A lathe is an extremely useful piece of machinery that can help cut different things in your workshop. It’s one of those pieces that are essential for a fully-functioning machine shop service, and you would not be able to succeed without it.
Even though it’s highly favored by many shop owners and workers, it’s important to note that it can be dangerous. There are a number of things that could go wrong if the tool isn’t used properly during your machining services. Let’s take a look at a few.
The Metal Isn’t Cutting
If you don’t set your lathe properly, there’s a good chance it’s not going to be able to do what it needs to do. Before you begin your project, make sure that the cutting tool inside of the lathe is placed directly in the middle. If it is off to the side or has fallen off, your tool will not be able to cut as accurately as you might want. Since the tool is doing a lot of work while cutting, make sure you give it breaks and time to cool off so that it doesn’t malfunction.
The Carriage Isn’t Moving the Way it Should
If your carriage isn’t moving properly, chances are you don’t know how to properly work it. To get the carriage to move the right way, you need to master the art of dealing with the tool. You also have to be sure that you’re properly working the power feed handles because if you aren’t, the carriage will have a hard time moving.
The Thread Isn’t Cutting Properly
If you’re using a metalworking lathe, cutting threads are controlled by a dial. The dial works differently at different speeds, so before you start your project, test it out. Try working it at different speeds to see which one you can handle. It’ll also give you the chance to get the hang of working with the tools so you can become more comfortable.
As always, remember to protect yourself with the proper safety equipment. This includes goggles, gloves, and face masks. Using the tips listed above will ensure that you use the lathe tool properly and safely during your machining services. Also, always remember to take care of your lathe. It should be cleaned and wiped down on a regular basis, and the wiper pads should be cleaned and re-oiled regularly.