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Exploding cutting disc

  1. Jun 28, 2008 #1

    wolram

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    Now we know Evo is ok ish i will tell of my latest,

    While cutting a seized inner bearing off a 60 mm shaft the cutting disc exploded and cut my finger to the bone, luckily i was wearing a a safety mask as a shard cut a grove in it, the last time i used a cutting disc i set my overalls on fire.
     
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  3. Jun 28, 2008 #2

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    Oweeeeee!!!! What part of your finger? Are you going to lose function of it, or was it someplace that you can recover?

    Okay, that's it, I'm making a new PF rule...NO MORE INJURIES!!!! :grumpy:
     
  4. Jun 28, 2008 #3

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    A nice diagonal cut along the top of my pointing finger from nail to knuckle, washing it out hurt more than the cut its self, it wont bend very much but i heal up quick.
     
  5. Jun 28, 2008 #4

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    Woolie, do you have gloves? Cutting disks on rotary tools are pretty notorious for disintegrating and angular momentum distributes the shards pretty efficiently.
     
  6. Jun 28, 2008 #5

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    When using a cutting disk, I used to wear impact resistant safety googles or visor, leather glooves - and a welders vest or apron - depending on location. Don't take chances.
     
  7. Jun 28, 2008 #6

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    I intend to put some gloves on order, as for an apron Astro some of these bearings are are in such awkward places an apron is more a hindrance than a help.

    I guess a cutting disc some times kicks back like a chain saw, not that i have ever used one,
    it would be interesting to know why the disc acts so.
     
  8. Jun 28, 2008 #7

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    Ouch - getting fingers cut is painful - sorry to hear about that, Woolie :frown: . Sounds like it could have been worse, and good thing you were wearing your sheild. How much time off work will you miss?
     
  9. Jun 28, 2008 #8
    Small ones have broken on me. They seem to break after a slice in the metal has been cut making the groove, and the discs break if I happen to move the spinning disc a little putting it out of alignment with the groove. The pressure on the sides of the disc gets the disc caught and can't turn--then breaks.
     
  10. Jun 28, 2008 #9

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    It aint all that bad lisab, and i wont miss any work, if i had not worn the face mask i might have been missing my nose, now that would have made me miss work.
     
  11. Jun 28, 2008 #10

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    I always hate that first immersion of the cut under water...I know it's going to sting and it's so hard to make myself do that.

    On the up side here, the back of your finger where you cut it is the unbendy side, not the bendy side (that's really technical anatomical terminology for you :biggrin:), so if the biggest trouble you're having is bending your finger, you're probably okay.
     
  12. Jun 28, 2008 #11

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    Good Grief, we need to get you a kevlar suit too!!! We've got to keep you safe so that you break the "Funniest Member Guru" curse. :surprised
     
  13. Jun 28, 2008 #12

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    I guess i wont be all that funny if i am not covered in jelly or on fire or spouting blood, heck i am afraid to go to work now.
     
  14. Jun 28, 2008 #13

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    well it could be worse...

    I was reading a true crime novel the other day and they were investigating a case where a woman had been stabbed and there was blood all over the kitchen her body was found. After reconstructing the crime scene and the events leading to her death, they found that she had inadvertently killed herself. They found that she had tried to wash a chicken whist cutting it under a running faucet. She had drank a few glasses of alcohol and then had cut her finger to the bone whist cutting this chicken. The blood spattered all over the counter and she tried to reach for bandaids. :rolleyes: Whist doing this, she cut her wrist with the same knife. (blood is all over the kitchen now) Then, trying to get help after the 2 cuts, she slipped on her own blood and the knife became embedded in her chest, thus killing her.
    Yes, it could be worse.

    Hope it heals fast, Wolram :smile:
     
  15. Jun 29, 2008 #14

    Integral

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    I always manage to leave a bit of blood on a wrench type job. I figure that if you don't donate a bit of blood, you are not serious about it. Wolie, you must be one serious dude! :cool:
     
  16. Jun 29, 2008 #15
    Glad you had some protective gear on!
     
  17. Jun 29, 2008 #16
    glad to hear its not a serious injury. Always remember -wolram & the rest of PF :rofl:- " Safety first! "
     
  18. Jun 29, 2008 #17

    wolram

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    :rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
  19. Jun 29, 2008 #18

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    :bugeye: Don't give anyone any new ideas on how to injure themselves! :surprised
     
  20. Jun 29, 2008 #19

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    Wow, what size disk (diameter, thickness) and on what type of tool (power drill, Dremel rotary tool, circular saw, other?)

    If you can, go to a disk that is either thicker, or of smaller diameter. OR go to a lower-rpm tool (eg. if you're using a rotary tool, try a drill instead)

    Abrasive disks are notoriously brittle. Especially those thin 1-inch (25 mm) disks used on fast-spinning rotary tools, they break most easily. I can imagine two main modes of failure:
    1. the disk is partway through the cut, and gets twisted "out of plane" while at high speed and in the confines of the cut slot. Snap!
    2. a small notch develops somehow in the outer edge, which then catches on the edge of the cut slot. Snap!
     
  21. Jun 29, 2008 #20
    Just be sure to cut straight and the chances of the disks exploding are almost zero unless of course your cutting something that will contract when being cut, pinching the blade. If for some reason you can't cut straight (cutting on an awkward angle or whatever), then keep the cut wide so there is some room between the disc and material being cut, or use a thicker disc.

    Usually I just use safety glasses, gloves, coveralls and try to position my head on one side of the disc or the other, so if it comes apart, my face isn't in the way. Coveralls do a good job at protecting from pieces flying off, but they burn through fairly quickly so try to aim the sparks away from yourself or at least stand back some
     
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