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Old 10-31-2012, 08:01 PM   #1
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Default Gloves: blue nitrile, safe?

I know that using a leather or mechanic's glove is dangerous, but I think using the blue nitrile or vinyl gloves should be fairly safe. I've had tonnes of these gloves fall apart when I ask them to stand up to automotive mechanic's abuse, and the other day a long curl snagged and tore one glove on my drill press without any ill effect, not even a tug. I often don't realize they've snagged something and tore until I feel the ATF or grease inside the glove. I tried them with my lathe, and notice I get far fewer of the tiny metal slivers I often get and none of the black hands from turning the cranks. Quite enjoying it. I can't see how they'd ever stand up to being snagged and pulling my hand into the machine, they just fall apart too easy. Thoughts?



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Old 10-31-2012, 08:28 PM   #2
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Vinyl? You mean PVC? That's a thermoplast, big fun if it melts into your skin. NOT!
Soap is cheaper.
You only have to touch the slivers that are harmless, and stay away from the pointy ones. In case, I know where my tweezers are.

I hate gloves at work.


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Old 10-31-2012, 09:14 PM   #3
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I would not ware any gloves while running a machine. The fact that you are asking is enough to tell you that it isn't worth the risk.

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Old 10-31-2012, 11:58 PM   #4
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Chris: Your shop you make the rules.
I wear gloves at work most of the time. leather for most applications or nitrile when leather would get quicly ruined or i need the feel. Also when I am in a lab and the hazards are chemical rather than physical.
While nitrile will tear fairly readily I would not wear them around machines. Is it worth the risk that one time the glove does not decide to tear before the machine tool tears into your finger. sometimes it is a matter of miliseconds or thousands of an inch that makes the difference between a near miss and a serious injury.
I know I have trimmed fingernails with a trim router not on purpose mind you . NO blood no harm just a very short fingernail. But for the grace of god and quick reflexes it could have been to the bone.
OSHA rules do seem silly sometimes but remember they were written in blood. For every rule written dozens were hurt or someone died.

You may want to try liquid glove or some other similar protective hand cream.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:28 AM   #5
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As a professional mechanic I can tell you that they do tear easy, BUT they also grab and like to get wound up, with amazing strength when using impacts, and air ratchets. I'm new to this hobby, but I would not wear them around my machine.

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Old 11-01-2012, 12:59 PM   #6
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As the supervisor of a student machine shop our rules say ; No Way.
No gloves of any kind allowed while useing machines.

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Old 11-01-2012, 06:58 PM   #7
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As a professional mechanic I can tell you that they do tear easy, BUT they also grab and like to get wound up, with amazing strength when using impacts, and air ratchets. I'm new to this hobby, but I would not wear them around my machine.
That is all the warning I need. Thanks for that. No gloves then.
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:18 PM   #8
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Take one of them gloves, twist one of the fingers around like string and see if you can tear it. bet you can't. I have seen it happen to a fitter at work on a pillar drill. Don't it makes a woeful mess to clean.

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No glove for this boy any more:
I was putting a bit CA to fill in a couple of voids in a pen blank, I had a plastic bag that a pen part came in on my index finger, holding the end with my thumb, when some how it wrapped its self around the mandrel.
It pull the glove ½ off my and dragged my fingers around the mandrel, fortunely for me it stalled the lathe.
I would have been buggered if I had my big Vicmarc then.
end result was a cracked pen blank, bent mandrel and almost dirty undies.



The glove is just an examination glove a lot thinner and weaker than the nitrile gloves.


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I use these gloves, but only for oil changes and grease jobs on vehicles.



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