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Taper Turning Methods in Lathe Machine | 5 Basic Types of a Taper Turning Operation On Lathe Machine

An Introduction to Taper Turning Methods in Lathe Machines

A taper turning is the gradual reduction in diameter from one portion of a cylindrical workpiece into another portion as a machining process is done in a lathe machine. Tapers can be external or internal. If a workpiece is confined to the outside, it has an external taper; if it is confined to the inside, it has an internal taper.

In conventional straight turning, the cutting tool travels along a line parallel to the axis of the workpiece, resulting in a completed product that has the same diameter throughout. When cutting a taper, on the other hand, the tool travels at an angle to the axis of the work, resulting in the production of a taper.

For turning a taper, the technique employed is determined by factors such as the degree of the taper, the length of the taper, its placement (internal or external tapers on a turret lathe or lathe machine), and the number of pieces to be turned.

What is a taper?

A consistent rise or decrease in the diameter of a cylindrical workpiece measured over its length is referred to as a taper.

  • Tapers are classified as inch tapers or metric tapers based on their measuring units.
  • Metric tapers are measured in millimeters per meter of length; for example, a 1:20 taper has a 1-mm diameter change in 20mm of length.

What is Taper turning?

Taper turning on a lathe is the process of progressively expanding or lowering the diameter of a cylindrical workpiece to achieve a conical surface.

How taper turning operation can be done on a lathe machine?

The engine lathe, often known as the mother of all machines, is a versatile machine that can do up to 10 distinct machining operations with ease. It’s no surprise that it’s progressed at an exponential rate, and we now have sophisticated CNC turning centers capable of extremely high precision and accuracy in turning. However, when it comes to the lathe machine itself, there are millions of them in use throughout the world, and there is still room for development because it is still one of the most cost-effective pieces of equipment in any machine shop.

Taper turning is one of the procedures conducted on a lathe, and there are numerous strategies for doing so, even with CNC turning machines, and taper turning has its own set of problems. Once it is integrated into any turning lathe, lathe makers and turners utilizing traditional turning machines will enjoy how simple it is to use.

Types of Tapers

  • There are two sorts of tapers, according to the American Standard Association. Self-Holding Tapers and Self-Releasing Tapers are two types of tapers.
  • Self-Holding Tapers: These are the taper angles that, when correctly placed, stay in place due to the wedging effect of the small taper angle.
  • Self-releasing Tapers: These are the kinds of tapers that are mostly utilized for alignment. Steep tapers are another name for them.

Examining Tapers

The following procedures are commonly used to inspect taper:

  • Using a simple micrometer
  • Using a Taper Micrometer
  • Using a Sine Bar
  • By chalking lines

Taper Turning Methods

There are five different types of taper turning methods in lathe machines.

1.  Form tool method

2. Tailstock set over method

3. Compound rest method

4. Taper turning attachment method

5. Combining feeds method

When using any of these techniques, it is critical that the cutting tool be precisely centered with respect to the axis of the workpiece; otherwise, the workpiece will not be properly conical, and the rate of taper will fluctuate with each cut.

Form tool method, A Taper Turning Operation

Form turning is one of the simplest taper turning processes on a lathe machine to produce a short taper. This method is shown in the below taper diagram. At the required angle, the form is grounded. The tool is fed perpendicular to the lathe axis when the workpiece rotates.

Taper turning by Form tool method - Taper turning

The tool’s cutting edge length must be greater than the taper length. Since the entire cutting edge removes the metal, it will produce a lot of vibration and hence a large force is required. It is done at a slow speed.

Tailstock set over method

Generally, when the angle of the taper is very small, this taper turning methods in a lathe machine will be employed. The workpiece is placed in the live center. By this set-over method, the tailstock will be moved in crosswise, that is, perpendicular to the lathe axis, by turning the set over method. This process is known as the “tailstock set over method.”

Tailstock set over method - Taper turning method

When it comes to the offsetting of the tailstock in the lathe machine, one thing to consider is the length of the taper. When it comes to the taper, length is important. If the length of the taper varies, the offset will vary as well.

A formula to calculate the tailstock set-over method To calculate the offset height


Tail-stock Offset Centres

Hence, here the job is inclined at the required angle. When the workpiece rotates, the tool is moved parallel to the lathe axis so that the taper will be generated on the workpiece.

