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

  1. amateur cutter

    amateur cutter Minister of Fire

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    Safety gear/PPE is way cheaper than even a few stitches. Just the misery from saw chips in the eyes is enough to ruin a nice day cutting. It's not a matter of if, but when it will happen to anyone. Rookie to pro a saw does not discriminate, they will hurt you bad. So glad your injury is minor. Please take your lesson to heart. A C
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  2. MasterMech

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    If you take a look at the guys that cut the most wood on this forum, I think you'll notice that most, if not all of them have something in common. Boots (steel toes at least), gloves, chaps, and helmets. Not to mention eyes and ears. All the time.
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  3. MrWhoopee

    MrWhoopee Minister of Fire

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    I had my close call 2 years ago, tore my jeans, no flesh. One of my friends just did it 2 weeks ago, cut his jeans but not his thermals. We both wear our chaps now.
  4. deck2

    deck2 Burning Hunk

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    Have a buddy that owns a Husqvarna shop, when I first started heating with and cutting firewood I stopped in and picked up some chains and some oil for my saws and his arm was all wrapped up. He told me that he dropped a saw he was working on (it was not running) and hit the chain with his forearm trying to catch it which caused him to need several stiches. So i picked up a set of chaps that day--figuared that if a non running chain could do that to his arm what would a running chain do to my leg.

    Also have learned to use the chain break when walking around between cuts, Old timer that I cut with looks at me funny everytime I have to pull back the break when I have to make a cut. Waiting for him to tell me that I will wear out the break. LOL :rolleyes:

    Chaps are cheaper than my ER copay so I consider them a cheap investment, not to metion how hard it would be to cut wood with only one of my legs _g
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  5. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Three hours in the emergency room 20 years ago after getting a good look at the bone in my left leg just above the knee made a believer out of me. Paying a bunch of bucks for a fancy chainsaw and then not paying the chump change for chaps and using them is just plain dumb. They ain't optional.
  6. osagebow

    osagebow Minister of Fire

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    Need to get me a pair - even though "osage leg" has a cool ring to it...
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  7. Leadfoot

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    Ouch! I've had some close calls when I start getting tired. Now I put the saw down rest and get a drink.

    My cousin worked in the log woods his whole life cutting and hauling to the mill. One day he had a kickback, the saw got him all the way from bottom jaw to just below the eye.
  8. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Was he running one handed?
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  10. SmokeyCity

    SmokeyCity Feeling the Heat

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    As soon as all my safety gear arrives I'll post a few action pics with the chaps, gloves, boots and glasses.

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  11. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    Glad the damage was minor. When I get the funny looks with all my PPE on, I just explain that it would be really tough for me to get through a day at work with one less leg.
  13. dorkweed

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    While you have the camera out; post a couple pix of the "upgrades" you did to your 13NC hearth and flue!!!:oops:
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  14. SmokeyCity

    SmokeyCity Feeling the Heat

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    I was gonna wait till everything was right. Ill post them in a bout an hour when the batteries charge. Drained 'em this evening taking so many flash shots of my pile.



  15. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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  16. SmokeyCity

    SmokeyCity Feeling the Heat

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    Before everyone piles on, understand that I KNOW I have a lot to do here yet. Iv'e gotta cover that baseboard behind, re-install the correct clean out door and put up my heat shields. Whn the brick layer covers the baseboard behind we can make a real pedestal at that time.

    I have just today ordered CHAPS, GLOVES, HELMET and BOOTS plus a few other things online based on specific products used and recommended by members here.

    That $500 in one day just for safety - so - give me time to find someone to lay the brick etc.

    22 ga. 3 screws,, everything seated as deeply as possible.

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  17. dorkweed

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    Is the paper on the baked beans can considered a "combustible"???;?
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  18. Halligan

    Halligan Feeling the Heat

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    In my line of work (Firefighter/EMT) I've seen the gruesome damage a saw without a conscious can do. That goes for chain saws, table saws, circular saws and the like. I once had one guy cut his finger clean off with an industrial circular in a lumber yard. Upon arrival on scene I asked the patient who was clutching his hand in a rag if he knew where the finger was. He said "yeah in my pocket" and bent toward me slightly. I reached in his shirt pocket and pulled out his finger. He walked to the ambulance under his own power and I carried his finger. Bottom line keep focused and use PPE when applicaple.
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  19. HDRock

    HDRock Minister of Fire

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    Safety gear is one thing, and a good thing, but common sense and awareness is essential. While working in the wood shop with table saw, jointer, planner, what ever-
    -The rule is know where your hands are, using a chain saw is a little different you should know where the tip of your bar is, and where your body parts are in relation to where the saw is, and where it might go, and anticipate where the stress is, on the wood ,don't get in a big hurry, think about your next move, if you're getting tired take five, or quit for the day.
    IMO
  20. MasterMech

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    Only if you get the can over 470::F. Trust me, other bad things will happen long before that paper spontaneously ignites.
  21. jlightning

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    I dont wear much protective wear, just stihl glasses, heavy hunting boots, and ear plugs. Im considering either chaps or pants but am not sure which would be better? It seems like most of you go with the chaps...is there a reason?
  22. MasterMech

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    Much more readily available but I would be interested in finding some "summer" pants myself.
  23. TreePointer

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    I like chaps because I can take them off quickly when I take a break. Either one is better than nothing.
  24. SmokeyCity

    SmokeyCity Feeling the Heat

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    more of an edible - I put it there to keep it warm while I eat it while doing computer work. The stove is not very hot at this point (see therm) .
  25. Thistle

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    You got it.I started using power tools & hand tools in Junior High Industrial Arts/Cabinetmaking at age 14,chain saws at 15 & I felled my first tree with supervision at 17.Over 30 years ago. None of the chain saws I started with had chain brakes,I had it instilled into me at every instance 'ALWAYS know where the bar is at every minute' Sure the saws back then werent as high-revving as ones made today,but that didnt mean they werent dangerous & not deserving your respect & fully undivided attention.

    NO job is so important that you have to 'rush' to finish it or in any other way do things that jeopardize your personal safety or those working around/near you.I had a minor accident with bandsaw & my left thumb 18 yrs ago & that made me stop & think.Learned a valuable lesson that day,could've been much worse.

    Safety is the main concern,use common sense,dont work when you're tired.Take a break,get some water,coffee or a soda.
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