Cut protection gloves: Protection classes | Winter vs. Summer | Tips
When working in the forest, adequate protective equipment also includes gloves that are cut-resistant. The cut protection gloves, however, still offer enough sensitivity so that the chainsaw can still be operated well.
There are now some suppliers who have high-quality cut protection gloves in their range that protect your hands optimally and still offer good wearing comfort. Find out everything you need to know about cut protection gloves before buying.
- 1 Are Cut Protection Gloves Really Necessary?
- 1.1 Why is the left hand particularly at risk when sawing?
- 1.2 Which Protection Classes Are Differentiated For Gloves?
- 1.3 Cut Protection Forms For Gloves
- 1.4 Which Materials Are Available For Cut Protection Gloves?
- 1.5 Which Manufacturers Offer Gloves With Cut Protection?
- 1.6 Which Gloves Are Suitable For Which Season?
Are Cut Protection Gloves Really Necessary?
Many chainsaw operators are of the opinion that they do not need special cut-resistant gloves because after all, both hands are on the saw. However, there are still situations in which the hands are in danger, for example, if the chain suddenly breaks or if there is a recoil that causes the hand to slip off the handle and get caught in the chain.
For this reason, we recommend that you do not do without gloves with special cut protection. Otherwise, you risk dangerous hand injuries – and your hands are your most important tools in all situations.
In the following comparison table you will find cut protection gloves that are suitable for forestry work:
- Saw Spezi Nevada Cut Protection Gloves Size S/8 – Forest Glove for Chainsaw/Chain Saw
- Oregon Cut Protection Glove
- Arnold Cut Protection Glove, leather, size 10 / L 6061-CS-1010
- ARNOLD 6061-CS-1011
- KREATOR KRTT006XL Technical glove Goatl orange / blue
- Universal PRO009
- McCulloch 00057-76.165.09 PRO009 Gloves with Cutting Protection Size 10
Why is the left hand particularly at risk when sawing?
The chain saw should always be held with the right hand on the rear handle and with the left hand on the front handle – by left and right-handed people alike. For this reason, the likelihood of cuts in the hand is also many times greater for the left hand, as it is closer to the chain. Even if the chain breaks, the left hand is more likely to be hit and seriously injured. You should therefore always wear cut protection gloves, at least on your left hand.
Which Protection Classes Are Differentiated For Gloves?
The standard then makes another distinction between different cut protection classes and shapes. The classification of the cut protection classes is based on the speed of the chain running out of the saw blade. There are five protection classes from 0 to 4:
- Cut protection class 0 is sufficient for a saw chain with a maximum of 16 meters per second
- 1 is sufficient for a saw chain with a maximum of 20 meters per second
- 2 is sufficient for a saw chain with a maximum of 24 meters per second
- 3 is sufficient for a saw chain with a maximum of 28 meters per second
- 4 is sufficient for a saw chain with a maximum of 32 meters per second
The speed of the saw chain always relates to the chain running out. This means that you have to have taken your finger off the gas for a while before the chain hits your hands in order to ensure good protection. Most cut protection gloves have class 1 cut protection. Even greater protection would restrict the mobility of the hands and make the glove very uncomfortable. If you use a petrol chainsaw, which usually achieves a chain speed higher than 20 meters per second, you should be aware that the gloves cannot offer perfect protection.
Cut Protection Forms For Gloves
Forms A and B are also defined by the EN 381-7 standard.
- Cut protection shoes that belong to form A are 5-finger gloves. According to the standard, the area between the wrist and fingers of the left hand, i.e. the back of the hand, must be protected for type A. So a high dexterity is given.
- Form B is a 5-finger glove or a mitten, which are protected at the back of the hand and thieves alike. In this form, protection takes priority over the mobility of the fingers. However, the thumb is unprotected in both forms.
Which Materials Are Available For Cut Protection Gloves?
In gloves, cut protection is usually ensured by long, stiff threads that are loose. In the event of an accident, the threads get caught in the chain of the saw, blocking it. The cut protection class determines how strong and stable these threads have to be.
Apart from the cut protection, which is always made of similar materials, you can choose from different materials for the material of the inside and the top. The inside is often an impregnated leather. The outside of the gloves is usually made of a waterproof material such as polyester fabric or spandex. In some cases, there are also cut protection gloves with a special lining that keeps your fingers warm even in winter.
Which Manufacturers Offer Gloves With Cut Protection?
Many manufacturers who have chainsaw protection pants and other protective clothing for chainsaw drivers also produce high-quality and comfortable cut protection gloves. These include, for example:
All of these manufacturers are known for their high-quality products. They each have different cut protection gloves for different areas of use in their range. Therefore, you should inform yourself precisely about the individual variants in order to find the right model.
Which Gloves Are Suitable For Which Season?
Many chainsaw operators who wear cut-resistant gloves have either cold hands in winter or glowing, sweaty hands in summer. Both are uncomfortable, which is why we recommend that you get the right gloves for every season.
- For the summer there are light five-finger gloves of type A, which combine a high level of comfort with good safety. Pay attention to breathable materials so that your skin can breathe despite the gloves, and sweat is quickly drawn off to the outside.
- In winter, however, you can choose type A or B lined five-finger gloves. Alternatively, mittens of type B are ideal for the cold season. The latter warm your hands particularly well on cold days because the fingers provide each other with warmth and thus do not cool down so easily. Husqvarna, for example, offers mittens for winter days where only the index finger and thumb are used to operate the chainsaw. It is also advisable to use water-repellent outer materials for winter gloves. The wood is often soaked or snow-covered in winter, so that moisture quickly pulls through the gloves if the outer material is not water-repellent.
What Is The Best Way To Care For Cut Protection Gloves?
If your gloves get wet during use, it is best to let them dry in an airy place. After that, they are ideally stored in a clean and dry place. You are not allowed to dry the gloves on the heater, as this could break the cut protection. Most manufacturers offer special cleaning and care products for cleaning and caring for gloves. They clean the gloves without the fibers of the cut protection sticking together.