Using glyphosate weed killer

Friday, August 23, 2019
best weed killer glyphosate


Using glyphosate to kill weeds effectively and safely


Glyphosate (Glyphosphate) is a herbicide that when applied leaves of plants it will kill both broadleaf plants and grasses. It is one of the most effective weed killers on the market and is perfect for use around the family home.

Perhaps the most famous branded version of glyphosate is Roundup which was made popular by Monsanto.

It's considered a nonselective weed killer so it isn't picky about what plants it will work on so if you accidentally spray it on your lawn like I did last summer (I swear I picked up the prickle poison!) then it will kill your entire lawn. Thus when using glyphosate, you need to be careful about spray drift onto flowers or bushes.

It is arguably the most commonly used herbicide in the world:

Why is glyphosate so effective as a weed killer?


Glyphosate (or glyphosphate) is a clever little chemical when it comes to killing plants. It works by preventing the plant from making certain proteins that are required for growth by cutting off its food supply. When the plant cannot function as it normally would, it slowly begins to die. The roots also die, meaning there is little chance of the plant regenerating.

How to safely use glyphosate


At small quantities, glyphosate is very safe for use around the home but commonsense rules about safe application practices should of course apply. There's no point unfairly exposing yourself to chemicals is there? 

So when using weedkillers like glyphosate you should follow these safety practices:

  • Work in good weather only
  • Wear clothing that covers the whole length of your arms and legs.
  • Use goggles, gloves, and a face mask to limit exposure, especially if you are spraying about shoulder height
  • When mixing the herbicide, you really should use some plastic gloves to protect against spillage.
  • Do not touch plants that have been sprayed with the herbicide
  • After application, safely dispose of your plastic gloves and then wash your hands and face with hot water. Have a hot shower if you can. 

How long does it take for glyphosate to work on plants?


It takes around two weeks to really start to show that it's working but starts working on killing the weed as soon as it enters the plant's system.

You will notice that the plants you have placed it on are slowly starting to go yellow as they die.

The herbicide works best when the air temperature is above 60 degrees Fahrenheit and finally, there should be no rainfall for at least two days after application.
If you are watering flowers or the vege garden, be mindful of getting water where you may have sprayed.

how long does glyphosate take to kill weeds

How do I apply weed killer like glyphosate?


If you have a large volume of weeds to cull, it's best to use a pump sprayer that has a wand attachment to help you target where you spray and to assist with wide coverage. 

In our personal experience, a sprayer with a shoulder attachment is a really good option because a gallon of mixed concentrate can suddenly start to feel really heavy on the shoulder blade!

If you are doing some spot work, then a hand held spray bottle will help with surgical placement of the weed killer. 

You can also use sprayers that connect to your garden hose which means you do not have to mix up the chemicals. You just connect your hose, spray and then walk away!


When is the best time to use glyphosate?


It works best when the temperature is warm and there is no rain likely. If it rains shortly after spraying, it may not adhere to the plant and be washed off and you'll need to reapply it to the target area.

Who discovered glyphosate?


Glyphosate was first synthesized in 1950 by Swiss chemist Henry Martin but his work was never formally published. It wasn't until the 1960s when it was patented for use as a chemical chelator. Its use as an effective herbicide was discovered popularized by Monsanto in the 1970s, leading to its popular use around the world for helping with cropping and home maintenance under the Round Up brand.

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How safe is it to use glyphosphate?


This product has been approved for use in many countries around the world under approval from responsible regulatory regimes that have recognized the benefits of its use when considered against potential hazards. 

Though there has been a lot of debate, the general scientific consensus is that glyphosate is unlikely to be carcinogenic to humans or genotoxic which means damaging to genetic material or DNA.

In short, it's largely safe unless you are exposed to large quantities for a lengthy period.
This chemical does, however, kill bees so for any amateur beer keepers out there, we'd recommend you do not use this product near your hives.

And as for most chemicals, do not add this product to waterways such as home fish ponds as it will kill your fish. 

How long does glyphosphate last on the ground?


