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post #1 of 11 Old 01-20-2011, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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This is why yard trees are dangerous.

I found this electrical insulator while cutting up a slab of walnut that had been air drying in an old mans house for 30 plus years.

At first it appears to just be a small piece of wire so i tried to resaw past it....WHAT A MISTAKE!

this is what i found upon further digging into the slab


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Well, that sucks! At least you did not find it with the planer or jointer. People used to think driving nails in walnuts helped them. and I found a nugget of truth behind it in some reading. A nut tree produces a better crop when slightly stressed, and a yard tree gets all sorts of water and fertilizer stress relief. Drive some nails in it and I bet it will be a little more stressed than before .

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the bad thing about those glass insulators. metal detectors don't even pick them up. we have ran nto them also. a small price to pay for in-expensive walnut lumber though
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I've not hit one in a log, but in the late 80s I used to climb old poles in the woods - usually alongside old rail lines and pluck them. I still have a bunch of them. i guess I thought they'd be worth something someday. I still see them all over the place though. I think there are some that are valuable, but none I have I'm sure.






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There is not much worse thing to hit than an insulator. I hit one one time and my band came straight up 90 degrees.
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I've hit one with my sawmill also, a smaller electric fence type...what a trainwreck. Like Mizer by band went up (mine about on a 45), no way to back it out. I had to cut the band and couldn't get it out of the kerf because the teeth were so jacked out of set. I had to cut down to the insulator with a chainsaw to get myself free.



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In full discloser it might have been only a 86 degree angle, I was just estimating.
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The worst I ever buried a blade like you describe Daren was when I was sawing a big Pecan. I was just walking along behind the power head minding my own business, when my right arm and hand suddenly got a mind of their own and reached up and bumped the up/down lever up. The "train wreck" was instant.

I have no idea why they did that to this day. The blade was milling the log well and making good headway being a new blade and all - I almost always put on a new blade to cut Pecan etc. after I knock the slabs off.

Mizer, have your arm & hand ever conspired against you like this? I know we run the same basic mill so maybe you've had that happen too . . . . .


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That sounds like it might be in the realm of something I would do so don't be to hard on yourself. The worst I did was to fall asleep while riding (I have the seat option). It had been a long day and I was exhausted. I was sawing along an old country road and I ran the mill right off the end of the beam and just kept on going. I ended up cutting down a hedge row and two telephone poles before I woke up.
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Oh boy, it's getting deep now...






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ONLY in Tennessee!!!!! It was them YARD SALE signs that woke him up..They got to clicking on the bandwheels like a BICYCLE!! I'm just glad he didn't get the BUTTERCUPS!!!!

Tex if you hadn't feed him SO many Walnut cookies, he wouldn't have feel asleep at the wheel !!!! but the HEDGES look better!!

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