A couple of weeks ago, I narrowly missed chopping off a finger with a baby chain saw. I’ve had a few other near misses with various power tools, over the past decades, and this latest one scared me into thinking harder about safety. I was wondering if protective gloves would be a good idea. I have read warnings about loose-fitting gloves getting caught in rotating machinery; makes sense. But I can imagine close-fitting gloves reinforced with Kevlar, or metal plates, or even chain-mail gloves as worn by medieval knights, modern-day butchers, and people who feed sharks.

Is there anything y’all would recommend?

I expect some of the answers will say “just be more careful”. Vigilance is good, for sure, but it seems to me that vigilance plus protection is even better.

  • Along with the boots, trousers, head protection.
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Jun 13, 2023 at 5:16
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    It's going to depend on the tool. Commented Jun 13, 2023 at 7:06
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    Tools like chainsaws depend on you having total control. Protective gloves that reduce your control can be more dangerous than just bare hands. I have seen chainsaws take decent chunks out of steel(hidden).
    – crip659
    Commented Jun 13, 2023 at 10:42
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    Not judging but what are you doing that your hands get close to a spinning chainsaw blade? Commented Jun 13, 2023 at 14:59
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    @dandavis: yes, that’s what I thought, too. Maybe I’ll buy a pair, and do some experiments with my chain saw and some hot dogs.
    – bubba
    Commented Jun 14, 2023 at 8:49


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