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Blog entry by woodmaker posted 03-16-2015 06:11 PM 2024 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I recently had an incident using my bandsaw. The blade jamed in the wood, flipped it into my hand and broke left pinky and ring finger. Both fingers were gashed open by the blade
That was last week, I went to the scene of the crime and looked like things over.
The blade is still embedded in the wood, and wrapped completely around it. Which was better than wrapped around me.

My best estimation is I was too lazy to change the blade. The blade is only 1/4” thick and the wood was 6” in diameter. It should have been simple 2 minute job but like I said being rushed and lazy I almost lost my fingers.

Long story short, don’t Rush and don’t be lazy.

-- Mike



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Ocelot

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#1 posted 03-16-2015 06:23 PM

Ouch!

Thanks for posting this.

When you feel up to it, if you could post some photos of the scene of the accident, it would help us to understand what happened.

Did the blade break?

What was the shape of the piece of wood you were cutting?

What type/model/size of bandsaw?

Was the guard set low over the cut or was there a lot of blade exposed?

I’ve never heard of this type of acciident on the bandsaw and I don’t want it to happen to me!

-Paul

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#2 posted 03-16-2015 07:42 PM

Ouch, that’s gonna leave a mark!

Glad you didn’t LOSE BOTH fingers!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 03-16-2015 07:45 PM

Thanks for the reminder. Hope you heal quickly.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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woodmaker

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#4 posted 03-16-2015 08:44 PM

I have a G0555lx 14” band saw with riser.
The only thing that comes to mind is the 1/4” blade. I was attempting to cut about a 6” diameter piece of oak to turn a bowl on the lathe; didn’t need much, but as soon as the blade started it’s cut BAM, all hell broke loose.
I’ll get pictures of the wood, it’s still laying there attached to what’s left of the blade.

-- Mike

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#5 posted 03-16-2015 08:47 PM

Hope you heal fast.sorry to hear this happened.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 03-16-2015 09:10 PM

Any chance the blade was not tensioned?

I can see the possibility of a round piece of stock rolling as it is being cut – which would cause it to jump into the blade if it gained some traction on the table. I’m sure it happened in the blink of an eye, but did you feel the piece turning in your grip?

-Paul

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#7 posted 03-16-2015 09:18 PM

Didn’t feel it turn. I just started to feed the material

-- Mike

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#8 posted 03-16-2015 11:18 PM

OUCH!!!! That looks really nasty. I hope you are able to make a full recovery. Any more details you might be able to share will help all of us avoid a similar incident.

-- Art

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#9 posted 03-17-2015 12:10 AM

Sorry this had to happen but maybe others can benefit from your wreck. I suspect the workpiece started to rotate, stopped the blade, and pulled it off the wheel.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 03-17-2015 02:55 PM

I will try not to forget this lesson when cutting round stock!

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#11 posted 03-17-2015 02:57 PM

Wow
I’m glad it wasn’t worse.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#12 posted 03-17-2015 04:24 PM

Ocelot the blade was tensioned , I just went over blade check and guides before I started.
A1Jim, yes could have been much worse. The wife was walking the dogs and she would have been gone for over 30 minutes at least. I shudder to think if that 105” blade decided it wanted me more than the piece of wood.

-- Mike

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#13 posted 03-17-2015 04:40 PM

Scary deal!

I’ve always considered my bandsaw a little less frightening than some of my other tools.

There was, however, a guy who used to work in my company who lost part of 2 fingers on a bandsaw (not here, but in a previous work situation). I never got the story from him about how he did it.

Somebody posted a link here to an OSHA site listing bandsaw injuries and there were several of them to be sure!

-Paul

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#14 posted 03-17-2015 11:23 PM


Here are more pictures from the “crime scene”

-- Mike

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#15 posted 03-23-2015 04:12 PM

Wow, thanks for sharing, these pictures are hard to look at but important to see so that we remember to respect the bandsaw.

Thanks for sharing and hope you heal up well and quickly.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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