Steps to Start a Mini Lathe Mill

With the many capabilities a simple lathe machine offers, it’s not a surprise why people would want to start a business like this to make money and work fulltime on their own. However many people who are open to the idea still question the business process and are afraid to step out and grab the opportunity.

This business article will provide you a simple step by step procedure that you can use in spite of your hesitations. Here are the steps for becoming a successful owner in this business venture.

Draw up a business strategy for your mini lathe mill

The great thing about a lathe mill business is you can start out part time. If you have another job, keep that job while you begin to grow your lathe milling practice. Allocate and block off some time to work on your startup operation. Then draw up a sensible plan of action.

Invest on a location and on a dependable lathe machine.

Assuming you want to start small, begin by minimizing your overhead. Begin with your rental expense. For the meantime, why not use your garage as a temporary space as your working station. It’s a great alternative for a beginning entrepreneur. Secondly, search the web for a mini lathe machine that you could use that fits in your garage or whatever space you choose to use for your business. Calculate the expense and invest on one. Make sure it comes with warranties.

Learn the capabilities of your lathe machine

Read the manual and understand the features of your machine. Look up its parts like the main head, body and tail. Secure the machine firmly so you can work at it with stability and precision.

Understand the tools, accessories, and parts

Next invest on other tools, accessories and parts that you could use together with your lathe milling unit. Investing on several applicators for your machine will allow you more versatility and flexibility to do several more types of machine jobs. Search the web for these add on tools and accessorize. Consider budget as you do too. If budget is a concern, start to invest on add on applicators that have more utility first.

Use safety precautions and safety gear

Invest on safety gear and practice safety precaution measures. Invest on good quality eye glasses, brushes to clean scarp metals as well as gloves, overalls and boots. Don’t forget to also protect yourself from inhaling substances that come off as you use the machine. Make sure you use good body mechanics when using the machine. Don’t lean on the machine when it is spinning. Turn it off when not in use.

Machine Care and maintenance

Read the instructions on how to care for your lathe machine. Regular cleaning by brushing and wiping will extend the life of your unit. Avoid placing it in areas where there is high moisture which will cost it to rust.


Take time to practice. A machine like this needs some time to getting use to especially if you are a rookie. Practice by doing small favors around your community. Offer free job works. Not only you can hone and practice your skill, but you are also sending out signals that soon they can be your customers. Indirectly you are creating awareness and promoting your part time operation.

Ready to take small job orders at first

Once you feel confident enough, take on small job orders you feel you can do and charge a fair fee. Start out small and build your confidence and grow your practice. Build your experience and slowly develop your market client while gradually taking bigger and bigger and more complex job orders. Once your business is making fives times more than your other job, it’s time to go full time into your lathe mill business venture.


