I wonder what percentage of lawnmowers with deadman switches have not
had them bypassed or disabled? A few exotic magnets took care of mine
the first time I fired it up, and within a week I dug up a big cable tie
to immobilize that silly rear skirt so I could pull the mower backwards.
(How can you mow under stuff without pulling it backwards? Idiots.)
My changes will take 30 seconds to reverse once it comes time to sell or
junk the mower.
My bet is a pretty high percentage are unmodified. I haven't seen the
need to disable the dead-man switch on mine. It easily restarts so
it's not a big deal. Mowers aren't like they were thirty years ago.
OTOH, the backwards thing is a PITA.
On 8/11/2010 11:00 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
yes, and if i had to disengage my mower every time i stopped to pickup
trash or move an item, my clutch would be toast. That is the first item
to be by-passed when i buy one. The second item is that tree destroying
ROPS. Gotta use your head to run machinery.
remove the "not" from my address to email
As long as they don't ban grinders, we'll do fine.
At work a few years ago, they banned opening the windows, both because
the POS HVAC system kept getting confused, and because the windows were
worn-out junk that had a habit of falling on people's fingers. They even
screwed some shut, in the wings and floors with the worst windows.
I happened to work on one of those floors. We were the techs who did the
computer stuff for the building. We all had tools. When they came around
and screwed them shut, we all shrugged and said 'whatever'. Within a
week, every last screw had vanished. It took the powers that be a couple
tries of replacing them before reality sank in.
(and yes, for the windows that kept falling down, we fabricated sticks.)
I want all tools, vehicles, consumer items, etc to be as dangerous as
possible and lawsuits for injuries outlawed. I want vehicles to explode
and burn to a pile of ash that blows away in the wind leaving little
or no trace if there is an accident. I want Darwinism to run rampant
in this country until all the dumbasses are gone or significantly
diminished. I don't know if I'll survive because they surround me. 8-)
Stupidity should be painful, but hopefully not fatal. Best cure for
industrial accidents is training, not working when tired or otherwise
impaired, and a hardass foreman that rips a new one for anyone he sees
not following safety protocols.
Remember the guy who lost his finger because he stuck it in a hole in
a machine? The safety people took the idiot back to the machine and
asked him to show them what happened, the moron promptly stuck his
other finger in the same hole and lost it too! 8-)
Stupid people shouldn't be allowed to breed, we wind up with, well,
you know......... the whole country screwed up.
You believe that it less likely that there will be an accident if
someone uses something more? It doesn't quite work that way.
Do you have life insurance? Homeowner's insurance? Car insurance?
Ever use any of them? I'll take a stab at it and guess you've never
needed the first one...yet...but as far as the others if you haven't
used them, why do you have them?
Trot on over to rec.woodworking and ask how many people over there
have been bitten by a saw. Those are people who use saws every day.
No one gets a free pass on accidents. Not amateurs, not pros.
You're missing my point, DD. The price premium is high - now. It'll
come down. The price is immaterial to the fact that it is a user-
selectable safety system that actually works, doesn't get in the way
of cuts, and is invisible in use. It's better technology.
A better question to ask over at the wreck would be, if you had a
choice of paying $2000 now and getting the tip of your finger back,
There is no "competing technology". He has the IDEA of a sensor detecting a
person's digits tripping a brake that stops a blade, patented. The patent is
pretty basic to the problem at hand. The inventor is a patent lawyer. You
don't think he's covered his bases?
Everyone trusts "technology" to cure whatever problem there is. That's why we
have the leftist morons whining for more solar and wind power.
If everyone has your negative attitude, then yes, there never will be. Give
the recent jury award for an injury, I'm sure other companies are looking
into a different method of stopping saws. No matter how complex a puzzle,
patent, or secret code may be, if one man can make it, another can break it.
Let's talk again in 3 to 5 years.
You *obviously* don't understand patents. He has this one locked up
tight. It has nothing to do with "technology", rather "function". A
better brake wouldn't get around the patent, nor would a better
detection device. It has nothing to do with "attitude". Sorry, but
that's the way it is.
Perhaps it is not so cut and dried, as you imagine.
Fifth post down.
Gass was not the first or only one to think up a saw brake, he was
just the first one to patent one and get it to market. Note the
number of patents his patent references:
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