A number of safety and equipment damage items come up when using chainsaws for firefighting (Wildland and Structure Fire).
The main safety benefits of our armor plates:
1. Protect fuel tank:
If the fuel tank is damaged from impact and sharp object damage and starts to leak, a fire or explosion can occur.
2. Prevent sawyer burns and contact ignition fire from hot muffler:
Chainsaw mufflers usually run at 400 to 450 degrees F (~223 degrees Centigrade)
- Accidental hand or arm skin contact will cause third degree burns in about 1 second.
- The hot muffler and exhaust can cause contact ignition fire upon contact with dry grasses or tinder.
- Burn damage to Nomex clothing during shoulder carry.
3. Fast chainsaw cleanup without using solvents:
Our Gen 2 armor plates are treated with Cerakote ceramic coating. This coating provides a powerful barrier to chemicals and solvents coming into contact with the plate.
The Cerakote treament also makes it very easy to wipe oil and dirt off after use, as the coating is highly resistant to chemicals and is also hydrophobic.
Fast cleanup after firefighting operations is a key element of maintaining equipment in operational ready state condition.
In Wildland Fire situations, teams always perform a "wash-out", cleaning dirt off their equipment at the end of operations, to reduce the risk of soil cross contamination.
How the armor plate protects the chainsaw itself:
The saws below have Saw Armor installed. They are now safer and protected from abrasion & impact damage.