How To Avoid Cutting Yourself To Ribbons If You Work With Saws

If you have to work with or around dangerous machine parts such as the teeth of saw blades, safety is going to be a major concern for you. Here are a few recent technological innovations that make working with the business end of a saw much safer:

Finger–detecting Saws

One approach to safety is to work on the saw side. There are special saws out there now that can automatically detect when a finger or other part of your body is in the way of the blade. The way it does this is by detecting electrical conductivity.

Most things that you would cut with a blade, such as wood, don’t conduct electricity. But your finger does conduct. So, when the blade detects something that conducts electricity, it will stop immediately. The entire rig is destroyed in the process, but no harm will come to your appendages.

Obviously, this would only really work if you’re using saws that are primarily cutting something other than metal. Otherwise, you’ll need a different potential solution.

Diamond Gloves

Diamond is one of the hardest materials on earth, but traditionally it’s been difficult to work this material into something that needs to be as flexible as a glove. However, new fiber technology breakthroughs are changing this.

As a result of being able to work diamond into flexible gloves, it’s now much safer to work with saw blade teeth in any context whether it’s handling them while they are off, or working with them to cut objects.

Apparently, the technology is allowing for some of the most cut-resistant gloves ever made. Gloves made with this technology are recommended specifically for handling the incredibly sharp teeth for power saws. It’s this kind of combination of fine articulation and high cut resistance that makes the gloves perfect for the job.

Kevlar Gloves

Another good potential tech that can help with keeping you safe from saw teeth is gloves made of Kevlar. This material also has that important combination of flexibility and resistance to being cut.

The gloves can actually stop something as small as hypodermic syringes with its tight mesh. This means that it will also be effective at helping to resist any other very sharp machine part such as saw blades and saw teeth.

It’s a good idea to look for gloves that have an NIJ or other rating system that tells you exactly how much slash and puncture damage it can take per gram. That way you can then compare that to the sharpness rating for the saw blades to make sure you have enough protection. To learn more, contact a company like Turner Hydraulics, Inc. with any questions or concerns you have.

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