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  1. Philbert

    Philbert Chainsaw Enthusiast

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    This came up again in a video hosted by a well know tree care supply company. The instructor was discussing chainsaw safety, chaps, PPE, etc., and mentioned that he even wears 'cut-resistant gloves' when handling saw chains, and was clearly wearing them while cutting with his chainsaw. I raised the issue, and he blew me off my stating something like, 'the safest thing is to never let your hand near the running chain.' (Duh!). I tried following up in an e-mail and he blew me off again.

    To clarify:
    'Chainsaw protective gloves' work like chaps - the protective fibers are designed to quickly and easily pull free from the glove and stall out the chainsaw, by jamming the bar groove, jamming the nose sprocket, jamming the drive sprocket, or a combination of those things.

    'Cut-resistant gloves' for other applications (knives, sharp metal, glass edges, etc.) have cut-resistant fibers that are supposed to stay in place. If grabbed by a moving object, they are likely to pull the user's hand into the tool. This is such an issue that many manufacturing plants I have visited prohibit even thin, nitrile or latex 'exam-style gloves' around drill presses, lathes, etc.

    Saw some sample warning notes on consumer versions of these gloves sold at a local hardware store today.

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    Thanks for posting this, I was looking at some cut resistant gloves a few days ago. I've not run across chainsaw resistant gloves before, do you know who carries them?
     
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    I bought a pair of Oregon gloves. Only the left hand had protection and only on the back. I wore through the fingers throwing firewood in pretty short order. I can see if you are using a top handle saw one handed how the back of your hand could be in a danger zone. I have not worn them in a year.
     
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    The echo has looks like it may have two handed protection. And Kevlar FWIW.
     
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    Yeah, they are specially gloves: not for general work.

    I have some expensive anti-vibration gloves I sometimes wear. I swap them out for other tasks.

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    I had trouble finding any of these (any brand) that fit me well. Might fit others. Still have to hold and operate the saw.

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    How do you like the anti-vibe gloves? I think about getting a pair for milling.
     
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    (copied from some A.S. posts on this topic. Several years old, so styes and pricing may have changed):

    A/V gloves need to be full-fingered, to protect the digits, and because cold is linked to vibration related disorders, according to ISO standards. They also must allow enough dexterity to grasp the saw and operate the controls.

    Gel palmed 'impact' gloves are not A/V.

    The best ones I have found are made by Impacto - they have lots of styles. I like the ones with smooth leather palms and the air bladder A/V liners.

    About $40 - $50 a pair. Use other gloves for wood handling.

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    Second place: OK-1, model 990 full-fingered glove. About $30 (they run slightly small).

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    Third place: knit gloves with foamed rubber palm segments. Wear out quickly. As low as $10 (unless they are labeled 'STIHL'!).

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    There may be other brands and styles. These are what I have tried and used with saws.

    Also:
    https://www.arboristsite.com/community/threads/anti-vibration-gloves.147510/
    https://www.arboristsite.com/community/threads/anti-vibration-gloves.311504/


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    I have a thin pair of cut resistant gloves. I use them for filing.
    They are like white with kevlar type fibers with a gray nitrile type rubbery outer.[​IMG]
     
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    That's what I was thinking about. I'm tired of getting tiny cuts on the creases of my fingers!
     
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