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    Default Vibrations in fingers from hand tools

    Hello, I hope this is the right place to pose my question.

    I do a lot of metal polishing with a dremel and radial wheels, and I find that my fingers are starting to get tingly. I'm concerned about getting Vibration white finger, but not sure what to do to prevent it. So I was wondering what other people do. The pieces are small and flat (1.5cm to about 5cm diameter max) so I need to hold them to polish.

    I'd love to hear any advice or what you do to prevent this.

    Many thanks in advance for any replies

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    Possible that you are getting a sensitivity to base metals (test by taping the metal to your inner arm over night. does it leave a red patch ?)

    If not, then get a smoother motor, such a an inexpensive Marathon micromotor or use jewellers self adhesive finger tape for protection. Dennis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sage View Post
    Hello, I hope this is the right place to pose my question.

    I do a lot of metal polishing with a dremel and radial wheels, and I find that my fingers are starting to get tingly. I'm concerned about getting Vibration white finger, but not sure what to do to prevent it. So I was wondering what other people do. The pieces are small and flat (1.5cm to about 5cm diameter max) so I need to hold them to polish.

    I'd love to hear any advice or what you do to prevent this.

    Many thanks in advance for any replies
    I bough5 a Dremel with a view to using it for stone setting and I couldn't stand the noise or vibration. It may be that the vibration is too much for extended use. I actually found it quite heavy to grip and it may be vibrating on nerves or something says Dr Caroline but you know what I’m getting at

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    Could be the beginning of Carpel Tunnel syndrome, may want to have a nerve conduction test

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    Either way, ask a doctor.

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    As others have said, make sure with a doctor it's not anything serious.

    I was just wondering if you've tried clamping the dremel in place and moving the pieces along the wheels and bobs as you would with a polishing motor? You might be affected less by the vibration that way. Just a thought.

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    I found this too when using my Dremel. When I switched to the Marathon 3 micrometer, there is no vibration.
    So, why don't you try a different drill?

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