Safety Information


Smithy machines are proven to be safe and reliable; however, if abused or operated improperly, any machine can cause injury. Please read the information below before you start machining. Proper use will create a safe working environment and prolong the life of your machine.

Symbols Used In Your Manual

The symbols below draw attention to specific operating issues.  Potential hazard, unsafe situation, or potential


Equipment damage that may result in injury to yourself or damage to your machine.


Hazardous situation which if not avoided could result in series injury or death. Potential hazard, unsafe situation, or equipment damage


Could result in death or serious injury. Alerts user to helpful and proper ! NOTICE ! operating instructions.

Shop Safety Rules

Your workshop is only as safe as you make it. Take responsibility for the safety of those who use or visit it. This list of rules is by no means complete, so remember that common sense is a must.


Smithy strongly discourages the use of casters or wheels on metal-working machine benches. The weight of the machine could result in the bench tipping while being moved.  Once the machine is mounted, consider your workbench to be permanent. If you must move the machine, first remove it from the bench


  1. Read your manual thoroughly before operating your machine. Don’t try to do more than you or your machine can handle. Understand the hazards of operating a machine tool. In particular, remember never to change speeds or setups until the machine is completely stopped and never operate it without first rolling up your sleeves.
  2. Wear proper clothing. Avoid loose-fitting clothes, gloves, neckties, or jewelry that could get caught in moving parts. If you have long hair, tie it up or otherwise keep it from getting into the machine. Always wear non-slip footwear.
  3. Protect yourself. Use ANSI approved safety glasses, goggles, or a face shield at all times. Use safety glasses designed for machinery operation; regular glasses will not do. Have extras available for visitors. Know when to wear a face mask or earplugs as well.
  4. Keep your work area clean and organized. Cluttered work areas and benches invite accidents. Have a place for everything and put everything in its place.
  5. Childproof your work area and keep children away from the machine while it is in use. Childproof your shop with padlocks, master switches, and starter keys or store the machine where children do not have access to it.
  6. Never operate your machine under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
  7. Keep track of tools. Remove adjusting keys and wrenches from the machine before operating. A chuck key or misplaced Allen wrench can be a safety hazard.
  8. Avoid accidental starts. Turn the switch to the OFF position before plugging in the machine. Turn the speed dial to zero before starting your machine.
  9. Ground your machine. The machine has a three-conductor cord and three-prong, grounding-type plug. Never connect the power supply without proper grounding
  10. Keep your mind on your work. By paying attention to what you are doing and avoiding distractions you will spend many safe, enjoyable hours in your workshop.
  11. Never leave your machine running unattended. For Assistance: Call Toll Free 1-800-476-4849

Machine Safety Rules


  1. Stop the machine before servicing. Stop the machine before making changes, removing debris, or measuring your work.
  2. Don’t over reach. Don’t reach over the machine when it’s operating. Keep your hands out of the way.
  3. Turn the switch OFF. Turn the switch to off before plugging in the machine. Turn the speed dial to zero before starting your machine.
  4. Use proper tooling. Use only recommended accessories and understand how they should be used before trying them out. Don’t try to make a tool into something it isn’t or attempt to use a tool in inappropriate ways. Remember to always use the proper tooling for the material you are cutting. Reference a general machining guide such as Machinist Ready Reference for recommended tooling for your material.
  5. Secure your work. Before starting your machine, be certain that your work piece is properly and securely mounted. Flying metal is dangerous!
  6. Do not run you machine beyond its limits of travel. Before starting your project, ensure that your work area does not go beyond the limits of travel on your machine. Going beyond the limits of travel will cause serious damage to your machine which will not be covered by your warranty.
  7. Run your machine at recommended spindle speeds and feed rates. Always cut at the recommended speed and feed rates for the type of metal that you are cutting for optimum performance. Do not begin your cut until the machine has reached the full and proper speed.
  8. Do not change the direction of the spindle rotation or leadscrew rotation while your machine is running. Changing the rotation direction of the spindle or leadscrew while your machine is running could cause serious damage to your machine.
  9. Do not stop the spindle by hand. Always use your on/off switch to stop the spindle from rotating. 10. Do not clear chips by hand. Metal chips are very sharp and can easily cut your hand. Use a brush to clear chips.
  10. Protect bed ways. When removing or installing tooling from your lathe spindle, place a piece of wood or other material across the bed to protect the ways from being damaged if the tooling is dropped.
  11. Keep your machine maintained. Always replace worn or damaged parts before using your machine to prevent damage to your machine or the operator. Follow the maintenance schedule outline in this manual for peak performance.
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