So You Just Bought a Lathe. Now What?

Following is a list of links that include written instructions and video demonstrations to help you get your lathe up and running.
Written Instructions

  1. Lathe Operating Instructions
  2. Lathe Crosslide Assembly (Troubleshooting)
  3. Lathe Assembly and Backlash Adjustment
  4. Assembling the Headstock and Motor Speed Control
  5. Aligning the Lathe Headstock and Tailstock
  6. Lathe Alignment and Micro-Drilling

Video Demonstrations

  1. Setting up a Sherline Lathe
  2. Lathe Backlash Adjustment
  3. Gib Installation
  4. Motor and Speed Control Assembly

For additional, detailed instructions on Sherline tools and accessories, you can visit the following web pages on our site or go to our YouTube Channel.


4000 (4100) Series Lathe
(3.5″ x 8″)


4500 (4530) Series Lathe
(3.5″ x 8″)
with Adjustable “Zero” Handwheels


4400 (4410) Series Deluxe Lathe
(3.5″ x 17″)
with Adjustable “Zero” Handwheels

Standard Equipment Included with Every Lathe
  • Every Sherline lathe comes with a DC motor and speed control, a 2.75″ (70 mm) x 6.0″ (152 mm) crosslide with two T-slots, two position pulleys, a Kevlar reinforced drive belt, an 8-foot three-wire power cord, and anti-backlash adjustment on Y-axis leadscrew.
  • Faceplate, lathe dog, two dead centers, two hexagonal keys, tool post, high-speed cutting tool, and instruction booklet.
  • The 4000-series lathes come with standard 1-5/8″ (41 mm) laser engraved aluminum handwheels, while the 4400 and 4500-series lathes come with deluxe 2″ (51mm) adjustable zero handwheels. The 4400-series lathes also include a rocker tool post in place of the standard tool post.
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  • Turn, face, bore, drill, ream, polish, cut tapers, and cut both inch and metric threads
  • Milling operations available with optional Vertical Milling Column


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