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Do you disable some of the safety things on your tools, mowers, etc?

Old 06-01-2018, 10:57 PM
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Default Do you disable some of the safety things on your tools, mowers, etc?

Who else thinks the stuff on tools that are supposed to be for safety actually make them MORE dangerous?

I was using my sawzall yesterday to cut off some small tree limbs and some of them I had to get into some tight areas to cut them. The saw has a safety button higher up the handle than the trigger so I was trying to push the stupid safety button so I could press the power button. I couldn't contort my arm & hand enough to push the safety button far enough to push the power button. I moved the ladder to a very awkward position so I could push the safety button in far enough to push the power trigger. The safety button on one of my circular saws is stupid & mounted in a awful location and makes the saw more dangerous than with no safety buttons. When I worked construction we all made guard wedges on the circular saw to keep the guards up. This method wasn't real smart but it made cutting quicker & I never saw anyone injured either.

I have tried to remove almost every safety device on my tools including my mowers. One of my old lawn tractors wouldn't go into reverse with the blades engaged, how many times do you have to go into reverse when you are cutting your grass? I disabled this safety device along with the seat so I could get off of the tractor without the engine turning off. I bought a Cub Cadet lawn tractor when I saw it had an override of a couple of safety things like being able to go into reverse with the blades down.

So what safety crap do you hate and did you disable it?
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Old 06-01-2018, 11:32 PM
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Having the guard up on a saw is great, until you put it down, and it takes off across the floor.
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Old 06-01-2018, 11:58 PM
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removed governor on Vanguard v-twin engine to get more speed

the sound of a 9k rpm runaway is quite impressive.
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Old 06-02-2018, 01:07 AM
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Originally Posted by baracuda View Post
removed governor on Vanguard v-twin engine to get more speed

the sound of a 9k rpm runaway is quite impressive.
I always thought it would be a great feature for a mower to have something like a turbo button where you could hit the button and it would increase the RPM's for a short period of time to get through some high grass or whatever you would need the extra power for.
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Old 06-02-2018, 01:16 AM
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I've considered disabling the deadman sensor in the seat of my lawn tractor so's i could hike out on the uphill side on a side hill. Might suck if I roll it though...
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Old 06-02-2018, 03:18 AM
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I cut the seat belts out of my cars. But seriously the worst is the seat belt reminder on my truck. I don't wear it after unlocking the gate to my hunting land and it seems to beep forever while driving through the woods.
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Old 06-02-2018, 03:35 AM
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I bypassed the seat cutoff switch on my lawn tractor. Geez if you fart the damn tractor turns off.
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Old 06-02-2018, 03:55 AM
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I’ve left most of the stuff in place on my mower but the stupid reverse switch that cuts off the blades in reverse had to go. Seat switch and all of the others are still hooked up.
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Old 06-02-2018, 03:55 AM
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The safety sensors on newer tractors, lawn mowers, etc. are pretty well thought out. I find them annoying, but I am glad they are there when my wife or children operate the equipment. Although I have instructed them on the proper use of the equipment, they do not have the decades of experience with non-safety gizmo equipped equipment to remind them of what some of this stuff can do.

Unfortunately, I have bypassed some safety switches, not out of convenience, but because the switches/sensors themselves have failed and left me with no way to even load the equipment onto a trailer for service.
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Old 06-02-2018, 04:16 AM
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Originally Posted by petrel View Post
The safety sensors on newer tractors, lawn mowers, etc. are pretty well thought out. I find them annoying, but I am glad they are there when my wife or children operate the equipment. Although I have instructed them on the proper use of the equipment, they do not have the decades of experience with non-safety gizmo equipped equipment to remind them of what some of this stuff can do.

Unfortunately, I have bypassed some safety switches, not out of convenience, but because the switches/sensors themselves have failed and left me with no way to even load the equipment onto a trailer for service.
agreed. That damn reverse lockout had to go on mine. Some brands are set up so that you can buy pass it via the keyswitch or a button when you first get on it. John Deere for some reason wants you to hold a lever up every time you back up. That thing got bypassed before I was done cutting my yard the first time.
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Old 06-02-2018, 04:38 AM
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My garden tiller, it is from the '60s, all open pulleys, no guards...I love it. My son picked it up for free on Craigslist, it had an old B & S motor that was hard to keep running and smoked so bad my eyes teared. I put a $99 Harbor Freight motor on it, I think it is 6-1/2 hp. It goes through anything at just above idle. Funny thing, it was made by OMC.
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Old 06-02-2018, 04:51 AM
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Originally Posted by crump190 View Post
I cut the seat belts out of my cars. But seriously the worst is the seat belt reminder on my truck. I don't wear it after unlocking the gate to my hunting land and it seems to beep forever while driving through the woods.
First thing I did on my '13 F150 was turn off the seatbelt dinger. There' a page in the manual that gives instructions how to do it, albeit with a bunch of warnings not too.
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Old 06-02-2018, 05:00 AM
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Originally Posted by noelm View Post
Having the guard up on a saw is great, until you put it down, and it takes off across the floor.

I have done that, scared the snot out of me
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Old 06-02-2018, 05:03 AM
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You are not a real man if you don't disable safety features.
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Old 06-02-2018, 05:10 AM
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I cut the tag off my mattress that says 'Do not remove' I think it's a federal offense, now that takes balls.
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Old 06-02-2018, 05:11 AM
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Guard wedging on a hand held circular saw is insane . If you were to accidently cut yourself you tend to drop the saw . Dropping the saw often puts the blade toward the thigh area , this drop can cut major arteries . There is a strong possibility to bleed out after a cut like that .

I do agree there is a lot of over guarded devices . We can thank lawyers for our protection .
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Old 06-02-2018, 05:16 AM
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I bypassed every safety feature on my Sears riding lawn mower. It will now mow the lawn with no one on it. However I will not sell it to anyone so when it's "time is up" I will take it to the junk yard.
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Old 06-02-2018, 05:30 AM
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I always removed the guards on my miter saws and wedged the gaurds up on skill saws when doing framing. You just have to get in the habit of sitting it down upside down.
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Old 06-02-2018, 06:44 AM
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Older boats used to start in gear if you wanted to do that. On a newer beater boat I fixed it so that I could start the engine in gear because at times I wanted to do that and was used to being able to do that in my 1964 Alim.
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Old 06-02-2018, 06:52 AM
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I also bypasses the "no mowing in reverse" feature on my mower after the first time I used it!
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