Gunning for Shop Safety and Comfort

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Review by DeLayne Peck posted 09-07-2013 06:01 AM 2705 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When you have a tricky cut on the table saw, both hands on a router or lathe tool – you can count on it – that’s when a fly will start biting. And, that’s when I stop and reach for the Bug-A-Salt. Biting insects are a serious distraction and a matter of shop safety and comfort.

What’s a Bug-A-Salt? It is a lot of fun, but not a toy. It’s a high quality plastic, pump-action mini shotgun. A top fill container holds a couple table spoons of table salt. Racking the pump handle loads a pinch of salt and compresses an internal spring. A plastic sight pops up to indicate it’s cocked. Click the safety off and your ready to go gunning for REVENGE.

Does it work? Yes, the gun fires salt at a high velocity. The pattern spreads like a shotgun which limits it’s effective range. The manufacture claims 34”, that would be a lucky shot. Inside 2 ft, it will murder or maim most insects. The sights are accurate and accuracy matters. The more high velocity salt you can place on target the better.

The most effective way to rid your shop of flies? Probably not. Fun? Absolutely. But, it is pricey at $39.95 with free shipping from Amazon. Google might find a better deal.

How do you justify the cost? Well, I used unit pricing. The first fly cost me 40 bucks. After that they are all free.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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#1 posted 09-07-2013 07:31 AM

I hope all your tools are stainless steel.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#2 posted 09-07-2013 12:24 PM

what’s it cost to reload? Do you need to register it? Can you conceal it legally?

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#3 posted 09-07-2013 01:48 PM

I protect all the tools in my detached two stall garage with Boeshield, Toolguard, and paste wax.

After 50 shots or so, a reload with two table spoons of ordinary table might cost a penny. No registration necessary, but it’s not to be joked around with and kept away from children. It is legal to conceal. The Bug-A-Salt is hefty and about 18 inches long. Flies are everywhere. So, I carry mine down the front of my pants when I leave home.

Ownership is restricted to fun-loving nut types.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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#4 posted 09-07-2013 03:54 PM

I have used a pellet gun with out a pellet just a blast of air to do the same thing.

-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun

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#5 posted 09-07-2013 04:23 PM

Sounds great fun.

Here in the UK, I use this spring-loaded ‘gun’

and sometimes one of these electro-static racquets

The first one gets more hits – the racquet tires me out when waving at the pesky critturs!

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#6 posted 09-07-2013 05:25 PM

I never imagined such a thing but it looks like blast!



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#7 posted 09-07-2013 06:07 PM

What a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing!!

Do you think we can convert a sandblaster to use salt and we can kill more flies!!!

-- "All good stories cost you blood or money" - Pat Finney

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#8 posted 09-07-2013 06:20 PM

I needed one of these the other night. A monster black widow moved in because of all the rain and set up shop. Thought the wife was going to lose her mind. I could have seriously been a hero with one of these. Hard to look manly when the closest shoe is a girly tennis shoe. This, a pair of shades, and an ammo belt full of salt shakers would have landed some serious lovin.

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#9 posted 09-08-2013 01:19 AM

That looks like a lot of fun! The U Tube vids are quite entertaining.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 09-08-2013 02:00 AM

Nat, I am rolling on the floor LMAO. An ammo belt with salt shakers, you’re killing me.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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#11 posted 09-08-2013 02:37 AM

I once saw an article about an old-school gunsmith named A. O. Niedner who had built (among a lot of other innovative things) a smoothbore .22 with rounds loaded with cornmeal for shooting flies. He built it for a man who had been an avid bird hunter, but who had become confined to a wheelchair.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#12 posted 09-08-2013 06:05 AM

I spent one summer on my back in the driveway removing rust from my VW Bus with a sand blaster. Barn swallows had built a nest nearby on my garage. They would constantly swoop at me. The turf war turned nasty. They would dive in strafing run. I would roll over and shoot at them with the sand blasting gun. The battle looked like a Pearl Harbor scene from Tora, Tora, Tora.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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#13 posted 09-08-2013 07:04 PM

For some reason I never get flies in my shop. I suppose they don’t like sawdust.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 09-09-2013 05:51 PM

R.I.P. = All those bad/nasty bugs!! :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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