Refurbishing Lathe Cutting Tools Refurbishing Lathe Cutting Tools

What You'll Need
Lathe
Lubricating oil
Dressing tool
Cleaning cloths
Compressed air blower

Due to wear and tear, refurbishing lathe cutting tools are a necessity. Cleaning and maintaining, by also including good refurbished tools is a good way to keep your tools in good condition so that they work for a long time. In addition, since a metal lathe is an electric motor powered machine that cuts, it is important that the jaws and other parts are kept in excellent condition in order for it to work properly.

Step 1 – Cleaning the Chuck Jaws

Use the compressed air blower to blow small metal chips that may be stuck in the 3 jaws and around the chuck. If you have a mini lathe, take greater care in cleaning any metallic chips or debris from the jaws. To help the chuck spin smoothly, lubricate the chuck with oil. After this, turn on the chuck so it is warmed up before you use it for any projects. You need to warm up the chuck in order for oil to be distributed so the chuck is fully lubricated. If there is any excess oil around the area of the chuck, make sure that you clean it so it prevents you from slipping.

Step 2 – Replacing the Wheel Face

As mentioned in the first step, it is easy for the chuck and jaws to become clogged by metallic chips and other debris. If you have constantly overlooked this fact, then you may need to replace the cutting face or the jaws with a dressing tool. With this tool and the guide ring, you can set it perfectly so that the dressing tool is in contact from the wheel. You can buy a single industrial diamond point dressing tool from any good hardware store to refresh the wheel face. It is possible to refresh the wheel face after every 10 minutes you have used it.

Step 3 – Cleaning the Bed and Ways

The tail stock and the carriage should move freely on the ways, so you will need to clean the ways to prevent any metallic chips or debris to get stuck under the carriage and the tail stock. This is because it will be difficult to do any kind of drilling if it is not clean. The bed should be kept clean regularly as a large amount of metallic chips can build up. If it does build up, it is possible that you can get cut or other physical damage from any chips that may fly.

Step 4 – Cleaning the Tail Stock and Tool Post

The tool post should be well cleaned so that there are no issues regarding the tool block. If there are any debris or metallic chips, this will damage the lathe, the wood, or the person operating the machine. The interior of the tail stock should also be thoroughly cleaned.

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