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Offline Peter Parfitt

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My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« on: December 11, 2016, 06:35 PM »
Hi Everyone

Just a quite health and safety note here...

I was working with the CXS and placed it on a narrow ledge above head height whilst I reached for another screw. It started to fall and that is when the amazing powers of the human brain and the stunning reaction speed of our frail human bodies just clicks in.

My first thought was - "Gosh if it falls 7 feet it might break". Then came - "...that could be expensive". Followed closely by "...nobody will give me a new one for Christmas".

So I did what I always do when I drop something - I stuck my foot out to break its fall but I did not account for the spinning motion which caused it (or the Pozi bit I think) to take a chuck out of my shin:

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Thank goodness it wasn't the Kapex !

Peter

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Re: My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2016, 06:39 PM »
Good catch, I've watched mine bounce a couple of times....not as quick as I used to be but it's been fine, tough little bugger.

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Re: My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2016, 06:51 PM »
But at least your leg will heal - unlike a broken drill  [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]

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Re: My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2016, 07:25 PM »
Peter,  Glad to see that you are ok.

BUT, I hope that readers will not do what you did.  I have done it numerous times but kitchen knives, 5 lb objects, etc have taught me to retract the foot.

Godspeed.

Peter

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Re: My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2016, 08:21 PM »
I think we should all chip in for some shin pads for Peter, we can afford to lose him to one of his knee jerk reactions [eek]

Hope your leg heals quickly Peter.

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Re: My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2016, 09:15 PM »
That's perfect Peter, shin grows back...drills don't.   I used to... in my younger days, play, ref, and coach soccer. One year I managed to  tweeck both of my achilles...had a thumb sized lump in my right and a smaller one in my left where the sheath was swollen.  When I went to rehab the spec told me that I had the worse looking, scarred shins he had ever seen.  Mostly that "bull in china closet syndrome", can't say I ever went around anything that I thought I could go through.  That attitude was probably from my gymnastic, judo and karate infatuation in high school and after.  I also told an ER nurse once after cutting my arm to the tune of 24 stitches on glass, that it was good to bleed on occasion so that your body would know what to do in an accident...she did not think that too scientific...but I stand by my theory.

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Re: My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2016, 11:09 PM »
Boy, Peter - you mind works quickly.

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Re: My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2016, 02:37 AM »
Thanks everyone. Yes, I posted this for a bit of fun as I really do not mind sharing my misfortune and do not mind people having a laugh at my expense - I think that the FOG should have a motto "if you can't take a laugh then you should not have joined".

I took the photo 4 days after it happened and it really is just a graze.

Cheers everyone and, perhaps a little early, Happy Christmas.

Peter

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Re: My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2016, 03:06 AM »
Glad you're safe, I had the same thing happen tonight and the CXS took a huge divot out of the MDF bottom shlef of the bench I'm building.

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Re: My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2016, 08:29 AM »
Ouch!  Not much padding on the shin, and not many blood vessels either, so injuries there take an age to heal.

I think it's an excuse to sit down over Christmas, and be waited on hand and foot.

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Re: My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2016, 08:51 AM »
I'm a bit clumsy at times but amazing fast to get out of the way. I think I would likely try to stop the CXS from hitting the floor if it had a screw bit in it but not if there was a drill bit. I hate involuntary acupuncture treatments while working! Glad you saved the CXS from damage sad that you got hit..
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Re: My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2016, 05:47 PM »
Got a T18 which fell and broke clean through directly below the head. Cost 25€ to get a new shell for it, works as new (and looks better since the scratches on it are gone).

Moral of the story: material is replaceable, you're not - let the stuff fall and get out of the way.

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Re: My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2016, 09:46 AM »
Well, I've heard it said that Festools cost an arm and a leg!

Incidentally, who or what taught you to put your foot out to break the fall - I clearly picked that up from someone a million years ago and now instinctively do it all the time.  Not so clever with sharps objects however - we don't mend as well as we used to Peter!

Merry Christmas everyone.

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Re: My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2016, 10:36 AM »
Well, I've heard it said that Festools cost an arm and a leg!

Incidentally, who or what taught you to put your foot out to break the fall - I clearly picked that up from someone a million years ago and now instinctively do it all the time.  Not so clever with sharps objects however - we don't mend as well as we used to Peter!

Merry Christmas everyone.

Hi @geoffshep

It started when I used to do work for my father - if I let a piece of wood fall to the ground he would a: hear it and then b: tell me off, especially if I dinged the cut end.

I have saved quite a few glass or china objects over the years using this approach and the CXS incident was the first time that it went wrong - it must be an age thing !

Cheers.

Peter

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Re: My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2016, 12:57 PM »
It's hard to override our instincts. Glad wasn't a chisel!

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Re: My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2016, 02:20 PM »
When I was 11 or 12 years old my brother, who had just passed his driving test, took his girlfriend and me for a spin in Mum's car - what could possibly go wrong?

The night before we had seen a film on TV where the hero jumped out of a moving car. Being the younger brother and not in the driver's seat I had to jump out - much to the amusement of the girlfriend. I have no idea what speed we were doing, probably no more than 5 or 6 miles an hour but the road was particularly hard that day.

These things always seem to happen when one is wearing the new pair of trousers (or the new rain coat - but that is another story). My knees were rather grazed and I had holes in my trouser legs corresponding with the abrasions. Forget the blood (there was very little), forget the pain (I can't remember that bit) but boy was I scared what Mum would say. My brother was particularly worried as nobody knew that we were in Mum's car (she rode her bike to work that day).

Luckily my Aunt was staying and she repaired the knees of the trousers before Mum got back from work. Of course Mum noticed but I seemed to get away with it.

I will describe the dare that messed up my brand new rain coat in another post.

Peter

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Re: My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« Reply #16 on: December 18, 2016, 10:59 AM »
I guess you're not a fan of the belt clip on the cxs ???

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Re: My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« Reply #17 on: December 18, 2016, 11:58 AM »
I guess you're not a fan of the belt clip on the cxs ???

I have removed the belt clips from every drill that I have - when you get to my age/weight/shape the last thing you want is something that makes your trousers sag any more !

Peter

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Re: My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« Reply #18 on: December 18, 2016, 12:07 PM »
I get it. 

Seems like that's one of the things people rave about the cxs for ; and other manufacturers have started to copy.

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Re: My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« Reply #19 on: December 18, 2016, 01:03 PM »
I guess you're not a fan of the belt clip on the cxs ???

I have removed the belt clips from every drill that I have - when you get to my age/weight/shape the last thing you want is something that makes your trousers sag any more !

Peter


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Re: My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« Reply #20 on: December 18, 2016, 01:42 PM »
I guess you're not a fan of the belt clip on the cxs ???

I have removed the belt clips from every drill that I have - when you get to my age/weight/shape the last thing you want is something that makes your trousers sag any more !

Peter


It is for this exact reason I prefer jacket weather.  It enables me to remove my wallet from my back pocket!

Being a Festool fan has stopped the wallet being too heavy to cause any problems with the trouser line !

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Re: My CXS was falling but I saved it...
« Reply #21 on: December 18, 2016, 02:33 PM »
Ya might have to send your leg in for service