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Re: OldJarheads Milling Thread...
« Reply #900 on: August 09, 2017, 08:12:08 am »

After Postponing my next big job due to heavy smoke in the area I went back to this local customers site to finish milling his logs.  When I'd first arrived in June the logs were in a location that required me to back the mill down his driveway to them and it was just too steep to mill on so I asked that he move them.  I did mill one log for him that day in an attempt to make it work but decided it would be better to move the logs 90 degrees and park the mill below them (as seen here) but at the time no equipment to move the logs and my shoulder was injured so I wasn't going to.  Didn't charge him that day as I couldn't do the work.


This time though, we could make it work.  It was 100F out and I was sucking down the water but we were in the shade so all was well :)





Got through 4 logs in two hours which included off-bearing the heavier stuff with the customer and using my truck to move some logs around for him...then it happened!  Rolling that bent knotted bugger right there to the mill.  I was on the downhill side and the darn thing belly-flopped off the big knot right onto me left big toe and next toe!  1500+ lb log using my foot as a cushion between it and the concrete and me not wearing steel toes.  Ya, it hurt.  I danced around a bit, tried to walk it off, felt sick etc, darn near passed out.  Had him turn the hose on and sprayed my head off with cold water which helped but in the end I had to go relax in the shade on the grass until the body relaxed from the shock of the smash and heat.

He decided he didn't need that log milled up and helped me pack up.  Jobs done and so's my left big toe.  Nail is toast, lots of blood but it looks like it's not as bad as it felt.  The boots must have helped save it a little anyway.

Now to check it out to see if a doc visit is in order (I think so) and I hate those things (docs and hospitals etc)....but, gotta take care of the foot and probably go get some steel toes too I'm thinking.  *DanG that hurt!
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Re: OldJarheads Milling Thread...
« Reply #901 on: August 09, 2017, 08:30:38 am »
It's good to see you come up for air Erik but DanG, even the thought hurts!!   :-\

Please remember guys, proper safety equipment is for your safety.  Eye, hearing, respiratory, gloves, & boots.  Never leave home without them.
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« Reply #902 on: August 09, 2017, 08:45:01 am »
Gloves, eye and ear protection I always have on (ears only when the mill is running) but my dumb jarhead butt didn't think it needed steel toe boots.

Sure do now.  Made it through the night sleeping on my back, foot elevated and actually slept about 6 1/2hrs but walking and sitting cause the toe to swell and hurt.  Going to have to have it checked out.  Can't stitch it where it's cut behind the nail and that worries me a little so figure better let a doc check it out.  Probably xray too 'cause it got squashed pretty good.

Might be a while before I can get it in a boot though.  Going to have to put off my next customer AGAIN unless he can do all the heavy lifting.
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« Reply #903 on: August 09, 2017, 08:57:46 am »
My comment was not to say "I told you so" but was directed to other sawyers reading this.  We all learn from other people's experiences.
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« Reply #904 on: August 09, 2017, 10:05:45 am »
No worries MM :)  I knew that.  Just had to respond anyway ;)

Redressed the wound this morning.  Doesn't look too bad.  Nail is a gonner but no major swelling or bruising.  I might have gotten lucky.
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« Reply #905 on: August 09, 2017, 10:49:18 am »
Ohhhhh.......Ouch! That just makes me cringe. Hope your back on both feet soon.

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« Reply #906 on: August 09, 2017, 11:02:45 am »
That hurts just reading about it.

I don't like having to go to a doctor or hospital*, either, but I'd have that checked out.

Time may be 'of the essence' for such an injury.


*(Last time I went to a doctor's office the nurse with a clipboard asked where I'd been getting "medical attention". Told her whatever was on her clipboard was all there was. She lifted 1 page and said, "You don't get sick much, do you?" More about wasting lots of time sitting there.)

