Top 10 Best Chainsaw Chaps
When operating any kind of power tool, safety is the first and most important consideration. Proper eye and hearing protection is a must, approaching your tools with respect and caution is always a good idea, and it's equally important to make sure they're in good working order and safe to use as intended. When using chainsaws, another piece of equipment is an absolute must: chainsaw chaps.
Table of Contents
- comparison table
- Chainsaw Chaps FAQ
- How We Reviewed
- Overall Price Range and Styles
- What We Reviewed
- Husqvarna 587160704 Technical Apron Wrap Chap
- Forester Chainsaw Apron Chaps
- Makita 841008-A Safety Chaps
- Forester Chain Saw Safety Chaps with Pocket
- Labonville Full-Wrap Chainsaw Safety Chaps
- Husqvarna 587160702 Functional Apron Chap
- Forester Chainsaw Safety Chaps
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- WoodlandPro Safety Chainsaw Chap
- Cold Creek Loggers Chainsaw Apron Safety Chaps
- The Verdict
Chainsaw Chaps FAQ
1. What Are Chainsaw Chaps?
Chainsaw chaps are specially designed garments which should be worn whenever operating a chainsaw. They are constructed of various types of materials, with an outer layer that can be made of tough, semi-rigid, slippery material designed to deflect or absorb incidental contact to keep the filler layer below this outermost shell intact.
2. What Does the Filler Layer Do?
This filler layer is composed of long, loose filaments or threads of various materials like nylon, Kevlar, or other ballistic fibers. They're called ballistic fibers because they're intended to shoot out of this filler layer—to go ballistic—and slow the action of a running chainsaw long enough to allow its operator to move away from the blade.
3. How Do Chainsaw Chaps Work?
It's these ballistic fibers that offer the most protection to the wearer of chainsaw chaps, as they're specially designed to jam the moving parts of a chainsaw. While they won't, in most cases, stop the action of a running chainsaw entirely, they will buy precious time for the chainsaw operator to move to safety, to move the saw away from his or her body, or to stop the chainsaw manually.
4. Where Can You Buy Chainsaw Chaps?
Chainsaw chaps are available in most places chainsaws are sold, in some farm and tractor supply stores, some hardware stores, from some specialty retailers, and available from online retailers or directly from some chainsaw manufacturers.
5. How Are Chainsaw Chaps Sized?
Though sizing depends on the manufacturer, most chainsaw chaps are sized by measuring from the belt loop to the bottom of the chap (not the inseam, as is used when sizing jeans or other trousers). Chainsaw chaps are commonly available in 32, 34, 36, and 40 inches, measured along the outseam length.
6. Can Chainsaw Chaps Be Repaired?
If the chainsaw chap has been cut to a depth sufficient to activate the filler layer, they should be taken out of use immediately. While small or insignificant cuts can be repaired with duct tape to prevent further degradation, if the filler layer of a pair of chainsaw chaps is exposed, these chaps will no longer offer the kind of protection needed when operating a chainsaw.
7. Can Chainsaw Chaps Be Laundered?
Most chainsaw chaps can be laundered in warm or cool water and air dried. Some chaps come with fibers that are actually improved when washed, as the warm water forces the fibers to expand, which increases their protective qualities. If you're not sure if your chainsaw chaps can be machine washed, it's best to hand wash them with a scrub brush, gentle detergent, and warm water.
How We Reviewed
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The following products were carefully reviewed by our team of experts. These factors were taken into consideration: features, pros & cons, price, and any ratings (OSHA, UL, etc.) they may have been given. We reviewed safety and durability records of the chainsaw chaps below and are confident that this list provides the best up-to-date information available on the subject. Your purchases should always be made with your best judgment, but we hope that you will find this review informative and useful.
Overall Price Range and Styles
You can find chainsaw chaps across a wide variety of styles and prices. On the low end. While these may be suitable for smaller chainsaws or light duty, for anything involving heavy duty work, you should wear a pair of full-coverage chainsaw chaps, which can run as high as around $200 for the higher quality chaps.
