Thats the thing, a few years ago he had quite a major accident involving a table saw and a little finger. He talked about it in one of his videos and commented how expensive the surgery was, and lucky to keep the finger. Thats why I found it a bit baffling that was he was willing (uneccessarily) to put himself in a similar situation. Obviously he's confident doing that and accepts the risks. Fair enough. I agree he is talented.A very talented guy who has managed years without an accident. But I don't understand the culture of 'I've never had an accident'. You read and get taught about complacency with machines. I wonder if some of these guys have kids. Sleep deprivation when you have babies and toddlers is intense. What about those times when a loved one is ill or close to death? When you are walking around in a fog and not really 100% there. Do they put down their power tools when they are tired / not in the right frame of mind? I doubt it! I don't get how this culture of excessive risk exists.
Now the Stumpy Nubs makes senceClearly though he's never been bitten by a powertool, or had it rip out of his hands giving an almighty fright. Hence still got the lack of any sort of fear that brings about safe working practice.
Theres a good vid by Stumpy Nubs where he's using the angle grinder with a carving blade(aka a disc of death) and it goes somewhat awry ripping it out his grasp and leaving a very nice reminder.
He is using a handle, but despite it it still has the power to wrench itself out of his grasp.
Like most here, I've the saw bench, the planer/thicknesser and all the powertools with the fast moving cutting blades that you dont ever want to have an accident with, ever. The angle grinder I recognize as one if not the most dangerous tools I own and use. I can fully understand and conceptualize what it could do if it ever took on a life of its own, particularly if it got ahold of something like a sleeve or jumper over the stomach area. Doesnt bear thinking about really, and as such, more than anything, I've a well developed sense of what im doing, how im holding it, the direction of the blade when in use. With all tools I hasten to add, not just my grinder.
My grinder is a skil grindcat, which has I think a much better handle shape for holding the tool, rather than the usual straight body that affords little positive grip.
You can see in stumpy nubs vid, the direction of the blade and how he's holding it where if it does go amiss, its route is towards him and he would have been better had he worked from the other side, on his left side rather than right.
This vid doesnt show the actual damage, so you can keep your dinner where it's supposed to be. The actual vid and damage is really nasty.