|Forum topic by johngoes||posted 01-24-2009 09:16 AM||1037 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
01-24-2009 09:16 AM
A few years ago I bought a Delta Shopmaster 200 tablesaw from one of the local big-box stores. Boy was I excited to get that puppy up and going. As usual I glossed over the instructions, gleaning enough information on how to put it together and operate it. I assembled it with no problems then tried operating the blade lifting and angle controls. However, I noticed that the crank was really hard to turn. So I decided to crawl under the table to see how it operates.
I observed long gears operated by the cranks and gave the crank at wiggle to see what works. Unfortunately, this new tool was loaded with metal shavings that showered into my inquisitive eyes. On the first blink I experienced great pain and knew I was in trouble right away. I tried washing with cold water but that did nothing so I had my wife drive me to the emergency room where they put my eyes in a flushing machine for a long time. That got one eye cleared up but the next day the other eye was still bothering me so I went back where a doctor used a huge magnifying glass and tweezers to remove more shards of metal from both of my eyes.
I was blessed by God not to loose one or both eyes and since then I’ve been particularly careful to always wear my safety glasses.
So the moral of the story is to wear your safety glasses if you go crawling under your tools (and any time else you’re making sawdust fly.)
(Oh yes – they were hard to turn because I didn’t read about the center knob locking them into position.)
-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!