Thank you for purchasing a Sealey product. Manufactured to a high standard, this product will, if used according to these
instructions, and properly maintained, give you years of trouble free performance.
Refer to the instruction
Wear eye protection
Wear a mask
 WARNING! It is the responsibility of the owner and the operator to read, understand and comply with the following:
You must check all electrical products, before use, to ensure that they are safe. You must inspect power cables, plugs, sockets and any other
connectors for wear or damage. You must ensure that the risk of electric shock is minimised by the installation of appropriate safety devices. A
Residual Current Circuit Breaker (RCCB) should be incorporated in the main distribution board. We also recommend that a Residual Current
Device (RCD) is used. It is particularly important to use an RCD with portable products that are plugged into a supply which is not protected
by an RCCB. If in any doubt consult a qualified electrician. You may obtain a Residual Current Device by contacting your Sealey dealer.
You must also read and understand the following instructions concerning electrical safety.
1.1.1.The Electricity at Work Act 1989 requires that all portable electrical appliances, if used on business premises, are tested by a qualified electrician, using a Portable Appliance Tester (PAT), at least once a year.
1.1.2.The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 makes owners of electrical appliances responsible for the safe condition of those appliances and the safety of the appliance operators. If in any doubt about electrical safety, contact a qualified electrician.
1.1.3. Ensure that the insulation on all cables and on the appliance is safe before connecting it to the power supply. See 1.1.1. and 1.1.2. and use a Portable Appliance Tester.
1.1.4. Ensure that cables are always protected against short circuit and overload.
1.1.5. Regularly inspect power supply cables and plugs for wear or damage and check all connections to ensure that none is loose.
1.1.6. Important: Ensure that the voltage marked on the appliance matches the power supply
to be used and that the plug is fitted with the correct fuse - see fuse rating at right.
1.1.7. DO NOT pull or carry the appliance by the power cable.
1.1.8. DO NOT pull the plug from the socket by the cable.
1.1.9. DO NOT use worn or damaged cables, plugs or connectors. Immediately have any faulty
item repaired or replaced by a qualified electrician. When a BS 1363/A UK 3 pin plug is damaged, cut the cable just above the plug and dispose of the plug safely.
Fit a new plug according to the following instructions (UK only).
a)Connect the GREEN/YELLOW earth wire to the earth terminal ‘E’.
Connect the BROWN live wire to the live terminal ‘L’.
c)Connect the BLUE neutral wire to the neutral terminal ‘N’.
d)After wiring, check that there are no bare wires, that all wires have been correctly RECOMMENDED
connected, that the cable outer insulation extends beyond the cable restraint and that the FUSE RATING: 13AMP
restraint is tight.
Double insulated products, which are always marked with this symbol
, are fitted with live (brown) and neutral (blue) wires only.
To rewire, connect the wires as indicated above - DO NOT connect either wire to the earth terminal.1
Familiarise yourself with the application, limitations and potential hazards of the lathe.
WARNING!Disconnect the lathe from the mains power before changing accessories, servicing or performing any maintenance.
Maintain the lathe in good condition (use an authorised service agent to service and maintain the motor).
Replace or repair damaged parts. Use genuine parts only. Unauthorised parts may be dangerous and will invalidate the warranty.
WARNING! Keep all guards and holding screws in place, tight and in good working order. Check regularly for damaged parts.
Locate lathe in a suitable work area. Keep area clean and tidy, free from unrelated materials and ensure that there is adequate lighting.
Keep the lathe clean for best and safest performance and check moving parts alignment regularly.
Keep turning tools clean and sharp for best and safest performance.
Ensure that there are no flammable or combustible materials near the work area.
WARNING! Always wear approved eye or face protection when operating the lathe (standard spectacles are not adequate). Wear approved ear defenders and use a face or dust mask if dust is generated.
Keep hands and body clear when operating the lathe. DO NOT reach across the lathe.
Maintain correct balance and footing. Ensure the floor is not slippery and wear non-slip shoes.
Remove ill fitting clothing. Remove ties, watches, rings and other loose jewellery and contain and/or tie back long hair.
Keep children and unauthorised persons away from the work area.
Remove all wrenches, hex keys etc. from the lathe and its vicinity before turning it on.
Avoid unintentional starting and ensure the lathe power switch is “OFF” before plugging into the mains power supply.
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DO NOT use the lathe for a task that it is not designed to perform.
DO NOT operate the lathe if any parts are damaged or missing, as this may cause failure and/or personal injury.
