When using a chainsaw, an important aspect of the process is not catching any of your own bits with the blade. Along with standard caution, you’ll also want some safety chaps for your legs because you know what happens if you’re not wearing them and you slip? Nothing good.
source/image: This Old House
That’s what This Old House decided to demonstrate in a short segment with landscape contractor Roger Cook.Landscape Contractor Roger Cook stresses the need for chaps & other protective clothing when operating a chainsaw.
In it, Cook takes a chainsaw to a mannequin with one leg being covered by just jeans and the other by jeans and safety chaps. The tool makes short work of the jeaned leg, but comes short of severely hurting the chaps-covered one.
Chaps are more than just some thick pants. They’re full of ballistic fibers that fly out if you start slicing into your leg and get caught by the chain to quickly stop the engine. The resulting jam can save you a good chunk of flesh, although we don’t recommend trying it out yourself.