Types of Lathe Machines

In this article we will discuss about the different types of lathe machines. The four main types of lathes are

  • Speed Lathes
  • Engine Lathes
  • Tool Room Lathes and
  • Turret Lathes

So let’s start .

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It is very simple is design. It only has headstock, tailstock and a very simple tool post. It can operate in 3-4 speeds. The spindle speed is very high. It is used for light machine works like wood turning, metal spinning and metal polishing.

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Engine lathes are the most common types of lathe machine. It is designed for low power operations as well as high power operations. Various lengths of the machine is available. The length can be up to 60 feet. Engine lathe is commonly seen in every machine shop. Various metals can be machines. The machine can operates at a wide range of speed ratios.

Engine Lathes

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It is a very versatile lathe machine. It can give better accuracy and finishing . It has wider range of speeds . It can give different types of feeds. It can be a great device to manufacture die.

Bury Turret Lathes

It is a great machine for quick operations. It has various types of tool posts mounted on a single structure. As a number of tools are set up on machine, the job can be completed very quickly with the help of a single setup. A capstan wheel is used to position the next tool. A sequential machining process can be done by using the turret lathe without moving the workpiece. It eliminates the error that occurs due to misalignment.

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Special Types of Lathe Machines

These are the machines which are allows the worker to perform tasks which are not possible in normal lathe machines. These lathes include –

  • bench type jeweler’s lathe
  • Automatic lathes
  • brakedrum lathes
  • multispindle lathes
  • crankshaft lathes
  • duplicating lathes

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