How to Choose The Best Chainsaw Safety Trousers
Type A vs Type C
There are two standard types of protective chainsaw trousers: Type A and Type C.
Type A chainsaw trousers protect only the front of the legs. They can often be worn over ordinary trousers. Some styles are like chaps that just cover the front of your legs and are buckled on over trousers with an integrated belt. These chainsaw trousers are worn by chainsaw users working on the ground.
Type C chainsaw trousers give protection around the whole of the legs. They are usually worn alone without ordinary trousers underneath. Type C chainsaw trousers provide you with maximum all-round chainsaw protection when climbing trees and operating the saw in awkward positions.
If you are planning on taking a chainsaw course, you should check what type of trousers they require you to wear. Some are happy with Type A trousers while others may insist on Type C protection.
Chainsaw trousers can, of course, be quite rigid and heavy. Obviously, you need them to protect you so something lightweight would not be suitable. However, the best chainsaw trousers are made from modern, lightweight materials which means they are relatively comfortable to wear. Many also have features such as an elasticated waistband and two-way stretch fabric that make them more comfortable and allow you to move more easily while wearing them.
Chainsaw trousers are by their nature heavy. However, some are more lightweight. It will depend on the type of trousers you need as if you require full protection you will have to accept that they will be heavier.
Many chainsaw trousers are made from a two-way stretch fabric which makes them comfortable to wear and also allow greater freedom of movement.
Most chainsaw trousers have two side pockets and a back pocket. Extra pockets with zipped or Velcro closures are handy to keep your valuables safe.
Working in chainsaw trousers is hot work, so choose a breathable fabric where possible for comfort.
Chainsaw Safety Trouser FAQs
What are chainsaw trousers made of?
Chainsaw trousers are made of a range of fabrics that work together to protect you. The trousers features a tough but slippery outer layer. Beneath this are layers of long, loose fibres of polyester, Avertic, ballistic nylon or Kevlar.
How do chainsaw trousers help protect you?
When a chainsaw chain makes contact with protective chainsaw trousers, the outer layer is cut through, but the nylon or Kevlar inner padding wraps around the chainsaw’s drive sprocket, locking it solid and halting the chain, limiting damage to the operator’s leg.
If your chainsaw trousers receive any damage they should be thrown away and replaced. This includes burns or heat damage as well as oil spills or similar that have soaked into the fabric. Any damage can compromise the inner protection and it is not worth risking wearing trousers that are not up to the job.
Protective chainsaw trousers sold in the EU must comply with EN381-5.
How do you wash chainsaw trousers?
You should check the washing label on your chainsaw trousers and follow the instructions carefully. In general, most chainsaw trousers can be washed on a cool cycle. Never put them in the dryer as this can compromise them and make them less effective.
If you are working with a chainsaw then protective chainsaw trousers can protect you from serious harm. This is not a purchase where you want to cut corners so I would highly recommend buying Type C Chainsaw trousers such as the OREGON Type C Yukon Chainsaw Protective Trouser.