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Beware of Spinning Props!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by tsp1000, May 31, 2013.

  1. tsp1000

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    I'm relatively new to the Phantom, but I’m continually surprised when I hear comments on forums or YouTube, of how "These Props Won't Hurt You, They're Only Plastic"... These Props are VERY dangerous and WILL slice you open! I had it happen when I went to pick up a crashed unit with motors still running, In a split second I had eight fairly deep cuts to my hand from one of those suckers and bled big time. Spread the word to Take care.
     
  2. denodan

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    That's what I have kept telling people here, but falls on deaf ears. I have a walkera Hotenx Which is smaller and have been cut several times with this even and made me bleed.

    If anyone has seen a plastic knife? You can still cut with these and a blade travelling 100's of times faster then you can cut, the are like razor blades. Think on Facebook, om the DJI phantom owners page their is a photo of a guys head cut to bits from A Phantom.

    It is assumed that the Phantom being small and plastic blades will only hurt you, but truth is can make a mess of your hand of fingers no trouble.

    People here don'rt know the dangers of any spinning blade and don't take any warnings seriously. These things need to be treated with great care. Hope your lesson, people here will take notice.
     
  3. DeweyAXD

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    I'm not at all surprised that they can damage you quite badly.
    When asked, I tend to describe the noise the Phantom makes as 'a bit like a hedge strimmer'. Now I for one would not want to put my hand, face or any other valued part of my (or anyone elses) body near a hedge strimmer blade! :shock:
     
  4. mercillus

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    I have a fresh cut on my arm along with a HUGE bruise coming in now. DANG rain made me come down for a quick landing.. It was a choice to cut my arm or get washed out. I chose the arm lol..
     
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    I think the reason it falls on deaf ears is because there is so much misinformation out there. For example, from what I understand, the cut head was NOT from a Phantom. In fact, I checked that post just now and no where does it mention it was a Phantom. It was actually just shared from a different drone page. Yet, people will share the information saying a Phantom did it.
     
  6. auck

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    anything is potentially dangerous. add the fact that propellers are spinning fast enough so that their tips are moving close to the speed of sound.... you get the idea.
     
  7. denodan

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    Was it not from a quad about the same size as a Phantom? Plastic spinning that fast is like a razor blade, those edges will be very sharp at those speeds.
     
  8. Darrell1

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    It did not specify. It also did not specify if it were wooden, plastic or CF props.
     
  9. Darrell1

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    I respectfully disagree. If they were made of marshmallow, I think they would be perfectly safe. Same for bunny ears...
     
  10. auck

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    nope, even marshmallows are dangerous --- choking hazards :twisted:
     
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    From personal experience of running a carbon blade in to my arm just week, it does cut you. Leaves one HELLOFA bruise but more than likely would NOT kill or maim anyone unless it was the perfect situation. It hit my arm. The carbon blades shattered and flew all over the place. My arms was bleeding. But that was it. YES could have been worse. Those blades could have hit my neck for instance; when the shattered. Lucky for me its just a cut and bruise. Now if those blades were better than some cheap china knockoffs it might have been worse. Who knows. Lucky for now.
     
  12. freelanceshots

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    THIS IS PRETTY COMMON SENSE STUFF HERE. I THINK A PAPER PROP WOULD EVEN GIVE YOU A NICE PAPER CUT.
     
  13. mercillus

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    and paper cuts SUCK!!!
     
  14. Bezore

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    I also got a pretty nasty slice in my arm, from the standard props. I had the Phantom hovering near me and grabbed a landing skid and it tilted in my hand. I ordered the prop guards but will be more careful.