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Chainsaw boots
« on: April 25, 2012, 09:47:49 PM »
Who makes any lace up work boot type chainsaw boots ??? I hear bad reviews on the stihl Promark boots ?? Just wondered if anyone found good ones of any kind ???

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Re: Chainsaw boots
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2012, 10:08:12 PM »
Bailey's new sale catalog has some new protective boot on the front cover.

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Re: Chainsaw boots
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2012, 10:16:52 PM »
Chainsaw boots? You've got to be kidding me! What's next chainsaw underwear?

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Re: Chainsaw boots
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2012, 11:07:19 PM »
No im not kidding I just mean boots with the Kevlar cut resistance. Lots of pull on rubber stuff with kevlar but not much in work boot style. Sorry if it makes you upset

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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2012, 11:21:47 PM »
It doesn't upset me, it just seems like we get bombarded with advertisements for everything one can imagine and some things one can't imagine. I don't see how one could function with all the gear they say we need.
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Re: Chainsaw boots
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2012, 02:01:18 AM »
I have heard stories of why chainsaw boots are of real importance. There are plenty of things people may say, but when it comes down to it I would rather have the protection. I helped my buddy cut up an already downed tree in his yard last weekend and I was sure to us my PPE. Didn't have any problems, but I would have been glad I was prepared if something had happened.
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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2012, 08:04:46 AM »
labonvile in NH makes them !
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Re: Chainsaw boots
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2012, 08:13:21 AM »
What's next chainsaw underwear?

Yes, but not chainsaw under.  You have armored underwear:  http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2011-04-18-pentagon-armor-groin-protection.htm

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Re: Chainsaw boots
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2012, 09:09:52 AM »
I have a pair of Matterhorn chainsaw boots. They have a steel toe and are Kevlar lined.

This chart shows the dispersal of saw injuries.

http://www.elvex.com/facts08.htm

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Re: Chainsaw boots
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2012, 09:39:33 AM »

This chart shows the dispersal of saw injuries.

http://www.elvex.com/facts08.htm

Nice chart; thanks for sharing!

I never cut without my PPE which in my case only consists of chaps and helmet. Boots have been on my list for a while. It seems like a lot of money for the amount I cut, but then again, what's the price of a foot? Now, if they made a comforatble, effective "boot chap" that could wrap around your regular work boots and offer the chainsaw protection of regular leg chaps; I think you'd have a winner!

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« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2012, 10:43:17 AM »
Remember, chainsaws are like computers, they only do what you tell them to do, so be careful what you say.
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Re: Chainsaw boots
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2012, 12:49:32 PM »
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labonvile in NH makes them !

I have had a set of these for over a year and they are so comfortable that I wear them all the time.
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Re: Chainsaw boots
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2012, 01:01:42 PM »
All you need is a good hard toe logger boot, i wouldn't wast my money on a so called chainsaw prof boot [ this is just me ] I ran saw 30 yrs, this is what i made a living with, never wore any protection, i couldn't run with all that stuff on [never got cut] I was raised with a saw in my hands. The biggest thing when running saw is, don't ware any lose clothing. When running chainsaw never take your eye's off the saw, know where the tip of the bar is at all times, never let your mind wonder off, the thing in your hands could kill you.

Now put your safety gear on, keep the saw sharp and never lose respect for the saw, thats when it will bite you. One more thing, always take that extra step to make that last cut, don't be holding the saw cross ways to make it. You guys know what i'm taking about, were all guilty. I've done it many times, just being lazy, closest i ever came to cutting a foot off.

I have to tell you happed to me. I was 16 and strip cutting Tamarack for my uncle. The snow was about 2' deep. I fell a tree and was sawing it up in to 8' lengths, on the last cut the tree was under the snow. I layed the measure stick on the snow, held the saw cross ways, kind of guising where the tree was. The end of the bar hit the tree and jumped on my boot, i knew instantly what just happed.[ i was running a C9 Homelite] I pulled my boot out of the snow, i didn't want to look. I had a pair of white bunny boots on, the end of my boot was all most cut off. O-Man, i seen red in the cut O-man again, i had to get to the clinic. I had to walk by my uncle on the way to the car, i didn't want him to know. He asked me what was wrong, i said nothing, i have to go get some lunch. I was driving a 57 Chrysler 300, with the 392 Hemi, 380 hp. I had 20 miles to go to the Northome clinic, i drove 120+ mph, my mind was flying, i just cut my foot off. I got to the clinic, limping and dragging my foot in. They took one look, my god what did you do, took me in a room. Hollered for the doc to get over here, i knew the doc, he takes a look at the boot hanging, O-Dear he says. He starts taking the boot off, then they started laughing. I had 6 pairs of socks on so the boots would fit, one pair were red, that was the red i seen. The saw never touched my foot, i was a lucky boy. It was a standing joke for a long time.
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Re: Chainsaw boots
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2012, 02:22:19 PM »
I guess I have more money than spare toes.

A steel toe is better than nothing, but it can cause the tip to deflect farther up the foot.

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« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2012, 05:58:19 PM »
My steel toes were all nicked up from the saw, never had it deflect up the boot.

nmurph you make sure an buy the boots, i was just saying that i wouldn't.
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Re: Chainsaw boots
« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2012, 06:18:04 PM »
My labonville chainsaw boots were made in pa and I really like them only gave 160 for them.   Cheaper than my insurance deductible.....
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« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2012, 09:14:37 PM »
Thanks everyone for all the advice Im happy to hear what everyone has to say. Thanks alot

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« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2012, 09:34:44 PM »
 The personal protective equipment doesn't stop the accident. The accident has already happened. They reduce the injury, which in turn reduces costs all the way around.  New red sock $2.50 , trip to the clinic $12.95, Relief seeing your toes unharmed "PRICELESS".   
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« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2012, 12:12:43 AM »
You guys are makin me nervous ,hahaha!
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Re: Chainsaw boots
« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2012, 02:04:45 AM »
About a year ago, I noticed a cut mark in my boot by my left big toe. Matched the shape of the tip of my bar. Never noticed anything happen there. This is not good.

Splitting up a mountain of rounds in my driveway early this year, three good-size pieces flew strangely, hitting the same little toe. Not good. (Couldn't find my steel-toe boots.)

That was enough. Few months back, "chainsaw boots" arrived from Labonville. Been breaking them in whenever possible. Seem to be very well made, very nice leather. We'll see how long they're habitable come summer.

Average chainsaw injury now costs ~$12,000. Given that, and the possibly long recovery, good protective boots are dirt cheap. Couldn't sign on to the idea of rubber boots.
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