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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #60 on: January 21, 2018, 06:02:31 PM »
Have owned and operated chain saws all of my life.  Started out not using any of the safety wear I now use on a regular basis.  My list of safety related accessories include much more than just a good pair of chaps.  My down fall comes from things making me uncomfortable while working and taking them off and I regularly forget something.  You just have to do your best.  I just have to think of a guy I know from work that has permanent nerve damage that causes a foot drop and severe limp.  Glad you are OK.
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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #61 on: January 24, 2018, 05:28:44 AM »
I'm glad your injury was minor and you're OK.

I know I'll be the odd man out here but I've never worn chaps in the 40+ years I've been cutting. Now, I'm not a "professional" meaning I don't cut for a living but I'll drop and cut 5 to 6 cords of wood annually.

Safety is important to me and always has been. I wear eye protection, hearing protection, gloves, and a helmet but no chaps. It's been working for me and my plan is to stick with it for the type of cutting and hauling I do.

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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #62 on: January 24, 2018, 06:43:09 AM »
40years without leg protection!! :o
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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #63 on: January 24, 2018, 09:28:37 AM »
I'm glad your injury was minor and you're OK.

I know I'll be the odd man out here but I've never worn chaps in the 40+ years I've been cutting. Now, I'm not a "professional" meaning I don't cut for a living but I'll drop and cut 5 to 6 cords of wood annually.

Safety is important to me and always has been. I wear eye protection, hearing protection, gloves, and a helmet but no chaps. It's been working for me and my plan is to stick with it for the type of cutting and hauling I do.

Booby G, I guess that's your decision to make (at least as long as you are not cutting commercially, where your employer, OSHA and the insurance companies get involved). Everyone has their own tolerance for risk (I fly small aircraft, and used to do rock climbing. My wife rides a motorcycle, and is also a pilot.)

I do hope that some day you will reconsider. No one plans to have an accident. Everyone thinks they are safe... until they are not. There are reasons that logging has one of the highest worker's comp rates of any job in the US, and why insurance companies have conniption fits if they find out an employer is not requiring employees to wear the appropriate protective equipment. I recognize that there are situations where other considerations may outweigh the safety benefits of wearing chaps or chainsaw pants (for example some of our members cut in hotter climates where heat stroke/heat exhaustion is a real danger).

When I first got into this, I cut my firewood for a few weeks with only safety glasses and ear plugs for protective gear. I eventually decided that I wanted to be around to watch my kids grow up, and have full use of all of my limbs while doing so. I added chaps and a helmet, and a couple years later some chainsaw boots. All of those have been upgraded/replaced over the years with equipment that either provides better protection and/or is more comfortable (so I'm more likely to actually use the stuff).

[EDIT] That sounded a lot more preachy than I intended. Stepping down off my soapbox now.
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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #64 on: January 24, 2018, 02:40:38 PM »
My Father never wore safety gear and he cut a lot of wood. He never said a word when I showed up with safety glasses,hard hat. I can't remember if he ever saw me in a pair of chaps. Some can do good,some not so good, Kinda like a roll of the dice. Just never know what will come up next.
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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #65 on: January 24, 2018, 03:05:52 PM »
I caught my boot the other day with the chain. Just barely touched it  and the saw was idling but it cut it. No more waterproof
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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #66 on: January 26, 2018, 06:54:34 AM »
I work probably in the hottest area of all FF members but that is no excuse to not wear the chainsaw pants, of course i would not want to use chaps.
On the landing sometimes i don't use the safety pants and i think it will be pretty hard to cut yourself doing the landing work, but in the woods without pants it's a big no no for me.

I have a much harder time to use the helmet, i just last 2-3 hours and them the headache begins :(  For my defense: teak plantations don't have dead stuff hanging around 
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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #67 on: January 26, 2018, 09:18:41 AM »
I work probably in the hottest area of all FF members but that is no excuse to not wear the chainsaw pants, of course i would not want to use chaps.
On the landing sometimes i don't use the safety pants and i think it will be pretty hard to cut yourself doing the landing work, but in the woods without pants it's a big no no for me.

I don't envy you we occasionally see 90-95˚F (32-35˚C) and humid around here, but it usually doesn't last more than a few days. Fortunately, since I'm not doing this for a living, I usually just stop on those days (though I have been known to occasionally go for a session in the woods on days like that).

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I have a much harder time to use the helmet, i just last 2-3 hours and them the headache begins :(  For my defense: teak plantations don't have dead stuff hanging around

I have a problem with helmets as well. An old college wrestling injury means that wearing a helmet for an extended time really messes up my neck. If I haven't worn it in a while, a couple of days of solid use usually mean a visit to the chiropractor and/or getting my physical therapist wife to work on me. Removing the hearing protection from the helmet and just wearing ear plugs helps, but I don't always do that (those built-in ear muffs certainly are convenient). I also take the helmet off and just wear safety glasses and hearing protection when I'm doing work where overhead hazards are not an issue.
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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #68 on: January 26, 2018, 12:55:21 PM »
I have a much harder time to use the helmet, i just last 2-3 hours and them the headache begins :(  For my defense: teak plantations don't have dead stuff hanging around
teakwood, I look at your skidder in your avatar photo.
 From experience operating skidders I remember a few times when ever I abruptly ran over a log, rock, high stump the side of my helmet struck the inside of the canopy so hard that it would fly off resulting in a sore neck.

Now if my bare ahead struck that canopy....ouch! :D
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Re: Did something stupid
« Reply #69 on: January 27, 2018, 06:25:41 AM »
I understand, but that is impossible it could happen in my situations. All my skid trails are clean clean. they are bulldozed over every other year. and when i leave the trail i back up so slowly that i ran over stuff almost in slow motion.

but thanks for the warning 
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