Advantages of tailstock set over method

  • It is possible to offer a power feed.
  • It is possible to get a nice surface finish.
  • The taper can be made to the maximum length possible.
  • Threads on the taper section of the taper can be made externally.
  • It is possible to make duplicate tapers.

Disadvantages of the tailstock set over method

  • Only the external taper may be turned.
  • It’s tricky to get the offset just right.
  • When work is held exclusively between the centers, taper turning is achievable.
  • The alignment of the lathe centers will be altered (steep tapers cannot be turned), resulting in damage to the work’s center drilled holes.

Compound rest method

Tapering using a swivel compound slide will be the second most straightforward method of creating a taper after that. It can only be used on short tapers. On the compound slide, the angle that has been chosen is half that needed for the taper to be included. It is necessary to use caution in order to prevent a bad ending.

Generally, a short and steep taper will be produced using these taper turning methods on a lathe machine. In this method, the workpiece will be held in the chuck and rotated about the lathe axis. The compound rest is swiveled to the required angle, and then it will be clamped in position.

Compound rest method - Taper turning methods in lathe machine

Then, by using the compound rest handwheel, the tool will be fed. Both the internal and external tapers on a turret lathe can be turned using this method. The important feature is that the compound rest in the lathe can be swiveled up to 45° on both sides. Only with the help of the hand, can the tool be moved.

Why should we use compound rest method for tapering?

Even though this technique may provide very accurate results, it has certain limitations owing to the absence of an automated feed and because the length of the taper is limited by how far the slide can travel. It is possible to adjust the compound rest base to the necessary angle for taper turning since it is graded in degrees.

It is essential to know the included angle of the taper that will be machined in order to perform the operation. In the case of two crossing straight lines, an included angle is produced by and between them. The angle formed between the taper and the centerline is one-half of the included angle, and it is this angle that the compound rest will be adjusted for when it is assembled.

When using a lathe center with an included angle of 60, the swivel compound rest will be placed at a distance of 30 degrees from parallel to the centerline.

Advantages of compound slide:

  • Internal and external taper are both possible.
  • It is possible to create a steep taper.
  • The compound slide is simple to set up.

Disadvantages of compound slide:

  • Only hand-feeding is possible.
  • The taper section of the threads cannot be manufactured.
  • The length of the taper is governed by the top slide’s movement.

Taper turning attachment method

A Taper Turning Attachment may be used for longer tapers if the tapers are longer in length. In these taper turning methods on lathe machining techniques, a different attachment of the lathe machine is used by using a bottom plate or bracket. A taper turning attachment is attached to the rear end of the bed. It has a guide bar, which is usually pivotal at its center. The guide bar has the ability to swing, and it can be set at any required angle. It has graduation degrees.

On either side, the guide bar can be swiveled to a maximum angle of 10°. It has a guide block that connects to the rear end of the cross slide and it moves on the guide bar. The binder screw is removed, before connecting the cross slide, so the cross slide is free from the cross slide screw.

Taper turning attachment method - Taper turning method in lathe machine

Usually, during taper turning, the job will be held in the chucks or in the centers. At the required angle, the guide bar turned.

The Taper Turning Formula

The angle is calculated using the formula, tan (α/2) = (D-d)/2l or tan θ = (D-d)/2l

When the division is given in mm instead of a degree, then the angular distance of the guide bar to be tilted is given by

Using the compound rest handwheel, the depth of cut will be given. At a half taper angle, the guide will be set. Using this taper turning methods in a lathe machine, any taper turning method can be done.




Advantages of taper turning attachment:

  • Tapers can be made both externally and internally.
  • Threads can be cut on both the exterior and interior taper parts.
  • It is possible to provide a powerful feed (a long taper can be made).
  • A good surface finish may be achieved.
  • The lathe center’s alignment is not messed up.
  • Because the duration of the work does not affect the taper, it is ideal for making duplicate tapers.
  • The work might be done in the chuck or between the centers.

The disadvantage of taper turning attachment:

  • Taper angles may only be changed to a certain extent of taper turning.

Combining feeds Method

Another more advanced taper turning methodology is taper turning in lathes by combining feeds. Both longitudinal and cross feeds may be engaged concurrently in some lathes, allowing the tool to travel a diagonal course that is the product of the magnitude of the two feeds. The trajectory of the resultant can be adjusted by changing the feed rate by changing the gears given within the apron.


What is a taper in machining?

