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Old 07-24-2006, 10:52 AM
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Buffing Dangers

Just a friendly note to those of you who may have reason to use Pedestal type buffers. USE CAUTION!!!

I am always respectful of the buffer but sometimes things go wrong anyway. I was buffing a headlight ring when the buffer grabbed and the rest is history. 4 inside and 8 outside stitches later the wound is closed but surgery tomorrow remains due to a severed tendon.

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Old 07-24-2006, 01:23 PM
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OUCH!! Dude, that sucks! Hopefully it doesn't lay you up for too long.
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About ten years ago I was using a screwdriver to clean a buffing wheel and I let the point of it turn up too much so that it snagged the wheel, real easy to do. It snatched that thing out of my hand and threw it into the door on the truck behind me so hard it impaled the shank all the way up to the handle! If it had hit me I very well may not have been here today, same for anyone nearby. Needless to say I won't be doing that again.
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They are not only dangerous - they can be EXPENSIVE!

Part of my current project is an original '54 Corvette speedometer. I too was using a pedestal buffer and polishing rouge to polish out some very minoring scratches in the outer plastic lens. Suffice it to say that what was once a one-piece lens is now a three-piece lens. And, I was darn lucky to find all three pieces.

Moral of the story: Stay away from or be REALLY careful when exposing edges to the rotating wheel. They will grab the piece and jerk it out of your hands faster than you can say; "wha da' ---- ???".

As Ron White says: "You can't cure STUPID".

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Old 07-27-2006, 05:56 PM
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Just a question, Were you wearing gloves? I don't have a real good buffer but I put a buffing wheel on a pedastal mounted grinder and it works alright but I alway wear leather gloves when I use it. I've had things catch a few times, sore knuckles or fingers but no cuts so far.

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Well, you know, you have to be careful wearing gloves too, for another reason.
If you are wearing gloves and a glove gets snagged on something, then your whole hand can be yanked hard away from you--if you are lucky. If you aren't lucky, then your hand can go for a spin around the buffer wheel and rip [ouch] you tendons and ligaments in your wrist. Kinda like a "Death Roll" of a Crocodile.

If anybody has sprained/strained their wrist so much that you've felt a sting, it could be a problem called "Ganglion Cist". It's caused by a tear in a fluid filled sac in your wrist. The result is a bump on your wrist that may or may not go away, but chances are it will reappear. It happened to me as I was holding a heavy box with both hands. My right hand lost it's grip, but I tried to hold onto the box with my left hand. The box yanked and twisted my wrist when I felts a sharp pain. It's nothing serious, but I bet a lot of people get injured like this and never know what caused the bump that results.
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Old 07-27-2006, 08:25 PM
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Yikes! That looked quite painful Closest thing related to a type of wheel injury was with my grinder, my finger got a bit too close and took off quite a bit of skin in an instant. Luckily it wasn't the cutting wheel on there Thattt wouldn't have been good
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