While it may be detected on the ground, glyphosphate is not active for a long period. It degrades relatively quickly by the soil's microorganisms. Because of this, it's unlikely there will be enough glyphosate in the soil to cause plants to die.

So yes, glyphosate can be detected in the soil for quite some time after application, however, it has no practical effect as a herbicide. This means when it is used between cropping seasons, it won't have an effect on the new plantings.

Many tests have been completed which demonstrate that glyphosphate does not transfer to crops that are subsequently planted after its use.

Idiot getting saved by his own idiocy

Friday, August 16, 2019

Check out this video of gentlemen trying to use a chainsaw in a confined space whilst at the top of a ladder.

It's an obvious recipe for disaster which is what just about nearly happened.

This user managed to cause a kick back action because of where he placed the chainsaw blade. By using the bar's tip end, it caught on the wood which immediately caused a kick back action.

Normally, this would have meant a good chance the bar would have cut into the face of the user and done some considerable damage.

The user, however, was saved by his own idiocy and the bar hit the ceiling rather than their face. 

He knew it too and we hope he learned his lessons such as never cut above your waist & never use the tip stupidly, hold the chainsaw firmly and for goodness sake, wear safety gear like a helmet and chainsaw gloves!

What is the best oil degreaser for cleaning hands?

Sunday, August 4, 2019
great cleaner for oily hands

When I was a young lad I used to work in a butcher's as a cleaner.

I'd clean the machines that cooked fat and mince which was turned into all kinds of things.

I'd clean the mincer.

I'd clean the tools & floors.

And I'd get the maggots out of the bins using chlorine to kill them all.

Despite using gloves at various times, at the end of my shift, my hands were stinky as. I'd clean my oily hands with a soap degreaser. It was the best stuff and it smelled great.

Now, years later as a real adult who cleans lawn mowers, uses chainsaws, and does the odd DIY car repair, I fully appreciate how a good degreaser can keep hands clean free of oil and gosh knows what else I can get on my hands.

I've also come to realize that most workshops, mechanic floors, and factories seem to use specialized hand cleaners because when time is money, there's not much point wrestling with a bar of soap at the tap when you could be getting onto the next job ticket.

Sure there are plenty of home remedies you can try to clean your hands (baking soda and lemon solutions spring to mind or using a spray of WD40 across the hands...oddly enough, rubbing your hands with some sugar before you add soap can work too) but for this hand cleaning gentleman, I want the heavy-duty product, especially if I've been doing some mechanical repairs!

One thing you're gonna have to learn is that for some reason, the most popular degreasers have orange in them. We presume this is related to marketing initiative where it was deemed that 'orange' would be the manly scent that men would be OK within their oil degreasers.

Not melon.

Not lime.

Not lemon.

Orange.

And so my citrus orientated friend, let's check out Permatex Fast Orange Smooth:

best hand soap for cleaning oily hands

It's kind of the perfect consumer product. Biodegradable, waterless, petroleum solvent-free. It contains no harsh chemicals, petroleum solvents or ammonia (which means no stinging cuts and abrasions which can occur after a heavy workday).

Even though it smells of oranges, Permatex Fast Orange is fortified with aloe, lanolin, glycerin to lovingly condition the skin. Moisturizers are added to replenish the skin of the natural oils that can get stripped out.

But what about its cleaning power?

Permatex boasts that it's product will remove the toughest dirt, oil, grease, grime, paint, soil, printers ink, epoxies, paint, rubber cement, gasket, and even tile cement.

It comes in a 1-gallon container with an easy-to-use pump dispenser.

Check the price on Amazon:
The second of our orange scented hand cleaners is GoJo's Natural Orange Industrial hand cleaner with pumice.

Yes, it's orange but it's full of gritty bits of pumice which will scrub your hands to help clean a broad range of industrial soils, dirt, and grease:



GOJO Natural doesn't have any harsh solvents so it is fairly soft on your hands.

Gojo has been in the business for over 70 years so if the success of a company depends on the quality of their products, you can be sure GOJO's hand cleaners actually work.

