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Announcing Limited Edition Pink Zeros (and Something Special!)

A while back, we did some Pink Zeros samples. They caused quite a bit of buzz.

“@Matt Lee if these are released and u don’t buy me them, I quit”

“Are you guys still able to make the Zero’s women in pink? Finally got some pink carabiners and what the pants to match”

“Yes please I stole my wife’s zeros for my worker so I need to replace her zeros. These would be great”

We decided that it was time to do a production run but thought that we should do something special as well.

So, the good news.
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The Clogger Guide to Choosing the Best Chainsaw Safety Gear

Your chainsaw safety gear is important. Really important. Continuing cases of chainsaw injuries show that there is a real need to educate chainsaw operators on the correct selection and use of chainsaw safety gear.

This guide examines the different styles and options of chainsaw PPE available to the user and how to choose the best chainsaw protection for your unique situation.

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How to take care of your chainsaw protective trousers - washing line is the way to go!

How to take care of your chainsaw protective clothing – The Ultimate Guide

For most of our clothes, cleaning it after each use is a common practice (Or maybe two uses. Or maybe three for the most adventurous).

Mum and Dad used to do it, so this is how we do it.

For some clothes, we make an exception such as jeans, coats or the ones made with natural fibers like merino.

But what about your chainsaw protective clothing?

Will washing increase, decrease or have no effect on the protection you will have from your trousers?

How should you wash and dry them?

How to take care of your chainsaw protective clothing?

No worries, we have all your answers here. And if there isn’t, just leave a comment below and we will get back to you!
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The Gen 2 Zero Chainsaw Pants – What’s new?

The Gen 2 Zero Chainsaw Pants are now available for purchase.

And we’re all pretty excited about this launch at Clogger.

We’ve been working on the Zero Gen 2 for months. Getting all the feedback we could on the first generation of the Zero chainsaw pants and thinking how we could improve them. We tested multiple fabrics to make sure this model would be more durable and sent the new Zero to some Arborists to trial.

The main objective was to make them tougher and more durable. We’ve made the changes and to put them to the test under real-life work pressure. The Gen 2 Zeros passed every test that we could think of. And voilà. The Gen 2 Zero is now on the shelf!

But, before getting it, you might wonder: what’s new about the Gen 2 Zero Chainsaw Pants?

Here’s the quick summary.
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Arcmax with powerlines in the background - Queenstwon

5 Unexpected Reasons You Must Wear Fully Fire-Resistant Chainsaw Gear

Safety awareness in the tree industry is increasing. Governments are step by step reinforcing PPE regulations and workshops are being organized all around the world. Yet, not all crew are wearing chainsaw protection adapted to their needs.

But sometimes, we just don’t know what we truly need. With an increasing number of e-commerce websites, the choice is larger than ever and it is easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of information available.

In addition, the knowledge about arc-flash accidents and their impacts on people’s lives aren’t well documented, and there is a high chance that you don’t know how it is vital for you to wear this specific gear.

So how can you be protected from a danger you don’t know? How can you choose fully fire-resistant chainsaw gear that will truly protect you? How can you make sure you are safe when you are doing your job?

Here is an introduction to the risk of arc-flash, arc-blast and fire that you can encounter on the job. And what you need to do and the choices you need to make to be protected.

#1 Luck won’t save you in case of an arc-flash

Arc flash is a powerful and relatively unknown event during which an electric arc produces light and heat of an intense energy during a short duration, with temperatures reaching 1000’s of C⁰. It often occurs at the same time as an arc blast, creating an explosive expansion of gases which causes extremely high pressures that can throw people to the ground, collapse lungs and rupture eardrums. Both arc flash and blast combine to create life-threatening situations.

While an arc blast can sound far more dangerous than an arc flash, the second one is the one you should be the most afraid of. The majority of the hospital admissions from electrical accidents are from the burns, not from the shock.

An arc flash will happen quickly, in few seconds. You won’t be able to get away, you won’t be able to protect yourself, you won’t be able to avoid the shock. But you can avoid the burn – if you have the right gear.

