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« on: December 05, 2020, 12:59:38 PM »
I would like to know what everyone wears for PPE when splitting wood with an axe or maul. Iíve been hit in the head when a friend was splitting and Iíve hit myself in the shin with wood. Iíve thought of wearing my saw chaps for myself but Iím only splitting 10Ē pieces. I guess Iíve just been lucky so far but I will NOT split wood in a thong and/or flip flops. I just canít resist that dig!🤪
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Re: Splitting wood PPE
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2020, 07:04:11 AM »
but I will NOT split wood in a thong and/or flip flops. I just canít resist that dig!🤪
If you change your mind on this - Please don't bother to include pictures without letting us all know..!  ::)

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Re: Splitting wood PPE
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2020, 11:57:48 AM »
   I just wear gloves and a baseball cap although safety glasses would be a good idea in the rare cases I use a steel wedge. I just use a splitting maul and not a splitter.

  Many years ago I was splitting wood in SC and a piece bounced over next to my stack and instead of moving it I tried to split it where it lay and I hit the end of an already stacked piece which bounced back and hit me on the gourd splitting the skin and requiring 7 stitches to close it up. I was not wearing a cap and don't think it would have prevented the injury much if I had been wearing one.
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2020, 01:10:24 PM »
I tend to use composite toed boots doing anything with wood.  even in the shop, as I get used to using my feet to nudge things, and lift things.  eye protection is a good idea, and I am as bad as many not always using it.  My son will tell you after splitting some nearly dry logs on the hydraulic splitter, that some form if a hard groin protection is worthwhile.  after his experience (minor)  if the log starts to creak and split hard, he turns sideways without thinking about it.  He is a learner!  gloves.

@WV Sawmiller maybe you should just stay inside!   :D
@Tacotodd can we please not use the words "thong" and "dig" in the same sentence! ;) ;) ;)   8) 8) 8)   :)
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2020, 01:14:52 PM »
Sorry about the thong comment from earlier folks! Itís just I SEEM to be remembering it from a different post, but my memory isnít the greatest. Just ask my wife! 
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Re: Splitting wood PPE
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2020, 01:28:25 PM »
Doc,

   I resemble that remark! Do you think I am any safer inside with water and electricity and stairs and a big wood heater? :D
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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2020, 01:57:36 PM »
Sorry about the thong comment from earlier folks! Itís just I SEEM to be remembering it from a different post, but my memory isnít the greatest. Just ask my wife!
you are correct, and I thought it was very funny!!  you know what our moms always said about hanging with the wrong crowd. my sense of humor has been sent to the woodshed a time or two!  all in good fun.   :)
edit:  on review I see a period so it is technically in two different sentences.   ;)
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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2020, 01:59:16 PM »
Doc,

   I resemble that remark! Do you think I am any safer inside with water and electricity and stairs and a big wood heater? :D
true.  I hope  can still do half what you do when I am your age.  not too far behind you.  but with only 10% of the "incidents"  ! :D :D ;D ;D 8) 8)
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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2020, 03:07:12 PM »
BUT you have to admit, itís a topic that keeps us from dwelling on this other ďstuffĒ right now! I better be careful Doc or Iíll join you in the woodshed!

BTW, Iím speaking of splitting wood the old method as by doing it with a maul or my new favorite, by axe. The maul was the head but the axe was the leg and all hit by the flying wood.🌪 sometimes is what it feels like!
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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2020, 06:39:20 PM »
a maul is fairly safe, but boots are one issue, and a blood circle the other.  (keep everyone else away),
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Re: Splitting wood PPE
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2020, 08:14:09 PM »
It was me.  Im the guy that the geared out people like to say is an idiot for not being covered in gear.   I will do near anything in just shorts and crocs and generally not get hurt too bad.  Every day of my life since maybe 8 years old has been a great chance to get hurt in some industrial way.  All my jobs have been dangerous.  Most hobbies too.  Im not as fast as i used to be but i think it all through a little longer now.  Safety is a mindset and thought process from experience, not a color or component.. In my opinion.  I put a lot of spindle and belt guards on machines for operators that shouldnt have been in the same room.  Nothing i own has any of that junk.  Mind the spinny parts son.  That lathe dont have a brain so youll need to use your own. 


  The Lord has let me keep all my fingers and toes so far.   


Sunglasses and a thong.  Youll be ok.  
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« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2020, 09:57:43 PM »
Mike, I knew it was you but it wasnít in a readily accessible area like this is, so I preferred not to name it. I just thought that it was HILARIOUS!!! 

Just when you thought it was safe to go into the water,     dada.....dada.....dadadanaaaa.....
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« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2020, 09:59:51 PM »
Iím mistaken, imagine that!

Chainsaw post.

Oops!!
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Re: Splitting wood PPE
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2020, 10:52:46 PM »
I know you said ax or maul, but FWIW I have had some elm about explode on a hydraulic splitter.  Pretty decent sized chunks will fly a fair bit so no thong and sunglasses for me.  Not that there is anything wrong with that.... :D
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« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2020, 12:11:12 PM »
Theres a documentary of the boulder dam construction on youtube that everyone should watch to see just how sissyfied weve become since grand dads day.  These normal joes are repelling down a canyon wall with just rope and harness, lugging huge jackhammers in their jeans shirtless.  Thousands of dumptruck loads and the trucks doent even have a roof while the guy sits there in it getting loaded.  Backing into bays with no side mirrors.. Standing up on the seat to see over the dump while it rolls back.. LoL.. Just crazy stuff.  3 guys on one wooden ladder hammering a wall.  What a different world today.  



I get extra safe with abrasive cutoff discs and covering skin from welding light.  Ill gear up to top a tree and wear my helmet for falling. But for just ground work my inner monologue says maintain control of the saw and keep appendages out of the uncontrolled saw path.  That foot cant go there.  If this top rolls that has to be elsewhere.. Etc.   I dont sever tensioned wood until its been whittled and moved enough to reveal its plan.  Those sorts of things.  You cant cut wood effectively in a goalie suit so think it all through. 
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« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2020, 12:18:02 PM »
I had my first barberchain in years a few weeks ago.  Good reminder of 2 things.  One, its life or death.  And two, that the first part is determined more by where you are standing than what you are wearing.  That tree didnt give a dang about my little plastic brain bucket with muffs and screen. 



A log that comes over the fork rack onto your steering wheel isnt concerned about your footwear either.  So everyone in gear should still make choices like theyre standing there naked and vulnerable.  Youre in a cab machine?  Limb will still come right through it like a javelin.  Youre never fully safe.   
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« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2020, 12:58:30 PM »
#1  brain engaged,  #2 cell phone accessible (if you still have hands).  #3 keys in the truck
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« Reply #17 on: December 07, 2020, 02:45:29 PM »
Gents, you all make extremely good points (in your own academic way of looking at things) but considering all that Iíve heard so far from you guys, Iíll probably just keep on doing it the way Iíve been doing it. It sounds like no matter how I approach it, Iím just not going to be able to! Either I get hurt or look like a pansy 😄!

But seriously, I am just kidding. I DO want to hear more information and input from everyone that has something to say about it. Maybe Iíll even get lucky and hear something from @Roxie . I just hope I did that part correctly!
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« Reply #18 on: December 07, 2020, 03:37:54 PM »
since I appear to like to correct you, consider using I will either get hurt "and or" look like a pansy!   :D :D :D  @Tacotodd   you could theoretically do both!   :)
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« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2020, 03:54:39 PM »
Toucheí and funny 😇 But keep the information coming because no matter how you look at it, itís got to be useful for all involved, including me 🥵
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