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Old 09-09-2013, 06:22 PM
63galaxie 63galaxie is offline
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Default Slow down take a deep breath and think before using machinery.

Just a reminder that sometimes we need to slow down and think about what we are doing. Yesterday morning I went to round over a piece of 1/4 plate for a chasing tool on my 20" disc sander. I put the plate into the disc at a bad angle and it pulled the plate and my thumb right between the table and the disc. I was able to yank my thumb out but not before it took about half the length on the top down to bone. I quickly wrapped it up and drove to the e.r. . 12 hours later they performed surgery to save what they could . I haven't seen it yet but I guess there is about a half inch left past the knuckle luckily. I have pictures but i don't think anyone really wants to see them Haha!
James Kahler
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:27 PM
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Kerry Pinkerton Kerry Pinkerton is offline
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Big disk grinders may be the most dangerous tool in the shop. Belt grinders/sanders in general for that matter. Gene Newcome, the guy who made the early Eastwood Ewheels, hosted a meet once and told me that he had more workman comp claims on their 20" disk grinder than everything else combined and they had a shop full of old old old punch presses with absolutely no shields or safety gear.

Sorry about your injury and hope you heal soon. It could have been much worse.
Kerry Pinkerton


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Old 09-09-2013, 06:59 PM
weldtoride weldtoride is offline
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Your reminder is well-taken, James. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Mark from Illinois
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:56 PM
Doug M Doug M is offline
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I'm sorry you got the reminder.

Note: wire brushes are bad things to have bite you also and they JUMP when at the edge of a metal panel.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:32 AM
ByronR ByronR is offline
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I feel for ya James. Small goofs can have huge consequences. Two other issues come to mind. .
The day I retired (2005) I was installing florescent fixtures in my garage/workshop. Reached a little too far, fell maybe 2.5 ft onto concrete floor. Broke my right wrist and right ankle. When I was finally able to breath, I realized I was going to have to drive myself to help. Only good thing to come out of that.... my daughter got me a cell phone.

Ladders and solo work. Be cautious.
Wishes for a quick and successful recovery.

Invention is the mother of necessity.

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Old 09-10-2013, 10:30 AM
Dougg Dougg is offline
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The round disc sander is either a tool you love or hate. Most belt sanders are a combo of belt and disc. Myself I seem to hate the disc sander and will allways use the belt sander. At work the disc is allways tore up from something bad that happened. The same thing you described can easiely happen on a belt sander, but I still prefer a belt. I removed the disc from my combo in my shop. It is a power tool just like any other that you have to respect. If you don't, it will teach you a lesson you will never forget.
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Old 09-23-2013, 02:53 PM
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G. Anderson G. Anderson is offline
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Default Safety Stuff

I have both a 12" disc sander and a 6"x48" belt sander.
#1 DON'T use gloves!!!
#2 Adjust the gap between the table and the cutting surface to the absolute MINIMUM!!!
Mine are adjusted to ALMOST touching.

ANYTHING that SPINS can KILL YOU and/or take large chunks of flesh.
Do not have on gloves or loose clothing.
Especially around grinders, buffers (I know you need gloves there), lathes and mills.

Your Pal, Gary
Gary Anderson
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Old 11-14-2013, 02:57 AM
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Default Big disc sanders.

Ouch that as bad as getting your finger in the jointer, worse really its not cut its ground off ! I did my middle finger left hand confuses the auctioneers.
I've been in numerous patternshops where the disc is 30 inches and often double with different grits and directions of rotation.
Never wipe the table with a rag. The ironworker did so where I was apprenticed and he lost 2 fingers. We had a shared 'shop and I warned the cabinetmakers re the disc. Heard a muffled boom one day and here's this dude standing looking at the cotton wool that had gone down tween table and disc and then up again on the other side.
Foam is interesting on a disc usually melts and sticks if your lucky you let go in time.
Great machines, wouldn't be without one but they can bite.
Henry B
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Old 11-17-2013, 04:27 PM
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Here is a video of just how fast things can go bad with equipment. This guy got very lucky. This link is pg-13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9grSq-TWMQ

Here are pictures of the same machine when you are not as lucky as the guy in the first video. Caution, pictures are very graphic and disturbing, click the link at your own risk.

The shop is full of very dangerous equipment, keep a clear head and make good judgments at all times. Even experienced people can have a brain fade at times but it only takes a second for the accident to happen.
Jeff O.
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Old 11-17-2013, 05:37 PM
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I have a removeable key swtch on my disc sander. It keeps others safe and does`nt wear out the disks when I`m not in the shop.
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