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Should I wear gloves?

by acesylvain
posted 08-06-2011 07:20 AM

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#1 posted 08-06-2011 07:26 AM

Bad idea to wear gloves….even long sleeves around machinery Hope your thumb is ok

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 08-06-2011 08:49 AM

no gloves … rings and watches …. long hair and loose clothe
in a shop with mashinery in work … enoff said

hope you are alright now


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#3 posted 08-06-2011 02:55 PM

You are lucky. Message me if you eant to here more machinery accident stories.

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#4 posted 08-06-2011 04:53 PM

Here the glove

-- Syl,Courtenay,B.C

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#5 posted 08-06-2011 05:31 PM

Saw a guy at the orthopods office a while back who got his glove tangled up with a drill bit on a drillpress. His little pinky had been turned into a corkscrew. Gloves are not a good idea around tools in the woodworking shop imho.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#6 posted 08-06-2011 05:53 PM

The only time I will wear gloves is while applying finish or using other chemicals. I’ve become rather attached to my digits over the years.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 08-06-2011 06:54 PM

Yeah, some “safety equipment” isn’t all that safe. Gloves, and plate armor, fall into that category. ;)

-- jay,

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#8 posted 08-06-2011 07:12 PM

There was a long discussion of this topic a while back:

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#9 posted 08-06-2011 07:36 PM


Here’s another vote for getting rid of the gloves around woodworking machinery.

I was wearing gloves when I had my tablesaw accident.

I think wearing gloves contributed significantly to my accident.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#10 posted 08-06-2011 08:45 PM

No definitely no gloves especially on the drill press I have heard of people losing fingers this way .Please please get out of the habit of wearing gloves whilst working on or with machinery. my 2 cents Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 08-06-2011 08:45 PM

We almost had a worker loose a couple of fingers because he was wearing gloves. I got on to him three times. I should have fired him the third time. Shortly after that he was out for a week because he got his hand caught in a drill press spindle. He was a friend and I didn’t fire him but he never wore gloves again around machinery. I almost got my finger caught in a machine but yanked it out just in time. I never wore my wedding band again around machinery. The other similar rules should be followed as well.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 08-06-2011 09:16 PM

wow, i did not expect wearing glove to be that dangerous, but there is one tool that i will keep my goves on is the edge sander.

-- Syl,Courtenay,B.C

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#13 posted 08-06-2011 09:34 PM

The only time I would ever wear gloves is when doing something that would give me blisters and does not require using any power tool.

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Jim Finn

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#14 posted 08-06-2011 09:37 PM

NEVER wear anything below the elbow in a workshop. No long hair without a hair net either. If I have a question about saftey or work methods or tool selection I look to what the Pro’s in that field use. I have never seen anyone in a machine shop wearing gloves or long sleeves. I like to choose my tool brands on this basis also. The only time I put on gloves is when loading and handeling rough sawn boards to avoid slivers. You are very lucky to not have been hurt a lot more. I have heard stories of long hair being cought in a drill press and part of a scalp torn out!

-- No PHD just a DD214

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#15 posted 08-06-2011 09:38 PM

Greg, I met a lady that had a blister on her finger from operating a finish nailer. I had to laugh. She said she thought she might be the only person in history to have this happen.

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#16 posted 08-26-2011 02:21 AM

The edge sander is more dangerrous without gloves, and what about planning rough lumber? I will not again wear a pair a gloves on the drillpress or any other tools.

thanks all for your feedback


-- Syl,Courtenay,B.C

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#17 posted 08-26-2011 02:51 AM

is you are working with anything that has a motor/rotating parts – wearing gloves or any clothing that can get caught in it (long sleeves, jewelry, etc) is a big safety hazard and should be avoided at all costs

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#18 posted 08-26-2011 05:58 PM

Gloves and any kind of machinery do not mix. I remember I saw a surgeon on tv who’s hand had been pulled into the blade of his tablesaw because his glove had become caught in it (the tv said that he had been a little destracted when it happened but it was still the glove’s fault that his injurys had been as bad as they were.
). He lost 2 or 3 fingers that could not be reattached but luckily, he learned to perform surgery with the finges he had left. I saw the pics and they were not a pretty sight.

cr1, I think we are thinking of the same guy. Was he on some show like Impact, Stories of Survival?

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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#19 posted 08-26-2011 08:19 PM

get the gloves out of the shop, using gloves around and equipment is a accident waiting to happen. Put the in your pick up and only use them for ;oading and unloading rough lumber. But keep them out of the shop. If you can’t keep your hands clear of the sander you need to find someone to show you how to use the machine properly. If your working with small parts on a belt sander there are jigs that can be used to hold small parts and will keep your hands clear of the belt.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#20 posted 08-26-2011 08:31 PM

I only use gloves for long handplaning sections. The drill press is notorious for grabbing stuff it likes.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#21 posted 08-26-2011 08:54 PM

realistically Syl, any machine that can cut through wood won’t be stopped by a glove. If your hand is close enough to the planer, or to the edge sander that you feel you need to wear gloves, you’re not using the machine safely. Any powered machine can grab your glove. There are a lot of safety things here on LJ’s that we debate, but use of gloves around machinery is not one of them.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#22 posted 08-27-2011 05:50 AM

Now the only tool that i wear gloves is still on that edge sander and belive me i do know how to use an edge sander. work on it 2 to 3hrs a day for the last 18 years. Had my work shop for 18 years before that i was a builder.

-- Syl,Courtenay,B.C

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Jim Jakosh

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#23 posted 09-28-2011 04:37 AM

No gloves in the shop on machines. They are too dangerous if they catch on something turning.
When I was an apprentice tool maker we had to watch safety videos and they had some graphic ones. The worst ones were on a lathe and radial drill press. The guy on the lathe was wearing gloves and a big chip curled off and caught the glove and took his arm in.
A word to the wise is sufficient!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#24 posted 09-28-2011 07:36 AM

The only time I will wear gloves is when I use a buffing wheel or I am welding.Anything else—NO.Even outside,if it’s to cold for bare hands—go inside.

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#25 posted 09-28-2011 11:52 AM

+1 with 427…....buffing,welding yes….everything else NO.

We do a tremendous amt of time with sanders(we call’m grinders)....theres two edge sanders and two verts,throw in a big disc or two,1910 drum sander.Would never use gloves on them.636

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