/ Tree cutting accident #101
- Mar 30, 2017
- Northern California
- Branson 3520h
You can see that the electric saws eat more chaps. Also, your leg in chaps isn't quite like a solid log, and as the chaps get wound up in the chain, those chaps pulled away from the log, but the log is probably braced a lot better than your leg when you're trying to cut into it. I'm not suggesting a live test, but I'm saying the test isn't perfect.But that video contradicted your claim. There was absolutely no damage to the log on either electric chainsaw.
My guess is that the chaps manufacturers realize that the electrics are more likely to eat more chaps, and don't want to make claims as a result.
Just because eating twice as much chaps doesn't get through it, maybe they can reduce the chaps material by 50% and keep the prohibition on electrics on it, make lighter and cheaper chaps. Why don't they do this, despite the world's late-stage capitalism state? Because they know that sometimes a gas saw still eats 90% of what's there, so they need all that filler they do supply, and maybe sometimes an electric goes right through the chaps.
Personally, I'd keep wearing the chaps, because even if they don't eliminate that risk, they'll likely reduce the damage and at worst they'd give a little extra time to try to get my finger off the trigger.
I'd be interested in seeing someone do a similar test with a known very sharp chain; he mentioned that the battery saw had a fully charged battery (and obviously the corded saw was plugged in) but there was no mention of a freshly sharpened chain.
Also: we saw one cut each. I have to trust a youtuber that this was a scientific enough test that he just showed us a representative sample of all the cuts he made... though he probably just made one cut each. I'm certain that the chaps manufacturers use a variety of saws (including 500i's, 881s, and much lesser saws) and make many many cuts, because they've got serious liability by providing a safety product. It better do what it says, and if they're saying "don't use this with electrics" that's reducing their potential market which isn't a common thing for a company to do lightly, so you should believe them that a high-torque electric may get some cutting beyond those chaps.