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Many of you are probably familiar with Stumpy Nubs and have seen this video of his hand injury. For those that haven't, it's a sobering reminder of how quickly an accident can happen to even a very experienced person. In this case, I believe the cause was simply using a tool that is way too dangerous (my opinion). This thing actually looks dangerous. If you have a weak stomach be warned that some of the pictures of Stumpy's hand are quite graphic. My thanks to Stumpy for sharing his experience.

 

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Interesting video. I have one of the burr type discs for a grinder and you still need a damn good grip on it too. I never gave much thought about the risks of using the chain saw chain disc but after watching him you would want to make sure that the side you are grinding with is pulling the tool away from you and not pushing it towards you. That would mean have it tilted to the right. Even knowing what he did wrong I think I'll stick with the type I have.
 

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@chuckgray,
Thanks for posting. Those chain disks look like a great idea for rapid stock removal, but that is the double edge of the sword- they remove everything else equally efficiently. Fortunately they are incredibly expensive here, so I have not had the urge to try one. After seeing the video, I will not get the urge.
 

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"In this case, I believe the cause was simply using a tool that is way too dangerous (my opinion). "

That proves what my commanding officer said, "accidents don't happen, they are caused"
And it was so when I lost the tip of my right index finger back in 2000, doing a stupid thing on the jointer.
 

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Very close to home, 10 years ago I put 31 stitches into the same hand. Everything still works, but I was extremely blessed it wasn't worse.

I am very grateful he has the intestinal fortitude to share his accident, we sometimes get far to comfortable working with sharp, spinning things. It's a good reminder at how fast bad things can happen.

I especially liked the comments about how hard it was to operate his cell phone to call for help. Something that might be worth remembering!
 

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I can honestly say that other than a tablesaw kickback, yeah I knew what I was doing was wrong but I was in a hurry, I've been fortunate. I think it may be a bit scary to see how many times we've been so close and yet lucky and didn't realize it. As a reminder I have that piece of wood prominently mounted in the shop for all to see. Not pride but rather a strong reminder. Although no bodily injury it did hit the wallet. I needed to replace the cartridge on the table saw as well as get the Forrest 70 tooth plywood blade repaired. There's no such thing as a free lunch here. Stuff happens for sure.
 

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That disk works exactly like the nose of a chain saw blade...if one were to use the nose of a chain saw to cut into a tree, they had better be prepared...! ! !

Think of how many times a drill has been pulled out of your hand when the bit jammed. The grinder has more torque and just cannot be held by the hand operating the switch. The barrel is too big to grip properly and holding the switch reduces that hands ability to hold the tool.

Disaster waiting to happen...

I would never use such a blade...it's bad enough with a grinding or cutting disk...

I'm glad Stumpy is alright and thanks to @chuckgray for posting...a great reminder to be conscious of the direction of spin, regardless of the tool...
 
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Ken was telling me about this video last night. Like Tom said: The still is enough for me. I won't be watching that video. My emotions wouldn't be able to take it.... nope nope nope :no::no::no:
 
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My thoughts are, he was using it wrong, and he wasn't afraid of it.
 
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It's always important for us to be vigilant, and so easy to become complacent when familiar with a tool.

Stay safe out there people. I know I'll be reviewing safety stuff before operating my new contractor table saw, probably even make a safety checklist so I can remind myself of what to be wary of.

I rather like my appendages, and let's face it, we need them to create more beautiful work.
 

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It's always important for us to be vigilant, and so easy to become complacent when familiar with a tool.

Stay safe out there people. I know I'll be reviewing safety stuff before operating my new contractor table saw, probably even make a safety checklist so I can remind myself of what to be wary of.

I rather like my appendages, and let's face it, we need them to create more beautiful work.
First priority is getting a Grripper, or however they spell it. Using it will greatly reduce your risks of injury. I have two so I can walk longer pieces through the blade with greater support. Pix shows the model with the outrigger being used on a jointer. Mine are without that add on. FYI, you adjust the "feet" before the cut so they miss the blade. That setup step makes you think through what you're about to do.
 

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I can honestly say that other than a tablesaw kickback,
I've said it before, do not stand in line with the saw blade when using your table saw. Then if there is kickback, it will go past you. Learned that in my 10th grade shop class, that was the first year we got to use the saw. I have never had a kickback, but I still stay out of line of the saw blade anyway. I was 14 then, and am turning 79 next month. Look at youtube videos on woodworking. A lot of those guys call themselves professional woodworkers, and yet they stand in line with their saw blade anyway. Always be scared of your power tools, it will make you more careful.
 
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