What We Reviewed
- 1000 denier polyester with PVC coating with Tek warp protective layers
- Adjustable waist size to 42 inches. Overall length is from the waist to the ankle
- Felling wedge/gear pocket and acetyl Delran buckles
These chaps are 1000 denier polyester with a PVC coating and Husqvarna's proprietary Tek Warp composing the protective fill layers. With an adjustable waist size of up to 42 inches, these chaps feature a pocket for a felling wedge or other gear and acetyl Delran buckles. The 587160704 chainsaw chaps meet the ASTM f1897 standard, the ANSI z133.1 standard, OSHA regulation 1910-266, and are also UL certified.
These "apron style" chaps protect only the front of both legs which (again) may be suitable for light duty, but should not be worn for heavy duty chainsaw work. It features a flip-adjustable belt for a secure fit, a large side pocket that can accommodate tools and gear, and UL certification. It also meets the ASTM F1897 standard, and OSHA regulation 1910.266.
These lightweight, front-only apron-style chaps are great for warm weather work and for light to medium duty sawyer work. These chaps are relatively new on the market and represent a new area of manufacturing for chainsaw maker Makita.
Another pair of apron-style chaps, these are lightweight for warm weather use, meet ASTM F1897 standards, meet or exceeds OSHA 1910.266 regulations, and are UL Certified. These chaps are available in a range of high-visibility colors.
These Labonville chainsaw chaps are full-wrap and provide protection both in the higher risk areas at the front of the legs as well as at the back, so are a good choice for working in close quarters with other sawyers. They are lightweight, allowing for a full range of motion whether walking, running, or climbing. Featuring a laced back design, they are adjustable for a perfect custom fit. They are water and oil resistant and feature five layers of Kevlar fill protection.
- 600 denier polyester with PVC coating with Tec warp protective layers
- Adjustable Waist size to 38 inches
- Protects against chainsaw injuries.
The 585488002 chainsaw chaps by chainsaw manufacturing legend Husqvarna come with a PVC coating on top of 600 denier polyester and Husqvarna's proprietary Tek Warp protective fill layers. These chaps are good for medium or heavy-duty sawyer work, meet or exceed ASTM F1897 and ANSI Z133.1 standards, meet OSHA regulation 1910.266, and are UL certified.
- Meets ASTM F1897, OSHA 1910.266, UL Certified
- Not suitable for use with electric chainsaws
- See description for sizing information
These chainsaw chaps are oil and water-resistant, with a 1200 denier oxford outer shell and twelve-layer fill protection. They meet ASTM F1897 and OSHA 1910.266 regulations and are UL certified. These chaps come with size-adjustable straps and belts that will fit most heights and waist sizes from 28" to 44".
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These chainsaw chaps were specifically designed for professional chainsaw operators and come with four layers of Para-Aramid protection, a revolutionary material capable of stopping a running chainsaw on contact. The 1000 denier outer layer is mildew, corrosion, water, and oil resistant.
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These chaps are made with thick fabric that can clog a working chainsaw and prevent the leg from injuries. They are available in four different sizes and at varying price points. The forest-green color will hide stains, and the outer material is oil and water resistant. Features an open laced-design back that is comfortable to wear even in warm weather
These chaps feature an outer layer of 1200 denier Oxford-poly blend which provides additional strength and durability and is also water and oil resistant. These chaps are available in three sizes and feature a laced back that makes them comfortable to wear all day. They meet or exceed OHSA regulation 1910.266, meet ASTM F1897 standards, and are UL certified.
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If you are operating an electric chainsaw, be sure that the chaps you wear are rated for the higher torque at which these saws operate. While many of the chainsaw chaps on our list are suitable for beginners, professional chainsaw operators may want to opt for the higher-end models, like the Sawbuck Four-Ply Para-Aramid Chain Saw Chap, or the Labonville full-wrap chainsaw chaps.
Some wearers feel that the more heavyweight chaps, like the two just named, are too bulky or are too hot to wear in warmer weather. Other chainsaw operators feel like a slight amount of discomfort is worth the extra protection, but bulkier chaps can cause limitations in movement and flexibility, which some would argue put their wearers at a higher risk of an accident.
While any of these choices would be better than not wearing any chainsaw chaps at all (and let's face it, your jeans aren't going to do much to stop a running chainsaw blade), we recommend the Husqvarna 587160702 functional apron chap for medium-duty work, but do caution that due to their construction, they are heavier than other chainsaw chaps available. For general use, the Sawbuck Four-Ply Para-Aramid chaps are an excellent choice and receive our "all-around" recommendation.
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