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Default Unexpected belt sander hazard - blood warning!!

I've used this belt sander for 30 years will no problem, but my son found the hazard. Photos show the issue and my solution. The metal ribs inside the drum are just little guillotines flying around waiting for a finger to get close. Also watch the video (no flying fingers, just the end of a chopstick)

Video: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dbur971/13889200874/

I guess I'm not allowed to post urls or upload videos so you need to search flickr for "BeltSanderHazard" or google that string above to see it.

You may want to check your belt sanders for this hazard.

It was near Halloween. What can I say?
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Does 'Bloody Hell' cover it? That's seriously nasty! Just about lost my cookies with those pics.
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Good to see his sense of humor is intact...

Thanks for sharing the Hazzard
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And you stuck your finger in there, while it was running?

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I don't know where my belt sander is anymore. I find it almost impossible to use withough gouging something, but at least not me.
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When I bought my Makita belt sander over 40 years back, a more pecunious friend bought an Elu. Apart from using a broader belt, it came with a rectangular frame that fitted around the base of the machine, and limited the tendency to gouge. If the sander was turned upside down and table-mounted (the design facilitated such use), the frame served as a ledge on which to register the workpiece, and a fence could be attached at one end.
I am not sure whether DeWalt continued this idea after the takeover, but have not seen it as an option for other popular brands. Elu had a lot of thoughtful add-ons in those days. A pox on limited budgets.
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@Biagio - my Triton belt sander has a detachable frame, which works very well.
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Few tools don't have hazards but I seriously never have seen or thought of that one. My old Sears belt sander hasn't been used in a very long time but it warrants a look for sure as it's easy enough to correct as is pointed out in the pictures. Thanks for posting the warning.
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Any tool can be dangerous. A carpenter was installing a stair tread on a deck stair. He caught the edge of the nail's head. It flipped up and hit him in the eye...no safety glasses. No eye.

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I inserted a working link into your post David. Good warning. I would have never thought about that hazard.

One of the first belt sanders I used was short and narrow and terrible for gouging. So when I bought a good one I opted for a 4 x 24" PC. It's much better for not gouging but the sucker is heavy as hell. Which may be a safety plus as I don't like trying to start it with all of it's own weight on the wood which means both hands are on handles and I usually keep my left hand on the front knob to keep it from getting away from me. An odd fact was that the 4" was cheaper than the 3" at the time.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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