Position cross slide of a lathe


Position, by turning a specific lever, the cross slide of a lathe machine perpendicularly, calculating the size of the workpiece and the type of lathe cutting tools used for ideal positioning.

Alternative labels

situate cross slide of a lathe
fix milling machine cross slide
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locate milling machine cross slide
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post cross slide of a lathe
post milling machine cross slide

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Relationships with occupations

Essential skill

Position cross slide of a lathe is an essential skill of the following occupations:

Metalworking lathe operator: Metalworking lathe operators set up and tend a metalworking lathe manually, which is responsible for cutting metal to its desired size and shape by usage of a gear train or a swapping gear that propels the main lead-screw at a variable speed ratio, thus rotating the metal workpiece on its axis, facilitating the cutting process. They check the lathe equipment for wear and handle the metal workpieces as they have been cut by the lathe.
Woodturner: Woodturners use a lathe to remove superfluous material from wood. The lathe turns the workpiece around its axis, as shape tools are used to obtain the desired shape.

Optional skill

Position cross slide of a lathe is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this skill may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Veneer slicer operator: Veneer slicer operators slice lumber into thin sheets to be used as a cover for other materials, such as particle board or fibre board. Veneer slicers may use various machines to obtain different cuts of wood: a rotary lathe to produce cuts peripendicular to the growth rings, a slicing machine to create plank-like cuts, or a half-round lathe which gives the operator the freedom to make a selection of the most interesting cuts.




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Last updated on September 20, 2022