Safety isn't a throwaway word
when it comes to felling trees
and running chain saws. You
must take it seriously. There are
a few absolutely essential
safety gear items you need to
wear for any chain saw work.
Loggers helmet ($60): The
helmet protects you from falling
branches, a major cause of
logging injuries. Earmuffs and a
face screen protect your ears
and eyes. Safety glasses keep
the dust out—you don't want
something in your eye in the
middle of dropping a 4-ft.-diameter cottonwood.
Kevlar chaps ($75): Kevlar
fibers will stop a chain instantly
should you happen to drop the
bar against your leg. It's the
best logging safety device
developed in the past 30 years,
and it's a rare (and foolish) pro
who doesn't wear them.
Felling wedges ($15): These wedges
will prevent your saw from getting
pinched during a cut.