Set up lathe compound


Set up the compound of a lathe by tying it in place to a steady position and feed the work material to the compound by hand. Use both hands while turning the lever, setting up the compound, to maintain constant speed for an optimal smooth cutting process.

Alternative labels

build lathe compound
create mill location
establish mill location
establish lathe compound
construct mill location
build mill location
construct lathe compound
create lathe compound

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Relationships with occupations

Essential skill

Set up lathe compound 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.

Optional skill

Set up lathe compound 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.




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Last updated on September 20, 2022