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Re: Never enough protection

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FLOLDFORD

05-10-2013 04:07:04
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Had a cutoff blade come apart on a 4 1/2" grinder a while back one piece went out the door of the shop one went straight up and busted a light. But one piece hit me in the chest tore my shirt and stuck in me about a 1/4". I put the guard back on it right after that!!! And I'm not going to use one without one again.




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JRSutton

05-10-2013 05:22:10
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 Re: Never enough protection in reply to FLOLDFORD, 05-10-2013 04:07:04  
the angle grinder is one tool I don't let my son touch.

I've seen more serious bodily damage done by those stupid little things than any other tool I know of.

It may always be related to user error and letting one's guard down - but that's the problem, it's so easy to do that when using one.

In fact - that reminds me - I've got an old Milwaukee that has a little flip tab lockout to protect the on button from being pressed accidentally.

A friend of mine just bought a newer version of mine - and instead of the tab, it's got a button that protects it - but ALSO works like a lock to hold it powered ON.

Am I crazy in thinking that's the worst feature EVER for an angle grinder???

Or is that common on them? I've had mine for so long I can't remember how others have worked.

(maybe his is broken?)

I won't touch the thing. I like mine where you just loosen your grip and it's off. Even THAT isn't always quick enough.

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FLOLDFORD

05-10-2013 05:32:30
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 Re: Never enough protection in reply to JRSutton, 05-10-2013 05:22:10  
I bought 6 Dewalt 6" angle grinders from a big fab shop a few years ago. All of them had switches that locked in the on position they had a total power failure in the shop one day and when the power came back on a few went running across the fab tables. One hit one of the guys and cut him. They got rid of every power tool with a locking switch after that. We take for granted how easy it is to get hurt with the tools we use every day

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JRSutton

05-10-2013 11:03:33
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 Re: Never enough protection in reply to FLOLDFORD, 05-10-2013 05:32:30  
oh man - that'd actually be funny if somebody didn't get hurt.



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FLOLDFORD

05-10-2013 11:53:57
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 Re: Never enough protection in reply to JRSutton, 05-10-2013 11:03:33  
JR Back in the mid seventies my father didn't have a lot of power tools but one was a huge aluminum case angle grinder that someone gave him. This thing had the switch that looked like a rod sticking up in the handle push it down for on and up for off. I went to use it one day and sat it on top of a brand new chest freezer my dad had bought from Sears. Plugged an extension cord into the grinder and then walked across the garage to plug it in and off the grinder went chewing the top'm of that freezer up kinda running around in a half circle. I panic and run across the garage to try and shut it off instead of just pulling the cord out of the socket. Freezer now has at least 20 nice gouges ground into the top of it. My dad never cussed but he came close that day. The grinder disappeared the next week replaced with one with a trigger switch.Some years back the old freezer quit and my brother and I went to help Dad unload the new one my Dad looked at the old one and said to me. Boy you remember tearing up my new freezer and started laughing. Made me turn red in the face 30 years later. It's funny now sure as heck wasn't funny then

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