We stand behind our tools 100 percent but we assume no responsibility for misapplication of our products. The end user must be thoroughly familiar with the correct application and proper use prior to using our tools. Only one person is to operate any tool at one time! Do not use pry bars or pipes to add leverage to any Oshkosh Tool.
Carefully inspect all tools before use. Loose fittings, cracked, bent or broken parts, dull cutting or work edges can result in down time, reduced efficiency or present a hazard to the user. These issues must be remedied prior to continued use.
All tools that depend on sharp edges or points such as dig bars, cant hooks, peavies, pike poles, pole supports and skidding tongs must be regularly inspected to assure that work edges and points do not become excessively dull. If so, sharpen or replace according to the recommendation below.
Sharpening must be done to preserve the original shape of the tool. Care must be exercised in grinding so as not to overheat the tool edge or point because this could weaken or make brittle the edge. In grinding, tool edges or points must never be quenched in water as this may result in inducing unwanted hardness or brittleness in the tool which could cause breaking or chipping while in use.
In the case of cant hooks, peavies and skidding tongs, when sharpening has reduced the point to three quarters of its original length the tool should be re-forged by a competent forge shop or destroyed and replaced.
Wood Handled Tools
Wood handles must be regularly inspected for any signs of distress such as cracks, splinters, decay or looseness at its attachment points. Tool handles should never be recoated with paint or any opaque finish that prevents inspection.
Handles showing signs of distress must be removed from service and the handle replaced. Always keep in mind, wooden handles may break. Use with caution!
Even though handles are inspected wood has variation in grains which can cause weakness.
Always be aware of the possibility that a handle can break. Never place all of your weight onto a piece of equipment without properly supporting yourself.
Never stand under or near loads that are being lifted or being held by Jennys. Even though lifting tongs have been tested you never know when wood grain may let loose on the object being lifted.