Your Lathe Workstation: Setup Essentials

Working with metal often involves a skillset that people need to learn and practice before they are confident about their work and good at what they do. If you're working with powerful machines like lathes which need to be handled properly to avoid injury and damage, you'll also need a sensible setup and workstation. Workstation suggestions launch as those below are essential for doing your best work.

Use a Turning Tool Holder

On any given day, you may need to use a boring bar, threading tools and multiple drills. While a basic workstation will allow you to place those tools around you, the station can quickly become cluttered and you won't have much elbow room for the actual work that you're doing. That's why a tool holder is important.

However, all tool holders aren't the same; the most effective holders are usually turning "quick change posts" which permit you to stack tools onto one structure that can be turned. This allows you access to the right tool without having to stop and walk across the shop to get it, and because all the tools are in one spot you have a lot more space with which to do your work.

Use Custom Inserts

In addition to the tools you'll be using to work and shape metal, you should also be thinking about what the finished piece will look like and how you can make it look its most best and most polished. Most metal workers end up using carbide inserts to finish pieces, but it can take time to find those you like, because manufacturers often have their own classification systems. A smart decision is to use inserts that are customized to your tools and preferences. 

You might, for example, order customized inserts with certain coatings which will withstand the kind of work you'll be putting them through. You may select inserts that work especially well with steel, if that's the metal you use most of the time. If you prefer a particular fit, you might even ask for inserts with a specific radius so that you're happier with your work

Your lathe workstation is where you'll spend most of your work time and the place where you'll create the pieces that earn you a living. Therefore, it's important that you set it up well. These pointers will help, as will talking with those who have more experience than you, who can give you even more lathe working tips. Contact a company, like Aero Mechanism Precision, for more help.