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Chain Saw Safety Chaps FAQs

General Frequently Asked Questions About Chain Saw Safety Chaps

Safety is important when operating chain saws. Use this document to help find the right safety chaps for your types of cutting applications. See below for a list of the most frequently asked questions about chain saw safety chaps. Still have questions? Contact Technical Product Support at 1-800-874-4755 or send an email by clicking here.

Frequently Asked Questions
 

1. What standards apply to chain saw chaps?
2. Do you carry any chaps that meet the U.S. Forest Service specification?
3. Does OSHA approve chain saw leg protection?
4. Will chainsaw chaps stop a chain saw at full speed?
5. What is the Prolar pad used in the Elvex chaps and how does it compare to Kevlar?
6. What is the difference between the 90, 91 and 94 series Elvex Chaps?
7. How are chainsaw chaps sized?
8. Can chainsaw chaps be repaired?
9. Can chainsaw chaps be laundered?
10. Can chainsaw chaps be used to protect again other tools and hazards?
11. Can chain saw chaps be used with electric chain saws?

 

1. What standards apply to chain saw chaps?
There is a commercial standard for chap performance, ASTM F 1897-2008, and standard for testing chaps, ASTM F 1414-92A (1997), as well as a certification program through Underwriters Laboratories. It is not mandatory for a chap to conform to these standards, check your label to determine if your chap meets the standards required for your job.

The U.S. Forest Service also has a separate specification, 6170-4F, which is a design and material specification for chainsaw chaps. The specification establishes design and performance requirements for protection from a running chain saw, as well as flame/burn resistance. It should be noted that chaps made to the U.S. Forest Service Specifications do not met the requirements of the commercial standards, unless tested and certified by Underwriter Laboratories and vice versa. Check your label to determine if your chap meets the standard required for the job.


2. Do you carry any chaps that meet the U.S. Forest Service specification?
GEMPLER’s does not carry any chaps that meet the Forest Service specification.


3. Does OSHA approve chain saw leg protection?
OSHA does not approve any safety equipment. OSHA simply states that chain saw users shall wear leg protection made from ballistic nylon or a similar material. Click here for a copy of the OSHA regulation: Logging Operation Safety Regulation, 29 CFR - 1910.266


4. Will chainsaw chaps stop a chainsaw at full speed?
Chain saw chaps are designed to decrease or minimize the extent of the injury should an accident occur. Chainsaw chaps will stop a chain running at 2,750 feet per minute. A chain saw running at full throttle may run at as much as 4000 feet per minute depending on the brand and model of saw.


5. What is the Prolar pad used in the Elvex chaps and how does it compare to Kevlar?
Prolar was developed by Elvex. Prolar is a lightweight, flexible material designed for performance and comfort that provides effective protection according to ASTM F-1897-2008. The Prolar material was specifically designed to stop a chainsaw running at 2,750 feet per minute by jamming the chain against the bar and sprocket.

Kevlar is universal material developed by Dupont that is often used in chain saw chaps, bullet proof vests, gloves and many other unrelated applications. The Kevlar material also meets the ASTM F-1897-2008 standard.


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6. What is the difference between the 90, 91 and 94 series Elvex Chaps?
The 90 series Elvex chaps have a 420-denier nylon facing over Prolar protective pads with two sets of quick-release leg buckles.
The 94 series has a 1000-denier Cordura nylon cover material over Prolar protective pads with three sets of quick release leg buckles.
The 91 series has a 1000-denier Cordura nylon facing over Prolar protective pads with three sets of quick release leg buckles and complete wrap around calf protection.


7. How are chain saw chaps sized?
Chaps are measured from the belt loop to the bottom of the chap. Sizing varies depending on the manufacturer, Elvex chaps are available in 33, 36 and 39 outseam lengths, while the Kevlar chaps are available in 32, 36 and 40" outseam lengths.


8. Can chain saw chaps be repaired?
A chain saw chap should be taken out of service if it has been subjected to a cut. If the chaps have small or insignificant cuts on the outside layer and the protective layer is undisturbed they can be patched with duct tape to prevent further damage to the chaps.


9. Can chain saw chaps be laundered?
The Prolar fibers used in the Elvex chain saw chaps actually expand and improve when washed in a washing machine, increasing its protective properties. Elvex suggests washing their chaps in a washing machine on a warm or cold setting, not hot. Elvex chaps can be dried in the dryer on a warm setting. The Kevlar chaps should be hand washed using warm water, detergent and a scrub brush.


10. Can chain saw chaps be used to protect again other tools and hazards?
The chainsaw chaps that GEMPLER’s carries are specifically designed for use with chain saws and have not been tested with other tools or applications.


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11. Can chain saw chaps be used with electric chain saws?
GEMPLER’s does not carry any chaps for use with electric chain saws. Electric chain saws have a higher torque and pose a different type of hazard than gas powered chain saws; therefore the chaps are not suggested for use with electric chain saws.
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