Mini Lathe User Guide

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Shop Area: Metal Shop

Tool: Mini Lathe

Requires in-person training: Yes 

Procedure Number

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.


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