You're absolutely right- though I did have an employer try to tell me
they were required when running a mill once. Eveidently, a few people
had been cut by burrs there in the past, and raised a stink about it.
I'll admit, I just ignored that particular rule, and started looking
for work elsewhere.
They're great for handling rough stock of any sort, though!
In my plant, the only use for Kevlar gloves was assembly operations
where sharp parts were handled. For instance, the assembly of knives
in portable planers was at high risk for laceration until we required
the use of kevlar gloves.
I would not reccommend them for use with moving part machinery.
On Sun, 19 Nov 2006 10:44:47 -0600, Frank Boettcher wrote:
Working with scary sharp chisels would be a more appropriate employment
IMO. Every once in a while one _does_ slip and by Murphy's law it will be
the one time that you got careless with your hand position.
I wouldn't disagree with "more appropriate", but a slipped chisel will
still go straight through a knitted Kevlar glove. Kevlar is tough, but
knitted Kevlar isn't mithril.
IMHO, I rarely wear knitted Kevlar gloves. The surface is too knitted
and too prone to snag. If I need to handle sharp-edged sheepmetal, then
I'll use leather gloves, or leather gloves with a _woven_ Kevlar
underlayer (like motorbike gloves).
The best gloves I've ever used were "framer" gloves. I don't recall
the brand, but they are excellent for most manual work- they're
basically a very tightly woven polyester-type fiber that is doubled or
tripled across the back of the knuckles, with leather palms that are
re-enforced where it counts. The thumb, middle, and index fingers are
cut back to leave the tips free for finer work.
They look a little funny on the shelf, kind of like something a
slightly crazy biker would wear, but they do the job nicely.
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