#2 You can’t predict when a fire or an arc-flash will happen

As for a chainsaw incident, as for every accident that happens in your life, you won’t know when it will occur until it does. You can never be 100% sure that today everything will be all right, even when you do your best to make sure to take every precaution. A small job on a tree or on the ground doesn’t mean that there is less of a chance to get injured.

However, you don’t have to play Russian roulette every time you are at work. If your job involves being near power lines or in an environment where fire can start quickly, then you should always (always) wear protective clothing that is fully fire-resistant.

#3 Regulations exist for a reason

Every country has safety regulations. They are there mostly because of significant preventable incidents causing injury.

The same applies with arc-flash and fire hazard regulations. Arc flash accidents involving chainsaw safety gear have happened resulting in horrendous burn injuries.

Some jurisdictions have introduced regulations requiring that clothing used in an environment where there is a risk of arc flash shall be made of fibres that will not melt or drip. These regulations are designed to prevent or minimize injuries to you.

Even if regulations do not exist in your country, you should consider the risk of burns from arc flash causing your chainsaw protection material to ignite.

#4 Fire-resistant protection needs to be fully fire resistant to be effective

What if you had bought a waterproof phone case, dropped your phone in the lake and when you got it out of the water, your phone is dead? Then you will have a deeper look at the conditions of use, and it says “Phone case only waterproof in rain” or “Phone case fully waterproof with the exception of the piece around the screen”. Technically, on paper, it is waterproof. But in reality, it is not.

Now what if I tell you that it is exactly the same for most of the fire-resistant chainsaw gear available on the market today?

The outer fabric may be fire resistant, but not the chainsaw protection material on the inside. In an arc flash, the high temperature will ignite the inner layers of chainsaw protection, and its flammable components will intensify the fire. The whole garment becomes an inferno with part of the fabric burning deep into your skin. You don’t want that to happen to you. You really don’t want that.

Ask questions at the store you are buying your gear from, or contact the company itself. Request more information about the fabrics present in your trousers and what tests have been done. Ensure that what is sold to you as “fire resistant” is in fact fully fire resistant. It is your right to ask for more information on the gear that is designed to protect you.

#5 Protection and comfort don’t necessarily need to be a choice

Often, we think that the heavier the trouser, the better the protection. Our brain associates a heavy item with “plenty of layers” and “more fabrics between the body and the danger”. It might have been the case historically; however, with today’s advances in technology the chainsaw protection clothing industry is changing. And it certainly applies in the area of arc-resistant and fire-resistant chainsaw protection.

Clogger carried out a lot of research not only on the technical fabrics they have used in the Arcmax, but also on its design. The Gen 2 trouser has been made stronger and more durable, yet lighter than the previous model. With its weight of only 1.2kg, this garment has been designed to reduce your physical effort and to make your movements easier. With Arcmax Gen 2, you get the protection you need, plus you get the comfort.

Check out the Arcmax range

We hope that you find this post as valuable and worthy of your time. If you have any questions about the need to wear fully fire-resistant chainsaw gear or the regulations around arc flash protection please contact: +64 3 218 8899, [email protected] or let a comment below.

Clogger Product Directory 2017/18

We’re pleased to launch our new product directory.  It features the results of unwavering passion and relentless innovation – namely, the products.  Each one is special to us.  They are all a ‘work-in-progress’ and we’ll keep making changes and improvements.  That’ll never stop.  So think of this as a snapshot in time.  It’s merely what the products are as of April 2017.  Enjoy.

A talk in the trees with Mike Teti

When stateside at the TCI Expo last year, we got to meet and hang out with an awesome bunch of people.  One of them is Mike Teti.  Hailing from Philadelphia, a region that is still home, Mike has been a tree climber for 25 years.  He says he’s been blessed with all the opportunities life as a climber offers.  It has taken him to the top of the tallest trees, to the most beautiful locations and provided enough happy memories for a lifetime.  Mike says it was also “directly responsible for meeting my beautiful wife and Mother of my two precious boys”.

To the questions…

1. I became an Arborist because…
My passion for the great outdoors and the physicality of the job.  Even after all these years, no two days are the same.