WARNING! DO NOT use the lathe to cut any materials other than wood. 
DO NOT stand or climb on the lathe.
DO NOT get the lathe wet or use in damp or wet locations or areas where there is condensation.
DO NOT use any tools other than those appropriate to wood turning.
DO NOT pull the plug from the power socket by the cable.
When not in use switch off the lathe and remove the plug from the power socket.
DO NOT operate the lathe when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol, drugs or intoxicating medication.
DO NOT leave the lathe operating unattended and do not leave the work area until the lathe is at a complete stand still
Remove all loose wood knots before mounting workpiece on the lathe.
Fasten the workpiece securely to the faceplate or between centres before turning on the lathe. Wrong set-up procedures may cause the workpiece to be thrown from the lathe, which may cause personal injury.
To confirm that the workpiece will not hit any part of the lathe always rotate it by hand before turning on the motor.
Rough out a workpiece to be as true and round as possible before attaching to the faceplate. This will minimise vibration.
Initially turn “out of round” workpieces at a slow speed. Running the lathe too fast will cause vibration, which may result in the workpiece being thrown from the lathe, or the tool to be pulled from your hand.
Avoid awkward hand positions, care must be taken to stop your hands from slipping onto the rotating workpiece.
Keep a firm control of the cutting tool. Care must be exercised when wood knots or voids are exposed to the turning tool.
Complete any hand sanding before removing the workpiece from the lathe. Ensure that the lathe speed during sanding does not exceed the speed used for the last cutting operation performed on that same workpiece.
DO NOT store, or lay, work tools in such a way that you must reach over the lathe, or the workpiece, to select them. Hang or store the turning tools at the tail stock end of the lathe.
DO NOT allow the tool to “bite” into the workpiece as the wood may split, or be thrown from the lathe.
For spindle turning, always position the tool rest above the centre line of the lathe. DO NOT apply the turning tool to the workpiece below the level of the rest itself.
DO NOT run the lathe in the wrong direction. This could cause the turning tool to be thrown from your hands. The workpiece surface must be moving downwards past the tool rest.
WARNING! DO NOT remount a workpiece if the original centres of the workpiece have been altered or removed. Having remounted a workpiece where NO alteration has been made to the original centres, the lathe must be set to the lowest speed before turning it on.
DO NOT mount a workpiece that contains splits, checks or loose knots.
DO NOT switch on the lathe whilst the tool is in contact with the workpiece.
WARNING! Keep alert. DO NOT allow familiarity (from frequent use) to cause a mistake. Remember, a careless second is sufficient to inflict serious damage and/or personal injury.
WARNING! The warnings, cautions and instructions in this manual cannot cover all possible conditions and situations that may occur. It must be understood by the operator that common sense and caution are factors which cannot be built into this product, but must be applied by the operator.
Manufactured to comply with latest CE requirements, this economy lathe is ideal for the first time user. Powered by 370Watt motor with
No-Volt load release switch which prevents re-start after the mains supply has been interrupted. Solid head and tail stocks. Lathe bed with
twin bar construction. Four turning speed options to suit a variety of jobs. Fitted with a BS approved, non-rewirable 3 pin plug and cable.
Model No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SM1308
Turning Capacity Over Bed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 350mm
Turning Capacity Over Tool Rest . . . . . . . . . . . 290mm
Thread Size (Headstock Spindle) . . . . . . . . 3/4” x 16tpi
Distance Between Centres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1000mm
Turning Speed Range . . . . . 850, 1250, 1750, 2510rpm
Motor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 370W - 230V/1ph
Change Face Plate and Drive Centre
WARNING! Ensure the power is disconnected.
Unscrew the face plate, if fitted, anticlockwise while holding the headstock spindle using the spanner provided (fig.1, fig.2 and fig.3).
Screw the headstock centre onto the spindle (fig.3). Using the spanner provided and a 24mm A/F spanner; DO NOT overtighten.
Tailstock (fig. 4)
The tailstock may be moved along the lathe bed and the tailstock spindle adjusted to suit the workpiece length.
Loosen the tailstock locknut (fig.4), reposition the tailstock along the lathe bed and retighten the locknut.
To move the tailstock spindle loosen the spindle locknut and then turn the hand wheel as necessary. Retighten the locknut.
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Speed control
WARNING! Ensure the power is disconnected (some models are fitted with an inhibit safety switch).
