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Where there is smoke.....

2442 Views 7 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  patthesoundguy
I was in my outbuilding "working" on restoring my MF12 to a serviceable condition... I was trying to remove the seat pan which is one piece with fenders and a storage compartment with a hydraulic fluid reservoir and hydro. vent in it.
Well like 98% of the bolts in this tractor they wouldn't break loose so I grabbed the 4" angle grinder and ground off the heads of the bolts.... As I was grinding off the 3rd bolt I was thinking How am I going to get that last bolt since there was no way I could reach it with the grinder... I noticed a wisp of smoke come up thru the pan by the Hydro breather....Did I see that?... then a little thicker wisp of smoke...Oh SHIrT! I have the beginning of a fire on the greasiest part of my tractor and I can't get to it because the rest of the bolts are still holding... NO water, compressed air or power for that matter in this building, only one 200Ft extension cord from the house.... smoke getting heavier.... I finally spot 2 bottles of water ...I grabbed one thinking oil fire and water...and start pouring water in every hole I see near the smoke... As I ran out of water the smoke finally stopped. Once I finally got the seat pan off I found a field mouse condo from years past. The nesting materials were so dry and oily that when I touched a match to it it was instant fire!
That was a lesson I will not soon forget... Now I have 4 gallon jugs of water AND a fire extinguisher in my little out building. I hope the wife doesn't fuss too much about the soiled laundry...:Stop::fing20:
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Very Lucky. It could have been much worse. A good lesson for everyone. A lot of us have out buildings that we store/work on equipment in. I don't care if it is a garage or a shed, you really should take precautions. I always have an ABC extinguisher in each shed and several in the garage. If that had been a gas fire the water would have spread it all over the place.
I also make sure that I don't have any gasoline stored where I am working, a little heat + plastic jug of gas = crispy critter.
I also hope that your 200 ft extension cord is heavy duty, not one of those 16 or 14 gauge ones from the big box store. The current drop on that length when using tools could really shorten the life of the tool. As a rule, the one ones I use in the shop, 25 footers at 12 gauge and my 50 footers, (longest I will ever use) at at least 10 gauge.
And yes, you can see the difference in performance when using a heavy current drawing tool like big circular saw.
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