Vertical Milling Machines

Buying a new machine tool is a big commitment. You're going to want to live with your choice of a mill for many years, so why not start with the best.

Wells-Index builds a quality line of knee-type milling machines. With over 80 years of experience behind us, we can assure you that every mill we build is the best and is a 100% U.S.A. manufactured product.

A Wells-Index milling machine demands your consideration. Read through the list of Wells-Index standard features and optional equipment below, and you'll see why. 

  • On average, weighs 1,000 lbs more than competitor models

  • All castings made in the USA

  • Baldor drive motor, made in the USA

  • 3hp continuous duty motor is quivilent to competitors 5hp peak hp rating

  • Handscraped ways

  • Most durable spindle head design in the industry

  • Internal head gears and spindles 30%-50% larger than Bridgeport designs

  • The preferred choice for Fortune 500 companies and US Military

  • Made in the USA, competitors use inferior parts and components imported from Taiwan and China

  • Fully customizable according to your requirements

Model 747-2, 747-2B (w/ Ballscrews on X & Y Axis)

Model 747-2B, with Ballscrews on X & Y Axis


  • Variable speed head with exclusive direct lever control for quick. easy speed adjustment.

  • Precision vernier scale for quick depth setting.

  • Rigid overarm on wide dovetails.

  • The spindle is supported by four (4) angular contact bearings for added rigidity and precision.

  • Stronger head clamping than usually found.

  • 3 3/8" quill with the choice of #30 MMT or R-8 spindle taper.

  • Heavier than usual 10" x 48" table with coolant channels and 34" of travel. Available in manual or with optional power speed.

  • One-shot lube system.

  • Heavy-duty saddle.

  • Full hand wheels have large dials which are graduated in increments of .001

  • A power quill feed that is available at all spindle speeds and rated for a 5/8" diameter drill. 60% greater than most knee-type mills.

  • Large, heavily ribbed knee with wide ways.

  • Way covers.

  • Massive column and base for maximum machine rigidity.

Optional Extras:

  • 30 MMT and other spindle taper options are available.

  • Longitudinal, cross, or knee power feeds.

  • Flood coolant systems.

  • Right-angle milling head.

  • Power drawbar.

  • Digital read-out systems.

  • Riser blocks.

  • Column-mounted light.

Model 747-2B Specification Sheet

Model 847 with Optional Equipment

Model 847 

Features of our Vertical Milling Machine:

  • Hard chrome ways

  • Way covers

  • Dual locks on table, saddle & knee

  • One shot lubrication system

  • 1 1/8" dia. precision ground lead screws

  • Table size overall - 10" x 48"

  • Spindle motor (continuous duty)
    3 HP

Additional Features:

  • Dial graduations - 0.001"

  • Longitudinal range - 34"

  • Cross range - 14"

  • Vertical knee range - 16-1/2"

  • Spindle rotation - forward and reverse

  • Spindle speeds - infinitely variable

  • Back gears - 50 to 525 rpm

  • Direct Drive - 400 to 4200 rpm

  • Tool Trays

  • Plus more

Model 860

860 with Special electrics 4 axis Acurite DRO

Two machines in one! The 860C converts in less than 5 minutes from horizontal to vertical (or vice versa) and simultaneously does vertical and horizontal milling. The heavy-duty horizontal Features all-gear positive drive, with high-inertia Flywheel, 3 h.p. variable speed drive with direct lever control, and #40 MMT taper spindle equipped with draw bar. Also available are many of the standard Features and optional equipment of the Model 847.

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Many other accessories are available. Please contact the factory or your local distributor for complete details.

Services offered:

  • On-site service

  • Complete machine rebuilding for Index, Wells-Index and Bridgeport Mills

  • Parts for all machines since 1940

  • New CNC control retrofitting