competitively priced in today’s marketplace. The KTM series of mills start with model KTM-3S (step pulley) and KTM-3VS (variable speed), both with a 3HP AC motor drive,...

Machine Tool Sales Engineer Bob McLain: Meeting Customer Needs

Machine tool sales engineer Bob McLain has been in the industrial equipment and supply business longer than most of us have been driving cars. For the first four decades of his career, he worked for a well-known bandsaw manufacturer. After retirement,...

The Tool and Cutter Grinder: Tackling DIY Step Drills, End Mills, and Form Tools

When I attended vocational-technical college, the instructors weren’t interested in teaching students how to operate the school’s tool and cutter grinder. Well, they might have been, but only those smarmy second-year Tool and Die students, which I was not. Fortunately...

Machine Tool Sales Engineer Don McGrath: Solving Problems

If yours is like most shops, chances are good that a machine tool sales engineer visits on a regular basis. Probably more than one. The question is, do you trust them? Are they knowledgeable, or just fast talkers? If the...

The Grinders that Stand the Test of Time

Let me begin by stating I am not a machinist, nor have I ever operated a machine for a living. I’m that dirty guy who you hate to talk to, but love to call when there is a problem –...

Sinker EDM: Burning Where No EDM Has Burned Before

Sinker EDM: Burning Where No EDM Has Burned Before Sinker EDM is a seemingly magical process. For example, what other machining technology can cut square internal corners, deep ribs and pockets, and paper-thin slots, all using a simple chunk of...

Centerless Grinders: Much Safer Than They Once Were

Centerless Grinders: Much Safer Than They Once Were When I was a boy, my father told me about his time operating centerless grinders. He worked at a machine shop while attending art school, and later became a commercial artist. In...

Cylindrical Grinders: Production Ready

Cylindrical Grinders: Production Ready My brother-in-law was responsible for the shops’ two cylindrical grinders. Both were Myford model MG12-HPs, built in 1975. He bragged that he could hold a tenth all day long, no sweat, and he usually did. I...

COVID-19 Response

Kent Industrial USA Inc. (KENT) plays a vital role in the supply chain for the Critical Manufacturing Sector with ongoing support for production in numerous crucial components used in the medical, food, defense and energy sector. During this crisis, KENT,...

Radial Arm Drill: Just the Ticket for Drilling and Tapping Big Holes

Radial Arm Drill: Just the Ticket for Drilling and Tapping Big Holes One of my first jobs was operating a radial arm drill for a sheet metal fabricator in Minnesota. I made $2.30 an hour. The company’s since gone out of...

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