Chainsaw Protective Clothing

The Difference Between Type A & Type C Chainsaw Protective Trousers

Type A and Type C Chainsaw Protective Trousers 

If you are looking for more information on chainsaw PPE and the difference between the 2 types of trousers then you will find this article useful. We know operating a chainsaw is a dangerous job, and in addition to the heavy, sharp and dangerous equipment being used, there are a number of things you ought to consider. These things include the risk of chippings being lost, falling objects, working at heights, and working in dusty surroundings. Whilst these factors heavily contribute to the design of chainsaw trousers, the type of protection offered is key. Here’s what you need to know:

The importance of wearing safety trousers

Professionals working in the tree industry are required to wear the appropriate safety clothing and other accessories while on the job. In addition to safety helmets, chainsaw glovesboots and jackets, arborists are also required to wear appropriate leg protection while using chainsaws. Before you make your next purchase, it’s important to understand the difference between the 2 classes of trousers.

Chainsaw protective trousers have to comply with the EN381-5 standards. It is essential to wear trousers that are made of a sturdy and durable material that has a certain amount of stretch. This material needs to be resistant to chainsaw cuts as well as comfortable. The two types of chainsaw trousers available are; Type A and Type C – here we take a look at the differences between the two.

What is Type A protection?

Type A protection provides adequate protection on the front portion of the legs and has a protective sheath in that area only. They may be supplied as chaps and you can wear them either as standard trousers or over your work clothes. Type A trousers are specifically meant to be worn by chainsaw users that are doing ground work such as logging wood. They can also be used when you are working alone at ground level.


  • Lighter than Type C’s
  • Ideal for groundsman
  • Can be worn over conventional work clothes
  • Usually Cheaper than Type C’s


  • Only front leg protection
  • Only recommended for the Groundsman

Type A Trousers Worth Considering;

Chainsaw PPE - The Difference Between Type A & Type C Chainsaw Trousers

There are many other Types A trousers worth considering, these are just a few examples. Different manufacturers offer ranges in different colours also. Whether you are after something more colourful or plain, you’re sure to find them at Northern Arb Supplies. For more information, please get in touch. You can also view all Type A Chainsaw Trousers here

What is Type C protection?

These trousers provide protection to the entire legs. They are almost always worn as regular trousers and not over any other work clothes. Type C trousers offer a significant amount of protection while climbing trees and while operating the chainsaw at awkward angles.

Type C trousers are commonly worn by professionals such as arborists who work at heights and wield heavy-duty equipment. Some arborist training institutes also require their students to wear Type C protective chainsaw trousers. In settings where less experienced operators or trainees are working, or if a larger number of arborists are working together, the Type C trousers should be used.


  • Offers all round the leg protection
  • Recommended by most Training Organisations
  • Maximum all-around chainsaw protection when climbing and operating the saw in awkward positions


  • Usually more expensive compared to Type A’s
  • Not worn over another garment
  • Heavier than Type A’s

Type C Chainsaw Trousers For Sale;

Chainsaw PPE - The Difference Between Type A & Type C Chainsaw Trousers

Standard safety requirements

The AFAG (Arboriculture and Forestry Advisory Group) recommends that Type C trousers be worn in aerial work as these garments offer all-around protection. However, in situations where it isn’t practical to wear these trousers (in extremely hot environments for example), it may be more suitable to wear Type A trousers; but this needs to be supported by the appropriate risk assessment report.

Weather Conditions, Comfortability & Your Line of Work

There’s a lot more to think about when it comes to chainsaw PPE, especially protective trousers. Depending on what part of the world you are in, you will find that many professionals have different preferences. Of course, the brands and classes also play a big part. For those working in hot conditions, there are many brands that offer ventilation trousers to help you stay cool. To cut a long story short, most professionals recommend Type A protective trousers for the groundsman and Type C for the climber. If you’re still uncertain, we would strongly advise that you check the specification before buying as different brands offer different specs.

Thoughts of other professionals…

“Because I’m a good boy and play by the rules, I generally wear the type C’s for climbing and type A for ground, but if it’s really hot….” – ArbTalk

“I have climbed in C’s for 8 years and for the last 3 climbed in A’s. Yes you are more vulnerable in A’s but I think you know you cant cut any corners at all! and that helps…” –  ArbTalk

“My first pair of trousers I bought were Type A’s but since I was on the college course I had to go out and get a set of Type C’s. I’ve never worn the A’s, but for peace of mind, I’ve carried on wearing my C’s in everything I do. They can get hot in the summer but when extra water breaks I just carry on. I know the Class 2 Type C’s are even warmer so for peace of mind and being comfortable in what you’re used to I’d stick with the Class 1 Type C trousers. Also, I’m sure you can get Type C’s with extra ventilation, but I’ve always stayed with the Stihl’s and never had a problem” – ArbTalk

Chainsaw PPE from Northern Arb Supplies

Chainsaw PPE is crucial for anyone using a chainsaw. Of course, you also need to know the other types of chainsaw protective clothing to suit your line of work. With regards to trousers, it’s always important to buy certified Type A and Type C trousers of the best brands. If you require more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us via live chat on our website. Alternatively, comment below if you would like more information on other products.

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