Types of lathe tools


Types of tools used for the lathe machining process such as high-speed steel tools, carbide-tipped tools and carbide insert tools.

Alternative labels

milling appliances varieties
brands of milling appliances
models of lathe tools
brands of lathe tools
categories of lathe tools
lathe tools varieties
categories of milling appliances
models of milling appliances

Skill type


Skill reusability level


Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Types of lathe tools is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Metalworking lathe operator: Metalworking lathe operators set up and tend a metalworking lathe manually, which is responsible for cutting metal to its desired size and shape by usage of a gear train or a swapping gear that propels the main lead-screw at a variable speed ratio, thus rotating the metal workpiece on its axis, facilitating the cutting process. They check the lathe equipment for wear and handle the metal workpieces as they have been cut by the lathe.
Woodturner: Woodturners use a lathe to remove superfluous material from wood. The lathe turns the workpiece around its axis, as shape tools are used to obtain the desired shape.

Optional knowledge

Types of lathe tools is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Gear machinist: Gear machinists make precision parts for gears and other driving elements. They use a variety of machine tools.




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Last updated on September 20, 2022

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