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    My brother in-law Al needed to cut some brick retaining wall so he borrowed my dad's 9" grinder with a masonry cutting disc fitted. Dad was a retired builder and his grinder had been sitting for 15 years. As soon as Al touched the bricks the disc broke in half, one half spun off into the garden and the other fully embedded itself into his thigh. He managed to hobble to his car and drive to the hospital where they dug it out for him. Big scar. Always use a new disc if borrowing a grinder.

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    Just sounds DANGEROUS

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    I'm left handed so any tool with one of those little buttons that lock the trigger on.
    I was standing on a ladder drilling into concrete with a 1/2 drill when the bit grabbed and trigger locked on. Made for a few tense moments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcguide View Post
    I'm left handed so any tool with one of those little buttons that lock the trigger on.
    I was standing on a ladder drilling into concrete with a 1/2 drill when the bit grabbed and trigger locked on. Made for a few tense moments.
    Precisely the reason all the lock buttons on my drills have been ground off flush. I was drilling up into the track frame on a Cat once and hit the trigger lock on one of those big Black and Decker 1/2" drills and broke a few bones in my hand when the bit caught and pinned me against a track roller. Once the smoke came out it released me.

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    I wish it had safety clutch.
    I use a lot of the Black and Decker 1/2" drills.
    I still have a Black and Decker 1/2" right angel drill. It give more grip when drilling it has two speed gear box.

    I did own a Black and Decker 1" drills. Had #3 morse taper it was retired after turn two guy use drill around and around.

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    Precisely the reason all the lock buttons on my drills have been ground off flush. I was drilling up into the track frame on a Cat once and hit the trigger lock on one of those big Black and Decker 1/2" drills and broke a few bones in my hand when the bit caught and pinned me against a track roller. Once the smoke came out it released me.

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    In the machine shop, I would say the drill press, people get complacent. Next is the surface grinder followed by the lathe and mill equally. Wood shop saws followed by disc sanders. 4.5 is dangerous but the 9 inch with a bit of kick back is worse. To me it all depends on what we are working on and with.
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    I had a zing slip by my glasses the other day, was using a cut off and it really bounced, I wasnt in line with it. I grind a lot and anything I can possibly do with a 4 1/2 and hard wheel I do. I see the first tool for a lot of guys is the disk and I used to before plasma but I dont care for them so much especially on electric. I also use the gaurds and I do not run cut off on a rotary or pencil especially doubly so without a gaurd. I LOVE gaurds and with proper management are an asset to control dros and aim away from operator.
    I work with guys in my shop with this, under cars they aint got to grind against a light fixture or sensitive part. They seem to understand a torch but often come from industrial and not a real concern to anyone in particular. Its second nature now for me to shoot it away on the floor instead of tool boxes, I mention a rotator vise in other posts and it allows for fast clamp in good or better positions and was meaning to get creative and come up with a targeted collector for grinding. But even in my welding area more real dust than grinding dust, its heavy and hits the floor.

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    We have custom air hose and no matter what get someone a klutz or not specifically trained and walk behind them, 3 people working where there should be 2 and cause a trip. Sharp sheet metal is a big one and in some shops a sander is a must for sheared work. I bought a big machine I should have sent back for that, no debur, was terrible. As part of my fabrication and work area not scared to zing a sharp edge.
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    We have3 custom air hose and no matter what get someone a klutz or not specifically trained and walk behind them, 3 people working where there should be 2 and cause a trip. Air is something you got to make as easy or eaier thjan dropping it on the floor. It takes a little discipline but it its designed in it works. So many people are so used to using the floor as a workbench its hard to retrain them.
    Nother thing, I bout cut my helpers finger off when in a rush to use a circ cause my crap batteries were dead to the right tool. New good stuff designed for the right power with right bits etc so easy and safe cvompared to some wrist breakers and I actually like the lower speed of the grinder as good or better for light fab where its zings in every direction and scuffing paint and rust.
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    The spring compressors with the locking pin are much safer then the ones without, however, they are also more bulky and don't fit in tight spaces so you have to get creative to get them on and off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac's Crew View Post
    In the machine shop, I would say the drill press, people get complacent.
    x10

    Can't believe I forgot about the drill press, that's almost gotten me a time or two and I'm generally pretty careful!

