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Wood Cutting Safety

Post in 'The Gear' started by Boom Stick, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. Boom Stick

    Boom Stick Feeling the Heat

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    This is my first year using Chaps and Helmet. I feel safer and much more confident, not over confident. Who here is wearing safety protection and what other safety items are good to have. Anyone out there not wearing but thinking of wearing?

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  2. jwoair23

    jwoair23 Burning Hunk

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    I'll be honest, I don't have any PPE, I do think from time to time I should invest in some. For some reason around here it is not very common, I have literally never seen someone wearing PPE around here, besides a few professionals.

    The biggest thing that I think would be worth the investment to me would be chaps!
  3. Boom Stick

    Boom Stick Feeling the Heat

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    I never see anyone wearing it either. Took me a while to pull the trigger but one small slip and your life could change
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  4. jwoair23

    jwoair23 Burning Hunk

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    Totally agree. Where did you pick yours up? Any recommendations?
  5. jdinspector

    jdinspector Feeling the Heat

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    I wear protective chaps and a helmet/ear protection/visor. Usually steel toed boots and some kind of gloves.
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  6. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    I'm wearing the Chaps (9 layer) the helmet with ear protection along with ear plugs, gloves, http://www.husqvarna.com/us/accesso...d-clothes/gloves/chain-saw-protective-gloves/ I also have the Stihl cutting shirt http://www.stihlusa.com/products/protective-and-work-wear/chain-saw-protective-apparel/proshirt/
    :oops: I also have these boots. http://www.labonville.com/Labonvill...ox-Toe-Boot-Made-In-The-USA--24127_p_248.html

    zap
  7. WellSeasoned

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    I need to invest in some ppe. I always have gloves on and eye protection, but chaps are a reasonably priced investment that I need to make.
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  8. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    I wear chaps. I bought a pair of Stihl chaps for about 80 bucks I guess. I am glad I have them. I tore a very small sliver in them after a few years of wearing them. Glad it wasn't my jeans and my leg. I also wear hearing protection and safety glasses when I can stand to have them on. If they start fogging up on me off they go into the chain saw case. The next thing I need to get is a helmet with a face shield. I almost bought one one day, then backed away from it. ;lol Maybe I should ask Santa for that as well. Along with a three point hitch set of pallet forks. Oh yea. Dem dere is goin on da top a da list.
  9. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    http://www.stihlusa.com/products/protective-and-work-wear/head-and-face-protection/sfhs/

    I wear the above, just remember to lift up the shield if you spit.
  10. etiger2007

    etiger2007 Minister of Fire

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    The only thing i wear is safety glasses, boots and gloves.
  11. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    Chaps, cut resistant gloves, ear plugs, steel toed boots and safety glasses. No helmet yet either. Like AMX, don't leave home without them ;lol
  12. Bacffin

    Bacffin Minister of Fire

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    Zap, your a cross dresser ay! :) (Stihl, Husky...etc.)
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  13. WhitePine

    WhitePine Feeling the Heat

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    I have the chaps, helmet, and boots, but for quickie jobs I tend to wear only hearing protection, glasses, and gloves. After SmokeyCity's incident, I'm going to get serious about putting the whole kit on anytime I cut.

    I am also going to look into chainsaw gloves versus the leather work gloves I wear now.
  14. wingsfan

    wingsfan Feeling the Heat

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    I wear saftey glasses and head phones.. Thought about chaps, but never bought any.
  15. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    I'm one of the few who wears chaps around here. I also wear a helemt w/face screen (makes me look better ;lol)
  16. red oak

    red oak Minister of Fire

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    No chaps or helmet for me, but I always wear steel-toed boots, gloves, and eye and ear protection.
  17. Boom Stick

    Boom Stick Feeling the Heat

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    I bought my stihl chaps slightly used on ebay and picked up a new in box stihl helmet off of craigslist. Got both for 80 bucks total. Spent quite a bit of time searching these out.
  18. tymbee

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    Won't start the saw without ear protectors, but no other PPE.
  19. jackatc1

    jackatc1 Burning Hunk

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    Long story, but I will be brief.
    laid a runing 372xp across my upper left thigh,
    would have bled out in less than one minute.
    IF NOT FOR MY HUSKY CHAPS!

    I know no picture it didnt happen.
    Mabye I will get a picture of the chaps.
    I believe PPE is a must at all times.
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  20. Hickorynut

    Hickorynut Burning Hunk

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    I use ear muffs as I can't hear worth a dang. Usually composite toed shoes and gloves. Have a helmet when/if cutting dead trees. Have husqvarna chaps from lowes on a shelf in the shop bought several years ago but never have wore them, not good.
  21. infinitymike

    infinitymike Minister of Fire

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    Are the boots waterproof and insulated. It didn't seem to say.
  22. Blue2ndaries

    Blue2ndaries Minister of Fire

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    Been there, done that. ;em Boots, chaps, earmuffs w/visor mesh-shield attachment, gloves.
  23. Techone

    Techone New Member

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    If you can afford I say why not? You will get used to them pretty quick.

    I have an old pair of chaps that only extend slightly below the knee. I like them a lot because they dont restrict my movement nearly as much as the full chaps. Other than that I usually wear a hardhat when felling and always wear safety glasses and usually wear gloves too, now. I wear hearing protection but i'm cutting all day sometimes. The new saws aren't all that bad but I am not trying to be a tough guy with the hearing, that's for sure. I think the face shield and full chaps hinder me to the point where it is more of a safety concern personally than the protection but to each their own.

    The biggest thing you can do to be safe IMO is to be in shape and/or know when you are getting tired
  24. TreePointer

    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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    My usual is the following:

    Stihl forestry helmet w/metal mesh shield (clear safety glasses underneath)
    Labonville full-wrap chaps
    Steel toe boots
    Stihl antivibration gloves.

    The metal mesh protects my entire face from debris, and the safety glasses keep the fine dust away and whatever manages to get under the shield when cutting at odd angles. When I'm not felling or trimming trees, many times I'll forgo the helmet and just wear the safety glasses and good earmuffs.
  25. Gripptide

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    Are you happy with the Stihl cutting shirt? I have been thinking about getting one.

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