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Maintain your splitting wedges !

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  1. theoldwizard1

    theoldwizard1 ArboristSite Lurker

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    If I had not seen the aftermath of this with my own eyes, I would not believe it !

    I met a friend of a friend who was splitting wood with a steel wedge. It was old and well used, so the head was quite mushroomed over. He has also using a hand held hammer/sledge. After some splitting, a shard of steel flew off and embedded itself it AN ARTERY in his arm ! He had a fountain a blood spurting out of his arm with every heart beat !! :eek:

    A couple of towels, lots of pressure and a fast ride to the hospital (some one else driving) saved his life.

    The aftermath was not pretty. A long scar on his arm where the "harvested" a vein to fix the severed artery.
     
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    and YET, people still wont keep those steel wedges trimmed!!!!!!
     
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    If he'd been in more remote area??? Most obvious danger is eye injury.

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    dead. hed never made it out.....
     
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    Damn. I groomed one of my wedges recently. I don't use it much but know the danger they have. Not only was it mushed over but you could see the cracks in the mushed part. Just a matter of time before once flies off like a bullet.
     
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    I used to think it was no big deal until I started hearing these stories. I'm sure I could have easily been 'shot' with a chunk. Thanks to this site and these kinds of warnings, I now keep mine trimmed.
     
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    Same goes for small punches and chisels.
     
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    My father taught me about maintaining wedges, chisels, and such when I was perhaps 12-13 years old. His attitude was that if I was old enough to be using hatchets, axes, bow saws and wedges I was old enough to learn how to maintain them and use them safely.
     
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    Beat me to it buzz, drives me nuts to see guys use tools in that shape. Learned the hard way at a young age.
     
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    Philbert Chainsaw Enthusiast

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    Like a lot of safety stuff, it's not necessarily obvious what can happen.

    Lots of guys only worry about cutting their hands when holding the mushroomed edges. That's why we need to share this type of information.

    Philbert
     
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    At another space in AS is the story of a man who caught the shrapnel in a large blood vessel in his leg,by himself and out in the woods.He did die from blood loss. Easier to trim the shroom if you use grinder, cutting torch,cut off wheel 14" or smaller and any way ya wanna to save injury that has not been mentioned
     
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    As a machinist for 40 years I've seen quite a few guys take a trip to the ER because of unmaintained striking implements. A splitting wedge is like being on steroids.
     
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    We had a couple of very anal instructors in HS shop class that taught me early to keep those heads free of mushrooms. I cringe when I see the terribly mushroomed stuff some guys use.
     
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    (I heard of guys getting really messed up with mushrooms, back in the 70's . . . . )

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    Well played

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    I would have been proud to come up with that one.
     
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    I do not like spending two minutes working or wedges, but it has to be done or they do not work so well. Right now I am handling seasoned Oak and quite a bit of it. A big problem is getting a wedge started if no real cracks exist. So they have to be tapered just the right amount and mushrooms do not fit in. So for more than a day they got welded ground and trimmed. At least fifteen of them. They are much better than new, now would rather not use them because they look so nice. Thanks
     
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    Pics?

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    Kinda like handing somebody your knife and they say "Wow, that's sharp, can I use it?" H**L NO, I just sharpened it!
     
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    Ted,

    When I happen across oak with almost no cracks, I start one with an axe. Then insert wedge, then start driving.

    And thanks guys for the safety lesson.

    I've been using the same wedges for years without trimming them.

    So, now I've got another project...
     

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