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Put a guard on it.

woodchucker

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well I was making a metal off cut rack, just pvc tubes held in a wooden frame, to go against the wall behind the mill. Cut out everything, then was sanding the discs from the holes, to provide support on the bottom. I dropped the disc and went to reach for it.. I hit my hand up on the sanding disc (oh I was using the belt) there's no guard on it, and it cut the back of my fingers like a tablesaw. Pretty sure I went close to the bone as there's not a lot of meat there. A bloody mess. Two fingers really mangled.
Now I have to build a guard to avoid that in the future. For now.. finishing up the rack (I'm too stupid to stop and rest). My team is taking a beating... so it's not fun to watch... If you don't think you need a guard, think again. Now I have to think about my metal lathe which has no guard on the belts. Still thinking I don't need them, but I didn't think I needed them on the sander.
 

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Always seems to be the quick reaching in to grab something (without shutting off the power) that gets you, happened to David B. too
Mark S.
 

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Jeff, you'll heal soon with just a couple of battle scars, it's good to know you're going to put the guard back on or build a better one. I put my chuck guard back on my lathe just a couple of days ago.
 

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Be careful everyone. Our shops are fun, but very dangerous. It take just a split second and you can't do-over.

Thanks for the reminder Jeff.
 

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Jeff, you'll heal soon with just a couple of battle scars, it's good to know you're going to put the guard back on or build a better one. I put my chuck guard back on my lathe just a couple of days ago.
I don't think this unit ever had a guard, it appears to be about 50-60 vintage. And I will make one. For now, I took off the disc.. I only use it for occasionally.
 

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You know I just did something similar with a portable 4" cut off saw / sander. Cleaning out some edges on sqaure tubing after cutting - got a little ahead of myself and put my fingers (gripping) where the disc was supposed to go.

All I said was FOCUS man FOCUS!!

I'm sure most of us have done something stupid at one time or another. Some paid the price - some are more lucky.

Stay FOCUSED people.
 

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I've had them jam and kick back slicing me , my jeans and gloves. Even with guards things happen I never run mine with no guards. And I still have been cut up and ground off. Things happen , it sucks but it's part of working . The one tool that's paid for itself a thousand times over has been my hand held MAKITA 4" + Hitachi 4 1/2 " grinders , from sharpening hundreds of tools MOWER blades hedge clippers farming tools even shovels . So I've used them for thirty years grinding welds cutting steel , they're my most used items. Cuts gouges and burned by grinding. YUPP ill still go using them with guards . Heal up woodchucker but be safe
 

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I'm healing , this morning I had some REDNESS and infection showed up, so I had to go back to the antibiotic gels.. The deep one is a killer. After a week I wouldn't think it would still hurt this much. Touching it is painful..
 

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I used to pour a few drops of peroxide on the wound before dressing it, it would dissolve the pus , not saying you should do the same but it helped me .
Did you go back to the shop and work while your wound still not completely healed?
 

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I used to pour a few drops of peroxide on the wound before dressing it, it would dissolve the pus , not saying you should do the same but it helped me .
Did you go back to the shop and work while your wound still not completely healed?
Of course I did. I was trying to cleanup months of work down there. I want to be able to get a good start on the next set of projects this winter. I have to finish a WW project, and then I am going to finish reworking the welded up taper attachment.

I used to use peroxide, but my doctor asked me to stop. He said it kills good stuff too. He told me to get betadine ... I was going to until I saw the price. Now I wish I had. I always think about it after an incident, then lose the desire. I do have peroxide and would use it if I thought I needed to get really clean. In the case of the last incident, soap and water.

It is important thought to be prepared, bandages, ointments, yes I have peroxide
 
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