i ave a pair of kevlar gloves that are supposedly cut proof. i know you
cant use them on a table saw because if they catch...; but on a band saw
catching doesn't seem like it would be all that dangerous, it would just jam
in the throat plate. Anyone use them?
Not with power tools.
If I have body parts close enough to a blade to think I need those
things, I take a time out to rethink the method.
However, I do use "carver's friction table" on my left thumb and
forefinger when ripping jointed stock, as I'm tired of slitting my skin
with the sharp board edge. I slip the tape on and off, reusing it for
Here's a test. Take a sausage, shove a chopstick up the middle to
simulate bone, stick it in a finger of the glove and then jam it into
the bandsaw. See just how much damage the sausage suffers.
(I did this a while ago with a plasma cutter - interesting results)
If these "Kevlar gloves" are the typical knitted sort, then they're
only "cut resistant", they're only claimed to be cut resistant against
stationary smooth knives rather than moving objects or any sort of
toothed or abrasive saw, and the manufacturers are extremely vociferous
in stating this.
In practice, they're loosely knitted and will catch on anything that
isn't glass smooth. Although they might offer a certain level of
resistance to some accidents, they've got absolutely no place anywhere
near moving machinery. Chances are (especially for a bandsaw) that
they'll turn small accidents into big ones.
Somewhere, but I don't think they ever got put on line.
More cheerfully, it appears that a leather welding glove is adequate to
protect fingers against plasma cutters. You'll probably acquire a burn
in a while, but it's hardly a Dr Evil lazer-slicer type accident.
Really? The way my Hypertherm Powermax 1000 tore through a piece of
railroad rail (not in use in a rail line of course) I'd think that pilot
arc would blow through the glove in microseconds. Have to test it with
an old glove and a hot dog I guess.
My wife loves all the medical shows on TV. A recent one she saw
featured a surgeon who lost a finger while doing woodworking. Because
he was worried about getting cut, he wore "safety gloves". Because of
the gloves snagging and tangling on the blade, his hand was quickly
pulled into the machine and he suffered more damage than he would have
if he had been able to pull his hand free. He said using the gloves
proved to be a big mistake.
It was a table saw as I remember seeing that episode. It was most of his
hand though that was injured and the guy was some big heart surgeon at the
hospital. They could only reattach one of his fingers and it was his pinky
if I remember right.
Did anyone see the episode of Americn Chopper where one of the employees was
wearing a pair of mechanics gloves and his hand got caught in the drill
press he was operating. Convinced me to never wear any type of glove while
using power tools
There's some value to this advice, but I did see a guy with kevlar
sleeves get tangled in a drill press once. Although it made his
fingers turn a little purple from the cut off circulation, he did not
Some jobs require you to wear them, others require you not to wear
them. Ultimately, the only thing that is completely safe is to keep
your damn fingers away from the blade, gloves or no. All the other
crap is determined by OSHA or the insurance actuaries.
inspired by your replies, I tried it. Well, not quite; I took a piece of
spectra rope to the BS. Not exactly kevlar gloves, cut close.
It cut rather than snagged. I suspect it would have reduced the likelihood
of a serious accident by buying a split second to pull away. However, using
a block of wood instead of fingers would be 10x as safe.
I didn't want to try the TS, for I expect it will snag there and have God
only knows what consequences.
I had kevlar rope, but lent it to someone who didn't return it; damn.
Sat, Nov 18, 2006, 2:23am (EST+5) snipped-for-privacy@Yahoo.com (Toller) doth reveal:
inspired by your replies, I tried it. Well, not quite; <snip>
Experimenting is always good. Most times. However, I think you
should confine your future experimenting to keeping your body parts out
of the whirly parts, rather than sticking things into the blade that you
think might snag. You are your own worst enemy.
The only way I would ever wear gloves in my shop is if it would be
very, very, cold in the shop, I would be handling metal objects, and I
would not be cutting or routing anything. And I don't wear glovs at any
time in any cold weather, even outside, unless I am handling metal, or
making snowballs. I learned that as a kid - if y ou always wear gloves
when it is only cool out, your hands will get used to gloves, then when
it really gets cold and you need gloves, they won't keep your hands
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