I needed to cut some metal hollow tubing to make to new grinder safety guards a thing I usually do by hand hacksaw, The machine is simply a normal (floor mounted standing grinder).
I couldn't find my small Makita four and a half inch grinder, so set out to use my Dewalt nine inch.
Here's the inexcusable mistake. I couldn't find a nine inch disk the fibre carborundum type. So I removed the guard and set about installing a twelve or fourteen inch. This when fitted made the grinder take of almost like an aeroplane and it was all I could do to hold onto it.
I started to make a cut and then turned to pull the flex a bit longer as it was curled a bit .
As I did so I felt all in a millisecond a tear through my pullover and the tee shirt below and I furiously pushed it away from my body, it was rising up and down of it's own accord TOO LATE , I ended thankfully *if that is correct term given the scenario* with about a four inch gash in my belly. Fortunately it never really penetrated deeply through the epidermis so no guts hanging out ,which I have witnessed albeit in a photograph.
I cleaned it as best I could and applied cream and a cotton wool bandage held together with medical tape. Today the nurse who was checking my warfarin count did not like the look of it and she asked me to go for an injection for a tetanus boost. All in a days work. But never again first thing I did when I came back was to remove the blade and look out the Makita smaller machine. Alistair I know you will let me have it for my stupidity and well deserved as I said no excuses. Just a moment or more of mad thinking. Funnily my son has a nice three phase tube and metal cutter all built into a table machine with foot lock down holder this is a proper factory designed machine second hand of course and I have not brought it from his factory unit yet . At least it gave me a fright.Alistair