I used a pneumatic chainsaw when I was in the Army working on a target range
for the cadets at West Point. It was a nice unit, and light, but it didn't
have the power that the gas units had. It was good for small stuff. Of
course, we had a compressor truck to go with it and a few hundred feet of
Reminds me of the story of the guy who purchased a new gas engine powered
chain saw to replace an old hand push saw, the salesman telling him that
this would greatly increase his productivity and ease his workload. A
couple of days later the individual returned, found the salesman and told
him he was returning the chainsaw. The salesman asked him where it was, and
the guy told him it was in the trunk of his car. They went outside, and on
the way the guy complained of the sales pitch that was given him about
productivity, and ease of workload and said the new chainsaw did none of
those things. When they got to the trunk of the car, the guy opened the
trunk and the salesman took the chainsaw out of the trunk and pulled on the
starter cord, and the saw started up with a roar. The guy said: "What's
- Nehmo -
Except that the story isn't true. But there're real-life stories that
demonstrate equal ignorance.
Once I left a new worker with the job of removing some bolts & nuts
holding up some mobile home axles. I connected the electric impact
wrench and demonstrated, as I easily removed the first nut and knocked
out its bolt. I handed him the wrench, and as I was leaving, I heard the
bamming begin. I like to leave new workers unsupervised for a bit so
they feel a sense of responsibility for the job. I was gone for a little
under an hour, and when I returned I saw that even though he was
completely sweaty and exhausted, he had not removed one bolt.
He had been squeezing the trigger of the impact wrench the wrong way. He
had been tightening the bolts - not unscrewing them.
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