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Helmets are one of the most vital pieces of safety equipment needed when you are using a chainsaw. Many people don’t use them, though, because they are costly. Every helmet is different, so it is essential for you to know what features you need, and what features you can live without. Your list of necessary items and the cost will determine which helmet you get.
We have reviewed some chainsaw helmets for you and will share with you seven that we liked. We will explain some of the features of each one, as well as some of their pros and cons.
Other safety equipment we’ve reviewed:
|Husqvarna ProForest Chain Saw Helmet System|
|TR Industrial Forestry Safety Helmet and Hearing Protection System|
(Best for the Money)
|Oregon 563474 Chainsaw Safety Protective Helmet Combo Set||4.40/5|
|NoCry 6-in-1 Industrial Forestry Safety Helmet Set||Limited Lifetime||4.30/5|
|Felled Forestry Safety Helmet||1 Year||4.15/5|
The Husqvarna ProForest Chain Saw Helmet System is one-size-fits-most with an adjustable six-point suspension. We found that making the necessary adjustments is hard with the system it has. The part that goes over your forehead is plastic. There is no absorption material on it to soak up sweat.
This helmet is a highly visible, very bright orange color and offers UV protection from the sun. It has a rain neck protector to keep rain from dripping down your back if the weather changes on you.
Your skull isn’t all that you need to protect, though. This helmet also has built-in 25 dB NRR hearing protection, so your hearing shouldn’t get damaged. It also has a safety screen to help protect your eyes and face from flying debris. It does not, however, have a chin strap to hold it on your head in case of a fall.
The TR Industrial Forestry Safety Helmet and Hearing Protection System is the best helmet for the money due to being a five-in-one helmet. You can use the helmet alone, with or without the adjustable earmuffs, plastic visor, and metal mesh visor. Both visors give facial protection, but the plastic one has gaps that can allow debris to get behind it. The metal mesh visor doesn’t have any holes for falling branches and debris to get caught in.
This helmet comes in a highly visible orange color. The six-point ratchet suspension system just requires you to turn a knob to adjust the helmet to your head. The clips that hold the headband together come unclipped quite easily, so you may need to stop what you’re doing to snap it frequently.
This helmet does require some assembly. The instructions are not very clear, so be careful that you don’t force things and break them. If you’re having problems attaching something to the helmet, try turning it upside down. It may or may not assemble that way, but it often gives you a clearer idea of how things should be put on.
This helmet is put together at all joints and fasteners with plastic that can be broken easily. The earmuffs come apart with the least amount of force compared to any other part. This is a helmet that you’ll want to keep on the seat beside you in the truck instead of rolling around in the back end with your logs.
The Oregon 563474 Chainsaw Safety Protective Helmet Combo Set has a highly visible yellow color, a detachable sun peak, and six ventilation holes to allow proper airflow inside and keep you cool.
This helmet features cap-mounted earmuffs clipped onto the sides. It can be inconvenient to raise and lower them, though. It also has a stainless steel visor to help protect your eyes and face from falling branches or other flying debris. It offers excellent protection for homeowners, but it isn’t heavy-duty enough to be used professionally.
The Oregon 563474 has an adjustable six-point suspension harness for a good fit to your head. The clips that hold the harness together are smaller than standard clips, so they break easily. You can’t switch them out with a harness from any other helmet, though, due to the clip size.
The biggest problem is putting it together and installing it inside the helmet. It’s challenging to do, especially when the instructions are terribly written. We found YouTube to be more helpful.
The NoCry 6-in-1 Industrial Forestry Safety Helmet Set has a polycarbonate face shield and a metal mesh visor that can both be set at different angles and depth positions. It also has adjustable 25.9 dB SNR earmuffs that can be twisted around and secured at the back of the helmet if you don’t want to use them. They really don’t offer much sound protection, so you may want to wear earplugs underneath them.