It is possible to secure the tool bit into the spindle of a machine tool using a machine taper, which is a fastening mechanism that leverages the laws of friction to do so. This is accomplished by milling a tapered profile into the shank or shaft of the tool bit, which fits into a symmetrical cavity in the spindle of the machine tool to obtain the desired result.

How does a machine taper work?

Workpiece pressure forces the machine to taper into place, and friction over the whole region of contact keeps the bit in place firmly. Tool bits meant for low duty applications often depend just on friction to hold them in place, but those used in high torque machining may additionally be equipped with a key system or be threaded to further secure them. There are numerous different varieties of machine taper in common use, all of which operate on the same fundamental principles and provide a rapid, easy, and cost-effective way of tool bit locking that is simple and quick to install.

How to choose a machine spindle?

When tool bits intended for use in drill presses, milling machines, and lathes are in use, they need a secure locking mechanism to prevent them from being accidentally removed. Because operational bits are subjected to significant quantities of stress, a poorly secured tool bit may destroy a workpiece, damage a machine, or cause severe harm to the machine operator if it is not properly secured.

It is possible to produce this locking action with machine tapers by mating a taper-machined shank to a matching groove in the spindle. The friction formed between these two surfaces results in a remarkably secure connection that is capable of sending a significant amount of torque to the tool’s cutting edge. Because of the simplicity of the architecture, bit changes are performed quickly, resulting in increased productivity overall.

Taper designs for light machine usage, such as drill presses, depend on the friction caused by the taper alone to keep the bit locked in place, according to the manufacturer. Machine tapers for heavy load applications may additionally have a thread cut into the two surfaces or a drawbar system to aid in better seating of the machine taper. Several heavy machine taper designs have a critical element that also contributes to their ability to withstand the high torque forces required. In many cases, tapered tool bits include matching grooves in both the bit shank and the spindle that enable a wedge to be used to both secure the seat and remove the tool bit.

How many types of taper are there?

Machine Tapers are available in a variety of designs.

Each of the three types of machine taper has its own classification.

1. In accordance with the Class

2. In accordance with Use

3. In accordance with the size

In accordance with the Class

There are two varieties of machine taper, which are distinguished by their class.

1. Self-Holding Taper

2. Quick Release Taper

Self-Holding Taper

It is important to keep the taper angle smaller than 3° when using this form of taper. In this case, the taper is sufficient to keep the assembled component in place without the need for any additional locking mechanism. It is sometimes referred to as a slow taper.

What is the operation of self-locking tapers?

The cone’s included angle is small in a self-locking holder because of the design. When a tool is put into the spindle nose, friction and other forces are sufficient to keep the tool in place and to transfer the forces and torques. These devices are often referred to as shallow-taper holders.

Quick Release Taper

The taper angle is maintained at or above 18 degrees in this sort of taper.  Because of the high Taper Angle, they need a locking mechanism in order to be clamped properly.  They have a taper ratio of 7:24, which is excellent.

In accordance with Use

There are two varieties of machine taper, each with a different use.

1. Internal Taper

2. External Taper

 Internal Taper

It is referred to as an internal taper when the taper is applied to the inner surfaces of a cylindrical job or workpiece.

External Taper

External Taper is a term used to describe a device that tapers externally on a cylindrical job or workpiece.

In accordance with the size

There are many different types of taper based on their size.

1. Morse Taper

2. Metric Taper

3. Jarno Taper

4. Brown and Sharpe Taper

5. Standard Pin Taper

6. Jacobs Taper

Which taper is the most often seen in the industry?

Morse Taper

MT 0 to MT 7 Morse Taper is a self-holding type taper that is available in an eight-size range from MT 0. The taper ratio of morse taper is discovered to be 1:10, and its included angle is accessible in three different sizes: 3°, 5/8 inch/foot, and 5/8 inch/foot. Morse taper is mostly utilized in lathe machine drill nose spindle, drill shank, arbor, and other similar applications.

Metric Taper

The metric taper is a self-holding and quick-releasing type of taper that is available in seven different sizes in self-holding and four different sizes in quick-releasing versions. Where MT O to MT 6 sizes are available in self-holding types, while 30°, 40°, 45°, and 50° taper angles are available in quick-releasing types. Metric taper is mostly employed in the nose spindle surfaces of lathe machines. 

Jarno Taper

Jarno taper is also a self-holding form of taper that is available in 20 sizes ranging from 01 to 20 sizes in length. The Jarno taper has a taper ratio of 1:20, and its included angle is offered at 0.6 inches per foot of length. It is mostly utilized in die marking machines, as previously stated.