  • ANIL KUMAR said on December 1, 2009
    cochin, kerala, India. Please advise me, how to find order for LATHE MILL works, from other companies.
  • nahas said on January 20, 2010
    sir i am nahas i have completed diploma in mech engg, one year exp in production works. crane as a labour. maruti workshops as a mechanic one year
  • L.R.Nagaraj said on February 6, 2010
    dear sir, I am having an engineering work shop in Bangalore at rajaji nagar. I am having machinaries like medium duty lathe, no1 milling. Right now I am facing shortage of orders. So please can you help me. Thanks and regards
  • wahidshaikh said on August 22, 2010
    Respected sir, i have set up my mind to setup a factory of lathe machine of 5 numbers and start production for companies on their order n all but me not getting the right proper step how to start it. i am stuck, not even getting right estimation of investment n all pls help me from come out this ,, hope u will reply
  • Amit Rathore said on December 5, 2010
    respected sir, I want to start a authorized four wheeler service station. I am a graduate mechanical engineer please tell me sir the steps to follow.
  • Sanjay sisodiya said on December 13, 2010
    Want to start lathe work but no idea about technical work. Can I do this business with partnership who knows technical work of lathe machine.
  • suresh babu said on December 21, 2010
    hi sir am suresh babu i want to start a small lathe machine to supply small parts to any industries can you teach me how to start is it possible to do , am dme & BE mech engg have experience in quality engg , can you plz help me to get some idea
  • mustafa alghamdi saudi said on December 26, 2010
    i am from saudi dammam city i like to do business in lathe for big sector i like to have the adviser in business creator all the other setup ready include the capital
  • sagar dhumal said on January 10, 2011
    sir,i am from satara city. I want start own workshop.I want to purchase HEAVY DUTY LATHE MACHINE & CNC MACHINE so you help me where & how to purchase.
  • Dinesh said on January 29, 2011
    Hi sir , my name is dinesh from bangalore , i tool and die making from nttf , i have plan to buy lathe and milling machine and i am searching for job orders , plz can u help me
  • ayub khan said on June 13, 2012
    sir i am mechanical engineer and want to start new business by purchasing lathe machine in lucknow up plz tell me where do i get the job orders. i have some good turners ready to work with me. plz guide me.
  • Prakash Kumar Singh said on August 19, 2012
    my leath machine plant is located at chota Govindpur, jamshedpur, east singhbhum, jharkhand. Please help me in how to get job order for break drum and freewheel and for auto ancillary.
  • felix rocha said on September 12, 2012
    i have a small machine shop at payyanor kerala .4 feet & 8 feet lathe, shaping, drilling, welding, gas cutting. i need some machine shop work. i am ITI holder ,40 years in repairing and manufacturing small type of wood sawing, cement block machine inter lock m/c,etc.
  • parthiban said on September 25, 2012
    Sir , am parthiban i have planed to stat a lathe factory and am very interested to stat business. i want to know how to get d job frm companys pls help me sir .
  • ritesh birla said on December 15, 2012
    Sir, i want to start my small lathe workshop i know technical knowledge but how to take order from industries and how to develop this type skill. plz tel me ur thought on my mail
  • ashok dabaria said on December 29, 2012
    sir, i am mechanical engineer. i want to start my own lathe workshop business in kota (rajasthan). i know little bit of knowledge of such workshop. but how to take order from industries and how to develop this type skill. plz tel me ur thought on my mail
  • jagan.e said on January 4, 2013
    Dear sir i am jagan i completed iti tool and die maker and have exp of 4 years and have completed autocad and capable operating all conventional machine and cnc wire cut and sparking machine. we have no 1 and no2 mmm machine and turner small machine i need turning job orders help me sir
  • Rahil Usmani said on February 12, 2013
    Dear sir, This is Rahil Usmani form Thane-Mumbra (Maharashtra). I am a Mechanical Engineer and i have my workshop at Mumbra. I have 2 lathe machine 12ft and 8ft. I am making Cylinder right now. but i want some order from other side. So please help me. Thank you
  • Nageswara rao said on February 28, 2013
    sir, please help me in preparing a detailed project report. what are the requirements and how much will it cost. if i want to install a CNC lathe with a milling m/c and cutting machine. how many helpers and operators do i need. and if i want to go for a loan what should be the report consist.
  • V K sharma said on April 5, 2013
    Dear sir, I am planning to set-up Lathe machine business for automobile body making and engine works etc. Location of my plot(SIZE 40*40 feet) is on main highway of Madhupur (Sonebhadra), uttar pradesh, INDIA. Kindly provide the required Lathe machines and its total cost. thank you.
  • akahay said on April 29, 2013
    Sir, m akshay here ...want to start business. M living in mumbai ..can u suggest me how do I get the job orders for lathe ...I am mech. Engg. Completing next year ...
  • Anil said on May 29, 2013
