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Definitely on a drill press gloves are a no-no.  For the belt sander, that's a risk I'll take as getting into that belt with a bare hand could be unpleasant.  Probably just need to limit the free-styling I so like doing.  :)

Once I explained to the panel who it's biological daddy is, things went better.  Should have started out on the mill as i need to do some cutout work on the mill anyway.

I'm thinking the belts themselves are questionable in the sander.  Once the new machine shows up, we'll find out.  I have a smaller 4x24" machine and do that kind of work on it frequently without issues.  I do a lot of work on sanders, why there's a dedicated table full of them in the shop.  Plenty of modeling things to include boat propeller balancing and sharpening as well as stainless steel turn fins and never had problems.  For the props it's a 2" wide belt in free air but they are hand held.

Chris Hindle:
Far too many "shop accidents" are not accidents, but lapses in procedure and/or attention.
Glad you had adequate protection in place.
It's been a few years, but i have never seen a belt without a direction arrow either.
By chance, were both belts from the same batch? Might be a QC problem, but likely you "caught an edge".....
(Lots of stupid stuff, but still have 10 fingers and 2 eyes, and no extra holes.......)

Stephen Swaffer:
Years ago, I had a co-worker loose a portion of his thumb when the glove he was wearing was sucked into a disc grinder.  These tools are not idiot proof-or even forgiving if you get complacent for a split second.

dave briar:
Fifty years ago I learned finish carpentry from one of the nicest, most intelligent, and engaging humans Iíve every crossed paths with. We talked endlessly throughout the day about science, literature, music, you name it. But gentle Richard had one absolutely inviolable rule: Before a power tool is started and during its use there will be no talking by anyone on his crew. I flipped a table we saw on once while finishing my sentence and he calmly walked over and turned it off. That was my one calmly delivered warning. Never did it again.

Plenty of stupid screw-ups here over the years and fortunately no major boo-boos.  I remember drilling a 1/8" hole into a model boat part years ago.  Back when hand-held drill motors had cords on them.  Bit snapped from excess pressure and remaining part drilled through the end of middle finger - ouch.  A bit more careful drilling holes now.

Steel to boots in shop always and pay much more attention to safety.

More forensics this morning and those that stated "it caught an edge" are awarded the prize.  Sure looks that way - at the main failure point of the belt there is an indention that looks to be 1/8" wide.

Won't be doing that anymore.  :)


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