5-Axis CNC Machine Price Guide


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Factors to consider when purchasing a 5-axis CNC machine

5-Axis CNC machines are versatile tools that can be used to create complex parts with high accuracy and precision. However, the price of these machines can vary widely depending on the features and specifications.

So, answering the question: “How much does a 5-axis machine cost?” is quite challenging.

It’s much like asking: “How much does a car cost?”. Several factors greatly impact a car’s price, including:







The economy

Your location

In much the same way, the price of a 5-axis CNC machine depends on a similar list of criteria:


The size of the machine

Larger machines for larger parts will generally cost more than smaller machines for smaller parts.

How the machine will be used

The application of your 5-axis machine has a massive impact on the cost. If you’re planning to use your machine to perform tough tasks around the clock, a high-end machine is probably the better choice.


Again, much like our car example, an older model of 5-axis will probably cost less than a newer model at the expense of features and performance.

Machine accuracy

Generally speaking, the more expensive a machine, the more accuracy and surface finish quality you can expect. Higher quality machines cost more, but they produce better results.

Material choice

Different materials demand different characteristics from a 5-axis machine, like rigidity and spindle speed. For example, a machine intended for machining aluminium will feature a higher speed spindle and rapid traverse rates. Whilst a machine intended for tough alloys, titanium and steels will be more rigid, more powerful, and feature higher torque, but will likely have a slower, high powered spindle.


Some machine brands produce more budget-friendly machines, while others offer highly capable, higher-value machines.

What to expect from different 5-axis price points

What to expect from an entry-level 5-axis CNC machine:

  • 3+2 machine configuration
  • Smaller machines
  • Less rigid, slower speeds, decent reliability
  • Limited accuracy
  • Generally suitable for softer metallics
  • Greater cost depreciation
  • Budget-friendly brands
  • Smaller tool carousel


What to expect from a mid-range 5-axis CNC machine:

  • Horizontal and vertical options
  • Single base for machine tool
  • Improved rigidity
  • More compact
  • Larger tool carousels
  • More sustainably produced


What to expect from a high-end 5-axis CNC machine:

  • Trunnion or swivel-head type machines
  • Larger capacity machines
  • Greater rigidity, speed and reliability
  • Improved accuracy
  • Options for a wide variety of materials
  • Perfect for harder materials like titanium or nickel alloys
  • Long-term cost-effectiveness
  • Improved performance on prismatic parts

Pricing for new 5-axis CNC machines

Machine range

Estimated price when new

Estimated value after 3 years of use


(3+2 setup)

£150,000 – £200,000 40% of original asking price


(Trunnion or Swivelling head)

£200,000 – £300,000 50% of original asking price


(Trunnion or Swivelling head)

£300,000 – £1,000,000 + 60% of original asking price
Note: Price could reflect just a machine, or could be representative of a complete package, for example, automation, servicing and tooling packages.

Estimated value is based on a machine that is in good condition and has been well maintained.

3+2, trunnion, swivel head:
How much can you expect to pay?


3+2 5-axis

3+2 5-axis

5-axis simultaneous

Cost Less expensive than trunnion-type or swivel head-type machines Less expensive than trunnion-type or swivel head-type machines Most expensive of all three types of machines
of axes
5 axes
(3 linear + 2 rotary)
5 axes
(3 linear + 2 rotary)
5 axes simultaneous
(3 linear + 2 rotary)
Type of
rotary axes
Tilting workpiece or
tool head
Tilting workpiece or
tool head
Rotating platform that supports the workpiece
and precision
Lower accuracy and precision than trunnion-type or swivel head-type machines Lower accuracy and precision than trunnion-type or swivel head-type machines Highest accuracy and precision of all three types of machines
Applications Ideal for machining simple parts Ideal for machining simple parts Ideal for machining the most complex parts with the highest accuracy and precision

How much does a 3+2 5-axis CNC milling machine cost?

Those looking for the most budget-friendly entrance into the world of 5-axis machining may want to consider a 3+2 configuration.

Here, the addition of a tilting table helps position the part to the spindle, providing two extra axes of movement. A disadvantage is that these two extra axes have to remain locked while the part is machined.

Guide price: £150,000

How much does a trunnion-type 3+2 milling machine cost?

Trunnion-type 3+2 machines work differently from their 3+2 counterparts in that the trunnion table is integrated into the machine, improving accuracy and rigidity.

This style of 5-axis machine is popular for mutli-faced machining, allowing components to be produced with minimal operations.

Guide price: £200,000

How much does a trunnion-type simultaneous 5-axis machine cost?

With an integrated rotary table, increased rigidity and increased chip control, trunnion-type simultaneous 5-axis machines have the highest accuracy, versatility and precision of all three types of machines.

They are also generally the highest value and most capable choice.

Guide price: £300,000 +

Why invest more in a 5-axis machine?

A higher-end 5-axis CNC machine will cost you more initially, but if you’re capable of using the machine to its full potential, the investment will pay itself back.

Greater speed, reliability, and component quality will help drive profits in the future.

Improved accuracy and precision

High-end 5-axis CNC machines are capable of producing higher quality componentry. These machines are more ridgid and demand a higher price, but the result is better quality parts, less scrap and even increased productivity.

Faster machining

Spindle speed and feed rates can increase as you spend more, speeding up production and reducing cost-per-part.

Longer lifespans and improved value

As with many other products on the market, increased costs can mean higher build qualities, resulting in less maintenance and a better price when you come to sell.

Better surface finishes

The appearance, qualities and surface finish of parts produced on the best machines are generally better than those produced on more budget-friendly machining centres.

Greater flexibility

A good 5-axis machine might cost more upfront, but it will be able to work with a greater range of materials and produce a wide variety of component types.


Pre-owned 5-axis machines: what to expect

The price of a used 5-axis machine can vary more than the cost of a new one for a number of reasons:

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The age of the machine

Newer machines tend to the more expensive than older machines, however the quality of the machine plays a big factor.

Maintenance and care

Well looked-after machines will be pricer.

Options and specifications

Purchasing a high-specification pre-owned machine that is loaded with options could still be expensive.

Production hours

You can expect to pay less for a machine that has been used extensively in production.

Brand and machine type

A 5-axis machine from a reputable brand will hold its value better than a machine from a budget brand.


5-Axis CNC machines can range anywhere from £90,000 for an entry-level unit to over £1,000,000 for a powerful, high-end machine coupled with a complete package of automation and other extras.

If a manufacturer can keep uptime high and can take advantage of a 5-axis’ increased performance, investing is a smart choice.

As with any purchase, it’s a good idea to invest in the future and secure a 5-axis that has the potential to grow with your business.

A good 5-axis investment should come with a strong service partner, like Kingsbury. They’ll help you set up and get the most out of your machine, train your operators and keep the machine running without fault.