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As a farm machinery mechanic and writer, Dan brings a hands-on approach that only a pro can muster. Along with his In the Shop blog, Dan writes a column by the same name as well as the Shop Series for Farm Journal magazine. Always providing practical information, he is a master at tackling technical topics and making them easy for all of our readers to understand. He and his wife, Becky, live near Bouton, Iowa.
Good point, Dan! We've got a few of those, too. Another "stupid factor" tool that has bitten me -- check ALL your hammers for even slightly loose heads. When you're really beating on something is when they usually choose to fly off. In my case, I was lucky it just landed on my foot, since it was a 3 lb. sledge head. I limped for a week, but I no longer use loose-headed hammers. Ever.
Also splitting wedges, they're softer metal, and very prone to mushrooming, I had a chunk go through my Carhartt overalls and jeans to embed itself in my leg, that was a bit painful.
Thank God! Someone with brinas speaks!