MAIN INJURY HAZARDS: Death or crushing injury from getting entangled in rotating spindle
or workpiece; death, blindness, or broken bones from being struck by a workpiece that breaks
apart or comes loose during rotation, turning tool kickback, or flying wood chips. To minimize
your risk of these hazards, always heed the following warning information:
INTEGRITY OF STOCK. Verify each workpiece
is free of knots, splits, nails, or foreign material
to ensure it can safely rotate on spindle without
breaking apart or causing turning tool kickback.
WORKPIECE PREPARATION. Before mounting,
cut off waste portions with a bandsaw or other tool
to ensure workpiece has no large edges to catch
turning tool, and it will rotate without dangerous
SECURING LOCKS. Verify tool rest, headstock,
and tailstock are secure before turning lathe ON.
SECURING WORKPIECE. An improperly secured
workpiece can fly off spindle with deadly force.
Use proven setup techniques and always verify
workpiece is well-secured before starting lathe.
Only use high-quality fasteners with non-tapered
heads for faceplate attachment.
TOOL SUPPORT. An improperly supported tool
may be grabbed or ejected. Adjust tool rest
" away from workpiece and
above workpiece center line to provide proper
support for turning tool. Firmly hold turning tool
with both hands against tool rest.
TOOL KICKBACK. Occurs when turning tool is
ejected from workpiece with great force, striking
operator or bystanders. Commonly caused by
poor workpiece selection/preparation, improper
tool usage, or improper machine setup or tool rest
ADJUSTMENT TOOLS. Remove all chuck keys,
wrenches, and adjustment tools before turning
lathe ON. A tool left on the lathe can become a
deadly projectile when spindle is started.
SAFE CLEARANCES. Before starting spindle,
verify workpiece has adequate clearance by hand-
rotating it through its entire range of motion.
Safety for Wood Lathes
EYE/FACE PROTECTION. Always wear a face
shield and safety glasses when operating lathe.
PROPER APPAREL. Do not wear gloves, necktie
or loose clothing. Keep keep long hair away from
SPEED RATES. Select correct spindle speed for
workpiece size, type, shape, and condition. Use
low speeds when roughing or when turning large,
long, or non-concentric workpieces. Allow spindle
to reach full speed before turning.
NEW SETUPS. Test each new setup by starting
spindle rotation at the lowest speed and standing
to the side of the lathe until workpiece reaches full
speed and you can verify safe rotation.
ROUGHING. Use correct tool. Take light cuts,
use low speeds, and firmly support tool with both
SHARP TOOLS. Only use sharp turning tools—
they cut with less resistance than dull tools. Dull
turning tools can catch or grab and pull your
hands into the rotating workpiece.
STOPPING SPINDLE. Always allow spindle to
completely stop on its own. Never put hands or
another object on spinning workpiece.
ADJUSTMENTS/MAINTENANCE. Make sure
wood lathe is turned OFF, disconnected from
power, and all moving parts are completely stopped
before doing adjustments or maintenance.
MEASURING WORKPIECE. Only measure work-
piece after it has stopped. Trying to measure a
spinning workpiece increases entanglement risk.
SANDING/POLISHING. To reduce entanglement
risk, remove tool rest before sanding. Never com-
pletely wrap sandpaper around workpiece.
Model T10809 Wood Lathe Chuck Set