Machine Tools Why They Matter for Your Machining Needs
There’s an old saying in a favorite book of writing called “On Writing” by Stephen King. In that book, he talks about an uncle who is teaching him how to build something. The uncle shows all the parts to a kid Stephen King and shows him each one and what its use is. They build a box together. Stephen King equates the toolbox to a “writing” toolbox.
There are subjects and verbs and adverbs and adjectives and clauses and all these different tools at disposable of the writer. All those tools go in the tool chest and are used when crafting a work. That work can be a novel or a short story or a blog post, such as this. They are all tools at the writer’s disposable, as they are in a tool box.
Today, every toolbox comes empty at the store. There are red toolboxes and brown toolboxes and black toolboxes and each one of them is just a container. They have possibilities. They can be used for drills and drill bits. They can be used for screws and nails. They can be used for the tools that work the screws and nails: The screwdriver and the hammer.
By definition, a tool is an instrument used to aid in the making of a something, generally an object. A tool can be used to make a solid wood structure, or to shape metal into a final form object, or to craft jewelry or paint a painting. A tool is for work in crafts, occupations, disciplines, and more.
There are different tools for different applications. Wood tools may be different than art tools, which may be different than machine tools. A machine tool is a machine for shaping and machining metal, among other rigid materials. Machine tools have a particular set of characteristics, compared to other tools.
Machine tools have weight and bearing compared to other tools, given their shaping of metals and other rigid materials. They have to likely be more powerful than tools dealing with wood or tools used to create art, though art can certainly be created out of metalworking.
Machine tools have characteristics, history, and function. Those are:
- Machine tools mainly function in terms of removing material from a work piece, often for functionality purposes.
- Machine tools operate a wide array of functions, including threading, boring, turning, and facing.
- Machine tools must be extremely hard and durable, making regular maintenance and repairs a must for quality purposes.
- Machine tool parts that regularly rub together should be well-lubricated at all times to avoid damage.
It is possible to use instruments to build items that are of value, with only a body’s power, such as the use in building a container, such as a box. The box can be built with a hand saw, rather than an electric saw, and can be screwed together using a hammer (for the nail to make the initial hole) and a screwdriver (to screw the screw in).
Using hand power would be difficult for metal working purposes, as hand power can perform a few of the functions but actually welding metal, smelting it, bending it together, and plenty more operations all require equipment that operates on power that is more powerful than the human body.
Those who are looking to repair machinery can use the following terms in Google: machining services, machine tool repair, machine shop repair, machine shop and engineering services, machine services, lathe repair (a lathe is a type of tool that was believed to originate in Ancient Egypt), and sumner lifts.
Lathes, that Ancient Egyptian tool, has been used to create a variety of products including candle sticks, musical instruments, table legs, and gun barrels. There are characteristics of the lathe that must be noted. The drive belt on a lathe should be checked regularly for tension and consistency in order to keep it working well.
The gibs on a lathe should be regularly adjusted to avoid damage and unnecessary friction between the components of a lathe. And a lathe should be cleaned and wiped down on a regular basis, as well as the wiper pads which should be cleaned and re-oiled regularly. There are all important points about the lathe and about tools in general.
They are helpful to know.