On Tuesday, August 26, 2003 at 10:59:40 PM UTC-5, Sweet Sawdust wrote:
When i think of dangerous I don't think of the sander. Granted I have had
a couple of close manicures with my oscillating drum sander. I think many
will agree, as some have already, it is the table saw. I was nicked by a s
pinning blade probably 5-10 seconds after I turned mine off several years a
go. Stupid mistake that got me an evening in the emergency room, a chipped
bone under a nasty abrasion and some antibiotic shots.
But I also discovered, also several years ago, that a wood lathe can be a s
leeping dog. I mounted a glued up rather heavy piece of stock made from 2x
4 to make a simple over sized dowel for a project. I started the machine a
t about 300rpm to round it up and after about ten seconds I was hit smack i
n the middle of the full face shield. Thank goodness I was wearing it. I
never saw the stock leave the lathe. I remember impact and a stinging sens
ation. I looked down and the work-piece was draped across my arms that wer
e still extended in the working position; and I realized there was blood on
the shield. The piece had split out allowing it to fly out of the lathe a
nd as best I could figure it bounced off of the bed and then up to the shie
ld. The flexible face shield had deflected into my face striking my glasse
s. The stinging sensation and blood were from the left nose-piece and the
rims of my glasses scraping my nose and eyebrow. Minor abrasions but thank
god I was wearing the shield. two of the four snaps that attach the shiel
d to the hood were busted loose. Scared the #$@% out of me and I never mou
nted another work piece without a good inspection.
Bill hit it on the head. The brain. The table saw accident was a moment of
carelessness after I turned the machine off. The lathe incident might not
have been avoidable. But as I said, I always check my stock carefully bef
ore mounting it on the lathe.
It didn't take long to learn to always wear a face shield (get a good
one) when turning the lathe on. I've been hit in the shield twice since
getting my lathe.
I saw pictures of a grinder wheel break up, and a description of what was
going on. That was enough for me to decide not to stand near the grinder
as it was spinning up. Imagine a machine throwing rocks at 3600 RPM.
I'm not going to pick on the RAS only:
Any tool that involves spinning a blade can hurt you right quick. I've got
a Dremel Saw Max that spins a little 4" blade. Sure wouldn't take very
long for it to hurt you.
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