Machinist tools are used to cut and shape metals and other materials. They are designed to accommodate
various detachable cutting tools that can be selected to suit particular tasks. After a period of use
and wear, these detachable tools can be replaced or even resharpened. These tools usually cut or
peel material from a workpiece in the form of continuous ribbons or small chips.
Machinist tools, also known as machine tools, are sometimes classified as light duty, medium duty, or heavy duty,
based on their weight. Whatever the duty classification of a tool, it may be classified further as a general purpose
or special purpose machine tool. General-purpose machinist tools can be used for many types of operations, on
various size workpieces; special-purpose machinist tools are designed for specific operations on workpieces of certain
sizes and shapes.
Machinist tools are designed to be either fully automated, semi-automatic, or manual. Their material
cutting motions further define their capabilities.
Rotary cutting machines rotate either the workpiece, the cutting tool, or both. Move specifically, turning
lathes, capstans, and turrets rotate their workpieces, while drills, milling cutters, and grinding wheels rotate their cutting tools. Cylindrical grinders rotate both the
workpiece and the cutting tool.
Linear cutting machines remove material by moving either the tool or the workpiece in a straight line.
More specifically, shaping and slotting machines move their tools, while planes and surface grinders move their
Good quality machinist tools enable work to be done efficiently, precisely, and safely. A machinist tool should also
be reliable and have convenient operator controls. This machine tool vendor directory lists machinist tool solution providers throughout the USA.