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What is the Difference Between a Vertical and Horizontal Lathe?

Revised March 11, 2019

Machinists and hobbyists have options to consider when purchasing lathes. A lathe is a particular machine used for shaping material such as metal or wood by rotating it and using other tools to shape the material. Lathes come in different sizes and are available at multiple price points. In addition to size, another aspect to consider is whether a vertical or horizontal lathe will best suit your needs. For this reason, let’s take a look at some of the similarities and differences.

Vertical and horizontal lathes consist of the same components with only one real difference between the two.  A vertical lathe is essentially a horizontal lathe that has been designed to stand on its end. Some machinists opt for a vertical lathe if there are space constrictions in the shop, or perhaps, as a matter of preference. When using a vertical lathe, the machinist must work in an up-and-down motion.

Conversely, when using a horizontal lathe, the machinist works the metal in a side-to-side fashion.  Both lathes will allow the machinist to create similar products. Typically, those who have experience using lathes prefer to stick with what is most comfortable.

There is a wide range of products that can be produced with the use of lathes including jewlery, baseball bats, screws, and gun barrels to name a few.

At Tramar Industries, we carry a wide variety of vertical and horizontal lathes and offer our machines at various price points that are designed to meet the needs of all of our customers.

Contact us today, and give us the opportunity to help you determine whether a vertical or horizontal lathe will best suit your needs. It will be helpful for you to have measurements handy so that we can discuss possible space restrictions.

We know that our customers can purchase vertical and horizontal lathes from various vendors. One of the many things that sets us apart from our competition is that we offer a full refund if the product is returned to us within 30 days. Whether you are a hobbyist, machinist, or business owner who is seeking to add more equipment to the shop, our prices are second-to-none and our inventory is extensive. We’re looking forward to hearing from you, so contact us today!

This article was written by Sierra Harbin

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