Safe working with Power Carving tools

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Below we want to give you some hints and tips for working safely with our Power Carving tools and the associated machines. With these hints, working with our tools becomes more pleasant and, above all, safer. Our tools have a reputation for being dangerous, forbidden and even life-threatening for some users or even non-users. Please rest assured that we do not offer prohibited tools in our shop and with our tips and hints the work with the tools will be just as safe as handling the chainsaw 🙂

Personal protection

Wear safety glasses!

With the eyesight it is like with many other things, you only appreciate it when you no longer have it. That’s why you need to wear safety glasses when working with the Power Carving tools, because the chip flight and the size of the chips is sometimes considerable and very painful when they hit you. Cheap goggles in different versions are available in our shop here.

Even the fine dust produced by the fine tools and grinders tends to always want to be in your face and this can also be prevented with goggles, but even better with a protective visor like the
Power Cap
of JSP.

Wear hearing protection!

Hearing protection should be at the forefront of protective equipment, whether working with the chainsaw or the angle grinder. Virtually all gasoline-electric or battery-powered units have a noise level that causes damage to human hearing under continuous stress. Hearing protection for young and old can be found
here
.

Wear protective gloves!

Protective gloves are especially important when working with milling discs, because their chip removal is sometimes very coarse and painful. The fact that the hands are very close to the disc, especially with the angle grinder, makes it all the more painful. There is a persistent rumour that wearing gloves is forbidden when working with the angle grinder. However, this is not true. It is true that wearing protective gloves when working with circular saws, table band saws, table milling, dressing benches, etc. is prohibited, as there the danger is very high, that the gloves catch you in the rotating head or the shaft, the hand of the user and cause even more damage than if you hadn’t worn gloves. However, this cannot happen when working with the angle grinder, as one of the two hands does not release the device and enter the rotating disc at any time.

Wear respiratory protection during grinding work!

Those who grind a lot and, above all, work a lot with acidic woods will be able to confirm that the fine wood dust is not only very unpleasant, but also dangerously toxic to the lungs. However, the same lights will also be able to confirm that protective masks are uncomfortable to wear, make breathing difficult and cause the goggles to slaps. Nevertheless, we want you to protect yourself appropriately when working with our milling and grinding attachments and can therefore unreservedly recommend the
PowerCap
from JSP. With this mask, there are no more excuses for not wanting to wear respiratory protection. The PowerCap not only combines respiratory protection with face protection, it also facilitates breathing thanks to the built-in blower and prevents the visor from being fogged. The PowerCap can also be worn by spectacle wearers, as the Large Visor offers enough space for a visual aid or sunglasses.

Safety instructions when handling the angle grinder

Fix your workpieces against tipping or slipping!

Surely pretty much every one of us has already held a workpiece with one hand and operated the angle grinder with the other, because it had to go fast. This might work well for a while, but if it goes wrong, then the damage is great, because the removal of our milling attachments and discs is not only very high on the wood. It also leads to very unpleasant wounds on human skin, including loss of limbs. To prevent this, you should hold both hands at any time of work on the device. A good fixation of the workpiece is therefore very helpful. There are many methods for this, from the vice to screw-clamps or the screwing of the workpiece. We can offer you in our shop a comfortable, mobile, tilt-free and versatile clamping device for your workpieces, in the form of Triton clamping horses.

Hold your machines with both hands!

We cannot stress this point enough! If you are not working with Dremel or Proxxon devices, but with angle grinders, straight grinders or drills, then please hold these devices with both hands during operation. Not only is it in every operating manual of every device, it is also very important when handling our milling tools. The tools have an enormous removal and also do a lot of damage if they are not operated safely. In addition, there should be no other reason to leave the hand of the device and to get into the milling machine.

Uses milling and rasp discs only with angle grinder protection hood!

It’s a widely used image, and even some grinding disc manufacturers advertise their discs on angle grinders without hand protection, or protective hood. The argument that protection is in the way is generally understandable, but no carte blanche to remove the protection immediately. Not only do you violate the guidelines of proper use and thereby risk your warranty, but you risk your health and your limbs. We urge you to have the hand guard of the angle grinder mounted during operation with our milling and rasping discs. From our own experience, we can say that a careless movement of your index finger during operation can cost you the finger. Many of our discs are additionally or exclusively grained on the edge and therefore dangerous for the hands. In addition, the hand protection offers protection against chip flight, especially for milling discs. We also carry some tools and attachments for the angle grinder, where the hand guard is not required and can or even needs to be dismantled. In the case of tools such as the TurboShaft, the Contour Sander, and similar, it is of course legitimate to dismantle this protection, but not with the milling and rasping discs.

When changing tools, pull the power plug!

This also is a stressing issue, because the vast majority of us certainly rarely follow it although this note is in every manual of the electrical appliances. It is nevertheless very useful to pull the power plug before changing the tool, because you could accidentally actuate the switch of the device when changing the tool, or confuse the switch with the spindle lock It is recommended to use devices where you can remove the power cord directly on the device, so that you don’t always have to bend over when pulling the plug. Alternatively, you can convert your devices to such devices with cold device cables. If you only ever switch back and forth between a few similar attachments or discs, it is also worth a lot to buy a separate device for each attachment or disc. So there is no need to change at all.

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