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It seems odd to me how a person could get his finger in there ,but apparently it happens.
I’ve had two of those sanders . Lent them both out and they both came back broken.
I finally bought a General belt sander that weighs over 400 pounds . Great thing about is it’s in perfect condition,cause it’s too big to lend out
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I’ve been fortunate in never having an issue/accident with my belt sander so when a friend asked to borrow it to refinish his deck I spent an hour with him running through the ins and outs of the beast. One of the first thing I showed him was how to load the belt. When he saw the wheel SNAP back in place he paid very close attention to everything and used it very successfully, I.e., no injuries and a reasonable finish on his deck.

They have their place and they are vicious. Fore warned is fore armed.

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I removed my fingerprints accidentally. I grabbed the belt sander by the front knob while it was running, and my finger tips dropped down and made contact...
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That sounds like how the OP's son's finger got nabbed.

Holding a piece against the stationary belt sander, with the unneeded pinky finger dangling off to the side, and nearing the edge, it got caught in the vanes of the platen wheel.

VERY informative post and mind searing insight on how to avoid injury. Thank you for sharing your son's story, and your solution.
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That sounds like how the OP's son's finger got nabbed.

Holding a piece against the stationary belt sander, with the unneeded pinky finger dangling off to the side, and nearing the edge, it got caught in the vanes of the platen wheel.
I must be doing it wrong. Because if my pinky finger is not needed to hold the wood, I do not dangle it, I curl it up and tuck it in behind the other fingers. Because I am always wary of any power tool I am using. If you're not afraid, you aren't cautious. If you're afraid, you're always cautious. Hell, I even make bridges on any saw sled I make - you would have to lay your hand flat, then slide it under the bridge about 2 inches before you contact the blade - I would have to be a lot stupider than I am to get hurt using a saw sled.

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I removed my fingerprints accidentally. I grabbed the belt sander by the front knob while it was running, and my finger tips dropped down and made contact...
My huge General belt sander was going ,and for some unknown reason I wanted to touch it . Kind of like putting your tongue on a 9V battery , you know you shouldnít but you do .
Well I had my finger pointed in the direction of the way the belt was feeding . All of the sudden I hear this crack in my knuckle as my finger gets pushed away at high speed lol.
Didnít do it twice
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"...Didn’t do it twice"
Roger that! Same here.
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That hurt, David
Is that your finger or your son's?
Anyway, sorry about that.

We, woodworkers are everywhere!!!
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My huge General belt sander was going ,and for some unknown reason I wanted to touch it . Kind of like putting your tongue on a 9V battery , you know you shouldnít but you do .
Well I had my finger pointed in the direction of the way the belt was feeding . All of the sudden I hear this crack in my knuckle as my finger gets pushed away at high speed lol.
Didnít do it twice
Rick, you can get that same feeling (wanting to touch it) when standing at Niagara Falls. There is one viewing position of the Horseshoe Falls (the Canadian falls) where you are standing on a sidewalk behind a stone wall a little less than chest high.
The water is about ten feet down on the other side and you're about ten to fifteen feet upstream of the brink. The feeling of wanting to step in is very compelling to a lot of people. Most linger much less than a minute. It's very compelling. When I go I never take my barrel.
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Iíve had two of those sanders . Lent them both out and they both came back broken.
Rick, you're doing it all wrong. You need to watch more Red Green videos. You don't lend out anything, unless it is already broken.

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