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pyronoel
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PostPosted: Thu May 20 10 10:31 pm    Post subject: Wire Wheel Safety Reply with quote

Just a reminder about wire wheels.....



I hate the things, but they do a good job. It was that or sandblast the welds to get the rust off for painting.

I was wearing full wrap around goggles over my glasses, and thick leather gloves. GLAD I WAS. My finger slipped and got sucked into the thing while it was spinning, take a look at what it did to the glove. -no damage to the finger.

.....then when I went to take a shower later than night, I found a few pieces of wire embedded into my shirt!

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PostPosted: Thu May 20 10 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AMEN. Safety First. Dont want any Dead Ringers!
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PostPosted: Thu May 20 10 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what I always think about any tool is, if it can do that to metal what would it do to soft flesh.Unfortunately I have learned a few times.
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PostPosted: Fri May 21 10 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wire wheels whether cup or flat are in my category of 'buy the best ones made'. DeWalt does not fit in that category. Go to your local welding supply store and they will have quality US made wire brushes. Bring your wallet.

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PostPosted: Fri May 21 10 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

seattlepitboss wrote:
wire wheels whether cup or flat are in my category of 'buy the best ones made'. DeWalt does not fit in that category. Go to your local welding supply store and they will have quality US made wire brushes. Bring your wallet.

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Buying the "best" will still not keep him from catching his glove in wheel.
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PostPosted: Fri May 21 10 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't fix stupid Smile

...But I will check out a quality wheel, having one not throw so many wires would be nice.



DreChar wrote:
seattlepitboss wrote:
wire wheels whether cup or flat are in my category of 'buy the best ones made'. DeWalt does not fit in that category. Go to your local welding supply store and they will have quality US made wire brushes. Bring your wallet.

SPB


Buying the "best" will still not keep him from catching his glove in wheel.
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PostPosted: Fri May 21 10 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DreChar wrote:
seattlepitboss wrote:
wire wheels whether cup or flat are in my category of 'buy the best ones made'. DeWalt does not fit in that category. Go to your local welding supply store and they will have quality US made wire brushes. Bring your wallet.

SPB


Buying the "best" will still not keep him from catching his glove in wheel.

And surprisingly enough they still throw wire shard's like the cheap ones. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri May 21 10 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kill two birds with one stone? Safety for sure but I really dislike the wire shards is why I seldom use them. I did find and posted here elsewhere (?), a scrub wheel for removing paint but pretty much cleans up anything a wire wheel will do. Kind of a rubberized scotch brite. So....agreed, be careful with the wire wheel but there is an option for me at least. Yup....can't fix stupid.
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PostPosted: Fri May 21 10 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

damn man glad your ok !!!!! i've seen some really Bad $hit happen with wire wheels and cut-off wheels.
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PostPosted: Fri May 21 10 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What do you mean by a scrub wheel?

I haven't found much anything besides the sandblaster for getting into the edge of the welds for painting.

For general grinding, I use the sandpaper disks:
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The roloc disks on the die grinder are expensive and die quickly, use them generally for gasket removal.

k.a.m. ..... glad to know the "good" ones are just as predictable.



Wreckless wrote:
Kill two birds with one stone? Safety for sure but I really dislike the wire shards is why I seldom use them. I did find and posted here elsewhere (?), a scrub wheel for removing paint but pretty much cleans up anything a wire wheel will do. Kind of a rubberized scotch brite. So....agreed, be careful with the wire wheel but there is an option for me at least. Yup....can't fix stupid.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11 10 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Them wire wheels can get you and you not even know it. About two weeks after I finished my smoker I thought I had an ingrown hair on my knee. Figured I got it from all the crawling around I did to grind and weld the smoker.
Anyway, I attempted to pull the thing out with tweezers and had to dig a little to get at it. It turned out to be a 3/8" to 1/4" piece of a wire wheel that I never felt going in. Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11 10 3:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guys my best advice is never ever ever wear gloves when operating anything that spins.

Wire wheels and cups will peel a few layers of skin off and polish your fingerprints down to nothing....but get one little thread caught and you can snap a finger or two.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11 10 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Inner10 wrote:
Guys my best advice is never ever ever wear gloves when operating anything that spins.

Wire wheels and cups will peel a few layers of skin off and polish your fingerprints down to nothing....but get one little thread caught and you can snap a finger or two.


Same for drill presses/lathes.

It rather get cut to the bone than sucked in! Wink Shocked
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17 10 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the "NO GLOVES" rule is meant more for woodworking tools that can suck you in. Yes, wire wheels can catch and pull but you are much better off with thick gloves than bare hands. Same goes with grinding wheels.

I always tell my students that you might be tempted to pick up a grinder for a quick touch up without goggles. We have all done it. But NEVER with a wire wheel. Those pieces of wire fly off and pierce clothing and skin so fast that it's never worth risking it.

Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation NEVER, NEVER, NEVER use a wire wheel without eye protection! Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17 10 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i had a buddy that was doing some work on his 4x4 with a wire wheel... it blew up went up under his glasses in to his eye and in to his hand 12 hours in the er but he still has his eye.....and hand
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