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Post in 'The Gear' started by westkywood, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. westkywood

    westkywood Feeling the Heat

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    Did a search and didnt find anything, though I'm sure its been discussed before. Can anyone recommend some good gloves for working with firewood? I bought some $25.00 gloves at TSC that had the rough sandpaper looking material on the fingers. They lasted longer than any others, but I'd say after processing and stacking firewood, they lasted maybe 4 cords. No gloves seems to be able to stand up to processing firewood.

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  2. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Just when I think I have found a glove that is golden, the next set I buy never fits right, gives me a blister (not from the work, but from a poor cut in the gloves) etc. I've had good and bad luck with both the few dollar per set on up to 25 as you've tried.

    Best I can do is I stop by the big glove rack from time to time, whether I need gloves or not. I look for something that is on sale, if it fits well and I think it'll be a good set, I buy it and set them to the side till I need em, or put them in a light duty role somewhere for them to get broken in until it's time to put them to work.

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  3. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    In warm weather I rarely wear gloves except when handling chain,splintery wood,hot metal,broken concrete or other sharp objects.Hands are leathered with callouses from 25+ yrs working construction & working in the woods.Moderate to cool weather I use those thin yet very snug fitting & cut-resistant gloves that contractor provides.

    (Multiflora rosa,blackberry/raspberry,hawthorn & wild honey locust goes right through them however)Under 30 degrees its heavy lined suede gloves,they keep hands warm to around zero or a bit below.Much below that I'm not outside as much,when I am those charcoal 'hand warmer' things in little plastic bags work very well.
  4. bboulier

    bboulier Feeling the Heat

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    I pick up leather gloves when they go on sale at Home Depot. The prices are pretty good. Would be nice if I could buy right handed gloves separately, as they always seem to wear out first. Wish I could find a left-hander with whom I could cut a deal.
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  5. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    +1 on that :)
  6. westkywood

    westkywood Feeling the Heat

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    Yeah, I'm thinking the best way to go is to just buy the $2.00 gloves. Seems there are no gloves that can withstand much log handling
  7. firebroad

    firebroad Minister of Fire

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    I bought a pack of five pair of leather work gloves at Harbor Freight last fall for about 2-3 dollars. Don't last very long, but for 2-3 dollars...
  8. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    I use the $3.99 rubber dipped Atlas gloves. They last way longer than 4 cord and even if they don't you're only out $3.99.
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  9. westkywood

    westkywood Feeling the Heat

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    I've heard those are the best gloves to use. Also I've read where people wrap duct tape over the fingers on cheaper gloves to make them last
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  10. muncybob

    muncybob Minister of Fire

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    Love the Atlas Fit gloves. My last blue pair went through about 6 cords before the rubber started wearing off, then they are used for general work around the property....this office worker has to protect his "smooth as a baby's butt" hands(my wife's accurate quote).
    When they no longer function for firewood the remaing rubber still helps my grip when mowing, digging etc. I do find that I need a size larger than I would normally get as the elastic nature of the fit must affect my hand blood circulation and they tend to get cold. Just bought a pair of their winter gloves and am liking them so far when temps are on the chilly side.
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  11. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    Duct tape? WTF? Did you lose a war?
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  12. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    The gloves I've been using are from Harbor Frieght.....I believe they are "Safety Wear"....like a knit glove with a Yellow Rubber coating on it.....$1.99 a pair, they seem to be last for me.....can't use a new pair when handling the Chiansaw....too much grip
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  13. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Chepo gloves when stacking. Saw gloves is another story.
  14. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Because I cut wood in the winter I want a warm glove. Never had much success with the so-called thermal lined gloves but prefer a good pile lined glove. My favorite has been from Wells-Lamont but unfortunately I can not find them any more around here. Ace Hardware is supposed to have them the the hardwares here seem to only want to carry the Ace brand which are terrible. After looking around I found Galeton online and buy from them. I usually get a half dozen at a time as they are not expensive. They do not last as long as the WL but are good and have a good cuff which is better than the WL. If anyone is interested I'll see if I can find the product number.
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    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    I usually use whatever The Company buys for us. I wear them until they start to peel, which really bugs me at work, then finish them off with firewood. If I have to buy my own, it's Atlas for decent weather, and Frosty Grips for winter.
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    Nixon Minister of Fire

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    The most durable gloves that I have ever used ,were the cotton gloves with the plastic dots . They out did anything I could use . That was in masonry work . They weren't warm ,but they held up well .
  17. Boog

    Boog Minister of Fire

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    Same as pen here, have really big hands and MOST XL don't even fit well, have to wear what I find that fits, store them away for future use. Usually use good leather, but I've used the coated type for other uses with good results.
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    I prefer the Mechanix Wear line of gloves. Right now I have a pair with a padded palm and leather on the inside of the hand, they've worked out pretty well. Next I want to try out the M-Pact or M-Pact 2 models to see if they lesson the strain that a maul or axe puts on your hands when splitting.
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    Jacktheknife Minister of Fire

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    I think my family did. I used to go to school with duct tape covering my gloves on a regular basis.

    Count me among the big handed, I have yet to find a leather glove that I can wear comfortably as the fingers of the glove are too short and I end up with a webbed hand effect. I usually just buy a three pack of jersey gloves and hope they don't get wet.
  20. mellow

    mellow Resident Stove Connoisseur

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    This last time around I bought the expensive leather mechanix gloves at Lowes, they held up longer than others but the Right hand finger tips are going just like the others. I will usually wrap duct tape over the tips to try and get a few more cords of use out of them, downside is the duct tape doesn't give you any grip.
  21. nate379

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    I always wondered who actually uses small or medium gloves even? Little kids? I have what I'd consider normal sized hands and I have to get XL or XXL gloves.
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  22. trog04

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    I've been wanting to try Hex Armor. They are built for the oil/gas industry and I think they would be great for extrication calls with the fire department. They make them for cold weather as well. Looks like cut, puncture, impact, and oil resistance. My neighbor got some of their basic ones for regular mechanic's gloves and I like the way they fit. I hope to get some soon and give them a try.

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  23. Augie

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    Strait leather gloves, use them for everything buy a new pair every few months, buy them a bit on the tight side soak em in warm water and wear email dry the first time. Best gloves ever, the car,driving,skiing,log hauling. And my hands are baby smooth, the gf likes em that way
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    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    Right. It seems small and medium is all that is sitting on the rack when you want a buy some good gloves.

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