- May 2, 2021
When he first started no one told him anything... And he's left on his own at a Hardige tooling lathe making small parts; up until this point he had only done some facing and drill/tap so the cut off tool had not been used yet. The part he needed to make was requiring the cut off tool, and the one they had wasn't in the holder... Not knowing any better he sticks it out 2 in or so past the holder because "it looked right" I think he said. He probably didn't set tool height either, and as soon as it touched it broke the cutoff and being that it was 2+inches it must have have enough inertia to bounce off the bed or something to redirect it back up.
Seriously lucky that didn't kill him, or loose an eye. But after that day I respected the lathe a lot more
The thing that clobbered my nuts was a Hardinge HCT, they are the pretty much the same physical size and horsepower of a Hardinge Tool Room lathe, the only difference is attachments and options. I guess those things can be a lot more dangerous than they look.