Turret Lathes: Flexibility and Versatility
Turret lathes offer greater flexibility and are better suited for larger diameter parts and those requiring a tailstock. Consider the following advantages of turret lathes:
Flexibility: Turret lathes can accommodate a tailstock, allowing for the production of longer and skinnier parts. They also support larger diameter parts, providing more versatility.
Easier Programming: Turret lathe programming is generally simpler, especially for beginners. Unlike gang lathes, which require careful consideration of tool clearance, turret lathes streamline programming with a focus on positive sign only.
More Tools: Turret lathes have the advantage of housing multiple tools in each station, enabling a higher number of tools compared to gang tooling. This offers increased flexibility and productivity.
More Operations and Complexity: Turret lathes are suitable for complex machines with dual spindles, multiple axes, and other features required for intricate parts. They can handle a wider range of operations and setups.
Better Hogging: Turrets, especially in dual turret setups, allow for more efficient hogging. By using two cutting tools simultaneously, they can significantly reduce cycle times and improve productivity.