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Chainsaw Safety Pants
« on: September 26, 2020, 09:09:18 PM »
I am looking for chainsaw safety pants to wear while I am working on my sawmill. I had a chain come off yesterday and clipped the inside of my leg just above the knee. 2 nice marks. Scared me!
I have chaps, but I do not put them on if it's only a cut or two I'm making. Because I do a lot of urban salvage, it seems I use my saw, butonly for a cut or two to trim this or that. I was saying it's only 1 cut, i'm okay without my chaps. I want a pair of chainsaw pants that I will wear all day I'm on the mill. 
what is everyone using?
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Re: Chainsaw Safety Pants
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2020, 08:13:50 AM »
I've been meaning to get another pair of chainsaw pants myself for some time now. I had an old pair of Husqvarna chainsaw pants. From a short distance, they just looked like a pair of dark blue work pants. When I had the, I would alternate between them and a pair of full-wrap chaps, depending on the weather and conditions in the field (my chaps had much tougher cover material, so held up better when wading through pricker-laden brush.)

I eventually outgrew those pants, and for the past 10 years or so, I've just been wearing full-wrap chaps. I've been asking around and watching what's available on the market these days. The designs have changed and improved significantly since my old pair:

A logger and chainsaw safety instructor I know started wearing the Husqvarna Technical Chainsaw Pant. He really likes them - enough that he never wears his chaps anymore. These are sold by inseam length, like regular pants (as opposed to chaps, which are measured from the belt-line down). The one downside for me is that they are not offered in lengths that will fit me well. The "Hi-visibility" version in the link only comes in a 32" inseam. The plain gray pants come in either a 32" or 34" inseam. I need a 30" (I buy some brands of Jeans and other everyday pants as 29"). List price: US$229

I've heard good things about the Pfanner chainsaw pants. The Pfanner Ventilation Chainsaw Pants are designed more for arborists/tree climbers. They have more lightweight breathable material all around. The Pfanner Gladiator Ventilation Chainsaw Pants have ventiltion in the back, but the front has heavy-duty cordura material for better resistance to wear and tear. The Gladiator Ventiliation pants are available in 3 different lengths and 3 different colors. I'd probably already own a pair of the Gladiator Ventilation if there were a store anywhere near me that sold them. I'd like to try them on before I buy. Unfortunately, the only practical way for me to get a pair is via mail order. (They will let you return for a swap.)  Some folks report that these run a bit small in the waist. Whether that's actually the case, or more a matter of some of us running a bit bigger than we'd like to admit, I don't know. Both the Ventilation and the Gladiator Ventilation seem to get great reviews from everyone who tries them. Be prepared for sticker shock: they sell for US$330.

There are some other good brands out there, but I can't remember the brand name at the moment.

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Re: Chainsaw Safety Pants
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2020, 09:05:49 AM »
I'm not sure if you are still shopping or have settled in on what you want John. I can tell you I got the Elvex pants over a year ago and am very well pleased with them. I don't do much cutting in the dead of winter so I can't share any experience in really cold weather. These pants have breathable backs (in fact it feels like the back is a little bit naked) and are comfortable even when I work up a sweat. I never had the feeling that I couldn't wait to get them off at the end of the day like I always have with chaps. I added buttons and braces to mine, just more comfortable. Yes they do tend toward the small size (no vanity here, just what I found). I looked here and found they come in 29,31,32,34 inseams depending on size. My waist is 33" and I ordered the medium, which covers 29-35" waist sizes and I should have gotten Large (35-41) because the elastic waist is a bit tight for my taste. I will say that waist band makes the braces nearly unnecessary most of the time. I find the front panel materials very tough for briers and stuff but the backs won't stop a light breeze, so keep that in mind. ;D
 On the whole, I am very pleased with my choice. These things get covered in dirt and mud and clean up just fine. My wife says they make my butt look tiny. :D They are very comfortable for day long work sessions for sure. I would buy them again. I didn't do any current shopping but the price I see on the site mentioned is $235.. I think I paid around 200 for mine after shopping around.
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Re: Chainsaw Safety Pants
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2020, 04:08:40 PM »
I wear the chaps that the local Stihl dealer sells when running my saw (saws).  Never have worn them all day, just when the danger of a saw is near.  Once the saw gets you it is too late to say wish I had my chaps on that day.
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Re: Chainsaw Safety Pants
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2020, 05:12:37 PM »
As you know I own a tree service and have been doing it professionally for 21 years. I use Stihl chainsaw pants. Unless you like skinny jeans don't buy the fancy looking versions or ones that have nylon type material. Get the plain old dark blue style. You can get them with only front protection or you can have front and lower rear.

I use the front only protection as I think it would be pretty hard to cut the back of your calf and they are slightly lighter/cooler. I wear them 5 days a week for min 5 hours a day and you will get at least a year out of them.

If you don't want to look too fancy with suspenders and just use a belt a recommend using side cutters to cut the suspender knobs off as the dig in a bit with a belt riding over them. The plain jean style are a nice loose fitting pair of pants but I like loose pants. They size on waist like 38-40 then 40-42.

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Re: Chainsaw Safety Pants
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2020, 07:38:38 PM »
Thanks Shelby, I did buy a pair of the stihls pants at my local Stihl Dealer, did not have to wait for delivery, and I'm running the mll tomorrow. Chaps are pain when running the mill, they always hook onto something as I work around the mill. 
I am going to keep looking for a lighter weight for next summer. 
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Re: Chainsaw Safety Pants
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2020, 09:02:38 AM »
On the Husky Technical Chainsaw Pants.....they start @28-30 waist. I had to laugh at that....maybe could have worn those in junior high.

Maybe that's for the gals, but they have hip considerations so I dunno. I'd like to see someone working in the woods with a 28-30 waist. 8)


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