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Just wondering if any Lucas owners had any words of wisdom about safety. 
I'm not just asking about the sawyer's safety, but saw safety too.  In other words, what to watch out for, things not to do or you're goin be sorry, techniques that bend or break saw parts - you know, all the disasters that look clear as a bell in hindsight. :P

I only crank up my lucas occassionally, but to help with your questions.

Re: Personal safety, I have a real dislike for sawdust in the eyes, so I wear fog proof gogles and a visor + hearing protection etc. Trip hazards, don't have your log bunks too long so as to trip over them and ensure all cut timber is removed at each pass. To save your back try to have the vertical cut/pull stroke down hill.

Re: Mill, I have had no real problems other than my choke tends to ride out and engauge as I increase the throttle, (27 hp Kohler) I have tried crimping the cable with no luck, so just hold my fnger on it. I lent my Lucas to a neighbour and it came back with one of the winches failing, 2 new ones appeared in the post so I didn't bother questioning it.
A couple of basic things: I tend to proceed slowly into the cut untill the riving knife is in, I adjust the rails with the saw sitting central and the stop engauged.With our hardwoods if I am cutting 5inch and over I do 2 passes. Working solo and tailoring out my self (final cut in the horizontal) I carry a couple of wedges to keep the cut piece from laying on the blade, usually I just pull apart a handfull of my wifes orange clothes pegs. 

- keep the daily checklist and complete it each day and add to it - eg we write down the machine hours so we know when to sharpen
- go slow, dont work in the very hot, or when pressured or angry...
- dont work alone
- complete a jsa for every new site and have a safety person check it
- take one day in 10 as a scheduled maintenance
- keep a book with a list of all those things you need to maintain
- work with people who add to your safety rather than detract from it

If the blade starts to get hot, for any reason, stop cutting and cool it off.  If you try to "just finish the cut", the blade could get hot enough to take the tension out of it.  Then it's useless, until you have it hammered.

Make sure your off loader and any bystanders know where to stand. The mills can throw loose debris (loose knots and bits of edging) quite a distance downrange, or off sideways in the horizontal cut. Have your off bearer standing on the "off" side, and bystanders behind you. If I was sawing in a more public area, I'd set up some stakes and safety tape around the "down-range" zone to keep lookie-sees back a safe distance. 


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