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All I found with the wellies is to buy a smaller size than your normal, whether it be a half size or full. It makes all the difference 

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I once forgot my chainsaw boots for work. Boss had a pair of size 12 (I'm size 8) chainsaw wellies kicking around which i had to wear whilst dragging brash all day. Oh my god!!!

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Hi 
 
Thanks for all the replies...  More than I expected!    
 
Do I **need** wellies?  I guess not totally, but we do have a stream that runs the length of the garden and I do find myself in it from time to time sawing fallen branches.  
  
 
 
The instructions state:  "The footwear should be visually assessed for suitability after 5 years of storage".  When I quizzed the makers they said that the issue would (could?) be the rubber deteriorating.  I replied that I can visually inspect the rubber to tell if it's ok, but they insisted that they could not guarantee the safety of them after 5 years storage.  It felt like arse covering to me tbh, which is why I thought I'd asked for more practical thoughts here.  
 
@Wonky  - I'm not quite sure what to say about that animated picture!  
 
The reason I bought them, apart from the stream (and generally/usually wet garden) was:
 
- Price.  They were £25 in the end.
- I'm a vegan.  I'd buy leather boots if I absolutely had to and there weren't alternatives, but there were, so....  Leather style boots tend to be leather, or at least when I looked I wasn't finding synthetic ones
- Frequency of use...  I've got a load of felled ash trees I need to process.  Once that's done, I'll only be using the chainsaw on rare occasions.  It's all just personal use.  I'm loving my new bowsaw and I'm even thinking of getting a crosscut saw, which would mean even less chainsaw use.  If I was planning to use it more, or work in the trade, then I'd have definitely looked to spend more on something better and more comfortable.   
 
Thanks again for all the contributions
 


Did you start this thread just so you could tell us all you’re a vegan? 🤣
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53 minutes ago, Kent Arboreal said:

 


Did you start this thread just so you could tell us all you’re a vegan? 🤣

 

 

As if ! When have you ever heard a vegan telling everyone they're vegan ? Coeliac vegan non smoker would be a nightmare 😱

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1 hour ago, peatff said:

 

As if ! When have you ever heard a vegan telling everyone they're vegan ? Coeliac vegan non smoker would be a nightmare 😱

Id shoot myself at that  point 😯  no beer, no fear 😯 K

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God I remember having to wear chainsaw wellies when I did my ticket even though I had my own boots  when they inspected my boots at the college they found a crack in the leather and that was it no not safe  bloody wellies all day nightmare .

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Well, I'm definitely not coeliac (not that you can hold it against people who are - it's not like they choose to be!) 

 

I've smoked on and off all my life.  I'm in the lucky position of not getting particularly addicted, so I can smoke when in the mood or the occasion is right, then go months without.

 

So one out of three ain't so bad.

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As already suggested they are not that great really but of course better than no protection .wore the Stihl ones which took there toll after a few days then never worn again...out of interest I weighed them and they are the same as an ms261 16’’ 😂

 

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