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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 7:14 pm    Post subject: Never enough protection Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I was sharping my mower blades, with my 4 in. grinder. I had my goggles, my herinng protection. my dust mask. It's a small grinding job, I don't gloves. Here I sit looking at my thum with a grinding wheel cut. Pushing 71 you would think I would have learned by now. Keep your selves safe out there. Stan
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 7:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Never enough protection Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Did you have them in the vise?
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 8:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Never enough protection Reply to specific post Reply with quote

No guard on the grinder? It's a lot worse when guys put a 7" disc on a 5" grinder with no guard. You could cut your thumb right off before you knew what happened.
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 11:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Never enough protection Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'm in same shape; big chunk of skin gone off my little finger knuckle. Tool slipped finger caught the edge of a metal plate. This is gonna hurt for about a week if I get off that light. 70 yrs old & still stupid.
 
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 2:29 am    Post subject: Re: Never enough protection Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Stan,
I've got a nice scar on my left leg from a runaway disc grinder and a nasty one on my left wrist from a grinder with a brush wheel. Maybe we should post pictures of our best scars.
Ron
 
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 2:53 am    Post subject: Re: Never enough protection Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Way back when I worked for a short time in a factory as a welder there was a guy there used to brag about how he always ground without the guard even tho it was against company safety policy. That is til it kicked back and caught his privates. He walked funny for a couple a weeks afterwords.
 
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 3:07 am    Post subject: Re: Never enough protection Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Had a cutoff blade come apart on a 4 1/2" grinder a while back one piece went out the door of the shop one went straight up and busted a light. But one piece hit me in the chest tore my shirt and stuck in me about a 1/4". I put the guard back on it right after that!!! And I'm not going to use one without one again.
 
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 3:36 am    Post subject: Re: Never enough protection Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Kind of feels like a burn and a regular cut at the same time. I hope it's not located on a part of your hand that you use a lot. Jim
 
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 3:47 am    Post subject: Re: Never enough protection Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Funny.... I just happen to be sporting a half inch gash on my fore finger where I hit myself with a grinder Tuesday afternoon.
 
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 3:51 am    Post subject: Re: Never enough protection Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My only recent stupidity was trying to use a drill press with a bi-fluted bit for too big of a hole, and inevitably it "caught" what I was working with and spun it around into my thumb. Hurt pretty bad but the nail never turned black at least.
 
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 4:22 am    Post subject: Re: Never enough protection Reply to specific post Reply with quote

the angle grinder is one tool I don't let my son touch.

I've seen more serious bodily damage done by those stupid little things than any other tool I know of.

It may always be related to user error and letting one's guard down - but that's the problem, it's so easy to do that when using one.

In fact - that reminds me - I've got an old Milwaukee that has a little flip tab lockout to protect the on button from being pressed accidentally.

A friend of mine just bought a newer version of mine - and instead of the tab, it's got a button that protects it - but ALSO works like a lock to hold it powered ON.

Am I crazy in thinking that's the worst feature EVER for an angle grinder???

Or is that common on them? I've had mine for so long I can't remember how others have worked.

(maybe his is broken?)

I won't touch the thing. I like mine where you just loosen your grip and it's off. Even THAT isn't always quick enough.
 
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 4:32 am    Post subject: Re: Never enough protection Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I bought 6 Dewalt 6" angle grinders from a big fab shop a few years ago. All of them had switches that locked in the on position they had a total power failure in the shop one day and when the power came back on a few went running across the fab tables. One hit one of the guys and cut him. They got rid of every power tool with a locking switch after that. We take for granted how easy it is to get hurt with the tools we use every day
 
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 5:09 am    Post subject: Re: Never enough protection Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'll pass on the picture of the scar on the privates. Bill
 
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 6:14 am    Post subject: Re: Never enough protection Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I was in a hog pen a couple of days ago unloading the mixer grinder. The way I had it parked against the shed it was hard to get to the feeder. I was really close to stepping over the PTO until I remembered the lashing you all gave someone a few weeks back. I walked around. I guess I could be sharing a story if I had done it. It would probably end with less family jewels.
 
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 6:50 am    Post subject: Re: Never enough protection Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I was under the mower, while the mower was on my trailer. The mower was not lifted up, so I was kind of squatting on the ground. I still have enough sence left, not go under something lifted up by power. Stan
 
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