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Ground helmet or ARB Helmet

I need to replace my Stihl Helmet as the ear defenders broke - again!

Have decided to go for a Pfanner Protos Integral forest helmet. However, I wonder if I should buy the ARB model. Personally, I would prefer the ground helmet as it does not have the chin strap. However, there are a number of occasions when I am up a ladder ctting hedges. This year, I over extended on my 14' Henchman ladder and it collapsed, sending me crashing to the ground. Fortunately, a fence broke the fall and I eventually hit the ground. The Stihl Helmet was nowhere to be seen. It certainly was not on my head! This had made me re-evaluate and Iwonder if I should go for the ARB helmet. Does anyine use an ARB helmet when cutting hedges? I appreciate your thoughts.

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  • PRO

    It makes a lot of sense to wear an ARB helmet even when working at a short distance from the ground. l always use a ARB helmet (Petzl Vertex Vent) now, for hedge cutting when working from my 8ft and 14ft Henchman ladders. I use to wear a ground helmet, but thought about if I did ever fall from the steps the helmet could fall off and offer no protection to my head. THB I very often wear the ARB helmet when working on the ground too, as this is what I have in the truck at all times. My Stihl ground helmet is hanging up in the workshop as a spare /backup helmet if needed, but only for working from the ground. The Protos helmet looks very good, I think they probably offer the best all round head protection. I have heard of two cases in the last year of falls from ladders, both resulted in fatal head injuries. One was a friend of a friend of mine, he was repairing a barn roof and fell from height and died from his head injury.


    Regards Neil

    • Thanks, Neil. I appreciate your reply. I totally agree with your comments and have thought along the same lines. I can guarantee you, the Ground helmet will not stay on if you fall off - I speak from experience. At present, I am not cutting from height, although this may change in the future. I do wonder if the ARB strap will be annoying. However, it is something that I can put up with.

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     I woud look for something like this as it can be used at height when needed. https://www.northernarbsupplies.co.uk/product/x5005v-vented-r-x4-ar...

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