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Knee Mill vs. Bed Mill: Which One is Right for Your Application

Looking for a manual milling machine? Brace yourself, because the knee mill vs. bed mill discussion can get heated. With its Z-axis ram, the latter can carry heavier table loads and take bigger cuts than a knee mill. On the...

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....

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Variable Speed Spindles: Four Reasons Why They’re The Best Thing Since DROs

Variable Speed Spindles: Four Reasons Why They're The Best Thing Since DROs I’m not a tall guy. Maybe 5’ 7” or so, and that’s wearing steel-toed boots. So while it wasn’t very nice, it’s not surprising that my fellow machinists...

Best Knee Mill? Why You’re Looking in The Wrong Direction

Shopping for the best knee mill? There are certainly a lot of brands out there to choose from, never mind all the features and accessories to wade through. Chances are you’ve developed a checklist or maybe even a spreadsheet to...

Chrome Ways: Are They Worth the Added Expense and Hassle?

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: chrome ways. It might not be a pleasant discussion. In fact, a few of you might become upset. That’s especially true of the older machinists, the ones who were turning cranks and...

Starting Out: Plan Carefully, and Invest in the Right Equipment

Starting Out: Plan Carefully, and Invest in the Right Equipment After writing the previous blog post on Kent USA’s ACU-MILL-series CNC machining centers (Starting a Shop: What Machine, and How Much Money?), I got to thinking about my first attempt at...

Starting a Shop: What Machine, and How Much Money?

Thinking of starting a shop? Unless you have a ton of money and willing customers, it can be a tough row to hoe. Still, thousands have done it, so why can’t you? You need a good machine, though, and if...

A Productive Journey – Wisconsin job shop expands its capabilities with a new Kent USA Machining Center

A Productive Journey Wisconsin job shop expands its small part capabilities with a new CNC machining center from Kent USA   Every shop faces the same situation at one point or another. The machine tools are either too large and...

CNC Knee Mill: Is it time for an upgrade?

CNC Knee Mill: Is it time for an upgrade? Just as the day will come when you need a better car or a bigger house, there’s also a time when you should consider upgrading to a CNC Knee Mill. They...

Knee Mill Shopping Tips – 6 Tips for Choosing the Best Milling Machine

Knee Mill Shopping Tips - 6 Tips for Choosing the Best Milling Machine No matter how sophisticated the machine shop, no matter how many CNCs it owns and operates, you'll always find a knee mill on the floor. That’s because...

From Manual to CNC

A manual knee mill is a bit like Sally, the golden retriever you’ve had since she was a pup. You’re with her every day. She’s hard working and you know what to expect from her. And even though getting Sally...

Motiv Space Systems: Out of this World Manufacturing

At Kent USA, we take great pride in the quality and level of service we provide to our customers. Our customers have expressed their opinions on the machine tools we offer: Scott Vanderzyl, Principal Manufacturing Engineer at Motiv Space Systems,...

Easy to Learn Industry Standard CNC Knee Mill

Kent USA's industry-leading CNC knee mill with the Acu-Rite MILLPWRG2 control brings powerful CNC capabilities to the tool room with easy-to-learn conversational programming and advanced canned cycles to empower everyone on the shop floor with greater productivity.   Why a...

10 Tips for New CNC Milling Machine Users

10 Tips for New CNC Milling Machine Users   You’ve just purchased a CNC milling machine but have very little knowledge about CNC. You’re excited about beginning your first new project like making bicycle hubs, clock parts or maybe machining...

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