Spinner Hand

Set up and operate spinning lathes to spin shaped articles.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$23,000 – $52,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Spinner Hands do?

Sets up and operates spinning lathe to spin shaped articles from sheet or plate metal, using blueprints and knowledge of physical properties of metal: Bolts specified spinning chuck to headstock spindle and follow block to tailstock, using handtools or power tools. Clamps metal disk to chuck by turning handwheel that forces follow block against disk. Secures steady rest fixture on cross-slide. Starts machine and coats outside of rotating disk with spinning compound. Positions, holds, and moves long-handled compound lever tool against disk, using steady rest as fulcrum point, to apply required pressure to form disk over and into shape of spinning chuck. Varies amount and location of pressure on disk according to type of metal, shape of spinning chuck, speed of lathe, and temperature and thickness of metal disk. Replaces steady rest with bar tool attachment, turns handwheel to set bar tool and cut off excess metal from workpiece. Verifies dimension of finished article with steel rule and diameter tape. May form wood spinning chucks by turning on lathe.


Should I be a Spinner Hand?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Hand Spinner, Planer Hand

    How to become a Spinner Hand

    Most Spinner Hands have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9ycaaa&chl=no+college+%2854%25%29|certificate+%2844%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,54,54
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