CNC Milling Machines for Sale UK & Ireland

At Engineering Technology Group, we deliver a comprehensive range of CNC milling machines across the UK and Ireland. Housing over 70 different milling machines, we can meet whatever specification you require, including but not limited to:

  • Machines with 3 to 5 axes milling
  • Horizontal and vertical positioning
  • Multi-tables or single-table

Our mill machines are supplied exclusively by our world-class associates: Nakamura TomePietro Carnaghi and Stama.. Browse our range of CNC milling machines today, and view our ETG showreel to discover our range of services.

In-stock CNC milling machines

Explore our limited stock of milling machines available for immediate dispatch at our ETG headquarters. For stock availability and delivery schedules, feel free to reach out to us at 01926 818 418.

Ex-demo CNC milling machines

ETG regularly offers ex-demo milling machines at discounted rates. Stay in the loop for these exclusive opportunities. Ensure you don’t miss out by submitting your details here to join our mailing list.

Explore our previous offers and machine bundle deals here.

External reference links: Company websites of ETG’s world-class machine tool manufacturer associates.

ChironNakamura Tomebavius (formerly handtmann), Pietro CarnaghiQuaser and Stama.

Why buy CNC milling machines from ETG?

As an ETG customer, you can look forward to the following benefits when purchasing your CNC milling machine through us:

  • Enjoy expert maintenance services throughout the year for any CNC lathes or CNC milling machines you acquire from ETG.
  • Gain the advantage of next-day delivery for essential replacement parts for our main CNC milling machine brands like Nakamura Tome, Pietro Carnaghi, and Stama.
  • Access top-tier programmer and operator training for CNC milling machines, ranging from beginner courses to advanced levels.
  • ETG is backed by a network of 16 premier technical partners in the UK, all eager to provide their products, technology, and services to our valued clients.

Types of CNC milling machines

There are various options available for CNC milling machines. We supply three main types: 5-axis, vertical, and horizontal machining centres. You can read more about the evolution of CNC machines here. Alternatively, you can read a quick introduction to CNC milling machines alongside an introduction to our CNC machine tool configurator here.

To help you decide which machine will best fulfil the needs of your facility, here’s a brief outline of the features and functions you can expect with each type of CNC milling machine.

5-axis CNC milling machines

5-Axis CNC milling machines represent the latest advances in precision manufacturing techniques.

Compared to traditional 3-axis machines, 5-axis machines can execute more intricate movements and machining tasks thanks to additional axes that enable rotation along the X, Y, and Z axes.

The most common configurations for 5-axis CNC milling machines are A+C and B+C. These two extra axes are set up as Tilt and Rotation in accordance with the desired specifications.

In an A+C configuration, the A-axis employs a tilting mechanism around the X-axis, while the C-axis typically refers to the machine table, which undergoes a 360° rotation around the Z-axis.

The use of additional rotational axes allows the cutting tool to approach the workpiece from various angles and orientations, enabling the machine to access intricate features and contours that would otherwise be unattainable.

These machines have become more user-friendly and easier to program in recent years thanks to CAD/CAM software. You can learn more about 5 Axis CNC machining here.

Browse our cutting-edge 5-axis machines today.


Vertical machining centres (VMC)

Vertical machining centres are the most commonly used CNC milling machine owing to their versatility, affordability, and reliability. They come in two primary variations: turret mills and bed mills. In both variations, the cutting tool is positioned vertically.

In a turret-style vertical machining centre, the bed remains stationary while the spindle moves. In bed mills, the workpiece moves along the bed.

Vertical machining centres are commonly used for mass-production projects that require high precision. They’re primarily found in sectors like automotive and aerospace, where they excel in the efficient, accurate production of intricately engineered components, you can view our Vertical Machining Centre Buying Guide.

Discover our top-notch vertical machining centres from industry leaders like Quaser, Chiron, Axile, and Vulcan. Experience cutting-edge technology and precision engineering in every machine.

Horizontal machining centres (HMC)

Horizontal CNC milling machines have a spindle that moves in a horizontal orientation. They are most often used for milling grooves and slots, and for shaping flat surfaces.

These types of machines are generally larger than VMCs and more costly to purchase and maintain. They are ideal for continuous production as the horizontal orientation means that chips fall away easily as the machine works; it also allows for a two-pallet work changer set-up, so you can cue the next job as the current job is being machined.

HMCs have a higher load capacity than VMCs as there is no additional downward pressure exerted on the table by the spindle. This makes them well suited for machining heavy, bulky workpieces.

You can view, and learn more about our horizontal machining centres, and view more of our range here.

