Author Topic: WARNING - THIS STUFF IS STILL LIVE UNLESS THE BATTERY IS REMOVED!  (Read 551 times)

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Offline Philbert

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Would have thought there would have been some kind of safety feature.  To stop accidental trigger pull on contact and chain movement.
Each of the Oregon battery-powered tools I have, has a dual-activation trigger: some type of 'safety' latch, button, etc. has to be pushed, slid, depressed, etc., before the primary trigger can be squeezed.  In addition, the chain brake on the chainsaw locks out power.  But on some products, it is fairly easy to bump the 'safety' when carrying or transporting the tool. And frankly, the easiest place to carry these heavy, expensive batteries is mounted in the tool.

So on a few tools, I drilled a hole for a positive lock, as shown above. And I am training myself to consciously remove the battery before working on the chain, etc., and not trusting the switch.

The scary part about the B&D recall, is that the mower blade apparently activated with the switch released and the safety key removed.  I have had a couple of woodworking tools (table saw and router) fail with the switch in the 'ON' position due to fine dust build up inside the switch ('Hmmmmm, . . . that blade seems to be coasting for a really long time . . . '), so it can happen with many tools and products. It seems that these battery powered tools might be a special situation, because they appear to be 'safer' than some of their corded or gas counterparts.

Philbert

 

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