Repairing a motorcycle can get extremely tedious when the part that was supposed to come off doesn’t. I learned that the hard (and long) way when I removed the flywheel from my Honda Rebel using a cutting wheel. So with my use and abuse of the cutting wheel, I feel as though I can share a few safety tips regarding this tool.
- No open gas containers. That includes the gas tank on the bike. I didn’t remove my gas tank, but I made sure that everything was covered up and there wouldn’t be any gas exposed to sparks.
- Eye protection. I fell short on this and ended up rushing to the sink several times to wash out my eyes. I thought my glasses would be good enough. The coating of metal shavings over my face begged to differ.
- Ear protection. My ears rang afterwards even with ear plugs meant for a gun range (so they’re rated for the really loud stuff!). I accidentally forgot them once and I felt like my eardrums had been assaulted.
- Know your limits. Every hour or so I gave the air compressor and myself a break, to keep from overheating either. It’s hard work!