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  1. Lathes in the woodworking industry
  2. Areas of application for wood lathes
  3. Overview of manufacturers of woodworking lathes
Second-hand wood lathe in a workshop

Lathes in the woodworking industry

There are special types of lathes used for woodworking, which are somewhat different from those used for metalworking. The best-known is the turning lathe, where the tools are guided by hand. Turned wood components are usually made in large batch sizes in industrial production. Therefore, it is necessary to use automatic or semi-automatic lathes for processing wood.

There is a difference between CNC-controlled lathes, machines with cycle control and copy lathes.
  • Tools are often guided by hand
  • Automatic lathes are used for large batches
  • High demand for woodworking, especially for small, cylindrical components
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A fully-automatic lathe is well suited to produce balls, furniture knobs, toys and other cylindrical, turned, wood components. The materials can be fed in automatically if there is an integrated magazine. These magazines are commonly used in industrial production because they can produce 180-1500 components in an hour. The electronic control of these machines is simple to operate. The electronic drive allows for an exact and quick feed. The copy lathe is, strictly speaking, a milling machine. The hard metal copy mill works with a rotational speed of around 3,500 U/min. This allows for an excellent surface quality to be produced, even with soft wood. An electric brake for the milling spindle is common. The highly-precise spindle support and a stable, vibration-free machine bed allows for high cutting speeds to be reached.

HEMPEL Lathe in use

Areas of application for wood lathes

Small, cylindrical components are often required in the woodworking industry. The toy industry is a sector where wood is commonly used. Lathes are required to mass produce components that have special processing requirements. In addition to copy lathes, lathes with cycle control can also produce the exact same component in large numbers. The cycle controlled lathes work with stops, cam discs or various other steering features that help shape the component into its desired form. CNC-controlled lathes are used for mass production in the woodworking industries. Large quantities of diverse wood products can be produced on these machines.

The advantage of CNC-controlled lathes is their flexibility to produce different types of components. Wood peelings, rosettes and slices can be produced by using a cross slide. These machines contain a cross support, just like CNC-controlled lathes. In addition to these machines, there are also conventionally designed machines. These look like metalworking lathes: they have a gear mechanism; a compound slide for the tools; and a tailstock to process the workpieces between two points.
Detail of a second-hand wood lathe
A good example for the use of lathes is the production of furniture knobs, which are required in a variety of forms.

Overview of manufacturers of woodworking lathes

There are a number of companies who have focused their production on woodworking lathes. This includes several well-known manufacturers like KILLINGER, GRIGGIO, COMEV, FULPOW, HMW HOLZDREHTECHNIK, WEILER or HESTIKA.
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