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Old 04-06-2014, 10:27 AM   #1
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I have been doing a lot more work with power tools recently and I feel like I should get some training on how to use them. I want to learn about some of the dangers and pitfalls of each tool and their limitations. Any suggestions of maybe a video series or online class?

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most power tools come with warnings ..read these...and use commom sense at all times ..and come to respect every power tool there is ....you should be fine .......

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Go to Youtube. Do a search for "How to use drill". "How to use circular saw". And every other tool you will be using. Watch as many videos as it takes until you feel completely familiar and safe using the tool.

Also, always wear safety glasses and don't wear long sleeves or loose clothing around moving or rotating parts/tools.
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Always use the right tool for the job (eg. using a skill saw instead of a recip saw). Never force a tool, if it's labouring, slow down. Get in the habit of mentally asking yourself "where is my free hand?" before hitting the switch.
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Okay. That's good advice. I especially agree with using the right tool for the job. The only injury I have gotten from working on my home was when I cut myself trying to use a big screwdriver as a chisel.
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Okay. That's good advice. I especially agree with using the right tool for the job. The only injury I have gotten from working on my home was when I cut myself trying to use a big screwdriver as a chisel.
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One tip I could give you is never wear gloves when using power tools. I almost lost the top of my finger using a pneumatic tire machine because my glove got caught in it and took my finger with it.
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One of the most serious things to learn--concentration--

I've watched three nasty accidents happen when an operator was distracted by a visitor trying to talk to the man on the saw---
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One of the most serious things to learn--concentration--

I've watched three nasty accidents happen when an operator was distracted by a visitor trying to talk to the man on the saw---
That should be a lesson to the visitors too.

I can't count how many times that I've been concentrating on the task at hand with a power tool to be startled by someone I didn't see coming.

That split second distraction can be dangerous.

It happens most often to me when someone sneaks up on me while I'm running a table saw. Thankfully I've never been hurt because of this but I sure know the potential is there.
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Watch out for the table saw. I don't know if you use one or not but it is a very dangerous tool if you are not careful. Do not use one without learning the dos and don'ts. I guess that should go for any tool as well but I have seen some horrible accidents with table saws.
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One of the most serious things to learn--concentration--

I've watched three nasty accidents happen when an operator was distracted by a visitor trying to talk to the man on the saw---
Mike.... Outta Thanks... so THANKS.... bottom line, most important consideration!

Or very similar to Mike's most basic point....... Don't go on what I call "automatic pilot" ......doing repitious work with a power tool and loosing concentratiion.


(I ran my fingers into a table saw ripping some 100? thin narrow sheets of something... can't remember... but luckily only have the scars.)
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1) Pay attention and make sure other people know not to sneak up on you. Others have already said it, but it's worth repeating.

2) DO NOT modify the tool to defeat safety features. It might make things easier and faster, but accidents with power tools can be really nasty and you'll feel really stupid explaining why you thought it was a good idea to the ER docs.

My wife is an operating room nurse. One of the more common reasons she gets called in for emergency surgery after hours is because of power tool accidents. Usually it's to attempt to re-attach a body part. Usually someone was drinking or they modified the tool (or both).

I've been a hobby woodworker for many years. I love my table saw, but I still treat it like it's just looking for an opportunity to take a finger or two when I get sloppy.

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Been using a table saw, router, bandsaw etc etc for many years. Never got nicked. Use push sticks when ever you are cutting especially on a table saw. And to agree with others above, yes, always know ALWAYS where your fingers are at all times. Machines are great but they are idiots, they don't care what they cut
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Something to think about around saw blades.
a 40 tooth blade spinning at 3450 RPM moves 138,000 teeth past a single point every minute. That's 2300 per second. The average human reaction time is .17 to .3 seconds. Get a finger too close and even if you have a fast reaction time, 391 teeth have flashed by before you can react.
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I think I'm keeping myself pretty safe. I do use a table saw and that's the one I am most afraid of!

One of my friends does woodworking and he's got a rule that his mobile phone doesn't enter his workshop. While I don't do it often I have to admit I've reached for my BlackBerry while working with a tool.

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