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Anybody know where the "stupid" forum is? (pics)

Post in 'The Gear' started by SmokeyCity, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. SmokeyCity

    SmokeyCity Feeling the Heat

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    or maybe I should be looking for the "really lucky" forum.

    Picture #1 is my new MS 261 Saw.
    Picture #2 is my knee.

    Hint: So frikken in love with this new saw I wanted to go on the Oprah show and jump up and down on her couch but instead stayed out all afternoon and evening cutting log after log after log - even after dark under the spotlight.

    Should be easy to connect the dots and guess what happened in between picture #1 and picture #2.

    This cut is not bad. Does not need stitches and surprisingly did not bleed more than few drops of blood.It did not penetrate completely thru the skin to the tissue below. I had it cleaned & dressed right away. It only looks bright red and ugly because of the collateral abrasions from the chiz.

    I have not yet decided if I am more lucky that stupid or visa-versa. Never use a dangerous tool in less that perfect light.
    MS-261-PRO.jpg

    Knee.jpg
    Tomorrow I will get my self some saw-chain resistant boots and coveralls.

    Safety Nazis are welcome to pile on. I deserve it.

    p.s My 13-NC is almost safe now.

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  2. WhitePine

    WhitePine Feeling the Heat

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    You should have bought a Poulan. The cut wouldn't be nearly as deep. ;lol

    Sorry, couldn't resist. Good to hear it isn't serious.
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  3. SmokeyCity

    SmokeyCity Feeling the Heat

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    Lucky it wasn't a 660 !!!



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  4. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    Damn lucky, you would have had knee problems the rest of your life, nice saw though.
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    Boog Minister of Fire

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    I have always believed that I learned a better lession from my failures in life, than from my successes. Nothing more needs be said.
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    ikessky Minister of Fire

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    Accidents happen fast. Glad to hear that this wasn't too bad. I know after eye openers like this, a person is a lot more careful!
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    Dude, you have a good looking kid (and dog for that matter) in your avatar. Yinz all gotta wear yer PPE n'at!

    Okay, lecture over.

    I've tried many different brands of chaps--from inexpensive to well over $100/pair. I recommend and currently use the Labonville 6-ply full-wrap chaps. One of the best investments in any economy. ;)
  8. SmokeyCity

    SmokeyCity Feeling the Heat

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    yeah but they were testin' with a Husky. What would happen if they used a real saw ?

    Ill be ordering them after I post this message. Do you have a tried n true for boots & gloves ?

  9. TreePointer

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    There are dedicated chainsaw boots out there, but I usually just cut with my thick leather steel toe boots, and then switch to Bogs steel toe Ranchers for cold weather. I'm looking to try some dedicated chainsaw boots for cutting in the cold this winter.

    Interesting video:


    Gloves? My hands are sensitive to vibraitons, so I use Stihl or similar antivibration gloves.
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  10. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Usually one of the minor incidents is enough to smarten us up.
    Don't take much imagination to visualize your knee , if the saw was running wide open.
    Or kicked back into any part of a leg.

    Slow easy, watch the angles & pinch points; trip hazards are everywhere, take the time to have a fairly clean solid stance & work area.

    Glad its just a scratch, betting it was enough though ;)
  11. SmokeyCity

    SmokeyCity Feeling the Heat

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    I never worried about safety. Now - I do.
    Im determined to get all my stoves up to spec on safety with proper pipes, pedestals, heatshields etc

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  12. Dakotas Dad

    Dakotas Dad Minister of Fire

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    What is that saying...?

    Life gives us knowledge through experience...

    Right after we need it.

    I cut for a couple decades without any more safety gear than cheap sunglasses.. As I have gotten older I have decided to try to protect what hearing, vision and mobility I have left.. I now think putting my chaps on to load saws in the truck is OK.. lol

    I don't think of myself as a safety nazi, and you are all over it now, so I will just say, "stay safe."
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  13. thetooth

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    I had a similar incident last year . I have since bought a pair of Labonville chaps from Bailey's . They are very well made and if you goggle Bailey's coupon you should save $10 .

    On a side note I also purchased some Pferd round files and they are awesome , much sharper than the Stihl variety .
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    Does anyone out there use upland hunting chaps when sawing? I love it when my gear multitasks! Im guessing the chaps for sawing are heavier though...just curious.
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    DanCorcoran Minister of Fire

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    Check out YouTube for videos of chainsaw chaps in action. I don't think hunting chaps are designed to do that (Kevlar fibers that clog a chainsaw).
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    Dakotas Dad Minister of Fire

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    Upland hunting chaps are not made of kevlar weave.. They won't slow or stop a chainsaw one bit.

    I love it when my stuff multi tasks too..

    But IMHO safety equipment shouldn't. I want it to do that ONE thing, and do it VERY well.

    Plus if your chaps/gloves/hearing protection/eye wear are dedicated to the saw.. much better chance of them being right there with the saw when you need them..
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    I'm glad that the lesson was relatively minor. Saws are rarely forgiving when they bite.

    I have a pair of Stihl chaps and wear them religiously. I would recommend looking at getting full wrap chaps. They offer more low leg protection, and I speculate they might move through brush with less snagging. Also, as has been noted, there are different protection classes (European standards vs US stds) for protective chaps. This has to do with higher speed saw/chain combinations.

    For my money, I would buy the higher grade chaps. Even the most expensive chaps are going to cost less than even a minor trip to the ER.

    Cheers, glad you are OK.
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    I know of two sets of chaps that look like this. I have a knee as-well that still has a nice scar on it. Oh and I share the title of Chief wounded knee with a friend. Wear your chaps it makes for a better day! ;)



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  19. MasterMech

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    Glad to hear that the only long-term effect is enlightenment on your part.


    "The government will always do the right thing.... after they've tried everything else."

    The really cool thing about forums like this one, is that folks can learn from incidents like this. Are you really sitting there reading this thread telling yourself that it'll never happen to you?

    While dicing up the multitude of oak that has come down post-Sandy, one of my neighbors asked me: "Is your company really into safety or is it just you?" My response was that a few people close to me depend on this body remaining intact.

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    "Pittsburgh dad" is right! :) ( Google it - funny stuff....) Glad that knee don't look like chipped ham.
  21. PapaDave

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    Well, it looks as though the new "stupid forum" will begin at your house. It will be portable, however, since most of us do "stupid" at one time or another.
    Glad it wasn't too bad.
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    Wow that was close, glad your OK and came through with such a minor cut, purchasing good chaps is an obvious one, but you bring up some good points regarding working in poor light while fatigued, something we all should watch out for.
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    For years I was kind of afraid of using a chainsaw........ I suppose that I was under 20 at the time. With minimal saw experience because my dad or older brother used the saw, so I just carried chunks to load into the manure spreader. Anyhow I was cutting something small ( twig?), over my head. And the saw moved like a pendulum. From overhead around to my bum, it tore my back pocket open and removed my bandana. Not a scratch to me, Just a bit too much fear actually. 20 years later I bought a Stihl 026 Pro with the 18" .325 safety chain. A great setup that gave me confidence.
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    I have chaps, have had them for many years and used them. Lately I have been getting lazy when cutting with my "little saws" only wearing them when I use the big guys. Thanks to your post, I put them on this morning when I went out to try my "new" used "plain Jane" MS250 trade. She cut sweet, and all I cut was wood. I'm a retired safety professional. Sometimes we all need a little reminding to take that extra step.
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    Lucky man...I got a wake up call the other week. A nice pair of jeans got tagged while I was limbing. Stupid mistake on my behalf. MasterMech...great looking family there.
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