    Hello This is Anil from Mysore, I own and run a small industry with a CNC machin, if you have any orders in and around Mysore and Bangalore please provide.
  • Rakesh Barkhane said on June 5, 2013
    Respected sir, i am rakesh barkhane diploma in mech. engg. experience in prod. 6 yrs ,i have planed to start a 2 lathe m/c workshop mandideep bhopal & i am very interested to start business. pls right estimation of investment & with complete project report. (mukhyamantri yuva svarojgar yojna in m.p.) Thanks & regards
  • Pallavi said on September 19, 2013
    Sir, I am Pallavi Patil .Completed MSC(Computer Science). I wanna start my own workshop. I am resident of mulund, mumbai. Neither I have knowledge nor experience. But I wanna to start a business. Mulund, mumbai. Maharashtra, India.
  • M.karthikeyan said on December 14, 2013
    Dear sir i am karthi from coimbatore i have Lathe Machine i want job order pls help me sir by M.karthikeyan mobil number is +91 8754632103
  • K.VINAYAGAM said on December 27, 2013
    Dear sir i am VINAYAGAM from TIRUVALLUR (DT) TIRUTTANI i have Lathe Machine i want job order pls help me sir by K.VINAYAGAM mobil number is +91 9444375303
  • asitabha bandhu said on January 12, 2014
    sir i am asitabha from west bangle, i create small a lathe machine industry to my home town nabadwip . if you people need some help i have to regard, 8553145096
  • anurag chintamwar said on January 13, 2014
    RESPECTED SIR, i want to start our own business related lathe, i have a shop, will you please teach me how i start my industry.
  • k.kumar said on May 10, 2014
    Respected sir. I am having lathe machine 8 feet, drilling, i want job work in coimbatore. my company Near santhi gear singanallur. Ph 9942567372
  • Girish said on October 1, 2014
    Kindly give some ideas to take order.
  • poongiannan s.k said on November 23, 2014
    Hai Sir, this is poongiannan from kollegal in Karnataka, I am running engineering workshop in kollegal and I am having 20 years experience in these field and in my workshop there are three medium duty lathe are and I am searching of orders please tell me the orders around mysore, Bangalore and Coimbatore. Pls mail me if orders are there and I am waiting for your mail Sir.
  • sagar said on November 29, 2014
    Hi sir thank u for your advice. For opening a mini lathe machine. pls give me some more idea about how to getting order from market/companies.. I am from jharkhand at Jamshedpur city.
  • Hemant patel said on November 30, 2014
    Sir, I want to start workshop with lathe machine, drilling machine and welding machine etc.near waghodia G.I.D.C. for full time business. my investment capital is 10 lakh. sir, please say about your opinion, process for start and request to you for giving similar business ideas. current I am doing job with CTC 4 lac per annum so it is good for me to do business. Please suggest me as soon as possible. Regads, Hemant Patel, Contact no- 8984724146
  • abhijit ghule said on February 24, 2015
    Hello. This is abhijit from pune mh In. Having 25 years of experience into fabrication and machine shop. Being a software engineer I am working with my dad to help him improve his business. Kindly suggest some job work for lathe machine . Regards, Abhijit 9892364975
  • vipin said on March 10, 2015
    I am a Machinist(CNC & Conventional)having 14 years of experience. I have more experience in Milling machine. I am planning to start a small machine shop with Lathe , Mill and Radial drill. Can you advise me. I am planning to start my business at Ezhupunna near to Kochin.
  • akash said on March 17, 2015
    my business is iron lathe industries. it is located on palakarai.trichy.tamilnadu.india my industry name is sri amman industries. my email id is my phone no is 9750840534
  • Rehan said on March 23, 2015
    I have a lathe machine workshop of my dad and i also want to go in this business but i dont know anything about this and i wanna make it more big. How can i get orders form company. Tell me the name of some big company where i can get hug orders
  • Anson Antony said on April 8, 2015
    My name is Anson , I am an instructor of an PVT ITI. I have an lathe machine on workshop it is never can use but i am very interested to start some work on workshop please help me sir. And gave some orders. Thrissur , madona nagar Tap ITI kachery
  • NARESH said on April 11, 2015
    sir. i am in tirunelveli. i am a technical person. i have 3 year exp of m/c mfg. now i have one idea of start a small scale industry. i want ur help and can u give me ideas.
  • Gyanendra said on May 22, 2015
    dear sir i am working in Dubai oil and gas industry as a piping supervisor and i have 10 year experience in this field now i think i start my own lathe machine workshop in faridabad india please advise me how i start this workshop and what document required for this please advise me and help me & can u give idea. thanks & regard
  • Girvar singh said on May 24, 2015
    Respected sir, I want to open a workshop of lathe job work. I have technical knowledge but I have not enough fund so pls guide me to take loan on this project. Pls tell me also about estimate of investment. Thanks & regards
  • vijay said on June 8, 2015
    Hello, I have a lathe machine and am looking for some orders. please suggest
