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Posted October 18, 2015 - 09:08 PM

   A photo posted here reminded me of something that I haven't seen mentioned yet. When fabricating with metal it is always a good idea to take the time to remove all burrs from cut or machined metal. Most of these burrs are razor sharp and can cause serious cuts. It just seems that most people like to stick their fingers in things, especially children. The natural thing to do when encountering one of these burs unexpectedly is to jerk your hand back which can cause more injury. Removing them can also eliminate injury while handling the material later. 

  A file, de-burring tool and grinder are excellent for this purpose.






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Posted October 18, 2015 - 09:24 PM

Cant forget safety glasses when de-burring or any other type of cutting or grinding!

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Posted October 18, 2015 - 10:48 PM

  I always use my rat tail file to remove inside burrs or if I'm making lots of cuts  a carbide cutter on the die grinder.


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Posted October 19, 2015 - 05:34 AM

I always remove the burrs first thing after cutting. On angle iron or flat metal, I use the cutting blade on the angle grinder. Inside stuff gets either the rat tail file or a deburr tool in the drill.

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Posted October 19, 2015 - 07:47 AM

Good thing to do.I always remove the burrs first thing as well. Good safety practice to get into doing.

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Posted October 19, 2015 - 07:58 AM

Excellent point.


I'll never forget about 10 years ago one of my guys comes barging into the office holding his hand. Seems a batch of long stainless slivers had wrapped themselves aound a lathe chuck. We call them ribbon chips. Anyhow, he decided to pull them off wearing his leather gloves. Those things are like long razor blades. He yanked on them. Right through the leather, right through the tendon between the thumb and trigger finger. The bone stopped it. Surgery was needed to reattach everything.

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Posted October 19, 2015 - 10:12 AM

tiretrx your story could be the start of a huge book. I'll bet just about everyone who has operated a lathe for any length of time has horror stories about those ribbons. Finally put a pair of pliers on my lathe to deal with them.  

Gives me the willies thinking about it.   :(

Edited by Cvans, October 19, 2015 - 10:13 AM.