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A little fall
« on: June 26, 2020, 11:16:31 PM »
This afternoon I decided to cut some small pine limbs that were brushing against the side of the shop.  Plan of attack was to stand in the bucket of my small tractor and whack em off.  Put the bucket up to maximum which is about 8' plus off the ground. Started cutting with my Husky 272XP which was too big but I like using it.  I was cutting the limbs back a little at a time so I didn't get anything heavy falling.  Well, I extended the chainsaw over my head and cut a bigger limb.  It fell heavy, fast, and hard right on the bucket tilt control lever.  The bucket tilted fast and I was off balance hanging on to a big chainsaw which was idling down.  I had enough sense to keep the saw away from my body as I was falling and not a scratch on saw.

On the other hand I landed on one foot.  Swelling, pain, and can't put much weight on it.   Aspirin and adult beverages are helping.

Of course I had on all the safety equipment.....not.  It could have been much, much worse.  Simple afternoon task turns into pain.


I guess the moral to the story is think about what can go wrong before you do it.
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Re: A little fall
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2020, 11:23:27 PM »
An almost identical scenario happened here a decade or so ago. He wasn't so lucky, he didn't get clear of the saw. I'm amazed but they got his hand back on his arm.
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Re: A little fall
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2020, 11:23:48 PM »
Yikes, right could've been much worse.

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Re: A little fall
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2020, 05:29:01 AM »
I need to get rid of some limbs too. I am thinking about a pole saw more and more. I was going to use a ladder, but there is a rule on ladders and a FF member. So looks like a pole saw will be bought. I am thinking of a battery one. Don't really need another motor to maintain.
Hope you get better. Talk about bad luck and things going wrong.
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Re: A little fall
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2020, 07:50:58 AM »
Oh, the things that we do :)
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Re: A little fall
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2020, 07:55:29 AM »
Glad you are basically still intact Larry.!
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Re: A little fall
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2020, 09:12:01 AM »
It's good body parts are still attached and those injured should heal.

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Re: A little fall
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2020, 09:48:08 AM »
Murphys law usually apples.  If things can go wrong , it will glad you didnt get hurt any worse.  Dad was cutting a limb off a big tree in the front yard ...limb came down kicked the ladder out from under him an the old McCulloch sawed all the way around his left index finger.  He didnt lose it but it took a while to heal.  Banjo
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Re: A little fall
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2020, 01:14:01 PM »
Larry your a stud throwing that 272 around way up in the air. But be careful your no spring chicken 😊. Remember you have a sawmill to run.  I bet your feeling the pain of the battle wounds. Nice touch on not scratching the saw. I like that 😂. Bite the bullet and sip the whiskey for the pain

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Re: A little fall
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2020, 08:06:33 PM »
Number of years ago I scared myself with the big saw doing something similar.  Went and bought a Stihl 170 just for stuff like that, much safer to handle.  Didn't use it often but worth it in the end.
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Re: A little fall
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2020, 09:08:46 PM »
I think your a lucky man Larry, climbed a ladder to get in a tractor bucket to run a chainsaw, someone must be looking out for you.

I cheeped out on a pole saw, I think the blade was $10, made the blade holder from ash in the lathe and already had a 16' aluminum pole (stay away from power lines).

It has proven to be quite handy, just have to pace yourself on the 3" or 4" hardwoods but in 1" or 2" softwood just takes a few strokes and your done, easier than holding up a gas powered pole saw.



 

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Re: A little fall
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2020, 02:15:01 AM »
I think your a lucky man Larry, climbed a ladder to get in a tractor bucket to run a chainsaw, someone must be looking out for you.


My thoughts exactly! Though I have done the same darn thing. We have to get smarter as we get older and not do this stuff.
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Re: A little fall
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2020, 04:41:25 AM »
 If you dont get smarter as you get older, then you dont get much older. The day that you quit learning SOMETHING is going to be one of your few remaining days.

Thats MY problem. The only thing that Im good for is a bad example! :-\ 
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Re: A little fall
« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2020, 10:28:19 PM »
How old do you have to be before this "old enough to know better" kicks in??  ::)
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Re: A little fall
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2020, 11:23:58 PM »
It depends on what it is and how many times my dad had to try to bury a foot!
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