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Close call
« on: May 13, 2018, 11:29:35 AM »
First time for me. I was adjusting a backstop, then turned to walk back around the saw head that was runniing and BAM. The blade shot like a bullet completely out the sawdust discharge raking my jeans ever so slightly. The young man that was on the other side of the saw shouted are you alright? As he said it looked like it went through me from his vantage point. Just a perspective illusion.
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Re: Close call
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2018, 11:41:13 AM »
GLAD you are ok.

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Re: Close call
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2018, 12:01:22 PM »
Wow!  Glad you are okay.  
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Re: Close call
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2018, 12:40:38 PM »
 :o Ya never know. 
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Re: Close call
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2018, 01:22:39 PM »
Thankfully it was a close call. We all live and learn from close calls!
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Re: Close call
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2018, 01:44:56 PM »
Good your ok, Next time stop the blade before you go walking around the mill.
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Re: Close call
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2018, 02:46:58 PM »
Especially glad to hear you were uninjured!  Could have been a lot worse.  So many ways one can get hurt doing the things we do around wood and sawmilling. Always when you least expect or think it could even occur.
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Re: Close call
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2018, 03:47:50 PM »
Could have been catastrophic, happy to hear you are ok Jeff.   Do You happen to know the history of the blade? Not that it really matters now.  I know new bands break but, the odds go up after every sharpening (the way I understand it).
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Re: Close call
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2018, 04:20:43 PM »

 http://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?topic=101298.0

 Reminds me of this thread,  mine are still in the chute but I did make the chute longer which helped clogging a lot..  The only time I have trouble clogging is sawing basswood fast with too much set..  Steve
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Re: Close call
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2018, 04:33:25 PM »
Oh I'd never walk around the head with the drive engaged.... yeah right.  That is not uncommon for me when doing extreme curved timbers.
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Re: Close call
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2018, 06:23:49 PM »
Glad your okay!
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Re: Close call
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2018, 07:03:04 PM »
Glad you're good to go.  So far, the only band I broke was with my chainsaw cutting a slab off - got a little too close with the chainsaw. :-X  The band saw was off at the time.  I make it a habit to stop the blade after every cut before I roll back (knocked the blades off too many times  with it running ::)).  Everyone stays behind the head when the blade is running.
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Re: Close call
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2018, 08:29:44 PM »
Jeff,

   Glad you are okay. This sounds like what we called in the industry a Near Miss which just by the grace of God you were not hurt due to nothing you really did to prevent the incident. When I used to have things like these happen on the job I had the individual give a class to the rest of the team which is what you have just done. The person involved is the best to explain. I bet you are more diligent about shutting off the blade next time.Thanks.

   Looks like a good candidate thread for Health and Safety too.
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« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2018, 09:02:22 PM »
 :o I imagine that got your attention, it's all too easy to get complacent.
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Re: Close call
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2018, 09:15:45 PM »
That is scary ! Glad you dodged that one ! 
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Re: Close call
« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2018, 09:49:20 PM »
Glad you dodged injury from The angry broken bandsaw blade. Wasnít it your cat like reflexes that saved the day?? 😁 
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Re: Close call
« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2018, 09:52:39 PM »
Yes, yes, of course it was!
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Re: Close call
« Reply #17 on: May 13, 2018, 09:52:59 PM »
Glad to hear you're ok, Jeff!

I most-always go by the book, unless I'm sawing, the blade isn't engaged!
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Re: Close call
« Reply #18 on: May 13, 2018, 10:43:35 PM »
Thats a good lesson to learn from. I too am guilty as charged of this same mistake. However recently I have been making it a practice of leaving the head of the mill forward at the far end of the log when I think I need to walk around the left side. Guess you guys have been making me more and more aware of the dangers. Thatís why my fingers are still in the dust chute too. 
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Re: Close call
« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2018, 05:14:47 AM »
     Glad to hear it didn't get you.  That could've been a life threatening injury.  Did you need a change of clothes afterward? :o
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Re: Close call
« Reply #20 on: May 14, 2018, 07:45:13 AM »
Glad you are OK.
Been at this sawdust sickness since 2000 now and last week had a blade break and exit the chute for the first time.
Have had plenty break but before always in the log/cant.
I have told everyone that they are not to walk  of the chute when the blade is turning.
My son and now main helper was tailing when this last  break occurred. All he said was wow.
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« Reply #21 on: May 14, 2018, 09:54:44 AM »
Wow, glad you are ok. I never leave blade running for gig back or to adjust cant/mill. 
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Re: Close call
« Reply #22 on: May 14, 2018, 10:41:57 AM »
Do You happen to know the history of the blade?


I'm using blades yet that came with my mill when I bought is used in 2005 from douginutah.

I was in the middle of a cut when I realized the far stop was up just a little to high and the blade wasn't going to clear.  I stopped the feed, stepped around, bumped the stop down with the heal of my hand the half inch it needed, then turned to go back to the feed. All of 3 or 4 seconds it took to have it happen.
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Re: Close call
« Reply #23 on: May 14, 2018, 11:01:40 AM »
Well Jeff I'm glad to hear that your leg wont be the next post in the Whatcha Sawin topic!
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Re: Close call
« Reply #24 on: May 14, 2018, 10:56:58 PM »
Jeff , Glad that blade didn't take a bite out of you. I had my first blade brake a week ago and it also shot out of the dust chute. I will be welding some rebar to the end of the chute to keep it from happening again.


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