A moment of sheer terror

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Blog entry by Farrout posted 01-09-2015 01:02 PM 1774 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had mounted my router in the collar on the router table to do a 3/16” deep cut.
I didn’t realize there was not enough of the motor being held by the collar until I turned it on and started making a cut.
The motor while still running, slipped out of the collar and dropped to the concrete floor.
I had a 3/4” straight bit in it and it was dancing around the floor like a cat on steroids.
Within seconds I had visions of it hitting my ankle and cutting my foot off.
Fortunately I shortly had the presence of mind to get to the cord and unplug it.
The only damage, thank goodness, was the loss of the bit. Much easier to replace than my foot.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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View dbray45's profile


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#1 posted 01-09-2015 01:23 PM

You may want to invest in a paddle switch to turn off you tool in a hurry.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#2 posted 01-09-2015 01:56 PM

You may want to invest in a paddle switch to turn off you tool in a hurry.

- dbray45

That and more clean underwear!!!
Glad all turned out ok & that you weren’t hurt!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 01-09-2015 02:22 PM

I’m glad it worked out and only your bit got damaged. I fly large model helicopters and when you crash them they often remain running and beat them self up on the ground flip flopping all over the place. People call it the chicken dance. Sounds like that’s what happened to your router!

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#4 posted 01-09-2015 05:13 PM

I can relate to your experience. It too happened to me when I had my 3-1/4hp PC router mounted on my router table in itʻs fixed base. I forgot to secure the clamp the when I turned it on. It too spun itself out of the base and did the chicken dance on the floor.

Since that experience, I invested in a good router lift and a paddle safety switch.

I donʻt need that kind of excitement in my shop either. lol

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 01-09-2015 10:08 PM

Well, router bits are a lot easier to replace than feet…......!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 01-10-2015 08:32 PM

Good of you to post your experience. It my save someone else from do the same.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 01-10-2015 09:36 PM

Yes indeed. Whew, we never know when the unthinkable, unpredictable, and unimaginable thing might happen. I really am glad you have your foot, and any other body parts that could have been missing, and you weren’t hurt at all. We always have to be at the ready for anything.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#8 posted 01-10-2015 11:23 PM

Good of you to post your experience. It my save someone else from do the same.

- stefang

That was my hope.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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#9 posted 04-04-2015 11:21 PM

So where are the pictures recording the moment?

I want to see your imprompu version of the Mexican Hat dance!

Scary stuff take care, check fitting twice and as suggested you may wish to consider fitting a safety paddle

Remember table mounted routers are a version of a shaper, of which I think have the reputation of being the most dangerous tool in the shed. (apart from the operator of course!)

-- Regards Rob

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