How we find the right CNC milling machine for your application


Our expertise is delivering the turnkey solution to your business.


How do we deliver this turnkey solution?


Evaluate – We discuss with you your requirement and assess all variables during an evaluation; this will include process requirements, machine specification through to workpiece and CNC workholding. We will then offer and deliver to you the best manufacturing solution available. The goal is increased productivity and profitability.


Design – Implement a machining process that will allow you to work faster, more efficiently and at a lower cost. Creating a process strategy which considers clamping positions/axes, machine-tool compatibility, process tooling, loading, automation and more.


Capability – Enhance cycle times and increase component quality. This capability is achieved through tool-selection, automation, software, CNC programming, collision checking, measuring and prototype testing.


Implementation – Implement and deliver the CNC operational cell, on schedule and to budget. Training is either provided on-site or at one of our regionally located Technical Academies.


Aftercare – Once your Turnkey Solution is delivered, ETG will remain your trusted partner delivering comprehensive aftercare, including service and maintenance, by our large team of skilled service engineers, located across the UK and Ireland.

As well as comprehensive maintenance and repair packages, ETG also provide preventative maintenance programmes, equipping you with the knowledge needed to prevent breakages and extend machine life cycles.

All assured with in-house stocked OEM spare parts.

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I choose the right CNC milling machine for my needs?

There are various factors to consider when choosing CNC milling machines. Among the most important are:

  • What material will you be working with?
  • What’s your budget?
  • What machine size can you accommodate?
  • The work capacity and production volume you want to achieve
  • Which CAD/CAM software you want to use?
  • What cutting machine or technology do you want to employ?
  • What type of control system do you want, whether that’s Heidenhain, Fanuc, or Siemens?


Space is at a premium; what is the smallest footprint available for a HMC?

HMCs are large CNC milling machines by nature. If you’re looking for a compact option, however, the Quaser HX404  has the smallest footprint at 4915 x 2365 x 2895.

These machines are among the best-selling horizontal CNC Milling machines in Europe, delivering powerful, accurate machining with state-of-the-art technology.


Cost efficiency is an important factor; which CNC milling machines should I be considering?

If you’re looking for a cost-efficient CNC milling solution, be sure to check the supplier’s reputation. Assess your needs and consider your budget. Be sure to take into account any maintenance costs and the depreciation rate of the machine.

At ETG, we offer a range of our cost-efficient showroom machines and tools for sale with limited hours of demonstration use and available for immediate delivery.


What are the advantages of buying a CNC milling machine from the same manufacturer as my other machines?

There are many benefits to choosing a CNC milling machine from the same manufacturer as your current factory setup.

For starters, the familiarity you already have with your existing machine’s capabilities will enable you to achieve greater precision, accuracy, and versatility with your new machine right from its installation.

This familiarity will also help you with using the new machine’s controls, as machines from the same manufacturer often use similar programming.

In addition, any simulated models or prototypes produced by your new milling machine will be compatible with your existing machines, increasing scalability; you’ll also benefit from the shared capabilities and tooling options of having multiple machines from the same manufacturer.


What things do I need to consider prior to the installation and setup of a new CNC milling machine?

Preparation is key for a successful installation with minimum disruption to your existing operation. Things to consider prior to the purchase and installation of your new machine are:

  • Electrical supply – is it sufficient to support the demands of a new machine, and how will you get power to the machine?
  • Layout – where will the new machine go; where will you position it in relation to your existing machines, and how will this affect your overall operation?
  • Check your foundations – are they sound enough to take the additional weight of a new machine
  • Access – Is there access to the necessary lifting equipment?


What maintenance do CNC milling machines require?

Routine maintenance of CNC milling machines is essential to ensure your machine is running at optimum efficiency and is safe for operators to use. This includes maintenance activities such as regular inspections or machine servicing.

Routine maintenance is an important part of keeping systems up-to-date and functional. It should be carried out on a regular basis, whether that be daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly.

There are three main strategies most facilities follow when it comes to machine maintenance:

  • Preventive maintenance (PM)
  • Predictive maintenance (PdM)
  • Corrective maintenance (CM)

At ETG, we provide customers with Professional machine tool service and preventative maintenance as part of our Support Agreement packages as well as access to industry-leading technical support and next-day delivery on OEM spare parts.


Will ETG oversee the delivery, installation, and setup of my new CNC milling machine?

Yes, at ETG, we provide a complete solution from CNC milling machine delivery to installation and turnkey.


Is it possible to see a machine in action before I make my purchase?

Yes, contact us to arrange a visit to our showroom, where you can view our selection of CNC milling machines and see them in action before making your decision