Forester Chainsaw Apron Chaps with Pocket, Orange 37 Length With Adjustable Belt
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- Meets ASTM F1897, OSHA 1910.266, UL Certified
- Not suitable for use with electric chainsaws
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- "apron style" chaps protect front of both legs (most common injury area)
- Size:Regular 37" | Color:Orange
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Apron Style Chainsaw Protective Chaps. Sleek, durable, lightweight, and comfortable chaps are oil- and water-resistant. Chaps feature a large side pocket , and a flip adjustment belt for a perfectly secure fit. These chaps meet the Leg Protection Requirements for OSHA 1910.266 Standards for Chainsaw Operators and ASTM F1897 Standard Specification for Leg Protection for Chainsaw Users (ASTM F1897-2008 39JY.) UL Classified.
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There's a lot of different specs thrown around with different chainsaw chaps, though the ASTM is the main US one, the commercial standard for chainsaw chap performance. OSHA 1910.266 says shall wear safety leg protection from ballistic nylon or similar. And ASTM F1414-13 is what UL uses as their standard for testing that it meets ASTM F1897. The only real different one is the USFS 11BF or FS6170-4. Most of those specs are non-safety related details (stitching, color, snaps, etc), along with fire safety related specs. Some documentation from Elvex points out that while the FS spec (year 2000 version) is tested at 3200 ft/sec instead of 2750 ft/sec (2008 version of ASTM F1897), that the testing procedure is a little different so they aren't really comparable.
Why does this all matter? If I'm wearing chainsaw chaps, I want them to help protect me. I was willing to pay more for ones that would protect me better. ASTM F1897 is a pass/fail test so it doesn't tell you if one pair is better than another, but it does set the bar. In our forest service trail clearing chainsaw class they said the saw chaps had to meet the FS 6170-4 spec, and so I was trying to figure out what the differences were. But in the end, it turns out that for non-fire related chainsaw use on forest service land, that they now allow your chainsaw chap PPE to meet either the FS 6170-4 spec or the ASTM F1897 spec. See USDA FOREST SERVICE SAW OPERATIONS GUIDE 2016 electronic edition, v 1.3.1, page 15. [...]
Long story short, these chainsaw chaps seem good. Like using a seatbelt even if you've never been in an accident, or a bike or ski helmet even if you've never had a crash resulting in a head injury, this is inexpensive insurance to make sure if something bad happens, you'll be better off than you would have been without the personal protective equipment. At this price, they are great. If you want to pay a little more and get a little more protection, the full ankle wrap models from Forester (Chap737-O), Woodland Pro, Labonville, or Husqvarna look like good choices.
I'm including a bunch of pictures of the product and docs, since they give all these specs, and the info on these meeting ASTM F1897-2014 39JY for gas chainsaws, but not electric ones (as others have stated, this is due to the continuous high torque from an electric chainsaw). I hope all this info helps in making your decision, as I know if I had this info it would have helped me. Buy some before you fire up your saw again, and use them every time. Along with remembering to cut safely, these will help protect you if something doesn't go right.
UPDATE: I've used these for 3 years, occasionally. I've probably dropped 10 bigger trees, done lots of limbing, bucked a few of the 24 cords of wood we burned, and used an alaskan chainsaw mill for 20 hours. No problems, though for trail work I was given a pair of Husqvarna full wrap chaps, so for the last few months I have preferred those. They have a few more straps and wrap fully around the ankle, which should better prevent or minimize injury in certain situations. I still think these are a great value and product, and will let my neighbor use them while I use the more expensive pair.