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Mill Hazards – Nails, Tree Steps and Musket Balls?

Posted by on February 17, 2014

In May of 2012 Ray Berendsohn of Popular Mechanics wrote a fascinating article on the metal hazards found in logs brought to sawmills for processing. These items include nails, railroad spikes, cables, bolts, tree steps and even civil war-era musket balls! You can read the whole article here.

While these items can be damaging to mill equipment (including to carbide-tipped blades), we would worry about the larger danger of these metals, or their fragments, being propelled out of the log in certain situations, which could cause serious injury. Polycarbonate-sawbooth-winsheilds

One safety solution is polycarbonate. This plastic is incredibly impact resistant and performs very well as safety glass. Polycarbonate is available in scratch-resistant options and UV-resistance is not a problem if used in indoor applications (note: UV-stabilized polycarbonate is available).

Interested in polycarbonate?

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