Some solutions to minimise the dangers of the man-killer tool
More on cutting away your rig after a dismasting.
In favour of angle grinders is Othmar Karschulin, who writes; ‘I use on board a Bosch Cordless angle grinder with 14.4v accumulator. With this tool, it is no problem to cut several wires or rods up to 15mm diameter without any power (electrical or human).’
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And from Simon Fishwick: ‘You may not know, but both Ryobi and Makita make battery powered (18v) angle grinders. I don’t know how effective they are at cutting rod rigging.’