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When should you wear chaps

Post in 'The Gear' started by chris2879, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. chris2879

    chris2879 Member

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    I was thinking about getting a pair of chaps. All of my cutting is on the ground, bucking logs into lengths. I will do between 2 and 3 cord a year. During what chainsaw activity should you really consider wearing them? I am not sure if there is a large chance of mishap when bucking logs. What's your opinion?

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  2. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    ALL THE TIME!

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    Badfish740 Minister of Fire

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    Definitely anytime you're having drinks at the Blue Oyster :lol:
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    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    At JimBo's on Dollar beer night I wear the Helmet as well! :lol:
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I never start a saw without having the things on. I would feel really stupid to whack myself again with a pair of chaps hanging on the wall.

    Checklist:

    1. Gas
    2. Oil
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    4. Chaps on
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    6. Pull rope.
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    mayhem Minister of Fire

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    When the saw is running.

    Chaps, gloves, logging helmet with ear protection and safety glasses. Chaps are my last needed purchase and I'll be all set.
  7. chris2879

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    I kind of knew this was the answer; "all the time." I figured not doing it professionally, just my own wood, people might not wear them, but that shouldn't make any difference. I didn't want to go overkill with gear, but safety first... can't argue with that. I guess I will order a pair.
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    If I'm cutting I wear them.

    Wearing chaps over jeans can make it nearly unbearable to cut during the warm months so I purchased a pair of Labonville polyester summer weight pants with Kevlar inserts. They are much cooler than chaps worn over jeans. For me it eliminated the temptation to not wear leg protection during the summer.
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    All chainsaw activities and when your partner wants you to!

    gibir
  10. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Better yet put her in them! :cheese:
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    Jutt77 Feeling the Heat

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    Lol...yeah my wife calls mine the "A$$less Chaps"
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    Jutt77 Feeling the Heat

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    That's what keeps me from wearing my chaps as much as I should is the heat. Anyone just wear shorts under their chaps?
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    All the time. Long Pants are not going to help any!
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    Full wrap ones or just the front covering ones? Which ones are better?
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    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    I wear the regular ones fit me fine. Only time I wear long pant is cold weather. Full wraps a much hotter better protection, but the real big weak spots is thighs and knees.
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    Jutt77 Feeling the Heat

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    Lol, I guess thats one of those obvious answers... Chaps plus shorts it is this weekend!
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    shorts with an 880... :cheese: The other guy is standing on a round...lol

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    Battenkiller Minister of Fire

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    My wife calls me "That ass in the chaps"
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    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    LMAO :lol:
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    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    Chaps are mandatory in some western ring classes at APHA shows, trail for one.


    Ooops, wrong forum ;-P
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    Danno77 Minister of Fire

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    I always wear chaps, steel toed boots, and I always wear my helmet. I am bad about hearing protection for small jobs, and I am also bad about using anything more than my glasses for eye protection. I really should do something aout my eye protection...
  22. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Helmet has a shield? No?
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    Danno77 Minister of Fire

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    Nope.
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    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    GET ONE! I hate picking dust out of my eye. High winds with goggles and shield down you still get a little, but a whole system in one is the way to go.
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    Danno77 Minister of Fire

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    I've tried on the shielded ones before (only in the store, though) and they drive me nuts. I was thinking more along the lines of some z87 prescription glasses with side shields.

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