Machine tools have paved the way for technological advancement in numerous fields and enabled a growth of industrial efficiencies and productivity over time. Additionally, they have led to the success of industries such as farming, drilling, and building because each of these industries heavily rely on the use of machine tools.

Introduction to a Machine Shop
  • Machine Shop Work: A detailed explanation of machine shop work, including an introduction and descriptions of some different tools and how to use them.
  • Introduction to Machine Tools: Descriptions of several basic machine-shop tools, compiled by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Each section includes graphics and/or videos.
All About Metals
Portable Machine Tools
  • Portable Machine Tools: A document that lists safety precautions to follow when using portable machine tools. The paper explains how to use many specific portable tools safely, and it describes many of these tools in detail.
  • Climax Portable Machine Tools, Inc.: A company devoted to portable machine tools that are used across many industries.
  • Equipment Financing: A convenient guide to financing portable machine tools and other equipment.
Drilling Machines
Grinding Machines
Sawing Machines
  • Wood Lathes: A page that explores the history and types of lathes.
  • Lathe: A Wikipedia article that provides a detailed explanation of the lathe and a brief history of its use. The article includes photographs of several different kinds of lathes, as well as descriptions of how they are used.
Milling Machines
  • Milling Machine Overview: A page that describes several different varieties of milling machines. The website also includes pages on many aspects of the milling process.
  • Milling: An in-depth look at exactly what milling is.
Versa-Mils (Milling, Grinding, Drilling, and Slotting Attachments)
Weights and Measures
  • Weights and Measures: An article explaining and comparing many different tools that are used for weights and measurements in the machine shop.
  • Introduction to Weights and Measures: The California government's website with links to information about their enforcement of measurement standards throughout the state.

About the Author

Chris Fletcher (aka the Lease Guy). Chris is a senior account executive at Crest Capital, where he manages vendor finance programs for manufacturers and dealers of equipment, vehicles, and software. He's also an active Twitterer—check out his page if you follow financial topics and current events in the world of finance.