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It's amazing how fast you can kick off a rigger boot when you get a spatter down there too. Worse though I've twice had the spatter attack my 'nads. Sounds fun in a schadenfreude way when it's someone-else but again you can win the gold for how fast you can drop your pants in such a scenario.

I've had cutting discs violently disintegrate on me. It's very scary and I was seriously glad of the welding gauntlets I had on at the time. It still stung like hell though. I think the worst grinder accident was setting my fleece on fire with the sparks. Again speed undressing saved any issue.

I too just untwist the disc to get them off a grinder but I'd agree that having two is much better. I have a 9" for cutting and a 4 1/2 for a flap disc plus a proper chop saw which makes much better cuts than the hand-helds ever will. Got it for a bargain £40 at my local car boot sale. After destroying many cheap 240V items I only use the much better made 110v stuff these days. It works out much cheaper to buy good ones.
 

Radical Brad

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Yep, I do not own a single bit of work clothing that is not burnt, not one!
I found a great fix is to use duct tape on the inside of clothing to patch holes.
One of my bad habits is to finish a weld when my shirt is on fire. Do that often.

When overhead welding, I stuff a towel down my shirt.
Spatter is killer when doing overhead!

Brad
 
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My grinder-disc based chop-saw has been very "Handy" I have to confess, and as long as you go slowly, the blades seems to last well.
The 2 angle grinders (1 flap, one zip-disc loaded) a hand held drill and the Pillar-Drill are all the "powered" tools I have for metal-cutting/shaping.
The Hydraulic bender John made for me is gathering some dust awaiting a project; although Mrs. C wants some Garden metalwork obelisks doing :)
I keep looking at the smaller "hobby" lathes, and I should stop that immediately.
 
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I have an old East German MD65 Hobbymat lathe which I believe was the base the Chinese copied their own small lathes from. One thing about lathes is the learning curve is VERY long.
 

SirJoey

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One thing about lathes is the learning curve is VERY long.
Tell me about it! As a journeyman machinist, I used to make my living with them, along with milling machines & other machine tools.
Served a 4 year apprenticeship, taking 4 years of machine tech, 4 years of math, & 8,000 hours of shop time to get my sheepskin.
Eventually left it all for a career in radio, which I retired from. Still, the machine shop experience has served me well over the years.

Didn't learn to weld & braze however, till I decided I wanted to build HPVs, & joined AZ! It's been a great ride!

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As for playing the long game, I have parts on my new trike build that I've been holding onto for 10+ years! And I designed the the trike in 2015. It's taken a long time to get everything needed to build it, but we're there now. Now I just need to finish it. Hopefully that won't take another 10 years :p
 
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