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    Default Gloves for cables

    Nearly ripped my left thumb off a couple days ago. Rubber glove, like an ugly glove but a different brand, a little loose on my hand. Cable caught a bit of the loose glove and got a wrap folded under. 3/4" drum machine w/o a foot switch. Right hand was holding left wrist keeping whole arm from getting sucked around (cable turning away from me) and could not let go to hit switch. Frantically trying to hit switch with knee when cable snapped. Snapped in drum fortunately. Still amazed at my good luck that the cable broke before my thumb. Swollen and stiff but still attached and not even broken. Crazy lucky.


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    - need a foot switch or other sort of deadman switch
    - have had trouble with rubber gloves before and knew the danger, but continued to wear them; stupidity is a factor
    - loose fitting gloves are dangerous. The convenience of easy removal is not worth it.
    - tight fitting leather gloves only from now on

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    I personally like the gloves that came with my Spartan but I also have ugly gloves. The ugly gloves are like wearing a pvc pipe....never thought it would or could get it stuck in 3/4" cable. I hope you thanked the persons looking over you.
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    For God's sake good man, put a foot switch on that machine. I prolly got some laying around I'll send you for free if it keeps you from losing a limb.

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    Thanks Colgar, already ordered one.

    Re ugly gloves; I may be wrong when I say "like ugly gloves" as I've never actually had a pair of those. More accurate would be "looks like the pictures I've seen of ugly gloves, rubber and nubbly." The nubbins in these are rubber also. If the ugly gloves' nubbins are something hard like pvc, that would be better I'd think.

    The problem was the friction of the rubber on the cable, the little bit of a loose fit, and the stretchiness of the rubber combining to let the cable get a wrap of rubber all the way around and folded under itself.

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    I've never used anything but leather gloves. I buy 4-5 dozen at a time and throw them away when they get ratty and nasty.

    I know some swear by the ugly gloves but I don't like the feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colgar View Post
    I've never used anything but leather gloves. I buy 4-5 dozen at a time and throw them away when they get ratty and nasty.

    I know some swear by the ugly gloves but I don't like the feel.
    Leather for me from here on out; slicker, not stretchy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colgar View Post
    I've never used anything but leather gloves. I buy 4-5 dozen at a time and throw them away when they get ratty and nasty.

    I know some swear by the ugly gloves but I don't like the feel.
    It is just a pain in the rear to grab the cable and pull it back. I like the kits for sectionals and the gloves for solid cables, both with the metal staples.
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    Glad you are ok. I had the same thing. Happen to me a few months ago. the wife was with me and cut me out. Mine was not any where near as bad as your run in.

    I always use leather gloves. Bad part Is I have a nasty habit of washing them. That leaves loose strings on them. Well that day. A loose string got caught in the cable when I was pulling the cable back after getting the line opened. I learned my leason. Now I take 2 new pair of gloves in to each sewer call. And when I am done with them they hit the trash.
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    Anyone know where I can buy some gloves online? I like the leather palmed ones, but the big box stores never carry them in XL. I wear my nitrile gloves under them and L are too small.

    I've bought the 1.89 leather gloves and they're too thin. Need something w/ a little more palm.
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    I get these from the local HD For .97 cents a pack. They are surprisingly thick and wear great! They fit like an Xl. But the pack says L
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