  • Prasannakumar said on June 20, 2015
    We , Camtech Engineers Cherthala are the manufacturers of Precision Turned components for Electronis, bio medical and General Engineering Industry in Traub automatic lathe. If any turning work please contact us.
  • vipin chand said on July 14, 2015
    I am a Machinist having 14 years of experience. I am Planning to start a small machine shop. Please advice me from where I can get a Milling machine(Universal). 6'' Lathe and a Radial drill. How much will be the cost.
  • rocky dsouza said on September 8, 2015
    i am a lathe machine specialist i have been working since 1982 so my experience is huge so performance and precision work is not the problem but orders from company is the worry so what to do in this case
  • Rohidas Renuse said on September 10, 2015
    Dear sir, i have my own small business of gear cutting and keyway slotting. please help me to how i get orders from company.
  • Ajit jangam said on September 13, 2015
    Respected sir, I m ajit. I hv complete mech Engg deploma n HV 3 years of experience in production dept. NY hv start small lathe machine workshop one year back. I want to lunch my own product which can be produce on lathe machine. Plz suggest any item.... Thanks n regards. Ajit
  • kishore said on September 28, 2015
    Dear sir i am kishore mishra i have two manual lathe machines i have no order so please help workshop is at faridabad in haryana in India.
  • Remesh said on September 29, 2015
    Hallo sir, I am Ramesh.I am a ITI holder in Turner trade.I want to start a lathe work shop in my native place. what are the precautions will taken before starting it. Hope you will reply My question.
  • Rameshbabu said on October 19, 2015
    I am rameshbabu,I am a ITI holder in machinist trade,I wan to start a lathe work shop,let me about that.
  • Ajay mishra said on October 21, 2015
    I want to start my own small scale industry in Delhi in the field of CNC but I have money problem how to get loan from the bank And please suggest me after starting how get contract or orders and how to do marketing.
  • Arindam Jana said on January 24, 2016
    Dear Sir I am Arindam Jana. I have 3 manual lathe machine & 1 drill machine. I have done different type of pneumatic spares. Now I have work shortage. Please help me to collect some order. My work shop at Howrah in west Bengal.
  • Sunit Shejwal said on February 13, 2016
    I want to start a business in Mumbai, Maharashtra by using lathe machines. As i am new to this business i need some ideas about the setup and how to acquire orders. Plz kindly revert. SUNIT SHEJWAL
  • Sanjay parmar said on March 4, 2016
    I want to start a business in saharanpur by using lathe machines but I don't know how contact the company and acquire orders please help me. M No. 8979134940
  • Sumit Wagh said on July 14, 2016
    I have produce new lathe 5'3" medium duty. our works Is Tool Room As i am new to this business i need some ideas about the setup and how to acquire orders.
  • Manoj C Kori said on August 10, 2016
    I have not enough money how I should start please tell me
  • Prashanth said on August 17, 2016
    I want to start small industry by investing for lathe, drilling machine, milling.. And i dont know from where to get orders.. Plz help me... I am from bangalore
  • Krishnakumar said on September 16, 2016
    I would like to start a small machine shop(Lathe and Mill)in Kerala. Would you please able to guide me the companies who are outsourcing machining jobs in Kerala? Many thanks
  • Mobeen said on November 29, 2016
    Hi, I have just completed a mechanical engineering apprenticeship. I would like to invest in to a Lathe to put in my garage. But where and how do i look for potential customers (companies), who would like me to make parts for them? Thanks. Ps. I am from the UK.
  • Thangaraj said on January 6, 2017
    Dear Sir I am Thangaraj from Coimbatore. I have heavy duty lathe machine. I want job order.please help me sir by Thangaraj. Mobile no 9600847411
  • Ibrahim Maniyar said on March 3, 2017
    Respected Sir, I'm Ibrahim from Mumbai-70. I have lathe machine and all fabrication tools,but i have no order. So can you help me out from this problem. CONTACT No./Whtsapp No.9167445374. I'm waiting for your Reply.
  • shankaran said on March 22, 2017
    Sir, i have completed BE mech and working QC in chennai. I have a lathe machine workshop of my dad and i also want to go in this business but i struggle How can i get orders form company. i have knowledge of working in lathe. i hope will you reply mob no:9003400761
  • Ramesh kumar singh said on April 10, 2017
    I want to open a small lathe workshop .what is the minimum amount to open it?
  • Nanda kumar said on April 13, 2017
    Hi, I have the machine and am looking for some orders. please suggest call me on the #9986899937
  • Bill the Goat said on April 23, 2017
    Sir, I don't know anything about machines, I have no money and no experience with anything, I am 78 years old and have dementia and I want to start a multi million dollar engineering franchise. What do I do first.
  • Rishav said on May 28, 2017
    Any one wants to do their lathe work please contact us we do your lathe work at best price and minimum time so please give your any lathe work to us.


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