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Care and Maintenance of Forest Service Chain Saw Chaps

[photo] A damaged pair of chain saw chaps.The tech tip, Inspecting, Cleaning, Repairing, and Retiring USDA Forest Service Chain Saw Chaps (0451–2324– MTDC), offers information to help properly care for, maintain, and repair chain saw chaps. Proper maintenance will increase the life of the chaps and help them protect chain saw operators.

Guidelines will help chain saw operators recognize when chain saw chaps need to be repaired or replaced. This tech tip replaces Inspecting and Repairing Your Chain Saw Chaps (8267–2505–MTDC).

Since 1965, the USDA Forest Service has provided specifications for cut-resistant, protective chaps that have prevented thousands of serious injuries. MTDC has tracked chain contact injuries and accidents for 35 years and has used the information to improve the design and effectiveness of chain saw chaps.

For more information on the proper care and maintenance of chain saw chaps, contact Tony Petrilli, project leader (phone: 406–329–3965; e-mail:

USDA Forest Service and U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management employees can view the chain saw chaps tech tip on the USDA Forest Service's internal computer network at:

Others can view the tech tip over the Internet (username: t-d, password: t-d)

To order the tech tip, contact Cailen Hegman, MTDC publications (phone: 406–329–3978; e-mail:

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