Re: Belt Guard Travel Stop
- My machine is on a std. height workbench so with the cover off, the belts are above head height. That was the reason I removed the upper and lower parts of the belt cover completely... I thought it was more dangerous standing on a milk crate to change speeds than having the belts exposed. If you look at belt drive machines driven by a line shaft, they had open belts everywhere.
The danger is having loose clothing or hair caught by the belt/pulley... neither of which I have!
I've never seen a v-belt come apart without plenty of warning that it was starting to fail.
Much more dangerous is the lower spindle itself. I am aware of one accident from loose clothing and the table power feed on a Cincinnati mill. The table feed handle wound into the operator's t-shirt and he couldn't reach the disengage. Bruised him a bit before the shirt ripped.
You should follow any safety protocols that you feel are reasonable for your machine.
Orlin in SC/USA
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "oilman52us" <steverossi52@...> wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, "Keith Mifflin" <keithmifflin@> wrote:
> > Yoo not a chance of me leaving the cover open/off. If a belt let go it
> > would/could hurt real real bad! It is there for a several safety reasons
> > not just looks.
> > Keith
> Yeah, I did strongly consider leaving the cover off but as the belt is at head/eye level I envisioned the worst if it were to snap. Besides the loose cover would be just one more "thing" to store somewhere. Steve