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A few surface rust spots under the lids of our kitchen tidy bins were being removed by yours truly when I put too much force on a spot in the corner & had my grinder wrenched from my hand & it flew back & hit me in the chest. It left a bruise the size of a softball & was bouncing around with me trying to grab it instead of pulling the power cord plug. The 4 inch wire brush is what struck me & it finally wound itself to a stop when it got tangled up in my sweat pants left leg & started smoking.
I wanted to get the rust off & a coat of primer on the bins before my darling wife came home from shopping so I was rushing the job & not thinking clearly otherwise I would have clamped the lid to the small table (same height as my chair) I was using as a bench & held the grinder with both hands. I believe if I had been hit in the head & knocked out I could have been set on fire or electrocuted or both so it's a hard way to find there is no breaker on my shop circuit. I wasn't gonna mention this to anyone but somebody might gain something from it,like hold an angle grinder with. both hands Best wishes, James. jj777746
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They make grinders with paddle switches. It would have prevented this accident. I learned about these from a lathe demonstration where the user had a cutter wheel on the grinder with a standard slide switch. He showed pictures pictures of the damage done to face and body. With a paddle switch it turns off once realeased. I still do not have the paddle type switch, but think about this man every time I turn my grinder on. Good to hear that it did not do as much damage as it could.

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Tkx for the headsup....sorry for ur mishap...hope all turns out well.....guess sumtimes we have or need to experience them to enjoy our successes....and then again I don't believe I said that..well anyways hope the bruises heal quickly...
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dam James...
sorry to hear this...
would an ROS be a better choice ot do it by hanf w/ a wire brush and a rust solvent???
get better quick...

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James--did I read that correctly??

there is no breaker on my shop circuit

do you have a death wish?
Your life insurance paid?
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dam James...
sorry to hear this...
would an ROS be a better choice ot do it by hanf w/ a wire brush and a rust solvent???
get better quick...
It isn't a case of wise after the event when I say that I do exactly as Stick has posted, It's so quick and effective.
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I did a very similar thing, James. I was using one under a car and it grabbed my t-shirt. I had to rip my t-shirt to get the thing away from me but not until after i already ground my stomach. It wasn't very serious (kinda like a knee scrape when you're a kid) but it took quite a while for the scar to go away. I have a greater respect for those things now that I've seen how fast they can eat a t-shirt!
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Wow, James! Sure glad it wasn't worse.
Thanks for the heads up.
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James, I'm glad you're OK. Several years ago I was working on my '57 Chevy restauration and was using air tools. I was removing rust around the windshield opening and using an air drill. I switched to a die grinder and forgot to put my goggles back on !!!! well it took a fraction of a second when I pressed the trigger a piece of the wire brush hit me right in the eye. Worst thing is I was alone at the shop on a Saturday morning. What an ordeal that was, 2 ER rooms later I was told that had it gone 1mm deeper, I would have lost the use of that eye. I was a vigilent guy with eye safety and a split second of distraction made me forget to put the goggles back on. I am way more vigilent now. I got lucky !
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To say you should have done things differently isn't helpful...I bet there isn't anyone here who hasn't done exactly what you did (minus the bad stuff happening).
As everyone has already said, really glad the injuries were relatively minor, and believe me, I'm paying attention!. No more one handed grinding for this dude.
Thanks for the heads up; I needed that.
Interesting about the deadman switch. I've never seen that on angle grinders and now I'm wondering why not?
Here's to your quick recovery, James.
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