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To Glove or Not To Glove, Is This a Question?

By October 30, 2012

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Like any specialized field, mechanics are full of opinions relating to how they should do their jobs. We can't even agree on being called "mechanics!" I like working on classic cars, so I'm fine being a mechanic. People that work on later model vehicles seem to want to separate themselves from the wrench turners of days gone by, preferring to be called "technicians." Mechanics and techs can argue over anything. Whether or not to wear gloves on the job doesn't escape debate, either. I prefer the safety of a glove. There are so many bad things that can happen to your hands when you're poking around, in or underneath a car. Gloves are also good idiot insurance, like the time I had a wire brush attachment on a 10,000 RPM grinder that jumped off the frame rail I was cleaning, right into my other hand. It chewed the glove to pieces and wound it like a cheap watch, but my hand underneath suffered only minor scratches. On the other hand, some techs say they can't feel what they're doing when they have gloves on. I see their point, but when you get used to gloves it doesn't seem to make a difference. Safety first, I say.
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October 30, 2012 at 4:44 pm
(1) Auto Repair Denver says:

Gloves are a touchy subject, we do require most of our employees to wear them through out the day and when my guys tell me they can’t feel something I have them switched to a better fitting glove and that usually solves the issue. Not always but usually.

October 31, 2012 at 7:52 pm
(2) North Perth Auto Repairs says:

Wearing gloves while working on cars is very important. Although most of the mechanics prepared not to wear one, it is still more safe and hygienic to wear one. Dealing with leaking oil and everything, plus the fact that you might scratch your hands, its better to be safe than sorry.

November 6, 2012 at 7:42 pm
(3) Kate says:

It seems a bit silly for car mechanics not to wear gloves, as it makes the clean up job so much easier. I agree, it’s better to be safe than sorry

November 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm
(4) The Pit Shop Garage says:

The most imortant part of the gloves is the safety. Prolonged exposure to petroleum products, and caustic chemicals is not good for your health. My technicians all wear gloves. If you need to get inside a clean car, it is faster to remove a pair of gloves than wash your hands.

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