Chainsaw Clothing is Essential to a Safe and Productive Job Well Done
Many chainsaw owners set out to cut wood in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt only to experience scraped arms, wood chips in their eyes and even something as serious as a chainsaw gash in their knee or shin. These realities remind us that chainsaw clothing is necessary gear for anyone who uses a chainsaw on a regular basis, including homeowners, tree specialists, landscapers, utility workers and loggers. If you want to avoid injury and inconvenience, putting on the right chainsaw clothing is essential. Here’s an overview of the right stuff for the job.
1. Chainsaw Chaps and Chainsaw Trousers: You’ve seen colleagues with nasty gashes on their legs and you’ve heard the stories of those who were saved by a pair of sturdy chaps. Look for chainsaw chaps that meet ASTM standards for 45 degree and 90 degree cuts. The first time a log gives way before you expect it and you slap a chainsaw blade against your chaps-covered knees without injury you’ll be very grateful. Look for the best chainsaw chaps like Elvex ProChaps and ArborChaps with Prolar. Choose lightweight yet rugged chaps to keep you safe on every job.
2. Chainsaw Safety Caps and Head Gear: Protect your head from falling branches or chainsaw kicks, protect your ears from the high-decibel output of commercial chainsaws (115 db on average – hearing damage can began as low as 80 db) and protect yourself from twigs, chips and debris that can scratch skin, retinas or corneas, and cause other injuries. Choose a single system that employs a chainsaw helmet, chainsaw visor and chainsaw ear muffs or select each component separately. But make sure you’ve got all the essentials covered with high-quality protective chainsaw clothing. Using a chainsaw is no reason to go deaf or blind, or to give yourself a frontal lobotomy!
3. Chainsaw Gloves: Some “old pros” in the business count the loss of a finger or two as something that goes with the territory. But that doesn’t have to be the case with you. Add a pair of chainsaw gloves to your chainsaw clothing wardrobe for maximum protection. The essential components of effective chainsaw gloves are plenty of tough, thick padding on the back or the hands and enough flexibility in the fingers so that normal functionality is not hindered.
4. Chainsaw boots: Losing a finger makes it harder to count to ten; losing a foot makes so many more things difficult! Don’t fire up the chainsaw unless your feet are firmly housed in a pair of chainsaw boots that sport steel toes and reinforced uppers that can withstand a chainsaw blade making progress at 2,800 feet per minute. Outstanding boots are an irreplaceable part of a total chainsaw clothing set-up.
As you can see, there is nothing fancy in the mix for a solid set of chainsaw clothing. Just cover the basics with the best equipment and gear you can find and you will enjoy safe, injury-free cutting with your Husqvarna, Homelite, Stihl, or Craftsman chainsaw.
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