One horizontal milling machine can be as productive as three vertical milling machines. The spindle utilization on an HMC can be has high as 85% compared to a typical 25% for a VMC. The horizontal machining center uses better chip evacuation methods when compared to vertical mills, which means less re-cutting and longer tool life.
Vertical vs. Horizontal Milling. Posted May 23, 2014 by CNC Masters & filed under Machine Milling Vertical.. Even with all the power and versatility of modern milling machines, no single machine can handle everything – nor should it.