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« on: July 09, 2018, 07:57:27 PM »
     Just wondering what brand of hard hat everyone is using.  I have had a Peltor for a few years and have had problems with ear muffs.  Where they snap into the helmet the plastic breaks and the muffs fall off.  I have tried epoxy and that last for a short time.
      What would be a good replacement?
    
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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2018, 08:09:43 PM »
I like my husqvarna technical helmet. Had to order it in, not sure if its available in the states now or not. But very comfortable and I especially like the visor.
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Re: safety helmet
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2018, 09:08:22 PM »
I use the stihl brand,the earmuffs have held up so far for me,about 8 months now but the visor is a piece of crap cheap plastic fittings on it. Im only using it on the tractor,using the mill and of course when im running the power saw . I dont like the disposable ear plugs.
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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2018, 10:37:56 PM »
I use a Husky combo helmet, they work well. Took a widowmaker once with one, maybe 2" diameter, the suspension collapsed and I still got a concussion but without it I would not be typing this. 
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2018, 04:46:56 AM »
I use a skull bucket I told a widow maker that crushed the hat knocked me for a small loop but it saved my butt. I wouldnt consider anything that isnt full brim it keeps the rain and snow off your neck the only thing you east coast guys wouldnt like theres no ear muffs for them.

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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2018, 07:41:17 AM »
I've tried most types but last year ordered a Phanner Protos helmut. Forest model. They come in a wide range of configurations. I wear it daily and will never go back to anything else. The comfort,design and options are many. Every aspect is removable, adjustable and replaceable. I got the ear muffs, visor and tinted safety glasses. 
Right now I'm building my shop and works great for that also. Just pop the visor off.
They are expensive though. However in the long run worth it for me.
It may also depend on how many hours a day you wear one.  
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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2018, 07:39:37 PM »
I like my husqvarna technical helmet. Had to order it in, not sure if its available in the states now or not. But very comfortable and I especially like the visor.
I ordered a Husqvarna Technical Helmet a couple years ago - had to order from England, since no one in the US had them (it was odd - they had been here for less than a year, then dissappeared for a couple of years).

Love the helmet, the most comfortable one I've ever owned. However, when I first put it on, one of the ear muffs detached from the helmet. I put it back on, but it popped off every time I moved the muff off my ear. Brought it to a local dealer, who was able to get me a pair of replacement muffs under warranty. Replaced the offending muff and kept the other as a spare. Wore it half a dozen times, and the other muff started falling off. Replaced that one with the spare and have not had another problem (knock on wood) - but it has not seen a lot of use.

I am hoping the problem has been dealt with with with the replacement muffs. I'm curious if anyone else has had this problem.

It is now available from US vendors - though I've not found any of our Forestry Forum sponsors who carry it.
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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2018, 08:40:50 PM »
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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2018, 09:19:06 PM »
I like my husqvarna technical helmet. Had to order it in, not sure if its available in the states now or not. But very comfortable and I especially like the visor.
I ordered a Husqvarna Technical Helmet a couple years ago - had to order from England, since no one in the US had them (it was odd - they had been here for less than a year, then dissappeared for a couple of years).

Love the helmet, the most comfortable one I've ever owned. However, when I first put it on, one of the ear muffs detached from the helmet. I put it back on, but it popped off every time I moved the muff off my ear. Brought it to a local dealer, who was able to get me a pair of replacement muffs under warranty. Replaced the offending muff and kept the other as a spare. Wore it half a dozen times, and the other muff started falling off. Replaced that one with the spare and have not had another problem (knock on wood) - but it has not seen a lot of use.

I am hoping the problem has been dealt with with with the replacement muffs. I'm curious if anyone else has had this problem.

It is now available from US vendors - though I've not found any of our Forestry Forum sponsors who carry it.
John, I wrote that post this morning and hadnt had any issues with my helmet. Used it today at work and the dang earmuff kept falling off. Fought it most of the day and finally got it fixed. Its hard to describe but the metal tab that allows the muff to snap out and stay tight comes out of place near the top of the circle bit. It took quite a bit of force to get it back into place. Definitely not obvious. Took me awhile looking at it.
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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2018, 10:45:53 PM »
John, I wrote that post this morning and hadnt had any issues with my helmet. Used it today at work and the dang earmuff kept falling off. Fought it most of the day and finally got it fixed. Its hard to describe but the metal tab that allows the muff to snap out and stay tight comes out of place near the top of the circle bit. It took quite a bit of force to get it back into place. Definitely not obvious. Took me awhile looking at it.
DanG! I didn't mean to jinx you.
I saved my old muffs. I'll take a look tomorrow to see if I can spot that.
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Re: safety helmet
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2018, 07:55:01 AM »
I also have a petzl climbers helmet with muffs and screen from baileys.  The screen has gotten a little mangled up over the years from mistreatment but its been pretty good.  Does the job. 
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« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2018, 08:31:23 AM »
How often do you guys with plastic hard hats/helmets replace them?

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« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2018, 08:50:39 AM »
I do so annually - UV is a killer for sure. 
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« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2018, 08:58:56 AM »
Have any of you tried aluminum or the tin hard hats?

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« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2018, 11:46:33 AM »
I run a tin hat has saved my but multiple times with dents to prove it a few suspensions but the same hat. The only way to go in my opinion. I just use earplugs with it not as hot in the summer which is a bonus. Also keeps rain and snow out from your collar. I would look into getting one of those they were made in China for a spell but I think there made in America again? Could be wrong about that.

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« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2018, 01:57:44 PM »
Don't advertise the dents in a aluminum hard hat if you are a commercial enterprise. :o

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« Reply #16 on: July 11, 2018, 04:34:51 PM »
I knew of a guy that intentionally dented his hat to prove he was tough or something trying to claim that he had been made. After it happens to you for real it's not so funny any longer. 
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« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2018, 05:29:28 PM »
How often do you guys with plastic hard hats/helmets replace them?
The OSHA requirement is every 5 years or if it has taken a significant hit. Most of the loggers I know around here do follow that rule. Most landowners are not even aware the rule exists (not that OSHA rules apply to landowners anyway). I suppose it's not as much of an issue if a typical landowner goes over 5 years: One of the big factors in the longevity of the plastic helmets is UV exposure, and the typical landowner's helmet is not getting anything close to full-time use UV exposure.
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« Reply #18 on: July 11, 2018, 05:39:51 PM »
Yes. I was alluding to OSHA with regards to dents - it is a violation if caught.  But not for homeowner/personal use.

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« Reply #19 on: July 11, 2018, 08:25:58 PM »
I use the regular Husqvarna forestry helmet. I don't cut much, and got it primarily for the face shield. Haven't run into any deficiences that aren't inherent to the design. Sweat pours off me, largely due to the muffs I think. If I were doing it professionally, I'd probably ditch the muffs and go with ear plugs.

As to replacement... I use hard hats for work, and you can tell when it's time to replace. The plastic will flake and craze after awhile. Time for a new one then. For those, I like the MSA VGard with a vented crown. Vents don't help much, but it beats a blank.

Best thing you can do is keep them out of the sun when not in use. Store them in a bag, and not hanging in a truck window or something like that. I keep my vest and hat in a reusable grocery bag I found somewhere.


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