2. My favourite tree is…
Dawn Redwood.

3. I can’t leave home without…
My awareness.

4. The perfect day at work would include…
Mild temps and sunshine.  Large canopies and a fun crew.

5. The worst part of my job is...
Cold rain, Poison Ivy and Bees.

6. The best slice of wisdom I can pass on is...
Be passionate about what you do.  It’s the things you do after dark that will make your a better arborist; reading, rec climbing and tinkering with gear.

7. If I could hang out in a tree with one person (past/present/living/dead), it would be…
My Grandfather.  I believe him to be the one to instill the love of the outdoors in me.

8. The one tree I’d like to climb is…
Eucalyptus Tree.  Not sure why.  It was my first thought and some of the pictures I’ve seen are amazing.

9. If I wasn’t an arborist I’d be a…
Climber of some sort.  Couldn’t imagine life without it.

10.  True Tale or Tall Tall Tale?  Once upon a time I…
…if ya really want to know, catch up with me and buy me a beer.  I’ll tell ya about it!  Hint: It involves alcohol and an alligator.

TO BE CONTINUED…………(after the editor gets the chance to take Mike to the pub.  A story with an alligator and alcohol needs to be told).

A Talk in the Trees with ‘the badhans’.

Hans J. Tielmann, CTSP, CIC is an arborist and social media marketer from New Jersey. Hans is the owner of Pine Valley Tree Service, PVTS a family run business, that has been owned and operated by his father for over 40 years. Most Recently, he started a second business Bad Media LLC., a digital marketing company assisting clients in creating engaging online content for the tree care industry. His main goal is to help his clients overcome the challenges and misconceptions of “modern marketing”. A tech savvy graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hans is passionate about trees. He and his crew promote safe and effective techniques in their everyday duties by using modern equipment matched with comprehensive strategy. Ever the tree tactician, Hans’s passion carries over into the world of social media. As an industry contributor, he exhibits his love for what he does best. As his Instagram shows, Hans promotes fun and effective educational posts as well as behind the scenes posts for his audience. With the majority of his audience being in the tree care industry, he has a long-term goal of expanding into the consumer market. Hans also strives to improve safety standards without using fear as a motivator. Hans was a winner of the 2015 & 2016 TCIA Professional Communications Awards for Social Media. Also winning the 2016 Industry Website Award for www.pinevalleytree.com.

To the questions…

1. I became an Arborist because…
I grew up following my fathers business 24/7, he was always really passionate with helping his customers with their trees & yards.  He has owned the business for 42 years and I want to continue his success as a local business owner.

2. My favourite tree is…
White Oak.  (1) in NJ oak trees are one of the most common trees (2) they are an impressive site to see (for a NJ tree) (3) many of the oak trees in my area of NJ are historic, some were planted by America’s first President George Washington.

3. I can’t leave home without…
My cameras.  Documenting the companies performance and expertise by using photography and videography, is not only a great way to promote a better safety culture but it also allows for easy review of efficient climbing techniques and effective ground man duties. Its also beneficial when educating customers by showing examples of similar projects. 

4. The perfect day at work would include…
Coffee, removing an impossible tree, and a hot lunch while filming every second of it.

5. The worst part of my job is...
Hitting a nail with a freshly sharpened chainsaw.

6. The best slice of wisdom I can pass on is...
“Competence not confidence” Never stop learning and always work within your means.

7. If I could hang out in a tree with one person (past/present/living/dead), it would be…
My Dad.

8. The one tree I’d like to climb is…
Any tree with a view.

9. If I wasn’t an arborist I’d be a…
Hollywood Director.

10.  True Tale or Tall Tall Tale?  Once upon a time I…
…went to a house to give a pruning estimate, when I arrived I noticed that the home owner had a very unique landscape preference. Ready for it… he planted 10 artificial Christmas trees in front of his house. Now I have seen artificial flower planting before, but these trees didn’t even have the branches fanned, they were right out of a box. Fortunately, I was happy to see that there were actual trees that needed pruning.