Dremel Nearly Killed Me
Posted 24 August 2006 - 06:56 PM
I was using my dremel to add a sling to my longshot about 10 minutes ago. I had one of those circular cutting discs on, and right when I touched it to the plastic, the disc shattered and flew away before embedding itself in a wall.
First of all, I was scared to death. I almost lost an eye, finger, hair, etc. That thing went an inch past my face. My hands are shaking while I'm typing, so I'm glad I can spellcheck this. Almost the entire disc was broken except for a small shard which continued to spin creating a cool invisible dremel tool look. That was about where the coolness ended. This has never happened to me in all of my 4 week's experience with a dremel. The bit was secured to its little holder thing with a small flathead screw. I've used these bits before and this has never happened. Why? I'm probably not going to use my dremel before this board is destroyed and everyone is dead. Please help!
Posted 24 August 2006 - 07:03 PM
This contest may have some flaws, as people can simply be a deuschbag over the internet. By Lying.
A war-like setting/invitational would be better...
Posted 24 August 2006 - 07:07 PM
I only ask because I'm thinking of trying these and it would suck if the balls got all covered with hairs after a while.
Posted 24 August 2006 - 07:08 PM
Posted 24 August 2006 - 07:09 PM
One last note, ALWAYS USE SAFETY GOGGLES WHEN DREMELING.
EDIT: Didn't see cx's post, (or any of the others) mine is basically the same as theirs.
Edited by euphemism, 24 August 2006 - 07:11 PM.
Posted 24 August 2006 - 07:10 PM
You need to remember that you're using a tool, not to confuse it with the toy you happen to be modding. Glad to hear you didnt lose an eye tho. Last year I got a small shard of hot plexi in my eyeball that needed to be removed at the hospital. Eye protecting is no joke!
Murphy: All right, get your stupid fucking rope.
Do you mean with an integration or what? Because size doesn't have anything to do with performance...-NerfMonkey
Posted 24 August 2006 - 07:13 PM
I've learned my lesson. I think the god of power tools has sent me a sign. Thanks guys.
...I think my heartbeat is finally slowing down...
Posted 24 August 2006 - 07:15 PM
You never put yourself in the plane of the wheel.
What he said. Seriously.
I've worked with cutting tools (dental engines) for 11 years, and let me tell you, cutting wheels cut skin, flesh, and bones quite nicely. I'll save you from seeing the scar tissue photo.
Keep ALL fingers at least 2-3 inches away from the spinning wheel/ bur/ plunge cutter. Experience will tell you that you can comfortably/ safely control the unit with fingers a little closer, but with time.
Know that most of the cutting wheels are frangible---read that, break very easily, and more so at 30,000 rpm. So you don't put excessive force on the cutter. Let the spinning wheel do the work.
Who said eye protection? Give the man a Mountain Dew. That should be a commandment.
You're alive, and have all your body parts still attached, so consider that a learning experience. A VERY lucky one indeed.
Do any of you new Dremel users out there read the instruction manuals? Hmmm.
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It's to bad you live in hawaii I bet there are not many wars there.Wait what am I saying<b> you live in hawaii you lucky bastard.</b>
Posted 24 August 2006 - 10:08 PM
Anyway, with regard to cutting disks, I don't care for them. They wear out, bind up pretty easily, and can shatter unexpectedly. I've had zero problems since I bought a dedicated plastic cutting bit - essentially a toothed metal wheel. The dust is corser (less easy to inhale), and the wheel is a lot smaller, so I can cut curves.
Posted 24 August 2006 - 10:22 PM
I don't feel the way I used to do.
I know its bad,
After what we had,
But I’m just not the angel you knew.
Posted 25 August 2006 - 10:38 AM
Edited by NiteWalker, 25 August 2006 - 11:05 AM.
Credit to Carrtoon for the mod.
"The mother of invention is need... Who doesn't have to pelt people with foam?"
Posted 25 August 2006 - 11:06 AM
So, only tighten the cutting wheel until it is snug, don't reef on it.
Everything else has already been said, and don't forget eye protection. Just because you have two of them doesn't mean losing one is OK.
Posted 25 August 2006 - 05:34 PM
Posted 25 August 2006 - 06:36 PM
Hey Carbon, can you post a picture of that plastic cutting wheel you were talking about?
Sure. Oddly enough, I couldn't Froogle up a picture, and I don't remember the model number, so here's a pic of mine.
Edited by Carbon, 25 August 2006 - 06:37 PM.
Posted 25 August 2006 - 07:13 PM
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Posted 25 August 2006 - 08:14 PM
Edited by Carbon, 25 August 2006 - 08:14 PM.
Posted 25 August 2006 - 10:11 PM
Posted 28 August 2006 - 11:36 AM
Me: forgive me father for I have sinned
Father: How long has it been since your last confession?
Me: A week.
Father: ok describe your sin to me
Me: I used... I used a dremel... without eye protection
Father: *audible GASP*
So the moral of this story kids is that when you are dremeling remember to use "protection".
Posted 28 August 2006 - 05:23 PM
It's just the only problem I have is that it doesn't really cut through the normal PVC. The walls are too thick and the dremel blade won't cut all the way through...
Posted 30 August 2006 - 10:25 AM
As far as cutting wheels go. As CX said stay out of the plane of the wheel and you won`t have to worry about getting hit. But still wear some eye protection just in case. Only apply pressure in the plane of the disc as any lateral pressure will shatter it in a flash. They are fragile but they are remarkably tough too. I use the thin discs but the thicker ones are much much more forgiving. It just takes a little more cutting time cause you are removing mor material. It just takes some practice and finesse. I haven`t broken a disc in a long time. They just wear down to about a half inch and need replacing.
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