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Did something stupid
« on: November 25, 2017, 07:33:44 PM »
No,did not climb a ladder. Worse.  ::)  I was heading into the woods to cut an old dead stub of a tree. Got about halfway into the woods and realized I forgot my chaps. I had them hanging up in the tractor shed,drying from when I was out in the rain.Did not want to spend the 5 minutes that it would take to go back and get them.   ::)  Ayup,hit my leg with the saw. Nothing bad,I hope. Did not bleed much. I have 2 marks,as wide as a chain about 2 inches long on my left leg below my knee. I was clearing some small fir out of the way to get a good clear path to cut down the stub. I kept on a cutting,when I knew it was not bad. At least I got the stub down.  ;D
And yes,I will keep an eye on it too. I need that leg right where it is.
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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2017, 07:36:38 PM »
What are we going to do with you ??? Glad you are ok, that could have been a LOT worse.
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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2017, 07:38:52 PM »
Brenda all ready told me all that I want to hear. Which I hate to say it,she is right. No reason for it. Take the time to be safe. Most times I do.
I had just got done cutting the small fir,only a foot tall,and the saw chain was barely moving. Lucky. I had let go of the throttle and swung the saw into my leg.
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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2017, 08:49:22 PM »
Hum, what can I say!  I remind myself not to be stupid by pulling up my pants leg and looking at the old scar from a hatchet cut made when I lived in Brewer, Maine, many years ago.
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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2017, 09:35:49 PM »
Glad you are OK!

I've got chaps on my Christmas list.  Never worn them before, but been doing more cutting recently.

I've been careful, but careful only goes so far for so long. 

Thanks for sharing.  Hearing from you guys has made at least one skeptic reconsider his ways.   :)
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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2017, 11:02:04 PM »
You know, I ran saw for years and never gave chaps a second thought. In fact, I didn't know they even existed😊 Now, when I run a saw without them on (I'm still dumb enough to do so sometimes) I'm fine unless I think about it. Just knowing you're vulnerable can keep you from thinking clearly and cause you to do something stupid. Another example, I do OK working on heights, but sometimes I think about how far down it is, and get a bit rubber legged, thereby increasing my chances of falling from said heights😊
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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2017, 11:42:38 PM »
Well thats one reason that I don't use chaps, I just forget them. I only use safety pants (Stihl X-treem) yes they can be warm to wear but you alway have them on and putting them on if I know I'm going to start the saw up and if not they are fairly comfortable work pants.
The chainsaw is not a tool to take light and even if the chain are moving very slowly it cuts and normal pants and skin aren't much resistance for a chainsaw. It sounds like you got away with a waring this time( except from your wife ;)) and I'm glad you didn't hurt yourself more than mostly your pride( even if that can hurt alot).
Keep safe and remember the chaps

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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2017, 06:37:37 AM »
I appreciate your truthfulness and the safety reinforcemnt

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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2017, 07:57:10 AM »
Cfarm.
Sorry to hear about your accident but glad your ok.
I have to say that I haven't cut anything in the last 2 weeks without chaps on.
I never used to wear them.
After seeing some past threads a few weeks ago.
Don't start my saw up without them on.
Like previously mentioned it only takes a second for something bad to happen.
Thanks to all for the constant safety reminders.
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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2017, 12:49:39 PM »
Yep, chaps and gloves

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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2017, 09:32:14 AM »
 I've been considering a set of chaps pretty soon. I've had a couple close calls where the chain cut a little gash in my jeans and one time the chain got the end of my boot. Luckily never an injury from the chain so far, but all it takes is one little slip up and things can go bad in a fraction of a second. Thanks for sharing your experience thecfarm, this has me thinking a little more about getting some chaps.
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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2017, 11:28:45 AM »
............ this has me thinking a little more about getting some chaps.

do not "think", DO!!!!!

with that many close calls............ God will only protect you so long
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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2017, 10:09:29 PM »
Worst chain saw cut I've had so far (and yes, there's been more than one, and no, don't ask) was when I'd taken my finger off the trigger and was sure it was stopped as I was reaching down to pick up the piece I'd cut off. Let the blade rub against my knee: 12 stiches. Worse yet, I don't even own a pair of chaps and wouldn't know how to put them on if I did. Means I think three times while I do anything with a saw in my hand: once for me, once for the wife and once for the grandkids who I want to see grow up.

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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2017, 10:27:18 PM »
Don't wait until you do some serious damage :o. Visit a larger saw dealer or forestry supply and try a pair on, they are a lot cheaper and easier to replace than legs. A lot of the small mom and pop shops don't stock ppe.
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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2017, 06:07:47 AM »
What's the Old Saying,a pair of chaps cost about as much as a co-payment for an emergency room visit.
Probably the chaps are much cheaper now than a co-payment.
Just like insurance,hate to pay it,but nice when you need it.
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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2017, 07:07:32 AM »
I use chainsaw trousers - I might forget putting on chaps, but I will not leave the home without trousers. :-)

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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #16 on: November 28, 2017, 07:09:45 AM »
They even keep saw dust out of your pants pockets.

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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2017, 08:41:41 AM »
 Luckily the close calls I've had were all after I had taken my finger off the trigger, except maybe the time I nipped the toe of my boot. Nonetheless a pair of chaps are definitely something I will be buying soon. :)
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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2017, 09:54:20 AM »
In addition to chaps/pants, it's a good idea to get in the habit of using the chain brake if you are moving more than a step. Hoping someone can explain this better.

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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #19 on: November 28, 2017, 04:38:36 PM »
You mean just let your hand bump the brake on when not cutting and release it again when ready to cut? I use that method quite a bit. Very quick and easy and even stops the chain real quick. Just roll your wrist forward.
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