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handy mandy28/06/2009 21:55:45
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just wondered if anyone had ever had any trouble with there guard on there mitre saw .forgot to ask when i joined this website because about 5 weeks ago the guard on my mitre saw dropped down while in use causing the guard to shatter and cause quite alot of damage to my left hand had to go back to the jigsaw.2 and a half hours of surgery later and lost top of one finger,disfigured another 3 would put a picture on but dont want to upset anyone.just wondered if anyone else has had any problems with there guards.mandy
Sparky28/06/2009 22:09:51
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Mandy, sorry to hear of your trouble. 
What mitre saw is it?

If its new'ish (within a year) go back to where you bought it for an exchange of refund
Have you any pictures?
handy mandy28/06/2009 22:10:32
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whats worse is the response i got from people like"well women and power tools don't mix" what a load of rubbish. 2 years i have had the saw and it just happens,accidents that is.i would appreciate any thoughts you might have on the matter.the guard was plastic.mandy
handy mandy28/06/2009 22:13:46
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it was argos's own make(challenge),my first ever mitre saw.i've had it about 2 it right when they say you get what you pay cost me £50.mandy
handy mandy28/06/2009 22:14:29
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did you mean picture of my hand or mitre saw.mandy
Sparky28/06/2009 22:15:49
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The spring may have come loose which holds it over the blade and you may have just let it slip............still not nice having parts of your body removed
Sparky28/06/2009 22:19:12
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No, the saw ...........dont want to see deformed fingers at this time of night!
I dont think Argos would do anything after all this time.......usually the warranty is 12 months for their machines..........
handy mandy28/06/2009 22:19:40
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i'm not bothered about that,would have to loose my hand to stop me working with wood.mandy
John Kinch29/06/2009 19:11:18
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Mandy, I believe statutory rights entitle you to 2 years warranty. Besides they have sold you a dangerous tool which may contravene standard health and safety regulations. Take it back to Argos and kick up a stink, they are usually fair with replacements. If you don't try you don't know. Show them the injury.
     John Kinch.
Ron Davis29/06/2009 20:33:30
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The saw is clearly not fit for purpose, so try the Sale of Goods act, and also your local Trading Standards Office
Eric Harvey 130/06/2009 16:17:35
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Hi mandy,
I would try what Ron and John say,but only if there was no damage(ie:from being roughed up,dropped etc.) and to the ones that say women and power tools don`t mix,tell them to pull their heads in and start living in the real world.Hope you heal up soon and as best as possible,Regards,

Edited By Eric Harvey 1 on 30/06/2009 16:18:30

Ralph Harvey30/06/2009 22:35:55
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I agree they do say you get what you pay for but you payed for it to work ! kick up a stink and get it replaced, i have through necesaty bought cheap brands too but they still have be safe, show them your fingers and threaten to claim damages ?
As for the lost and damaged appendages i did a similar thing to my thumb last year, didnt loose mine, hurt like hell and still slightly numb, but it works
Tommy mc glynn 130/06/2009 23:03:25
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 who says women and power tools don't mix. women are better dirvers than most men ( out from me lol) wemen all ways read manuls not like us men we think we know better.
 i think when buy any power tool let you man or women you should have do some corse on that tool. hope your back in the workshop soon
Joe O 301/07/2009 01:02:09
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Belated welcome to the forum, complements on your fine workpersonship and sorry about your accident.
I would say send a detailed letter to the company (registered if necessary) giving them full details of exactly what happened to you and see what response you get.
Then if you are not satisfied you should contact Trading Standards and/or Citizens advice to find out your rights.
handy mandy01/07/2009 06:38:42
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thanks for all your suggestions.myfriend who also does alot of would work(man) said i shouldn't mess about and just put a claim in with one of those companies that work with a no win no fee.but i dont know what to i wasting my time doing that or shall i just go straight to the souce.what does everyone think????????? your oppinions would help. thanks mandy.

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