Axes, chain saws

LOG­GING IS THE MOST DAN­GER­OUS CIVIL­IAN JOB IN THE U.S., thanks to haz­ards like heavy ma­chin­ery and fall­ing limbs. The con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment of your back­yard can be a safer place for you to take down old trees and chop up the pieces. You might not as­pire

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1 Axe

The 6-pound head on the Pre­ci­sion Com­pe­ti­tion Chop­ping Axe has a 7.5-inch hand-sharp­ened edge. The steel slices deep into tim­ber with­out stick­ing, and it ab­sorbs vi­bra­tions.

2 Gloves

A pair of Husq­varna Func­tional

Chain Saw gloves pro­vides ex­tra pro­tec­tion for your non­saw­ing hand. The left side has two lay­ers of goat leather to shield it dur­ing a scrape with a blade.

3 Cross­cut saw

The 4-foot-long Lehman’s OneMan Cross­cut tool packs two types of teeth: The lance­shaped points are best at cut­ting, and the dou­ble-pointed rak­ers help clear dust from the groove.

4 Chain saw

Pros bran­dish the 7.2-horse­power Stihl 661 in com­pe­ti­tions, but as­pir­ing log­gers can also make short work of a small for­est. Shock ab­sorbers in the chas­sis lessen pun­ish­ment on hands and arms.

5 Flan­nel shirt

The Dakine Reid

Tech shirt will help you look the part. Plus, the tex­tile fea­tures a wa­ter­re­sis­tant coat­ing and traces of an­timi­cro­bial sil­ver chlo­ride, which com­bats your body’s nasty odors.

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