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    Cat paw dangers

    Today, I watched a certified welder take a sanding pad to the face. He was wearing gloves and glasses and in my opinion was doing nothing wrong. The grinder (dewalt 4.5) kicked off what he was sanding and took a full fingers worth of skin out of his cheek. It did not cut into his mouth but darn close. For the rest of his life he is going to be asked what happened

    I never thought such a small tool could do so much damage in such a short time. It's the holiday season, take an extra second and be careful.


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    Very good point, one of them grinder shields sure would have been nice there eh?
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    I had an angle grinder disc shatter into 3 pieces once. 1 piece into my thumb.. the other two into my leg- They are my most "un-favorite tool!"
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    any power tool can be dangerous, in any way, at any time, and not much good will come from any mishap, of course be careful. Even a tiny mistake. I've only seen once in all my years of using them, that it almost was on the lighter side. On a trim job of a large historic hotel(5 star restaurant, the only one in USA at the time) we were gettin it. Tools laying everywhere because we used company ones. I started to grab the belt sander but saw it had been unplugged to make room for something else. I traced the cord, found a plug, and heard an awful sound. That belt sander had been left in the locked on position, and was racing across the floor like a bat outa helllllooo? haha Them things will scoot! (luckily it ran out of cord and unplugged itself before doing any damage ; )

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    We once had a bigger grinder (hi speed) shatter a disk and a piece of shrapnel hit the operator in forehead and almost split him from side to side. Blood everywhere and he had no idea for awhile what happened. That was back in my trailer factory days.
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    Similar situation happened to me bear except it was an angle grinder and it found me before it ran outta cord. cut my foot down to the bone before i realized what was happening almost taking off my big toe. Never went to the hospital and to this day it feels like needles whenever pressure is applied to that area.
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    This explains why my dad don't want me getting one of these angle grinders.

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    My word of advice on this is to MAKE DARN SURE that the discs you are using are rated for the rpm of the grinder you're using.

    Harbor Freight discs do not hold up to a quality angle grinder. They are rated for something like 4-6000 rpm, while the quality discs and grinders are around the 9-1000 IIRC.

    I've had plenty break on me, but a quality disc has never shattered to the point of sending shrapnel at puncture velocities.

    Camel grinding wheels (CGW), SAIT, and a few others are the only things the welding shop buys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrapping4ever View Post
    This explains why my dad don't want me getting one of these angle grinders.
    When/if he does, and in addition to what pirate suggests, also wear long sleeves, pants, heavy leather gloves, safety shield/glasses, and always have both hands and eyes on it before you pull the trigger

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    I rarely use mine any more because of discs shattering. The first time it happened it happened so fast the disc was gone before I could say holy cow! the second time it happened I said, ok, I'm good, no more of this puppy. A piece hit my leg and even with jeans on it stung, can't imagine it hitting actual skin
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    Just an update, he showed up on time this morning with 5 stitches, in good spirits, and worked a 12 hr day. . He asked for the flap disk to start his own wall of shame. He got the idea from all my fishing hooks( I keep a picture and the hooks Doctors removed) He showed the scars from a cut off disc he had removed from his leg last year

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    Wouldn't have about discs shattering with this.
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    I'm gonna put one here. Yesterday I loaned money in the form of two of my cars to scrap. We scrapped the cars he got the $$ and will get it back to me after Christmas. Well it went south pretty quick. The windshield was pushed in and while I was turning the steering wheel ... Yep sliced the top of my hand and cut my middle finger tendon 40% thru. 100s of cars I've loaded and I done something stupid like that. I got out of surgery last night about 11. I'm a firm believer that things happen for a reason, wellllll my nurse(VERY PRETTY) that was with me in recovery has a red express dodge pickup truck, when she (VERY PRETTY) handed me my discharge papers I had a name and number ))))) there's good in everything if you can find it
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    Of all the fingers to injure Cory...

    On the bright side, lest she was cute, an not like the Kathy Bates from Misery...

    Oh,I found a hand if you need one cory...

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    Two years ago a friend of mine started to drill a hole in a piece of wood when a small piece of metal flew out of the drill and hit him in the eye. He is now blind in that eye, and he was wearing safety glasses. You just never know when things will happen.

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