Electric chainsaw and safety gear

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Is this Power+ saw safe with normal chainsaw safety gear? There is a big warning on the gear: 

"WARNING FOR ELECTRIC CHAINSAW USERS!
The fibers will not stop the sprocket on most electric chainsaws because of their constant high torque."

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Official Response
Yes, the warning sounds a little more scary than we intended. Standard safety gear - closed toe shoes, safety goggles and long pants - should be sufficient when using the EGO Power+ chain saw.
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Between the original warning regarding chainsaw chaps vs. long pants; the original was more appropriate.  Any long pants that are not designed as PPE (personnel protective equipment) specifically for chainsaw operations will provide marginal protection over no pants at all.  Granted, having jeans or any thick material pants would be better than bare skin, but no by much.

My concern with the above revised statement ("long pants") is that a lay person might take that as appropriate and endorsed safety gear.

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I, too, am looking for chainsaw chaps suitable for use with electric chainsaws. Please advise.
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Seems like Chaps, with long pants could provide moderately more protection than no chaps. However, the chaps will not stop the chainsaw like they will with traditional chainsaws. 

I did a lot of research on this prior to buying the chainsaw, and the concensus I came to is that it's lighter weight will hopefully make it easier to use and cause fewer mistakes to happen. With that said, EXTRA caution should be used when using an electric chainsaw over traditional chainsaws and PPE. 
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My eGo saw is still in the box after buying  it several weeks ago. I want to purchase leg protection. Still waiting for details from corporate on this. A colleague (fellow arborist) who runs a newer Stihl electric with a safety work-around that now stops the sprocket with standard chainsaw chaps recommends Kevlar since the eGo appears not to have this same protection. I'm looking for a statement about engineering and real safety gear from the manufacturer. "Long pants" alone seems ridiculous.

- homeowner (and MA licensed forester #311)
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“newer Stihl electric with a safety work-around that now stops the sprocket with standard chainsaw chaps“

Can you please explain this “work-around” and how it makes the chainsaw safer to use with standard chainsaw chaps?
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Although EGO does not recommend a specific brand, we do advise wearing chainsaw chaps or cut-resistant pants.
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Amber, will you be updating the official response to reflect the above clarification?
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If you are careful, you shouldn't need to dress up like a cop in full riot gear...
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To apply an applicable motorcycle axiom, you dress for the crash, not the ride. Nobody sets out to gets chainsaw (self) massacred... =). The best safety gear is the area between you ears, but that can be negatively affected by fatigue.
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If I was wielding a powerful 24" gas CS, I'd be more concerned with a wayward chain.  The 14CS is much wimpier.  "suit" yourself re: safety gear.
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2 seconds of searching, first result. electric chainsaw vs chaps. https://youtu.be/_uZQZBALVTc