Chainsaw Bit Me

   / Chainsaw Bit Me #21  
Cut wood in the morning with chaps on. Went to pull my last log with my tractor and it wouldn't quite make the turn around another tree. I was done cutting so I had taken my chaps off. I just needed a quick cut and i'd be on my way. When I went to make the cut I tripped and fell on my saw. The rest is history. Please wear your chaps for every cut.
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....I think that will buff out
 
   / Chainsaw Bit Me #22  
....I think that will buff out

Meh... gonna need some bondo to fill the gaps where the meat has been yanked out, then you can try to smooth it out. :)

All in all, it could have been worse, but it don't look like a lot of fun as is.
 
   / Chainsaw Bit Me #23  
99.9% of all serious chainsaws accidents happen to the operator on their last cut.
....although most didn’t plan for it to be their last cut. 🥴

Glad you survived and it wasn’t your real “last cut”.

...but seriously, it’s when we’re “done”, in a hurry, tired, our guard is down, and we just need that last one little thing that a lot of accidents happen.
 
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   / Chainsaw Bit Me #24  
The fact we can make this latest thread a safety chat and reiterate what has been shared so many times is a good thing. We never wore chaps until it became OSHA law and was optional until then. We fought it verbally for pispour reasons. But it was the law and we adapted and it was a good thing.It didn't take away our freedom. It was late eighties or early nineties, I can't remember exactly. There a a kazillion handfallers who have clean legs without cuts or amputations because of it. It was a good thing and didn't take away our freedom. When ever I pick up a saw in today, whether it has a sixteen inch or forty two inch bar, I wear my chaps. And I can tell you I have thrown a few pairs in the trash.
 
   / Chainsaw Bit Me #25  
My biggest reason for not wearing chaps is cutting in hot weather they are just too hot to be comfortable I know they might save a serious injury but I will take that chance
 
   / Chainsaw Bit Me #26  
I've had my big chainsaw make contact with my Carhardt pants. No damage - like the OP. However, I did buy a much smaller, lighter Stihl. This has reduced the chance of "touch down". Also - I've learned to QUIT when tired. Forget about making that last cut. It can wait for another day.

One of my friends had a serious accident. Using a Skill saw. The auto closing gate did not close. He set it on his upper thigh to rest. It cut him - clear to the bone - even chipped the bone. Biggest problem - loss of blood - getting him to the Emergency room. Contrary to popular opinion - belt around his upper thigh DID NOT slow the blood flow that much. He was in shock by the time we got him to medical assistance. He recovered nicely and has a "bitchin" scar on his upper thigh. This was another case of working beyond being tired.
 
   / Chainsaw Bit Me #27  
I feel a whole lot safer using my battery powered Stihl. The little guy is a workhorse and it can still bite, but the chain stops almost instantly when letting go of the trigger. Felled this 70ft Fir yesterday.

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   / Chainsaw Bit Me #28  
Cut wood in the morning with chaps on. Went to pull my last log with my tractor and it wouldn't quite make the turn around another tree. I was done cutting so I had taken my chaps off. I just needed a quick cut and i'd be on my way. When I went to make the cut I tripped and fell on my saw. The rest is history. Please wear your chaps for every cut.
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That ain't squat and you chain must be dull too.

Last 'war wound' I got was about 4 years ago, across my kneecap and it cut right through my chaps. Nice sharp 325 chipper. Yes, your kneecap bone is white...lol 63 stitches later I was on my way. No numbing either because you don't have nerve endings in the flesh above your kneecap (see, I learned something). bad part was picking out all the fibers from the chaps.

20 years prior to that, I took an 075 Stihl across my upper leg between my kneecap and my hip, that time 404 skip tooth chipper and sharp as well. About bled out getting to the hospital, got some juice while I was there. That one took 160 stitches. No chaps, ruined a good pair of Levi's and a good pair of climbers boots too. Boot filled with juice and stunk so I tossed them.

So, I have 2 nice war wounds. Still have the 075. Back then, saws didn't come with chain brakes. None needed. You were expected to know the proper use. I don't have chain brakes on any of my saws, even the newer ones. I remove them.
 
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   / Chainsaw Bit Me #30  
I did one even worse. I had a new blade on a chainsaw and all I did was lower the NOT RUNNING chain saw and it hit my leg tore my pants and I still have the scar.

I'm scared to death of chainsaws. Safety gear or no safety gear

Chainsaws don't have blades, lawnmowers have blades. Chainsaws have loops and the loop rotates around the bar which is driven by a sprocket and centrifugal clutch attached to the engine crankshaft.

Me, I'm way more scared of my wife than a chainsaw. A chainsaw has an on and off switch. My wife don't..........:laughing:
 
 
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