Mini Lathe User Guide
Shop Area: Metal Shop
Tool: Mini Lathe
Requires in-person training: Yes
UG 130-08, Rev. 0
- Always wear approved safety glasses or face shield while operating the equipment.
- Before operating equipment, remove tie, rings, watches and other jewelry, and roll sleeves up past the
- elbows. Remove all loose clothing and confine long hair.
- Non-slip footwear or anti-skid floor strips are recommended.
- Closed toe shoes are required when working in a shop area.
- Do not wear gloves while operating the equipment.
- Make all machine adjustments or maintenance with the machine unplugged from the power source.
- Always power off machine when not in use.
- Never operate with unbalanced tooling or spindle fixtures.
- Remove all tools (wrenches, chuck keys, etc.) from spindle and machine surface before starting operations; loose items can become dangerous projectiles.
- Use adequate work clamping; loose workpieces can become dangerous projectiles.
- Protect your hands. Stop machine spindle and ensure machine motion has stopped before:
- Reaching into any part of the machine motion envelope
- Changing tools, parts or adjusting the workpiece
- Changing belt/pulley position
- Clearing away chips, oil or coolant; always use a chip scraper or brush
- Making an adjustment to part, fixture, coolant nozzle or when taking measurements
- Removing protective shields or safeguards; never reach around a guard
- Keep work area clear of clutter as machine motion can occur when keys are accidently pressed or objects fall on keyboard, resulting in unexpected motion.
- Position clamping attachments clear of tool path. Be aware of workpiece cutoffs that could be cut free during operations and become dangerous projectiles.
- Always use proper speeds, as well as depth/width of cut to prevent tool breakage.
- Check for damaged tools/workpieces and cease operations if detected; replace before re-starting operations as these can become dangerous projectiles. Never use longer or larger tools than necessary.
- Chips and dust from certain materials (e.g., magnesium) can be flammable. Fine dust from normally non-flammable materials may be flammable or even explosive.
- Chips, dust, and vapors from certain materials can be toxic. Always check the Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for each material.
Mini lathe user manual (https://littlemachineshop.com/images/gallery/info/MiniLatheUsersGuide.pdf)
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