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Author Topic: Swingblade safety?  (Read 1250 times)

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Offline Spalted

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Swingblade safety?
« on: April 24, 2012, 11:24:22 pm »
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

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Re: Swingblade safety?
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2012, 04:36:06 am »
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. 
If you start feeling "Blue" ...breath    JD 5510 86hp 4WD loader Lucas 827, Pair of Husky's 372xp, 261 & Stihl 029