Remove the two cross head screws from the belt cover.
Loosen the two motor mounting bolts (fig.5) for pulley and belt adjustments.
Lift the lower pulley to slacken the belt and move the belt to the desired pulley steps. See fig.6 for four (rpm) speed settings.
Apply a downward pressure on the lower pulley to take up the slack on the belt and tighten the motor mounting bolts. For the correct belt tension, adjust the belt so there is 1/2” approximately of movement at the mid position of the two pulleys.
Close the pulley door and secure with the two cross head screws and washers into brackets.
See 4.4.1 onward for operating the lathe.
Speed setting is visible without removing a panel
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Wood Turning
WARNING! Ensure you read, understand and apply the safety instructions before using the lathe. If you have NO turning experience, we recommend you practice until you have familiarised yourself with the applications and limitations of the lathe and the hazards of turning.
Keep alert. DO NOT allow familiarity (from frequent use) to cause a careless mistake. Remember, failure to operate the lathe correctly is dangerous and may cause serious damage and/or personal injury.
4.4.1. Fasten the workpiece securely to the faceplate or between centres. When screwing a workpiece to the faceplate use brass wood screws and check that the points of the screws will not foul the tool during turning.
4.4.2. Adjust the tool rest to suit, ensuring that it is close to the workpiece (we recommend a 3mm gap) and, for spindle turning, positioned above the centre line of the workpiece.
4.4.3. To confirm that the workpiece will not hit any part of the lathe always rotate it by hand before turning on the motor.
4.4.4. Check that all clamps and locks are tightened before switching on the lathe.
Note: The lathe is fitted with a no-volt On/Off switch which automatically switches off if the supply is interrupted (power cut,
socket switched off etc.) thereby preventing unexpected, and therefore dangerous, start-up when the supply is reconnected.
4.4.5. To switch the lathe on open the switch cover and press the “I” button. Allow the cover to close but do not press fully shut and latched as this will switch off the lathe.
4.4.6. To switch the lathe off normally, open the switch cover and press the “O” button. In an emergency push the red ‘button’ on the switch cover. This will stop the lathe and also latch the switch cover closed, with the “O” button depressed. The lathe cannot be restarted until the switch cover has been unlatched.
4.4.7. Switch the lathe on and rough out “out-of-round” workpieces at a slow speed. Running the lathe too fast will cause vibration, which may result in the workpiece being thrown from the lathe, or the tool to be pulled from your hand.
4.4.8. Keep a firm control of the cutting tool. Care must be exercised when wood knots or voids in the workpiece are exposed.
4.4.9. Complete any hand sanding before removing the workpiece from the lathe. Ensure that the lathe speed during sanding does not exceed the last cutting speed used.
WARNING! Ensure the lathe is unplugged from the mains power supply before service or maintenance.
Keep the lathe clean and the surrounding area tidy.
Frequently blow out any dust accumulation in the motor, housing and bed. Wear eye protection when using an air line.
Protect the bed from corrosion by occasionally applying automobile wax.
Regularly lightly oil control and clamp levers and threads to ensure smooth operation.
Should the motor require service or maintenance contact your local authorised service agent.
Motor will not run
Defective On/Off switch or
defective switch cable
Motor burnt out
DO NOT attempt to repair. Contact your local authorised service agent.
Lathe slows down when turning
Tools blunt
Belt tension or too deep cut.
Sharpen tools.
Tension belt or reduce cut.
Workpiece chars at tailstock end
Cup centre too tight or not lubricated
Back off tailstock spindle and lubricate cup centre.
Replace defective parts.
Environmental Protection
Recycle unwanted materials instead of disposing of them as waste. All tools, accessories and packaging should be sorted,
taken to a recycling centre and disposed of in a manner which is compatible with the environment. When the product
becomes completely unserviceable and requires disposal, dispose of the product according to local regulations.
WEEE Regulations
Dispose of this product at the end of its working life in compliance with the EU Directive on
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). When the product is no longer required, it must be disposed
of in an environmentally protective way. Contact your local solid waste authority for recycling information.
NOTE: It is our policy to continually improve products and as such we reserve the right to alter data, specifications and component parts without prior notice.
IMPORTANT: No liability is accepted for incorrect use of this product.
WARRANTY: Guarantee is 12 months from purchase date, proof of which will be required for any claim.
Sole UK Distributor, Sealey Group,
Kempson Way, Suffolk Business Park,
Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk,
IP32 7AR
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01284 703534
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