I've finally recouped from my broken elbow and ribs I had a while back and now I've broken my right thumb in two (2) places.
I was drilling through a 1/2" piece of steel with a 1/2" bit and a 3/4 horsepower drill when the bit got caught out of alignment. The drill whipped around and snapped my thumb like it was a walnut and all manner of delightful prose escaped my mouth. I had the piece on top of the table and to add insult to injury, the drill then smacked me in the jaw and almost knocked me down. Usually I use a drill press for this kind of thing but the steel piece was too large to fit so I decided I could freehand it. Right.
This happened 3 weeks ago and I just thought it gave me a bad sprang but after 3 weeks and not getting any better I finally had it xrayed and yep, it's broke. Not just once, but twice at different parts.
One of the breaks is at the first joint where it attaches to the hand and it actually broke off part of the bone so now they are talking surgery to repair it before they cast it. The other break was at the middle joint and a simple cast would have done that, but no, it's not that simple.
Anyway, it looks like I won't be riding for a couple of months and this is the best time of the year. At least I've got the center stand into production before this happened!
Those $%##'n drills are mean sometimes. My wrist is permanently screwed up from the most evil drill ever conceived of.
It's a 3/4" inch chuck Skill drill, with some mean torque. It's favorite trick was locking up and snapping your wrist. After you let it go the trigger would lock on, and once you unplugged it, the gearing in it would still keep turning because of momentum. Their motto should have be unstoppable, it was an unstoppable drill in more ways than one.
Needless to say, that drill was thrown against the shop wall a number of times while colorful language was unleashed. The sad part is, despite the fact that it's an OSHA violation incarnate, it still gets getting used because it has so much power.
I refuse to use it anymore, the Oxy/Acet torch makes "cleaner holes, safer, fast" anyways. Pop a hole in, grind any slag off, good to go. No broken wrist. I put four holes into a 1/2" reinforcement plate for a half-ton crane on my deuce and a half in less than 10 minutes. Torch only costs about 100$ plus gas, a good investment on the thicker stuff.