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Old 12-04-2019, 12:02 PM
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https://www.foxnews.com/us/massachus...-blower-injury

I just never understood it.

Born and raised in the northern climes. Every year it's the same thing: winter . . . people donate appendages to snowblowers. Summer, donations to chain saws.

Darwin or just can't fix stooopid?
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I think some people aren't used to working around equipment....yet they get equipment and lack common sense.
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When I was growing up there were quite a few farmers with missing fingers and hands from sticking their hands in the combine head when it got plugged up. They thought they could pull out the crap plugging the head or by poking it with the stick. Problem was, the tension was tight and when it broke lose it would pull them with it. Some of them lacked judgement but others I knew were pretty smart and safe they just messed up.
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I don't get it. It's not like anyone moves up there, they all move down south and they all grew up around this stuff. Being from MA and knowing how they are up there I'm sure they will enact the snowblower safety act of 2020.
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Originally Posted by KJS View Post
When I was growing up there were quite a few farmers with missing fingers and hands from sticking their hands in the combine head when it got plugged up. They thought they could pull out the crap plugging the head or by poking it with the stick. Problem was, the tension was tight and when it broke lose it would pull them with it. Some of them lacked judgement but others I knew were pretty smart and safe they just messed up.
Only three farmers left in my small town and two of them have but one arm.

Complacency.
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Only three farmers left in my small town and two of them have but one arm.

Complacency.
Yeah, it doesn't happen as much anymore because the fields are less weedy due to GMO's and they put a reverse on the heads so if they get plugged you just reverse it.
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Ok class, this weeks THT lessons are........
do not stick your hand in a snow blower and
don’t snorkel in front of a 36’ Yellow Fin.

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Originally Posted by KJS View Post
When I was growing up there were quite a few farmers with missing fingers and hands from sticking their hands in the combine head when it got plugged up. They thought they could pull out the crap plugging the head or by poking it with the stick. Problem was, the tension was tight and when it broke lose it would pull them with it. Some of them lacked judgement but others I knew were pretty smart and safe they just messed up.

I personally knew a farmer that lost his hand in the corn head of a combine while trying to clear a plug. He was in his 40s when it happened. Just because you get away with doing an unsafe act for years doesn't mean you always will.
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Knock on wood because it hasn't happened to me but it's so easy to slip when you're using any type of dangerous equipment.
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I've never even seen a snowblower or snowmobile in real life. I'm assuming it has blades or something to chop hard snow.
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I don't think enough people wax the chute either, which would make for less blockages overall, but that's a maintenance thing that most folks aren't good with either. Rather just stick your hand in there when it happens and push the snow out.
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Apparently some folks up north use them to cut off their arms.

Doesn't seem real smart.

Originally Posted by bikem View Post
I've never even seen a snowblower or snowmobile in real life. I'm assuming it has blades or something to chop hard snow.
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If you cut your arm off it’s the last time anyone will ask you to plow the walk!
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Originally Posted by bikem View Post
I've never even seen a snowblower or snowmobile in real life. I'm assuming it has blades or something to chop hard snow.
Just any snow . . . hard or soft.

Imagine a blender
Imagine a blender turned horizontally
Imagine putting your hand in a blender
Imagine being told, "HEY . . . DON'T PUT YOUR HAND IN THE BLENDER."
Imagine being an adult and not knowing you don't put your hand in a blender . . .
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I think I see the problem....


Reske-Nielsen said that people often make the mistake of thinking just because the machine is off, that they are clear of any danger.

"I think most of them have turned it off before that but the problem is sometimes the motor gets jammed so even if it is off the springs will disengage once you release the obstruction," he told Boston 25.
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These days they come with a little plastic tool for clearing jams. Why would anyone want to stick a hand into slushy wet ice in any case? It's not like a cold wet glove will make the rest of the job more pleasant.
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For years they've come with decals all over them stating the dangers . As said , even shut down the auger can snap back on you .

You Southerners who've never rode a fast sled don't know what you're missing , 100 mph across a turf field is quite exilarating ! The older sleds had you sweating in below freezing temps .
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
I don't get it. It's not like anyone moves up there, they all move down south and they all grew up around this stuff. Being from MA and knowing how they are up there I'm sure they will enact the snowblower safety act of 2020.
Not sure whether to "like" your reply or hate it. If we wind up with some stupid Snowblower Safety Act this year, I'm blaming you!
Thank God I still have my pre-ban Ariens.

I think part of the problem is that we are getting further and further away from anything hands-on (no pun intended). 16 year olds will never learn to change a tire, chop wood, or maybe even mow the lawn. That lack of exposure to previously common physical activities manifests itself in lowered levels of common sense. The problem is exacerbated by so many other things becoming idiot proof - we assume no one would sell us anything that we could possibly hurt ourselves with. My lawnmower will kill the engine if you back up with the mower blades engaged, because some bozo backed up over their own child and blamed the mower.
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I hope they don't mess it up as much as they did the gas can to fill it.
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Originally Posted by SalmonDaze View Post
Just any snow . . . hard or soft.

Imagine a blender
Imagine a blender turned horizontally
Imagine putting your hand in a blender
Imagine being told, "HEY . . . DON'T PUT YOUR HAND IN THE BLENDER."
Imagine being an adult and not knowing you don't put your hand in a blender . . .
Need to add a couple:
Imagine warnings all over the device saying not to put your hand in the blender
Imagine all new blenders providing a plastic stick to use instead of your hand
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