Hardly - a quick google will show that angle grinder fatalities are not
uncommon. In fact a builder died at a junior school local to me a few
years ago as a result of copping a diamond blade to the neck. He bled to
death on the scene in front of his son before medical help could get there.
Granted not all of these are the direct results of kickback as such -
but some form of loss of control of the tool or falling onto is
typically the cause.
There is good Makita safety video that quite nicely demonstrates the
common lower leg injuries that occur when a grinder with diamond blade
hits a typical bit of meat under clothing.
Just because something is sub optimal for cutting flesh, does not mean
Its a reciprocating saw with twin counter moving blades.
Rather than continuing the willy waving, perhaps we can agree that an
angle grinder is not the tool for this job and leave it at that?
Perhaps you might care to review some of these: (Warning, some of these
Cool tool. I don't think they are available in the US. all I get
when I search for Alligator saw is those chainsaw/loppers with the
The downside of a reciprocating saw is their tendency to pull light
material back and forth if it isn't secured.
Can you, for instance, cut a small branch off a tree and keep both
hands on the saw without it shaking the bejeebers out of the tree?
I have not got one, so can only go on what others have said. They seem
to be more refined than the standard recip saws - and logic would
suggest be better in the situation you suggest.
That is why they have that flexible foot on them, to press up against
the work being cut. Sounds like somebody was trying to reach too far.
Like any power cutting tool, you gotta plan your cut before you pull the
trigger. No saw works well to cut the end off a spring hanging in
mid-air. That is why those tree-pruning saws on the long poles are of
such limited usefulness, other than right up by the trunk or a thick
I get that- trouble is, there are a lot of branches I need to trim that
fall between the thumb-size the rope powered lopper will cut, and the
thick ones the sawblade will get a bite on. I don't wanna take the whole
side off the tree, I just want to trim away where it rubs the roof and
siding, and gets into the TV antenna.
Black & Decker Alligator electric "scissor" chainsaw. Looks like a
toy, but for anything up to 4" diameter it's a wonderful pruning tool.
Best of all it doesn't have any real reaction force (like a normal
chainsaw) so you can cut small willow branches overhead when most
other saws would simply push them away, or a rope chain saw would just
bend them downwards.
Any CSI fans will know that seems to be their tool of choice. Usually for
cutting plasterboard to reveal the dead body behind. But never with the
foot up against the board.
Strange their walls never seem to have studs...
*Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
Anchor the work and use the foot.
Tip: Quick-Grip clamps are crap for anchoring work you are trying to cut
with a reciprocating saw. The vibration loosens the clamps and you wind up
resetting them multiple times. Not that I'd know that, it happened to
somebody who lives in my neighborhood.
There is never a situation where having more rounds is a disadvantage
Here's one nearly done in by his digital video camera ..
Never mind the "graphic" bits the text is bad enough;!....
"A thorough secondary survey should be performed in the situation of a
shattered disc as several anatomical sites may be affected. In
particular perineal or scrotal injuries occur if the operator straddles
the object being cut and can be missed . Overhead use of angle
grinders has been associated with fatal intracranial injury and should
be avoided . A number of articles have been published to warn of
these specific dangers [6,7]. In order to reduce the risks of injury
there are general guidelines about the use of power tools such as
checking they are maintained and on the use of protective clothing .
Specific guidance on the use of angle grinders is shown in Table 2.
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