Lathe Safety Rules
- Make sure that the chuck, driveplate, or, faceplate is securely tightened onto the lathe spindle.
- When removing the chuck, driveplate, or faceplate do not use machine power.
- When installing the chuck, driveplate, or faceplate do not use machine power.
- Move the tool bit a safe distance from the collet or chuck when inserting or removing work.
- Don't run the machine faster than the proper cutting speed – consult a speed and feed table to determine the best speed.
- In setting up the tool holder place it to the left side of the compound slide to prevent the compound slide from running into the chuck or spindle attachments.
- Always clamp the tool bit as short as possible in the tool holder to prevent it from breaking or chattering.
- Always make sure that the toolbit is sharp and has the proper clearance. Ask for assistance making adjustments.
- If any filing is done on work revolving in the lathe, file left handed to prevent slipping into the chuck. Never use a file without a handle.
- If work is turned between centers, make sure that proper adjustment is made between centers and that the tailstock is locked in place.
- If work is being turned between centers and expands due to heat generated from cutting, readjust centers to avoid excessive friction.
- Do not grasp or touch chips or turnings with your fingers, but get rid of them using a blunt instrument. It is safer to turn off the lathe before clearing chips then to leave it running.
- Set the toolbit on the centerline of your work to prevent work from climbing over tool or cutting above center and dragging.
- Don't cut work completely through when turning between centers.
- Remove chuck key from chuck immediately after using.
- Turn chuck or faceplate through by hand before turning on the power to be sure there is no binding or clearance problem.
- Stop the machine before taking measurements.
- Before cleaning the lathe remove tools from the tool post and tailstock.
Safety goes beyond a set of information and rules to memorize. Safety is a culture. You live it by learning it, and learn it by living it ... so that you and others can go on living. SAFETY is very important!