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Mailee09/09/2011 19:40:15
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Thought I would share this as a warning.
I made a start on the oak cabinets today but had a disasterous mishap with the planer! Stupidly I was rushing and feeding the lengths of oak through the blades on my Elu P/T. Without thinking I brushed some dust off the table with a sweep of my hand as two of my fingers went pass the guard straight into the spinning block! :shock: ops: Initially I thought I had just hit the guard with my finger but as I jerked my hand back blood spattered across the workshop! Oh Dear! I didn't dare look to see what I had done. When I plucked up the courage to look I was amazed that I had got away with just cutting a flap on the end quite deep though. Here it is after it had stopped bleeding:

I have never liked those Euro guards on these machines now I think they are downright dangerous! Still I should have known better as I normally blow off any chippings. Well lesson learned and I WONT do that again. I consider myself very lucky and am normally a safe worker. Only the second accident in 20 years so not so bad. I did have the guard in place and low to the blade but nothing guarding the blade where the wood had been fed through, if it had been the pork chop guard this would not have happened.

Edited By Mailee on 09/09/2011 19:41:25

BillW09/09/2011 20:22:15
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"Close Shave"
Glad you got away with it.
Alan T.09/09/2011 20:47:59
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Does anyone else get that funny sensation in the nether regions on seeing something like this? Lesson learned no doubt. Hope it soon heals up. Cheers Alan T
fatboy09/09/2011 21:30:26
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oof! looks nippy mailee, get well soon mate
Drew Marsh09/09/2011 21:42:43
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Mailee... Been there, done that... and certainly won't be doing it ever again!!!

still not got full feeling back in my thumb yet.
fatboy10/09/2011 08:47:27
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eeeeew, dreeew! i wish i had not just had my breakfast! that looks f***in painful, makes me shiver, just looking at it
Simon Reeves10/09/2011 08:51:50
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Definitely buttock clenching for all the injuries!!!! Hope everyone recovers OK.
I agree with Mailee ref the pork chop guard. Why were they ever changed I wonder?
Tommy mc glynn 110/09/2011 09:15:43
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hi mailee hope you get better soon you were lucky . but thank you for showing us what can go worng when we take our eye of the ball. after all we all do from timt to time .
paul wagstaffe10/09/2011 09:30:46
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A moment of not thinking can result in a life time of not having all your fingers, seeing this will definitely make me more aware of having a accident, Thank You! I hope you heal soon.
Big Al10/09/2011 10:00:21
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I have often wondered why we have bridge guards fitted to planers, and not the pork chop spring loaded type that the americans have, it just doesn't make sense.
Hope everything heals for both of you.
Oddjob10/09/2011 13:46:09
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Looks like you were less unlucky than Drew with that one Mailee. I hope you both recover quickly.
Clearly the guards on your planers are not fit for purpose and letters to the manufacturers would not go amiss. I am not really familiar with the terms "bridge" and "pork chop" as descriptions for guards but I'm guessing that one lifts up as the wood passes across the blade and the other moves to the side? If I've got that right then the guard on my P/T (Kity 635) has the best of both worlds as it will either lift up or move to the side dependent on the the timber size and the way you feed it to the machine. Certainly when the guard is in place you wouldn't contact the blade when you "brushed some dust off the table with a sweep of your hand."
Big Al10/09/2011 16:02:03
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Richard, a bridge guard look's like this

And a pork chop type guard look's like this

The main difference between them is that the pork chop style guard is spring loaded so that it alway's cover's the cutter block. The bridge guard is manually set and wont alway's cover the cutter block.
Simon Reeves10/09/2011 16:50:16
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The problem with the bridge guard is that you're supposed to cover the blade completely and pass the timber underneath as per Al's photo, which probably makes it as safe as it can be for that sort of guard. However, you can't do that with a tall piece that won't fit underneath, so there's always some part of the blade exposed.
The pork chop guard just gets pushed out of the way as the timber passes over the cutter and springs back again after it's passed completely through. Much safer IMHO.
On the same subject, and regardless of whether all the guards are fitted, don't forget Norm Abram's maxim that he recites on every episode of the NYW - "There is no more important safety rule than to wear safety glasses". If you were really unlucky you might only get 2 chances with your eyes, a left chance and a right chance! There are some really comfortable specs these days, not just the horrible goggles you used to get.
Derek Lane10/09/2011 21:39:15
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OUCH that hurt and that was just thinking about it. Hope you both mend well. I have the bridge guard on my machine wish it was the pork chop type
Delboy12/09/2011 16:40:16
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Sorry to say I have also been there - twice now!!!! Bloody hurts doesn't it

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