Bicycle Brakes Are No Match for a Spinning Lathe

Remember your high school wood shop teacher’s non-stop litany about safety? Here’s a real-life example of why you shouldn’t goof off with power tools. Taking a break from smooshing stuff, the folks behind those hydraulic press videos attached a bicycle brake to a lathe to see if they could bring it to a grinding stop. Nope.


Not only were the disc brakes completely ineffective against the whirling power of the lathe, they melted and caught fire in the process. But thankfully, stuff getting destroyed is still captivating to watch.

[YouTube via The Awesomer]



An engineer would have just looked up the torque rating for the machine and compared that to the torque produced from the friction of the brakes... but that’s not really the point here, is it?