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Hedge cutter trousers

Good evening, whilst trimming some small lonicera balls yesterday using a small hedge trimmer I accidentally caught my knee with the machine as I drew it back. It's not life threatening and I'll live to fight another day but it flipping hurt and could have been worse. Got me thinking though a pair of hedgecutter trousers such as Stihl might be a useful investment. Do any of you use them? 

Regards, Martin.

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  • PRO

    Great investment . I use Rockwood chainsaw trousers but many different brands out there .

    Problem is you only find out if they work if you have a mishap like you did Martin .

  • PRO

    I use common sense ! Hope your balks are ok (lonicera)
     All jokes aside I hope your ok and take your time when using any bladed kit, I doubt many will consider safety trousers as the sharp end is often at the furthest point from you the operator &  kick back next to none more often stopping and jamming. I prefer the freedom of such hot outdoor wear in the summer temperatures to just wearing  my cargo pants. 
    front padded trousers are probably most suitable if protection is sought 

  • PRO

    I bought a pair of Stihl brushcutter trousers in the Midland Shire Farmers closing down sale, then the extra long protective pads from my local Stihl dealers, who were amused as apparently no one else had ever bought the pads from them before and they seemed to think it was a bit over the top.

    I fact I have had quite a bit mickey taking due to the trousers, but actually they are really good.

    The hedge cutting trousers appear to be the identical to the brushcutter trousers other than the extra long pads are above the knee rather than below.

    Chainsaw trousers don’t give any protection from a hedge cutter, because the hedge cutter has a slicing action that simply slices through the chainsaw protection which is intended to jam the sprocket on a chainsaw.

    When I did the chainsaw course to update back in January I wore chainsaw chaps over the top of my brushcutter trousers, as I only intend to use a chainsaw very occasionally chaps make more sense.

     

  • Did a similar thing myself a couple of years back.............. you just learn to be a bit more careful. Wouldn't bother with the trousers..... you've learnt your lesson + you're not going to cut your leg off! 

  • PRO

    In the last few months I have done the Lantra Hand Held Hedge Cutter course and a First Aid at work +F, the plus Forestry being chainsaw injuries and high pressure hose injuries as well as Lymes disease.

    On the hedge cutter course the trainer said “You think to yourself it’s a hedge cutter what could go wrong? Then you go out into the field to cut a hedge and think WTF!”

    On the first aid course it was said handheld hedge cutter injuries are rare,  but when they do happen they tend to be very nasty.

  • PRO

    Anyway, my wife passed comment about my brushcutter trousers being a snug fit, I said they need to be to avoid snagging them on the undergrowth and catching them in machinery, and are actually elasticated.

    That was before she realised they have zip up peekaboo net vents in the back of the legs.

  • PRO

    These are the thigh pads that go above the knee pads in the hedge cutter trousers, the brushcutter trousers have shin pads below the knee pads.

    https://www.buxtons.net/stihl-hs-leg-protection

    STIHL HS Leg Protection
    STIHL HS Leg Protection STIHL HS 2-in-1 leg protection – Thigh protection for HS MULTI-PROTECT Black, 100 % polyester,50 cm long. Provides highlyeff…
  • PRO

    Brushcutter trouser shin pads.

    https://www.buxtons.net/stihl-fs-leg-protectors

     

    STIHL FS Leg Protectors
    STIHL FS Leg Protectors Black, 65 % polyester, 35 % cotton, 50 cm long, patented and breathable additional impact protection for insertion in the ins…
    • PRO

      Never injured my leg with a hedge cutter but had some nasty arm and thumb injury because the blade kept on moving after machine was switched off .

      Having to carry out first aid on myself  after hedge cutter injuries was an horrific experience I would not wish to repeat I nearly passed out in the middle of nowhere .

      Thanks for the tip about chainsaw trousers not being suitable for hedge trimmer accidents Andy worth knowing 👍

       

  • I did the same thing a few months back also trimming a small shrub , first time I've caught myself with a moving blade. I managed to clamp it on my knee , blades had to be loosened so I could get the dam thing off me , my dad tried pulling it off first I wasn't amused . Cut to the knee but not to the trousers.

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