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A recent router accident made me look for a forum on router safety. I found it here!

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I bought my first trim router the other day. I'm accustomed to larger hand held routers with various handle configurations. A trim router you simply hold the router motor. The problem for me was stability. When I balanced it on the edge of some plywood where I planned to draw it along the edge to form a 45 degree chamfer it felt unbalanced. I felt it was more stable if I gripped it closer to the base. I used my left hand to turn on the switch then transfered it to grip low around the motor near the base. The base is open to the collet so my small outside finger wound into the open area and touched the spinning bit. Fortunately the cut was not deep removing only a small piece near the finger nail. A band-aid was all I needed. It could have been much worse with the loss of a finger. It was still traumatic for me since I have never had an accident. I always do dry runs before cuts and maintain foot and hand positions to remain safe. My action for future use is to replace the base with an auxillary base with handles.

For those who want to see the way I held it to cause the accident please see the attached photo.

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welcome to the forum. i hope your finger heals completely and quickly.

i also recently had a minor accident which could have been so much worse. like you, luckily it "just" took off some skin hear the nail. it is pretty much 100% healed now.

i was not being careful enough and touched the blade at the table saw with my thumb.
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Hi David

I'm glad that you are ok ,here's link you may want to read..the trim router is a great tool but must be reworked a little bit to be a safe tool to use..

http://www.routerforums.com/general-...er-unsafe.html

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A recent router accident made me look for a forum on router safety. I found it here!

Details of my accident...
I bought my first trim router the other day. I'm accustomed to larger hand held routers with various handle configurations. A trim router you simply hold the router motor. The problem for me was stability. When I balanced it on the edge of some plywood where I planned to draw it along the edge to form a 45 degree chamfer it felt unbalanced. I felt it was more stable if I gripped it closer to the base. I used my left hand to turn on the switch then transfered it to grip low around the motor near the base. The base is open to the collet so my small outside finger wound into the open area and touched the spinning bit. Fortunately the cut was not deep removing only a small piece near the finger nail. A band-aid was all I needed. It could have been much worse with the loss of a finger. It was still traumatic for me since I have never had an accident. I always do dry runs before cuts and maintain foot and hand positions to remain safe. My action for future use is to replace the base with an auxillary base with handles.

For those who want to see the way I held it to cause the accident please see the attached photo.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-15-2012, 05:35 PM
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Glad you ended up ok, David.
I like my Ridgid Trim Router, it only has a small section in the front that is open for the wrench. An accident can still happen, as part of it is open, but it's not as open as yours looks there.
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Greetings and welcome to the Router Forums. We are glad you have chosen to join us.

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Thanks for the link Jigs. The plate with handles shown as an accessory in the link for the bosch trim router is almost exactly what I intend to make except one side a little longer. I see this exposed collet - proximity of fingers is not just a problem I have had. Just thinking about the bit possibly twisting on something like a climb cut and your fingers close to the bit now makes me shiver.
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I might also suggest clamping a 1X or 2X board to the edge to give a wider area to run the router on the edge for better stability.
I hope you heal fast.
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Welcome to the forum David I see you're from Rochester that makes us almost neighbors.
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