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« Reply #907 on: August 09, 2017, 01:22:57 pm »
Decided to have it checked out.  My no skyrockets in hospitals
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« Reply #908 on: August 09, 2017, 05:51:55 pm »
Erik i bought my first pair of steel toe boots 6 months ago because of the same thing ,they are a bit heavy but my toes are happy.As to your comment on the heat ,same here all summer. Come on fall.
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« Reply #909 on: August 09, 2017, 06:26:24 pm »
I wear some lightweight steel cap "hiking boots" when working. They aren't much heavier than sneakers but have a lot more protection for your toes.
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« Reply #910 on: August 09, 2017, 06:42:57 pm »
Red Wings king toe is all I wear.  They have a carbon fiber safety toe box that is light and roomy.  If you have a problem with cold feet in the winter they don't seem to make your feet cold like a steel toed boot.

I don't ever run the mill without safety toe boots since I like to use my foot as a log chock when I'm trying to get the logs to transition onto the loading arm.

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« Reply #911 on: August 09, 2017, 08:53:31 pm »
Good luck to ya. A smashed bone is never to play with. Get it fixed right and it will be much better for years to come.
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« Reply #912 on: August 09, 2017, 09:12:07 pm »
Eric,

   I truly feel for you! When I first got my mill I took it up to my son's place and we were carrying a small oak log about 10-12 inches dia and 7-8 feet long and dropped it on my left toe. Turned black and I lost the nail. A week later I was up there loading the mill and moving it around to hook to my truck and he dropped a landing gear on the same toe.

   TSC makes a nice 9" steel toed boot called their Logger which I wear now. Hope everything heals well and soon. You will remember for a long time - every time you bump that toe.
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« Reply #913 on: August 10, 2017, 07:06:27 am »
I learned my lesson the hard, hard way  :).
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« Reply #914 on: August 10, 2017, 07:43:12 am »
As already suggested, I would also suggest looking at a composite safety toe instead of a steel toe boot.  Much more comfortable, lighter, and warmer in the cold weather.

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« Reply #915 on: August 18, 2017, 08:53:04 am »

Well, no busted toe, missing toenail or tore up shoulder will hold this jarhead down for long ;)  I headed west (young man) to Wenatchee yesterday with milling on my mind ;)

Arrived to find not many logs that were 'mill logs' frankly and the two day job I was expecting was clearly only going to be a one day deal...a short day at that ;)

After explaining to the customer the process, what I needed and how things would go, and that there really wasn't two days worth of milling to do but I'd get all he had done for him either way, I got to milling.


Customer wanted a LOT of beams...but didn't have a lot of logs.  He also wanted all beams FOHC which is no problem, as long as the logs are big enough to make the beams with no heart.  I got busy though and managed to make him 5 6x8's, one 5x8, and 6 6x6's plus a lot of full dimension 2x4's and 2x6's and a couple dozen 1x`10's (16 footers) with what he had.  Since he wanted a lot more, and has the trees to do it, I suspect I'll be back :)


His helper got better and better and by the end of the day I was milling 24" 16 foot pines into 1x's in 40 minutes or so :)
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« Reply #916 on: August 18, 2017, 09:11:34 am »
It's good to see you back "up and at um".   8)

Texted or emailed pictures sometime are helpful.   ;D
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« Reply #917 on: August 18, 2017, 03:47:31 pm »
Most Marines that I know are walking wounded.  You certainly saw in some beautiful places.  I enjoy following your jobs.   Regards, Clark

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« Reply #918 on: August 18, 2017, 07:11:31 pm »
Good to see you back!

Are you gonna just leave us wondering about that smashed toe? (You don't have to go so far as a Magicman gruesome photo, but what'd the doc say?)

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« Reply #919 on: August 19, 2017, 09:38:03 am »
Customer wanted a LOT of beams...but didn't have a lot of logs.  He also wanted all beams FOHC which is no problem, as long as the logs are big enough to make the beams with no heart.
 :D  Need a log streacher and expander.
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