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Lonsdale73

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Waking up with aches and pains is nothing new however this morning my chest was feeling particularly tender. Of all the tools in a workshop capable of inflicting an injury I have to say a sander wasn't top of my risk list. Yesterday, mine flew upwards, out of my grip and slammed into my chest. Wouldn't have altered my looks much but I suppose it could have been worse if it had slammed into my face. Two positives are it didn't and I won't underestimate the potential of anything in the workshop to cause harm. And the sander is so solidly built it hasn't been damaged either!
 

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Sorry to read that fella, wish you well.

I have to ask, how did it happen? Was it a belt or orbital sander?
 

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Sorry to hear that. Get well soon

I had the same logic - sander is really safe relatively - and let my kids do some sanding on garden furniture.

It was an old axi orbital. Great sander. The kids were using it and it literally exploded!! Bits - cast metal alloyband plastic bits - went flying everywhere. Thank god, nothing hit their eyes or face.

Now I only let them near tools with strong adult goggles and a face mask. The potential damage is not worth it.

That was my lesson learned.

I can only imagine that there were some cracks in the internal spinning alloy parts, which finally gave way, smashing into the surrounding plastic casing.

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OscarG":1tdjk42t said:
Was it a belt or orbital sander?
Orbital. TBH it's just another ache to the collection and I'm as 'fine' as I was before the incident. Thanks all the same.
 

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and there was me thinking you’d been sanding yew or wenge without a mask
 

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Roland":o2qvuf8u said:
and there was me thinking you’d been sanding yew or wenge without a mask
Often been said I should wear a mask more often but that has pipper all to do with personal safety in the workshop. No, not yew, it was me and apparently I'm even more toxic!
 

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I once got my trousers caught in a 4" Elu belt sander.

It was a close one :shock:
 

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Ha... you nearly ended up with a very smooth set of plums ;-)
 

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Lonsdale73":c7u79jib said:
OscarG":c7u79jib said:
Was it a belt or orbital sander?
Orbital. TBH it's just another ache to the collection and I'm as 'fine' as I was before the incident. Thanks all the same.
Wow, really surprised it's an orbital, I was expecting it to be a belt.

So how did an orbital hit you? Did it come apart like someone else posted?
 

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OscarG":1jbt80ev said:
Lonsdale73":1jbt80ev said:
OscarG":1jbt80ev said:
Was it a belt or orbital sander?
Orbital. TBH it's just another ache to the collection and I'm as 'fine' as I was before the incident. Thanks all the same.
Wow, really surprised it's an orbital, I was expecting it to be a belt.

So how did an orbital hit you? Did it come apart like someone else posted?
I think it brushed against one of the perpindicular side pieces and flew off it like a spinning top
 

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You may be fine Lonsdale73 (good) but it still sounds painful.

Only problem I've had with a ROS (so far!) is if I start it before it's fully down on the job and at the same time not holding the handle properly.

Glad you're OK. The other similar post about a ROS "falling to pieces" while in work sounds nasty.
 
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