Lathe and Milling Machines

What is the difference between lathe & milling machine? What are the operations that we cannot perform in lathe but milling?

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Hello Buddy! U have given wrong answer, or may be you have predicted something wrong about lathe m/cs.
the right answer is:

On lathe machine gears can be fed by using special arrangment.. using indexing plate and dividing head.
now the diffrence between lathe and milling is
A milling machine basically look like a drill press, but with the ability to move the work piece sideways.
A lathe clamp and spin the work piece horizontally and use a stationary tool bit to cut and shape the work piece.

sridhar chauhan

  • Nov 7th, 2012

lathe machine h consist of single point cutting tool but in milling machine having multi point cutting tool.


  • Feb 15th, 2013

Lathe: it is 1nhalf plane machine

Milling: 2 plane machine
so higher order machines can perform all operations that of lower order

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  • Feb 25th, 2013

In Lathe cutting tool is mixed in tool post while machined surface moves
In milling machine tools moves while work piece is fixed

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  • Mar 14th, 2013

In lathe there are 2 axis only (xz) but, milling machine has 3 axis (xyz).

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  • Mar 26th, 2013

In lathe machine cutting tool is stationary and work-piece is rotated , in case of milling machine work-piece remains stationary and cutting tool is rotated.

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karthik D

  • Mar 29th, 2013

In Lathe w.piece rotates and the tool is stationary
In Milling machines it is vice versa of lathe.

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Praveen Kumar

  • May 29th, 2013

1. in lathe Workpiece is in motion tool is in rest.
2. in milling m/c workpiece is at rest and tool is moving
3. we can do gear cutting in milling m/c but not in lathe

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  • Jun 29th, 2013

lathe machine are vertical and horizontal type both have fixed tool and rotating w/p.

Milling machine also vertical and horizontal but multipurpose cutting tool is used and tool is rotating and w/p is fixed.

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  • Sep 18th, 2013

A milling machine is a tool that is supposed to machine wood, metal and many more solid materials. It basically is made up of an endmill or cutter that rotates around the spindle axis, as well as a movable table on to which the piece being worked on is fixed. Milling machines usually work automatically, either parallel or perpendicular to the materials being machined. Some of the operations that milling machines are used for will depend on how the mill’s spindle is leaning. These applications include planning, rebating, routing and slot cutting. Milling machines also come in different sizes, varying according to the heaviness of the job. Some of the operations that different milling machines can do include making components for toys, plaques, in cutting metals in workshops and also suspending cutting tools above the cutting surface.

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setty rajesh

  • Oct 2nd, 2013

milling having 2 axis lathe x y z axis.
and lathe lo only cylindrical jobs milling is irregular shapes
ND MILLING LO ONLY rotating cutter lathe lo rotating job

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  • Jan 5th, 2014

-the work piece is being driven by external power and tool is fed towards it
-we cant machine cuboidal work pieces in lathe but possible in milling machine
Milling machine
-tool is power driven and fed towards the stationary work piece.

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  • Mar 3rd, 2014

making of drill bits and gear cutting operations are done in milling machine by indexing attachment.

it is not possible in lathe.

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  • Jul 12th, 2014


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ravi patel

  • Aug 8th, 2014

In Lathe, the job will be rotating, tool is stationery. While in milling machine job is stationery and the tool is rotating.

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