Chainsaws have the potential to cause serious injury, but that risk can be mitigated with high quality chainsaw clothing. Most injuries caused by chainsaws are to the hands, legs and feet. Less than ten percent of chainsaw accidents involve the head of neck, although wearing a chainsaw helmet to protect yourself is rarely a bad idea.
At findasaw.com we stock a range of PPE, including chainsaw trousers, boots and gloves. Customers often have questions about these products, so we are laying out as much information as we can.
Chainsaw Clothing: Trousers
We receive more questions about the different types of chainsaw trousers than we do about any other PPE. Firstly, there is the difference between type A and type C. Type A trousers have protection at the front only. This is where most accidents are likely to occur. Type C have protection all the way around the legs, front and back. This is usually more important for professional tree surgeons, who need to work in tight and awkward spaces. Type C is also advisable for those working alongside other chainsaw users.
We then have the class of chainsaw clothing. The class refers to the speed of the chainsaw used in the test. Effectively the higher the class, the more protection. The trade-off is that that the chainsaw trousers are more expensive, hotter and heavier.
Chainsaw Clothing: Boots
Chainsaw boots are another important aspect of chainsaw clothing. The protection offered is either protective toe cap, or protective toecap and midsole. We have chosen to stock only boots which offer full protection, so any boots you see on our website offer toecap and midsole protection.
Like any other shoes or boots, it is important that chainsaw boots fit comfortably. Your chainsaw clothing is no use if it is causing you to slip or move on a regular basis. We recommend coming to visit us, so you can try boots on if possible. However, if you buy online be sure to try the boots on somewhere dry and clean so that you can return them for another size if they do not fit.
Chainsaw Clothing: Gloves
Chainsaw gloves, like other forms of chainsaw clothing, will use the class rating. The higher the class the more protection they offer. Some gloves offer left hand only protection, as this is normally the hand closest to the chain. Other offer protection on both hands. Higher rated gloves can feel stiff and reduce dexterity, so ensure that you are comfortable and that the glove fits correctly.
We also include climbing gloves in our range of chainsaw clothing. These do not offer any extra protection against chainsaw accidents.
Of course, we offer other types of chainsaw clothing as well, including chainsaw helmets, ear protectors, goggles and safety glasses. More our full range please check out the PPE section of our website, and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or special requirements.