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    Typically the most dangerous tool is the person operating it at the time. It's that simple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StandarDyne View Post
    x10

    Can't believe I forgot about the drill press, that's almost gotten me a time or two and I'm generally pretty careful!
    I haven't had any problems since I put the cross slide vice on.... I really like it for lining things up and holding them solid.
    The harder you fall, the higher you bounce...

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    The worst is not tool.
    It is summer time drink 12 pack of beer before lunch. Today it would include California cash Corp 💸 💰 🤑 .
    Anything can happen. Work on buildings it more fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    I haven't had any problems since I put the cross slide vice on.... I really like it for lining things up and holding them solid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithdoor View Post
    The worst is not tool.
    It is summer time drink 12 pack of beer before lunch. Today it would include California cash Corp �� �� �� .
    Anything can happen. Work on buildings it more fun.

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    Oh, I like a cold beer as much as anyone, but I never drink or toke (left most of that behind in my college days) when I'm working or running heavy equipment. That's just a very, very bad idea...
    The harder you fall, the higher you bounce...

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    The Monday after payday is great day.
    Only do hammer work.
    I would save all hammer work knowing payday was coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    Oh, I like a cold beer as much as anyone, but I never drink or toke (left most of that behind in my college days) when I'm working or running heavy equipment. That's just a very, very bad idea...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Freebirdwelds View Post
    Typically the most dangerous tool is the person operating it at the time. It's that simple.
    Yep, if we could eliminate tool operators, we could eliminate tool accidents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StandarDyne View Post
    Yep, if we could eliminate tool operators, we could eliminate tool accidents.
    Maybe.... I bet there's somebody out there that's tangled with a CNC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    Maybe.... I bet there's somebody out there that's tangled with a CNC.
    I would call that an "operator"... or at least a "meddler."

    Like i said, no operators, no injured operators. But I guess that's obvious and self-evident, kinda like the post I was originally replying to.
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    Hands down a ladder is by far the most dangerous thing I can think of. Seen a lot of serious injuries from tools of all kinds grinders, saws, ect and almost all of them involved a ladder!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithdoor View Post
    I would not call this dangerous.
    I had a 1" hand drill it two guy to do drilling.
    It was retired after to guys using the drill was being turn around and around. I was about 50 feet away running to unplug this drill till the drill unplug it self.

    Everyone agree never to use the drill again. The good news no one was hurt may a heart check.

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    I can picture this happening.


    Back in the day when I worked underground in the coal mines i was drillin a shot in the monkey headin. So Im drillin the lower holes for the bottom and this drill is just chewing its way through, drillin so fast the cuttings arent coming out fast enough and I cant hold it back, this Jap drill had no reverse on it and I knew if I shut the drill down there is no way on Gods green earth Im gonna get that drill steel back. Sure enough it bound up and the drill starts whipping around like a propeller on a B52 bomber and little 160 pd Popeye is spinnin with the damn thing. The air hose wrapped itself around me about 15 times, Howie runs back to shut the air off...he didnt have to...the hose itself pulled off the manifold so the drill stops spinning and there I am about 2 feet in the air hangin upside down with 15 ft or so of air hose wrapped around me hangin onto a drill that aint drillin and noone can see a damn thing because the air from the manifold is blowin dust dirt and anything else that nailed down around in the air. Finally Howie found the manifold and then found the valve to shut the air off. When ther dust cleared a bit he made his way back in after this fiasco and looked at me hangin there like some crazy Halloween ornament. Woukd you like me to get you off of that he asks me. Gee Howie that would be awful considerate of you to do that. (Yes that WAS the question and my answer). It took him a good 20 minutes to untangle all that crap and get me off of that drill...Tunzafun

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    Quote Originally Posted by old miner called Pop View Post
    I can picture this happening.


