Types of Lathes

AutoMateCNC offers a broad line of small CNC lathes
that fit a wide range of turning applications
These lathes can be divided into three different lathe types:
Set-up usually includes a chuck, tool post, and tail stock. Tool room lathes have the most flexibility when it comes to the size and types of turning operations that can be accomplished.
Advantages of Tool Room Lathes
- Flexibility in turning applications
- Wide range of work piece size
- Easier changes and set-ups
 Common Applications: Machine shops and short-run operations. Often the  best option for garage shop operators. Very popular in educational Vo-tech labs.
Tooling set-up features a row (or gang) of tools that are mounted on a long work table that can hold a large number of tools. Rather than being indexed, as on a turret lathe, the work table slide repositions as each tool is engaged in the sequential steps of the part turning process.
Advantages of Gang Tool Lathes
- High speed, small parts production
- Part diameter under 2"
- Most cost efficient parts production
 Common Applications: Often the lowest cost machine with the smallest  footprint. If you are making small parts, the gang tool lathe is usually the  most cost effective way to make plenty of parts in a hurry.
Set-up generally includes a manual or hydraulic chuck matched with a high speed, very precise rotating turret (usually with a minimum capacity of 6 tools). Live tooling is also commonly added to the mix when a part has complex geometry.
Advantages of Tool Room Lathes
- Parts larger than 1.5" in diameter
- Parts with complex geometry
- Easier to program
 Common Applications: Turret lathes are commonly used when an  operator wants to automate a series of turning steps and minimize human  interaction during the parts machining process.

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