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How Do Chainsaw Trousers Work?

by James Laybourn |

If you’re going to use a chainsaw, you need safety equipment. However, if you are safe, careful, and cautious, you need not ever use it. In an ideal world all the necessary chainsaw safety procedures will result in the blades of the saw coming no closer to you than they absolutely need to be.

However, we do not live in an ideal world. Humans are fallible and one wrong move could lead to you painting the town red in the worst kind of way. So how do our brave arborists protect themselves from the unforgiving blades?

Watch your legs!

Chainsaw trousers. 

These fine pieces of engineering can stop the blades of a chainsaw dead before anything else ends up dead.

So how do they work?

Chainsaw trousers are packed full of super-strong ballistic fibres known as “Aramid” fibres. When the chainsaw meets the outer layer, these fibres are drawn out of the trousers and into the engine of the chainsaw, causing a jam. The chainsaw will then stop and prevent any more damage being done to the user.

 

So, in the strictest sense, chainsaw trousers are not resistant to chainsaws. Rather they are designed to stop the chainsaw before any serious damage can be done. 

We wouldn’t recommend you test it on your own leg mind…