Brown and Sharpe Taper

In terms of size, the Brown and Sharpe taper is available in both self-holding and quick-releasing versions, with 18 sizes available in self-holding and 09 sizes available in quick-releasing. BS 1 to BS 18 sizes are available in self-holding types, while sizes 4 to 12 are available in quick-releasing types. In the case of the Jarno Taper, the taper ratio is 1:20, and the included angle of the BS 10 is 0.5161 inches per foot.

In addition, all other forms of tapers, including angle tapers, are 1/2 inch per foot. The spindle and arbor of a milling machine are both made of Brown and Sharpe taper.

Pin Taper

A self-holding pin taper is a form of pin taper that is often used. The taper ratio of a conventional pin taper is 1:50 in metrics and 1:48 in British units of measurement. It has a 1/4 inch/foot angle included. Pin taper standard, as used in clamp devices, tapered pin, and so on.

Jacobs Taper:

Jacobs taper is primarily utilized in drill press chucks, arbors, and other similar applications.

Is the Jacobs taper the same as the Morse taper, or are they different?

In the drilling industry, Jacobs Tapers are virtually solely utilized for Drill Chuck Mounting. A broad range of tooling incorporates Morse Tapers, including drill bits, reamers, end mill holders, drill chuck arbors, collet centers and lathe centers, among other things. Brown and Sharpe tapers may be found on comparable tooling, however they are more often seen on older tools and machines than on newer ones.

Taper turning applications

  1. Tapers are used in manufacturing to make cutting tools such as drill shanks, sockets, and sleeves that can find, retain, and transmit rotational motion from a machine spindle.
  2. The machine spindle, which is used to drive spinning cutting tools such as drills and reamers, is equipped with a tapered hole that is connected to and driven by the motor shaft.
  3. The arbor with the taper is driven by the milling machine’s spindle. The milling cutters were held in place by the arbor.
  4. Assembly of components such as press tools, jigs, and fixtures that are positioned by cylindrical taper pins.

Tapers, also known as self-holding tapers, have a maximum taper angle of 10 degrees. Quick-release tapers feature tapered ends with steeper taper angles, which necessitate the use of extra locking mechanisms on an assembly.

The Tapers are ideal for self-aligning and locating, and they’re used extensively in the assembly of static and dynamic components in engineering.


What is the meaning of taper turning?

Taper turning is a turning technique in which the cutting tool travels at an angle to the axis of the workpiece, resulting in a tapered form in the workpiece after the cutting tool has been moved. A tapered piece is one in which the diameter of the workpiece varies evenly from one end to the other while it is being turned. The workpiece may be tapered from either the interior or the exterior of the workpiece.

What operation is the gradual reduction in diameter from one part of a cylindrical workpiece to another part?

The Taper turning is a lathe machining technique that involves gradually decreasing the diameter of a cylindrical workpiece from one end to the other. External or internal tapers are available.

What are the different types of tapers?

Taper is defined as a consistent variation in diameter that results in a wedge or conical shape. The three most popular techniques for taper turning on the lathe are the offset tailstock set-over method, the compound rest method, and the taper attachment method.

The function of the taper turning process is to ____

1. Reduce the diameter of a workpiece along its length

2. Reduce the diameter by removing material about an axis offset from the axis of the workpiece.

3. Remove the material from the end surface of a workpiece.

4. All of the above


All of the above

What are the limitations of the form tool taper turning method?

It is limited to cutting short tapers and requires knowledge of either the included angle or centerline angle.

Which of the following is not the method of taper turning?

1. Guide Block

2. Sliding Block

3. Guide Bar

4. Carrier



Which of the following methods does not involve taper turning?

All of the five methods are examples of taper turning techniques. The compound rest in Lathe technique, and also the taper attachment technique, may be used to turn both internal and external taper, while the tailstock offset method is only utilized for exterior tapers.

What is the meaning of tailstock set over?

It is common practice to use a taper turning operation on a lathe machine when the angle of the taper is very small. It is necessary to put the workpiece in the live center. By rotating the set over technique, the tailstock will be moved in a transverse direction, which is perpendicular to the lathe axis, at this point.

Example Problem:

Calculate the tailstock set over for turning a taper on a job such that its two diameters are 80 mm and 50mm. The total length of the job is 300mm, and the length of the tapered portion is 200mm only.