This helmet has a fully adjustable suspension headband system that is easily adjusted just by twisting a knob. It’s effortless to adjust, but a pain to assemble. The instructions are not clear, and the attachment clips were sewn in backward. It took a while to figure out what the problem was. Once that was fixed, it was easy to finish installing.
The Felled Forestry Safety Helmet is a four-in-one helmet with six air vents to give your head proper airflow and a six-point adjustable suspension to provide you with a good fit. The clear polycarbonate visor can be raised when you aren’t using it. It also has 30 dB noise reduction earmuffs, though they don’t really offer much protection. They don’t fit tightly to your head, so a good majority of sound gets in
The RK Safety Industrial Forestry Chainsaw Safety Helmet Combo Set is a one-size-fits-most helmet with an adjustable four-point suspension system for a good fit to your head. It also has 30 dB NRR earmuffs to protect your hearing and a steel face shield to help keep your eyes and face from flying debris.
The assembly instructions are poorly written, making putting this helmet together challenging. The materials are poor quality. The foam inside is cheap and not comfortable to wear for an extended period of time. It will provide your head with some protection, but it won’t absorb nearly as much shock from falling objects as the better quality ones do. Probably for this reason, RK doesn’t provide a warranty on this helmet. Actually, RK doesn’t even have replacement parts, so if anything ever happens to this helmet, you’ll just have to replace it.
The Greenworks GWSH0 Chainsaw Safety Helmet has a removable mesh screen to protect your face, as well as adjustable and removable earmuffs for your comfort. It also has an adjustable suspension to give it a universal fit so that everyone can wear it.
This helmet is difficult to put together and is not made of the best materials. It will provide you with some protection, but it won’t do much against overly large and heavy objects. The suspension is rather sloppy, so it doesn’t have the best fit.
There are so many helmets on the market, and they are all different. Below is a list of things to consider when you are looking at chainsaw helmets, so that you get the right one.
Most safety hardhats are made from polycarbonate (PC), a thermoplastic (ABS), or fiberglass that’s hardened with polyester resins. The hard material absorbs some of the shock of heavy falling objects if they hit your head.
Helmets are costly. Some have features that others don’t, and those items can affect the price of the helmet. Know what your budget is before you shop. Once you’re looking, weigh the price difference of the helmets, and the importance of the different features that each one has. You must decide if certain features are worth the extra cost. Safety is important, and so is not breaking the bank.
The helmet’s color is essential when it comes to certain weather conditions. White helmets will reflect heat from the sun, keeping you cooler than darker colors will as you work.
If your helmet doesn’t fit comfortably, you won’t wear it. Look for easily adjustable helmets. Check that the straps are not so long that they flap around, or so short that they dig into your head.
Purchase a helmet that doesn’t weigh too much to avoid neck stiffness and headaches.
A good helmet has proper ventilation to allow good airflow around your head inside it. These helmets are made for use with chainsaws, but they can also be used with any power equipment, such as a lawnmower.
If you have ear protection already, you don’t necessarily have to purchase a helmet that comes with it built in.
If you don’t have ear protection, you can either purchase a helmet with it built in, or you can buy it separately so it can be used without the helmet.
Having a shield will help guard your face from any flying debris that is thrown by the chainsaw.
Now that we have given you the benefits of safety helmets and some things to consider when you are shopping, let us look again at the seven helmets we reviewed for your benefit.
1. Husqvarna ProForest Chain Saw Helmet System – Top Pick
2. TR Industrial Forestry Safety Helmet and Hearing Protection System – Best for the Money
3. Oregon 563474 Chainsaw Safety Protective Helmet Combo Set
4. NoCry 6-in-1 Industrial Forestry Safety Helmet Set
5. Felled Forestry Safety Helmet
6. RK Safety Industrial Forestry Chainsaw Safety Helmet Combo Set
7. Greenworks GWSH0 Chainsaw Safety Helmet
Hopefully, you feel more comfortable shopping for your chainsaw safety helmet and making the right decision. Now all you have to do is narrow it down to the best helmet for your work.