Before we get too deep into this, we are not recommending that you try to stop a running chainsaw with your hand — protected with gloves or not.
Arborists, landscapers or anyone working in the forestry industry will tell you that they do a lot of dangerous tasks by hand without a second thought.
What are Chainsaw Gloves?
Chainsaw gloves are one piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) that you don’t want to cheap out on.
When it comes to chainsaw gloves you need to look at something like our Endura® Hi-Viz Vibration-Dampening Chainsaw Gloves which can stop a chainsaw running at 3140 feet per minute.
1. The Outermost Layer
The outer most layer protects against trivial damage that could damage the filler material – it is tough but slippery to repel this kind of damage.
2. The Inner Layers
The inner layers are comprised of long, loose fibers of ballistic nylon or Kevlar®.
How Do These Gloves Stop a Chainsaw?
When a running saw comes in contact with the glove, the outer layer is immediately cut through, but the inner fibers are drawn out and wrap around the chainsaw’s drive sprocket.
This creates a solid lock and halts the running chain completely – thereby limiting injury to the wearer’s hand.
Once this happens, the gloves need to be replaced, and the saw must be field-stripped to remove the fibers and resume function.
If this ever happens, you’d need to purchase a new pair of gloves, but it’s definitely a better deal than the alternative.
Protective Clothing for Users of Hand-Held Chainsaws:
Believe it or not, most chainsaw gloves on the market in North America are not tested to any standard.
We test our chainsaw gloves to a standard known as EN 381:1999. This standard is designed to protect workers if they accidentally come in contact with a running chainsaw. Below is a depiction of our chainsaw gloves versus the leading Canadian chainsaw gloves available on the market.
The competitor’s glove, as seen in the image above, has one thin layer of nylon. This would be completely ineffective against the power of a chainsaw.
Beyond cut-resistance, chainsaw operators also need protection from vibration, which can cause hand-arm vibration syndrome.
Superior’s chainsaw gloves feature several vibration-dampening layers along with incredible cut protection materials. We’ve also ensured the design allows the glove to remain dexterous because good grip and comfort play a large role in safe tool handling.
The hi-viz color will also help to keep you aware of your hands at work.