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Winding Lathe Operator

Tend lathes that coil hot iron rods around bodies of fragmentation bombs.

What does a Winding Lathe Operator do?

Tends lathe mounted on rails that coils hot iron rods around bodies of fragmentation bombs to increase demolition properties of bombs: Pulls lever to move lathe to mouth of preheating furnace. Lifts bomb from stockpile and clamps it in machine by tightening chuck and tailstock. Pulls red-hot rod from furnace, attaches end to bomb fixture, and hammers portion of rod around bomb, using pulling bar and hammer. Sets coil-spacing gauge. Pushes button to start rotation of bomb in machine. Stops machine when rod is coiled on bomb. Welds end of coil to bomb. Removes bomb from machine, using hoist.