Know Your Cutting Tools: Lathe Tooling Designations

[youtube]Wp09EXLa4xw[/youtube] Whether you’re new to the world of turning or you’ve been using a lathe for years, it’s important to know your tools and the best way to use them. Lathe tooling designations are there to help, but they can be just as confusing as the tools themselves. [wpdm_package id='13034'] Every lathe tool has an inscribed or printed designation. This system just looks like a bunch of random digits and letters, unless you know what you’re looking at. Each letter and number in the tooling designation is a reference to various features of your tools or inserts – things like insert shape, hand of the tool, and the insert inscribe circle. Read: 3 Things to Remember Before You Start Turning All of these numbers and letters can be a bit confusing, so Tormach has a document that charts out all the different designations within the uniform system. Check out the official document. Use this info to make sure you pick out the best tools for your lathe jobs and make your turning even better!


Workholding of the Month: Turret or Gang Tooling?

This is one of the many topics that seems to engender religious fervor from one side versus the other. I personally went through several hundred online articles and correspondences I’ve had with our G-Wizard customers about this choice. For my upcoming Tormach CNC Lathe, I initially had ordered it set up for gang tooling based on my needs, but then hastily added a turret after several conversations with the turret aficionados, just so I could write about and compare the two more fully, and I’m glad I did. Let’s start with some definitions and the basic conclusion I reached after all these conversations and research, and then dive into the myriad details.


Know Your Cutting Tools: How to Use the 5 Main Types of Lathe Tooling

Understanding lathe tooling, what it does and how it works is a big part of refining finishings and maximizing tool wear and tear. There are a lot of options, so it can seem confusing, but it really isn’t once you understand the basics. [youtube][/youtube] There are five types of lathe tooling: External turning tools, boring bars, drills, threading tools, and parting tools. First, let’s talk about external turning tools. They are great at just what the name implies, cutting away the exterior of your piece. This include roughing or finishing work. Second on our list was boring bars. You can recognize these by their circular, bar design. They come in a bunch of different sizes, with one main purpose – to make an already existing hole bigger or to refine the finish of hole.

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