Lathe – toolholding – links
Sometimes a cutter on the lathe might involve a long sequence of “toolholding” devices. The terms used here will be:
cutting tool ie piece of HSS or carbide insert
Tooling mounted on the topslide
The most common place for any tool to be mounted is on the top slide. The topslide often has a wide t-slot in it.
The simplest tool holding system is what, in England, is referred to as the American toolpost
fig American toolpost
All other systems using the topslide use the t-slot in the topslide to hold an upright stud.
This is used to hold the toolpost. There are several types of toolpost.
toolpost that is also the toolholder
four way toolpost
Any of these types of tool holding systems can then be used to hold the tools such as:
Tooling used on the cross slide
improved four way quick change
ball turning attachment
Tooling used on a cutoff slide
On small lathes there is either a saddle or a cutoff slide. The cutoff slide is usually found on capstan lathes. Consequently it is covered under lathes fitted with a capstan though in this case there is actually a saddle.
Tooling used in the tailstock
Tooling held in the spindle
drills with morse tapers