Thinking of the guy buying a table saw...Carpenters use to come to work
carrying different hand saws. I remember my uncle snapping a line and
using a rip saw...back in the day...not alot of heavy guys on the job
Most of 'em probably lost their fingers from doing a bit of extra work
around harvest time on the farms. I suspect more people lost limbs to
bailers and binders than to hand saws or hammers, over any time window
when both were common activities.
Puts me in mind of the time I was at the local watering hole one night
chatting with a guy who delivered for a local feed mill in his spare
time who told me he'd knocked at a house he knew, expecting the wife
to answer because it was harvest time in the middle of the day, and
the farmer answered, in his bathrobe. Looked like he had a rash on his
arms. He said "I was clearing out the combine when the sleeve of my
union suit got caught and it started to pull me in. I managed to grab
a piece of stationary iron so I stayed put but I couldn't move, and it
slowly ripped my long underwear off my body through my pants and
shirt. Took longer than you'd expect, and it was kinda painful. After
it was done I drove the tractor into the yard and parked it. I'll get
back out there tomorrow but I decided to take the rest of the day off."
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