Another formula to calculate offset distance is h = (L (D-d))/2*l)

= (300 (80-50)) / (2*200) = 22.5 mm

What is the best way to specify a taper?

The taper is defined by the diameter of the workpiece throughout its length. The amount of taper defined by the ratio of the difference in the diameters of the taper to the length of the taper is known as the amount of taper. Examples of taper diameters are 1:4, or 0.5:4, etc.

What is the meaning of “taper” in drawing?

A draft of a foundry pattern, as provided by the foundry.

The tailstock set over method of taper turning is preferred for

  1. Internal tapers
  2. Small tapers
  3. Long slender tapers
  4. Steep tapers

Answer: Option C


The tailstock set-over method, in which the tailstock is shifted from its central position to one side of the bed, tilting the workpiece with respect to the lathe axis and feed, can be used to execute taper turning on a lathe. As a result, when the tool travels, the workpiece is cut at an angle to its axis, resulting in a taper. Long slender tapers are best turned with the tailstock set over the procedure.

What is the taper turning formula and how does it work?

The set over length may be calculated using the following formula: S=L*(D-d)/2l, where l denotes the taper length, L is the total job length, d denotes the smaller diameter, and D denotes the bigger diameter.

Which technique is utilized only for an internal taper? For turning internal tapers, the suitable method is ____________.

1. Tailstock offset

2. Taper attachment

3. Form tool

4. Compound rest


Swiveling the compound rest in the lathe allows you to turn the taper. This technique is exclusively used for turning internal tapers, not for turning external tapers. A half-cone angle () is used in this technique to swivel the compound rest, which means that it is rotated in a horizontal plane by half of the conical angle.

An internal or external taper on a turret lathe can be turned by

1. Face turning attachment

2. Taper turning attachment

3. Sliding attachment

4. Morse taper attachment

5. Offsetting tailstock


Taper Turning Attachment

What is the formula for converting taper to degrees?

Divide the decimal inch by 12 to get the decimal foot taper per foot by dividing the decimal inch by 12. For example, 1.2/12 = 0.1 is a fraction. By calculating the arctangent of the taper, you may convert the decimal foot taper to a degree angle in degrees. On calculators, the arctangent is sometimes denoted by the symbols atan or tan-1.

The Formula for the Taper Calculator T = (dl-ds)/L.
Angle of taper in degrees = atan (0.5 x T)

A diameter that is larger (dl), a diameter that is smaller (ds), and the length of a workpiece (L).

What is the best way to test a taper?

An instrument for measuring taper is a taper ring gauge, which is employed.

Describe the method of generation of a long and small taper in a center lathe?

1. Form tool method; 2. Tailstock set over method; 3. Compound rest in a lathe; and 4. Taper turning attachment methods are the four popular methods of generation to produce long and small taper turnings in a center lathe.

In a lathe, taper turning means producing a cylindrical surface by gradually decreasing the diameter of the workpiece.

a) conical surface
b) flat surface
c) both conical and flat surface
d) none of the mentioned


Conical surface

What are the operations performed on the lathe other than turning? What are the types of Turning Operations?

Besides turning, a lathe may do the following machining operations:

Lathe Machine types of operations:


Facing – Feeding the tool radially into the rotational piece to produce a level surface. The facing tool’s movement direction is determined by the machining process, cutting edge shape, tool orientation, and workpiece geometry (either hollow or solid). Roughing is done from the outside to the center, and finishing is done from the inside to the outside.

Taper turning – It is a cylindrical turning method in which the resultant diameter changes continuously. Conical shafts are made this way.

Contouring – It is possible to contour the turned section by using contour turning instead of turning.

Form turning – It imparts a shape to the work by stabbing the tool radially into it.

Chamfering – The tool’s cutting edge is used to carve an angle into the cylinder’s corner.

Parting off – The tool is radially fed into the rotational work to cut off the end of the component. This action is called parting.

Threading: A pointed tool is fed at a high effective feed rate over the outer surface of the spinning work part, forming threads in the cylinder. The lead screw and feed gear system generate the precise feed necessary for thread cutting. This is done by connecting the main spindle to the feed drive motor.

Boring — A single-point tool is fed along the inner diameter of an existing hole in the component.

Drilling – Drilling on a lathe requires inserting the drill into the rotational work along its axis. Reaming is similar.

Knurling – It is not machining since no material is cut. A regular crosshatched pattern is created by forging metal.


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