Instructions on How to Use a Unimat Metal Lathe

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The Unimat Metal Lathe uses its sharpened cutting tools to shape or cut through metals, in addition to wood, with ease. The machine is capable of operating at speeds of over a 1,000rpm. Knowing how to properly prepare your lathe machine before using it, in addition to learning effective cutting and shaping techniques with it, lets you get your metal and wood looking exactly how you want once you're finished working.

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Things you need

  • Safety glasses
  • Leather gloves
  • Cutting work piece
  • Cutting tool bit
  • Power outlet

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  1. 1

    Put on the safety glasses and leather gloves to protect your face and hands during this process.

  2. 2

    Attach the cutting work piece to the chuck, which is the circular metal piece located at the front of the machine.

  3. 3

    Attach one of your cutting tool bits to the top part of the tool post, which is located above the tool post advance sliding lever.

  4. 4

    Adjust the tool post advance to fit the cutting work piece. There should be enough clearance between the tool bit and the piece to allow for movement of the advance during cutting.

  5. 5

    Plug the Unimat into a functioning power outlet. Press the Unimat's power switch to "On." Use the machine's lever (or button) located above the chuck to turn it either clockwise or counterclockwise. Some Unimats use a lever for the chuck's movement and some use a button that is twisted to move the chuck.

  6. 6

    Move the tool bit toward the work piece with the tool post advance. Cut and shape the metal with the bit once it makes contact with the piece, using the advance to move the bit around as desired.

  7. 7

    Turn the machine off to power off all of its functions, such as the chuck's rotation. Remove the work piece by hand to finish.

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