    Back in the day when I worked underground in the coal mines i was drillin a shot in the monkey headin. So Im drillin the lower holes for the bottom and this drill is just chewing its way through, drillin so fast the cuttings arent coming out fast enough and I cant hold it back, this Jap drill had no reverse on it and I knew if I shut the drill down there is no way on Gods green earth Im gonna get that drill steel back. Sure enough it bound up and the drill starts whipping around like a propeller on a B52 bomber and little 160 pd Popeye is spinnin with the damn thing. The air hose wrapped itself around me about 15 times, Howie runs back to shut the air off...he didnt have to...the hose itself pulled off the manifold so the drill stops spinning and there I am about 2 feet in the air hangin upside down with 15 ft or so of air hose wrapped around me hangin onto a drill that aint drillin and noone can see a damn thing because the air from the manifold is blowin dust dirt and anything else that nailed down around in the air. Finally Howie found the manifold and then found the valve to shut the air off. When ther dust cleared a bit he made his way back in after this fiasco and looked at me hangin there like some crazy Halloween ornament. Woukd you like me to get you off of that he asks me. Gee Howie that would be awful considerate of you to do that. (Yes that WAS the question and my answer). It took him a good 20 minutes to untangle all that crap and get me off of that drill...Tunzafun
    You didn't say how long recovery took.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Willie B View Post
    You didn't say how long recovery took.
    To be honest I didnt get hurt. Its a good thing it was before peacetime or I probly would have crapped my pants. Me and Howie had a good laugh over it and cussed up storm gettin that drill back out though. Turned it it got bent anyway from someone hangin onto it while was spinning

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    About two months I purchased a electric post hole auger. On first I was waiting for auger to to get stick. It did they had a safety cluch build in the auger. Thank God for for a safety chuck.

    Now if only did that for drills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old miner called Pop View Post
    I can picture this happening.


    Back in the day when I worked underground in the coal mines i was drillin a shot in the monkey headin. So Im drillin the lower holes for the bottom and this drill is just chewing its way through, drillin so fast the cuttings arent coming out fast enough and I cant hold it back, this Jap drill had no reverse on it and I knew if I shut the drill down there is no way on Gods green earth Im gonna get that drill steel back. Sure enough it bound up and the drill starts whipping around like a propeller on a B52 bomber and little 160 pd Popeye is spinnin with the damn thing. The air hose wrapped itself around me about 15 times, Howie runs back to shut the air off...he didnt have to...the hose itself pulled off the manifold so the drill stops spinning and there I am about 2 feet in the air hangin upside down with 15 ft or so of air hose wrapped around me hangin onto a drill that aint drillin and noone can see a damn thing because the air from the manifold is blowin dust dirt and anything else that nailed down around in the air. Finally Howie found the manifold and then found the valve to shut the air off. When ther dust cleared a bit he made his way back in after this fiasco and looked at me hangin there like some crazy Halloween ornament. Woukd you like me to get you off of that he asks me. Gee Howie that would be awful considerate of you to do that. (Yes that WAS the question and my answer). It took him a good 20 minutes to untangle all that crap and get me off of that drill...Tunzafun

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithdoor View Post
    About two months I purchased a electric post hole auger. On first I was waiting for auger to to get stick. It did they had a safety cluch build in the auger. Thank God for for a safety chuck.

    Now if only did that for drills.

    Dave
    Same monkey headin same drill about 2 months later Howie was drillin and it got bound up...Howie wasnt so lucky though..he got rapped in the head 3 or 4 times from the handle on the drill and ended up with about 30 stitches in his head and face. Thats why I didnt let go of the drill when I did it, but it ripped the drill right out of his hands. Mining isnt an easy job but we did have fun...Tunzovit

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