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  • Jigs
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    Originally posted by danlb View Post
    My safety equipment is safety glasses, sturdy shoes, natural fiber clothing.

    Occasionally I'll catch a stream of hot chips on the arm or face, but I count it as part of the machining experience.

    Dan
    Originally posted by reggie_obe View Post
    When you get a hot chip[ down your shirt, is the next step a suit of armor?
    Safety glasses, short sleeve shirt or long sleeve rolled up, jeans or canvas work pants, OTA work boots.
    You're being a wimp.
    I agree. The first 7 years of my career involved open, manual lathes and mills. A hot chip now and again is par for the course. A face shield with a band around my head all day would give me a headache. I'll take a quick bee sting over that any day.

    Try to make your cuts so your chips head towards the machine, not you.
    Last edited by Jigs; 06-27-2017, 12:31 AM.

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  • PStechPaul
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    I tend to do machining non-aggressively, with low speed, feed, and DOC, so chips are usually not very hot and don't fly very far. My relatively wimpy machines also limit how I work. I always use safety glasses, and wear sensible clothing and footwear. When using the angle grinder, or a metal or masonry cutting circular saw, I also use a full face shield. I use PlastX polishing compound to remove small scratches from plastic lenses.

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  • Video Man
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    I use eye protection plus one of those magnet-base flexible holders with a clear plastic shield between me and the work. Once, I had a drill bit shatter, sending a piece through my lip and it took out a tooth. Could have been my aorta just as easily. I never do any milling (0r lathe) function without a shield between me and the work.

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  • J Tiers
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    For flip-flops, the chips don't need to be hot, if they are sharp..... and they generally are sharp.

    hey, look at the good side... the flip-flop they cut off of your mangled foot is not very expensive..... way cheaper than if you forgot and wore your Johnson & Murphy's when you dropped the chunk on your foot.

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  • thaiguzzi
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    Originally posted by Royldean View Post
    I do both, frequently. Getting a hot chip in-between your toes sucks. Someday I'll learn my lesson - hopefully I'll still have 10 toes.
    Good man!
    Me too. Still have not learned my lesson...

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  • sansbury
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    I like to think I'm a pretty safety-conscious guy, and while I'm comfortable with just glasses, I'd never second-guess a guy who prefers to wear a shield.

    The main things I do are to have several pairs of new glasses on hand, plus a bottle of windex, so that there's always a clean pair handy for me or a visitor. That minimizes the temptation to go without.

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  • Royldean
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    Originally posted by thaiguzzi View Post
    Try milling or welding in flip flops...
    I do both, frequently. Getting a hot chip in-between your toes sucks. Someday I'll learn my lesson - hopefully I'll still have 10 toes.

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  • thaiguzzi
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    Wimp.
    Just man up.
    Try milling or welding in flip flops...

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  • Norman Bain
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    I am generally ok with just safety glasses when milling/drilling/face cutting. Sometimes do the deflect chips thing with whatever is handy.

    However when using a slitting saw it is full face visor. Once had a slitting saw shatter and a portion caused a considerable quantum of the crimson stuff to ooze from my forehead.

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  • KiddZimaHater
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    The Oldest trick in the book is to hold a small piece of cardboard with one hand to block the stream of chips, and crank the table with the other hand.

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  • TN Pat
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    Best thing to do is, when possible, machine in a direction that doesn't throw the chips at you. Face milling and flycutting are the worst about this. On entry and exit the chips are haphazard, but once in the cut, they only go in one general area. A movable clear shield is nice as well, but it would be best to make one to fit something like a Noga base, something you can turn the magnet on and off with. Other kinds that have permanent magnets, well, the chips ARE going to get stuck, on the bottom, and make the magnet not sit flat any more. Not if, when...

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  • boslab
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    If it's really hot mesh visors are good for somthing like fly cutting, not quite as hot as a full visor, keeps it out of your mouth.
    You shouldn't need much more than safety glasses just milling, you do get a feel for the direction of chips after a while.
    I had a glob of metal up my nose once, that scored a firm 10 on the pain scale.
    One guy had a nice blob down his pants, burnt the end of his trousers snake, so we sent him over the ambulance room to see one of the nice nurses, he obliged, when he got back there was the usual "did she kiss it better for you", all we got was you twats, there's a 6'2" Scotsman over there, they had taken on a male nurse for the night shifts, it was very funny as he had a bandaged snake.
    Mark

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  • BCRider
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    I do wear glasses. I'm not THAT crazy. But other than that on the mill I just stand to one side where the chips don't tend to be flying hot and heavy. I figured that's why the table came with a handle on each end.

    I have gotten the odd hot chip land where it's burned me a bit. But as long as my eyes are protected the very occasional small skin burn will heal just fine.

    For grinding more and more I'm wearing both glasses AND a face shield because I've had the odd grinding sliver sneak past the safety glasses and get in my eye. Nothing that became embedded though. And the face shield over the glasses is to ensure that does not occur. Other than that I don't go crazy. I've been known to work in the shop in shorts and sandals on the really hot days.

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  • reggie_obe
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    Originally posted by Puckdropper View Post
    Forget the safety glasses--they're over-touted and under-effective. Go for a full face shield. It will help you save face, literally!
    When you get a hot chip[ down your shirt, is the next step a suit of armor?
    Safety glasses, short sleeve shirt or long sleeve rolled up, jeans or canvas work pants, OTA work boots.
    You're being a wimp.

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  • chipmaker4130
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    None of the plastic solutions work for me. Within minutes they are either covered with oil/coolant or embedded with hot metal. Once they're no longer easy to see through, they are worse than nothing at all.
    When I do heavy roughing cuts on the lathe and the chips fly 20' into the shop, I just hold a piece of cardboard to deflect them away from me and into the pan as much as possible.

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