Taig Tools Micro Mill

“Overbuilt” Manual and CNC Milling Machines

Taig Micro Mill 2026 With Optional Vise

The Taig Micro Mill is an “overbuilt” miniature milling machine. The liberal use of steel in its construction affords superior rigidity and the ability to work on hard metals. It is equipped with a 6-speed pulley system, which yields spindle speeds from 525–5,200 rpm on the manual machine, or 1,000–10,000 RPM on the CNC or CNC-ready models. There is also a new option for a more powerful 34 hp motor that accepts spindle-speed commands for variable speeds. The working axis travel is 9.5 inches in the x axis for the 2018 or 2026 models (or 12 inches for the Larger Envelope 2019 or 2027 models), 5.5 inches in the y axis, and 6 inches in the z axis. The table size is 3.5″ × 15.5″ on the standard model (2018 or 2026) or 3.5″ × 18.5″ on the LE models (2019, 2027, and DSLS 3000). The Larger Envelope is particularly handy if you’re using their 4th axis attachment, which takes up some space on the bed.

Taig Mill 2018CR UNC 300x377
Taig Micro Mill 2018CR

An ER-16 spindle is now standard for all Taig mills; the collets are standard and widely available, they have more capacity (up to 38″) and are available in metric sizes as well as Imperial.

These machines are sold in several versions:

  • There’s a manual version (Model 2018 or Model 2019) with hand cranks and calibration dials that comes factory assembled. It comes with a slower motor, but you can upgrade to the continuous-duty motor used in the CNC versions for a little extra money.
  • There’s a “CNC-Ready” version (Model 2018 ER CR or Model 2019 ER CR), factory assembled, with ball bearings in lead screw bearing blocks, adjustable leadscrew nuts, couplers, and Nema 23 motor mounts. This unit does not include stepper motors or a control system. Handcranks are available, but they aren’t very useful for milling, since the calibration dials have been removed to make space for the stepper motors.
  • There’s a fully CNC-equipped version (Models 2026 ER CNC and 2027 ER CNC), with 200 oz-in stepper motors on the x, y, and z axes; Mach3 control software, and a sophisticated bi-level chopper driver capable of 30 inch per minute speeds in single-axis rapid traverse mode.
  • There’s also a Mill with a Digital Servo Lock System from Taig/Microproto which is only offered on the larger LE frame size.

Ball Screws Now Available

For years, people tried to retrofit their Taig mills with ball screws, hoping for faster rapids, smoother action, and much lower backlash. The right screws were difficult to obtain and required some precision machining to install correctly. Finally Taig decided to offer them pre-installed as a standard option. Running these precision-rolled 5 threads-per-inch screws and nuts puts less stress on the motors, so lost step errors become less likely, while accuracy is improved by eliminating backlash. The ball screw option is available on the 2019 frame only; this model is called the 5019, and is available with the standard control system or the DSLS control described below.

DSLS Option

Taig MicroMill DSLS 3000 Setup UNC 3228x3020
Taig DSLS 3000 Extended Y Axis Mill with New Variable-Speed Motor and Limit/Home Switches

This variation on the standard half-stepping controller is called the DSLS, for the Digital Servo Lock System controlling it. This uses optical encoders mounted on the stepper motors to keep track of their position as motion commands are executed, which allows the system to stop with a “limit switch” error if the position is off more than a certain small amount. This can save a valuable part from destruction should an unexpected error occur. We’ve been testing it, and have found that this system runs reliably given a feedrate of 50 inches per minute, about twice as fast as the standard system, which is useful for those who use the mill to cut plastics and other soft materials. It comes with the ER spindle and two collets, a relay box for software controlled spindle on-off (with M3/M5 commands) and another 110v accessory, such as a dust collector or mist coolant pump, you plug into the auxiliary 110v receptacle (using M8/M9).

This system also includes a license for Mach3, the popular CNC control software that runs in Windows and converts your parallel port-equipped computer into a dedicated CNC controller. Here’s some more information about it on the manufacturer’s site. To run your CNC Taig on a computer that lacks a parallel port (as most modern PCs do) we suggest using a UC100 adapter, which allows it to connect via the USB port.

4th Axis and Adjustable Tailstock Option

For $600 more (at list) you can add a rotary fourth axis to the 2026 ER CNC or the 2027 ER CNC mills or, for $700, you can add it to the DSLS 3000. The standard way to set it up is parallel to the long (x) axis like a rotisserie spit on a grill. This includes a high-quality rotary table (made by Sherline) with a Taig-compatible mounting plate, a stepper motor compatible with your CNC system, and a dead-center tailstock to support the far end of your workpiece as it’s cut in “A” axis rotary mode.

Variable Speed 34 HP Spindle Motor Option

For $500 more, there's now a more powerful variable-speed motor option, which can accept “S” commands in G-code, mounts on-center, and has a wider belt than the standard motor.

Limit/Home Switches Option

For $175 more, limit switches, which also work as home switches to establish a machine-zero position, can now be added to any Taig CNC mill at the time of ordering. These prevent a hard crash when either the x, y, or z axes exceed their normal range at the extremes of travel.

Extra Y Axis Travel Option

By adding an extension plate behind the Y axis and substituting a longer ball screw, Taig has made it possible to add another inch to the Y axis travel, making some projects possible that couldn’t be done before in one setup. This option adds $250 to the price before the discount.

Taig has a good collection of accessories for their mills; see the Taig accessories page for a list (items marked with an asterisk * are suitable for the mills). We’re an authorized dealer for Taig Tools products and can offer these and other products found on the Taig Tools site, including any accessories when purchased with a mill, for 10% off list price. (This offer is limited to customers in the USA.) Please email us for pricing on any Taig Tools products, accessories or lathes that aren’t featured here. We also can sell these tools to customers worldwide — call or email us for a shipping quote to your location.

Manufacturer: Taig Tools

Versions Sold

2018 ER “Manual”

List Price: $819

Our Discount Price: $737

2019 ER “Bigger Manual”

List Price: $947

Our Discount Price: $852

2018 CR “CNC-Ready”

List Price: $1,128

Our Discount Price: $1,015

2019 CR “Long-Bed CNC-Ready”

List Price: $1,182

Our Discount Price: $1,064

2026 ER CNC-equipped

List Price: $2,295

Our Discount Price: $2,065

2027 ER “Long-bed”, CNC-equipped

List Price: $2,495

Our Discount Price: $2,245

2027 DSLS 3000 “Long-bed CNC Mill with New Closed-Loop Control”

List Price: $2,995

Our Discount Price: $2,695

VSS 3000 AB DSLS 3000 CNC Mill

Various options can be added to this mill including an extended Y axis, limit/home switches, ball screws, a DSLS encoder-feedback control system, and a DSPM (Dual Symmetrical Pulley Multiplication) spindle transmission assembly, all sold separately.

List Price: $4,170

Our Discount Price: $3,753

4th Axis for the 2026 or 2027 Models

List Price: $600

Our Discount Price: $540

4th Axis for the DSLS 3000 Models

List Price: $700

Our Discount Price: $630

UC100 USB Adapter

List Price: $150

Our Discount Price: $135

Ball Screws

List Price: $500

Our Discount Price: $450

Limit/Home Switches

List Price: $175

Our Discount Price: $157

Extended Y Axis

List Price: $200

Our Discount Price: $180

Digital Sync Lock Servo (DSLS) Encoder-Feedback Control System

List Price: $500

Our Discount Price: $450

Dual Symmetrical Pulley Multiplication (DSPM) Spindle Transmission Assembly

List Price: $500

Our Discount Price: $450