In this paper, hybrid adaptive control algorithm that controls feedrate is proposed to regulate spindle current. For this purpose, variation of steady state spindle current, time constant and time delay were examined through experiments based on step end milling under various cutting condition. The developed hybrid adaptive control algorithm is composed of adjustable proportional feedback control (adjustable P control), fine control carries out detailed control, and entry feedrate control reduces the peak current produced when a tool makes contact with a workpiece. The adjustable P control was verified through comparisons between calculate P gains and experimentally obtained P gains. The hybrid adaptive control algorithm was applied to various cutting conditions and it showed global stability as well as excellent applicability behavior. (C) 2002 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.