Spindle speed variation (SSV) is one of a number of promising strategies to suppress chatter. Most previous research on SSV stability analysis for nonintermittent machining processes has focused on stationary-bar boring or turning. However, nonintermittent rotating-tool machining is also a common process. This paper investigates the effect of SSV in nonintermittent rotating-tool machining, using rotating-bar boring as an example. This paper takes advantage of the rotating-frame approach and the resulting constant delay in the angle domain to investigate the SSV effect on system stability for rotating-bar boring. The results show that the SSV effect on rotating-bar boring flattens the stability lobes and lifts the tangential stability limits.