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Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« on: October 13, 2008, 05:32:42 PM »
reminds me of the time i was 16 or 17 out in the woods 120 miles from home camping & cutting fire wood by myself with a 40 lb homelight C5 & the chain cought my jeans
well there i was holding the saw with my jeans all bound up in the sprocket . luckly i was wearing a old pair so they ripped off me instead of pulling the bar into my leg
some how i only got a scratch & then went to shaking over the thought of what might have happened.
& no one even new i was there. as i planned to go to town to call mom to tell her i was gone for the week end
i didnt even have a nother pair of pants had to drive home in my underware
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Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2008, 08:33:21 PM »
One good scratch on the left knee alongside the knee cap, where the fatty tissue rests.  The worst part was when the nurse in the doctors office cut a brand new pair of Levis to get to my knee.  She did not want to take the time to even remove my boots to slip the jeans off, first.   Eight stitches later I walk out the door and to my truck. Bad day for my Levis.

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Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2008, 11:30:11 PM »
I bought chaps last year and wasn't wearing them every time I fired up a saw, but a close call and now I do.  I have a 440 with 32" bar and was cutting saw logs to length after the December storm and was getting tired and lost my concentration for just a second.  In that one second when the chain was coming to a stop, I swung the bar in front of my left thigh and just barely cleared my pants.  It was a stupid lapse in concentration and I realized what was happening as I did it and was able to swing the bar just clear of my thigh.  It was definitely an "oh ####" moment.  Fortunately for me, I didn't get cut and I learned a valuable lesson.  If I don't have my safety gear or I'm tired and not focused on the job, I don't cut.  I want all my body parts to grow old with me :laugh:

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Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2008, 08:12:26 PM »
Every time I read this stuff, I keep thinking I better get a set of chaps. Being a cheapskate would not be worth the emergency room trip.
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Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2008, 05:07:35 AM »
i got a pair of the pants with chaps built in ther ok but the protection needed to come higher up i think
also unless you plan to cut a lot its a pain to go in house & put em on
you know when your just going to cut a little & could slide the chaps on compared to chainging your complete pants
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Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2008, 05:46:18 AM »
O have been using a track hoe to clear timber on my acreage and last weekend, cut a few ricks of firewood....everytime my footing wasn't "sure", I would think about chaps. I hate getting older, but at least I am thinking about not getting hurt...when i was a kid, I never thought about it.
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Re: Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2008, 07:44:41 AM »
Thinking about it does you no good if you dont act on the wisdom your brain warned you about  ;)
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Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2008, 08:45:55 PM »
WEll, Jay, you are not a kid any longer and you are one of three in this forum venture.  Wear the blasted chaps. ;D
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Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2008, 06:28:37 AM »
I am not a kid any longer? My wife says I act like a kid! ;D
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Re: Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2008, 07:26:07 AM »
Should get a helmet with a face guard i need to get one.
Helmet is around $50.00.
Got somthing in my eye cost cost $80.00 after the doctors vists and med.
I still dont have one.

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Re: Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2008, 08:07:16 AM »
I had the face shield on my helmet but its always in the way so I took it off and use safety glass's and when felling I always ware the brain bucket, although not sure how much good it would realy do. 
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Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2008, 06:56:11 AM »
The garage up the street burns pallets for heat.  The young garage monkey took out 3 tendons with a chainsaw last  week cutting them up. His Wally World saftey jeans and converse high top logging shoes must not have been OSHA certified! :o
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Re: Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2008, 08:47:52 AM »
Run Forest, Run!

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Re: Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2011, 07:45:53 PM »
Which chaps is recommended for the hot summer, Where can I buy it?
Does Stihl have some?
Here in Norway chaps is not allowed (only pants) but I need it in Congo.
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Re: Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2011, 08:27:45 PM »
Which chaps is recommended for the hot summer, Where can I buy it?
Does Stihl have some?
Here in Norway chaps is not allowed (only pants) but I need it in Congo.

Not allowed? How on earth can they ban such a great safety item?

You can find them at this link. Summer Chaps!
http://www.baileysonline.com/itemdetail.asp?item=HVA+521+89+78+10&catID=
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Re: Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2011, 05:14:05 AM »
The so called wrap-around chaps is not allowed in Norway. Here we only have protective pants.
The wrap-around chaps is what I'm thinking of using in Congo.
In the last 4 years we have experienced 2 minor accidents with the chain saw bar hitting legs. 
I guess its because we normally use long bars, sized from 36 - 59 inches.

The picture below shows Stihl X-fit pants:




These chaps are not allowed in Norway (Husqvarna forest chaps):

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Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2011, 06:35:33 PM »
i got the pants there to hot & the protection doesent come up far enough the time i needed protection i was wearing the pants & the bar touched my pants right above the protection its a lot lower on the pants compared to the chaps
anyway got lucky only a nick
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Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2011, 06:40:13 PM »
I would suggest the chaps, as they hook in the back and allow air flow for cooling your legs.

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Re: Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2011, 06:51:01 PM »
I would suggest the chaps, as they hook in the back and allow air flow for cooling your legs.

That's what I'm also thinking. I just need a little help to choose the right chaps. I guess there are a lot of different qualities out there. Nor the most expensive or the cheapest is the best buy.
Hoping that someone have done some testing.  
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Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #19 on: August 16, 2011, 08:07:35 AM »
Mine are designed to be used with a belt. Yes I have tested mine a couple of times.  They have worked great. ;D

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Re: Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #20 on: August 16, 2011, 07:09:31 PM »
Mine are designed to be used with a belt. Yes I have tested mine a couple of times.  They have worked great. ;D
What brand are your chaps?
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Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #21 on: August 16, 2011, 10:43:40 PM »
I will take a peek tomorrow and let you know.

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Re: Re: Safety WEAR YOUR CHAPS
« Reply #22 on: August 17, 2011, 11:50:55 PM »
Mine are Stihl.  Either Husky or Stihl are top brands.
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