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Recommendations for Gloves?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by jeffesonm, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. jeffesonm

    jeffesonm Feeling the Heat

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    I split all of my wood by hand with a Fiskars and I constantly burn through gloves. At first I was using those cheap-o leather work gloves that look like this:

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    Well they were always busting apart at the seams and weren't all that comfortable. Next I received a pair of Carhartt work gloves for a gift that looked like this:

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    These fit great and were comfortable, but after probably 2 months of light use (1-2 hours, 3-4 days/week) they have holes in the finger pad area.

    Anyone have recommendations for gloves that last?

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  2. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    I get the leather gloves called rope gloves or whatever at walmart, they don't last forever but they fit better and last longer than the cheapos. Don't know how long they will last if you wear them 2 hours a day for 3 days though. That's a good amound for most gloves I think. I probably get 1-2 seasons out of the ones I talk about and I prolly cut 6-10 weakends a year one day a weekend and then handle that quantity of wood.
  3. tbuff

    tbuff Feeling the Heat

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    I like the landscaper gloves with the blue nitrile( or whatever it is) palm side and cloth backing. Cheap enough that if wear out or you lose them you just replace. They usually come in 6 pair packs also.
  4. tigeroak

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    I never wear gloves to splt wood or even to cut wood. Sure I get splinters , cuts and so on . But I take it and go on. Been that way my whole life. Gloves just get in the way. Yes I have tried them but after about 2 min I throw them away. Wife wants me to wear gloves and I understand why and she understands me when I tell her that I get more done without the gloves than with.
  5. tbuff

    tbuff Feeling the Heat

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    I learned to where gloves when I was an HVAC contractor.. Sheet metal can be pretty brutal.
  6. jdp1152

    jdp1152 Minister of Fire

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    These right?
    http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hard...&langId=-1&storeId=10051&superSkuId=203192724

    Love the way these gloves feel and they last quite a bit longer than some of the more pricey gloves I've blown through doing yard work, demo work, and wood processing. I picked up 3 pairs a while a back and am on pair two right now. The first pair only had a small hole, but figured they'd given me enough life that I'd retire them. Tried some pretty heavy duty pigskin ones that just never got comfortable. I might put those on to roll a well trunk or something, but I can't really pick up the splits very well with em.
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  7. tbuff

    tbuff Feeling the Heat

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    Those are the gloves! So comfortable from day one, cheap and durable. I agree with you on the pigskins, had a 2 year old pair that feel like plywood everythime I wear them.
  8. tsquini

    tsquini Minister of Fire

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    My issue with gloves is not when I'm chopping its when i'm stacking. I buy nice gloves for chopping. Stacking is another story. The cheaper the better. When all my stacking gloves get holes I just double up the gloves so the holes get covered up.
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    scooby074 Feeling the Heat

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    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    Same here I wear the rubber coated cloth gloves when it's really cold out though. I never could get used to wearing gloves to work.
  11. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    Deer skin are probably the best I have found but too expensive in my opinion. I used to buy what they call roping gloves at Harbor Freight (tan/yellow smooth cowhide). I decided to try another Harbor freight brand this year gray in color called goat skin driving gloves. Just bought 3 more pairs on sale for 4.50 a pair. I have cut, loaded and hauled 6 pickup loads so far and I am on the first original pair. They have been wet with snow twice. The next pair on deck I just coated with Sno-seal (beeswax). We'll see if that makes them even better.
  12. fabsroman

    fabsroman Minister of Fire

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    I will second the Atlas gloves. I got a pair of cold and warm weather ones from my local Ace Hardware and they are some of the best gloves I have used. I have gone through leather ones like crazy, especially when handling wet wood, and they are expensive. I think the Atlas ones were around $10.

    When it is colder out:
    http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1444719

    For the warmer weather:
    http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2148170

    I was thinking about buying another one or two pairs of each, but these have held up so well that I might be spending money that I don't need to spend for another 5 years.
  13. Blue2ndaries

    Blue2ndaries Minister of Fire

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    I use the leather work gloves from Costco. 3-pack is $19.99.
  14. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    No gloves stand up very long under any hard use. I recommend you try a bunch of different kinds and choose the ones that disappoint you the least.
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    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    +1 . . . although my wife does not care for the calluses on my hands. Like you and others I do wear some gloves in the cold weather.
  16. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    if you get the Free HF gloves with the coupon, they last one use and you rip the fingers out of them or wear through them in at least 2 uses. If your sweaty or its wet the leather dye comes off and staind your fingers black, for days!!!!
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    I agree. The absolute best I have found are the Atlas. I haven't used their winter weight, but their standard pairs are a gem. Outlast $20 leather gloves by a huge margin. Always developed holes in my fingertips. They are also grippy when running the saws, handling the X27, and stacking the wood. Highly recommend.
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    wh401 New Member

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    I prefer most leather palmed/finger tipped Mechanix Wear gloves, they've worked well for me. If you do a lot splitting then get something with thick insulation or impact protection to protect your hands.
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    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    With the HF cheapies, I've noticed that sometimes you get a good batch and sometimes you get a bad batch. Had that happen with the yellow/black ones.
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    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    Im talking the red/black ones that you get a free pair with the coupon and a purchase.
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    OldLumberKid Feeling the Heat

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    Sounds like these ... I like em a lot for general splitting, scrounging, walking the dog and even riding MTN bike, and whatnot.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/professional-mechanics-glove-large-68308.html

    There's probably a safer glove out there for sawing though, but others would probably be able to guide you better there.
  25. Jack Fate

    Jack Fate Feeling the Heat

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    They just started giving these out at work .Best gloves they ever got ,at lest in the 36 yrs i've been there

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