Recently I removed the chipper blades from my chipper shredder to resharpen the chipper blades,after putting an edge back on the blades I was looking more closely at them when I discovered a stress crack on one of them....I investigated a little closer with a magnifying glass and indeed it was longer and deeper then I had thought. So I decided to tap the blade against the other and sure enough it broke off a piece about 1/3 of the blade. I discovered that only about 1/8" was holding it together. Had I reinstalled that blade without closely inspecting it,it could have severely damaged the machine or injured the operator. My point in all of this is,PLEASE! if you do your own maintenance on your equipment,make sure you inspect all moving parts closely.We are able to by much more intricate equipment these days that require a better knowledge of machine operation then ever. So please be careful. In this case I or someone could have been seriously injured.
I have been around heavy and dangerous equipment for 55 years and don't take anything for granted.
tky Very Good Post!! I've had cracks in mower blades b4 can be bad bad news!!
A chipper shredder blade cracked,thank goodness you checked Bro!!
You are correct Bro..Joe caught a potential hazard, or at least a work delay, either way..checking your equipment is a great idea..and a GREAT reminder for all of Us Joe.. P.s. Nice seeing Ya back home X
Yes it's nice to see ya back here xdx, hope you and yours are doing well.
As far as equipment goes, I figured this was a good time to talk about some safety since winter is the time most of us do maintenance on our equipment. We all can tell stories about how we or a friend was hurt or how we know people who have lost fingers working on equipment. We all know you can never be to cautious when it comes to machinery. I'm glad if my experience helps others that is what we all do here....Help each other! My pleasure pholks.
Something else I have done this time of year. Just changed the cord on my 4-1/2" grinder, the old one was dry rotted and starting to fray. I do quite a bit of welding and need to use a grinder quite often,the last thing I need is a short ruining my day. I am sure there are many of us that have tips for winter repairs, maybe some of you pholks would like to share your tips.