Gojo's hand cleaner is definitely for removing oils, grease, and grime. It is not suited for removing paint, dye or adhesives.
zorange zalpon professional hand cleaner
The third orange cleaner is the heavy duty Rozalex’s Zalpon Zorange.

It's a mouthful of a name but that's the point. Zalon Zorange or simply Zorange is an extra heavy-duty hand cleaner containing natural orange oil, pumice and esters.

It's designed for the removal of the most ingrained oils, greases, paints, inks, tar, and general dirt and grime.

It also features pumice pieces and esters to give superior performance over other cleaners and when coupled with moisturizers to relieve hard-worn skin and an obvious orange fragrance it leaves the hands feeling fresh and clean.


There's an alternative to these kinds of degreasers, you can choose to use wipes - if you need oiled removed then a heavy-duty cleaning wipe might just be what you need to get the cleaning job done. These are also brilliant for cleaning tools and parts and engines.

Check out these Brute Strength Wipes:

best wipes for hands

Actual users who've bought Bruste Strength Wipes on Amazon have used and reviewed the wipes stating great cleaning results:

'Cuts through grease, soap scum leaves a nice scent.'

'These are great, they clean up well and don't leave a film like feel like some other wipes do. I will be buying more of these.'

'I like how these wipes are thicker, they seem to hold up better and hold more soap.'

'These are durable and cut through engine oil, grease, grime really quick. We use them in our airplane hangar where there isn't easy access to sinks.'

Clearly then wipes are more versatile than just for cleaning hands but are good for working out in the field, out of the office or just for being left in the truck for those moments when you just need to clean some goo off something.

Check out the price on Amazon:

Best tyre pressure gauge

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
I once saw the mighty and magical David Bowie play. Near the end of a great show, he pulled out the song he did with Queen, Under Pressure. It was simply magic as it was pouring with rain which quite matched the lyrics of the song.

And you know what else works well under pressure? Tyre pressure gauges.

If you drive your car with under pressured tyres you'll suffer performance issues such as longer stopping distances, put more heat stress on the tyre itself, use more gas & petrol and increase the chance of having a road accident.

So if you want to check that your tyres are properly pressured, then you'll need the best gauge to take the measurement. These units are really handy if your car has a 'low car tyre pressure indicator'. If you cannot determine which tyre is low by simple observation, a quick check with the gauge will immediately tell you which tires need some air (or nitrogen if you're that way inclined!)

We'll now check out a few of the better gauges on the market, see how they perform and ensure that you get the right gauge you need to measure the air pressure of your tyre. 

In this modern era, the best tyre gauges are those with a digital display. Such units properly measure the pressure and give you an extremely accurate reading. This is very important because many tyres perform best when filled with air to the manufacturer's instructions and intentions. 

Take a racing bike tyre.

There's a certain ideal amount of rubber that needs to be on the road for an efficient ride.

Too low a tyre pressure, and there's too much surface tension and you'll be slower. Too much pressure and you'll run the risk of a blowout. It's even more important for races where every second counts. 

Enter the AstroAI Digital Tyre Pressure Gauge:

tyre pressure guage
At less than ten of your Earth dollars, the Astro AI pressure gauge should be right up your ally as a cost-effective tool.

Obviously, this unit is designed to help you maintain correct tire pressure with the goal of reducing tire wear and extend tyre life. 

It features a digital display with the reading being displayed instantly and clearly being shown.

The nozzle part easily forms a seal with the valve stem on schrader valves, giving quick and accurate readings in 0.5 increments; 4 settings with range: 0-150PSI / 0-10Bar / 0-10Kgf/cm² or 0-1000KPA.

The gauge automatically shut off in 30-40 seconds to save on battery power.

Its grip texture makes it easy to hold onto and the ergonomic design is both suitable for anyone's hand.

At less than ten bucks, it's worth having one to sit on the boot of your car or in your mechanical kit. 
But what would we know?

Here are some reviews from real users who have brought the gauge via Amazon and used it:

"I bought this for around $9 from here. First thing I noticed was how cheap it felt in the hands when I pulled it out of its box. Thinking to myself, what a cheap piece of crap I bought. I drove to Costco and filled my tires with nitrogen and put it up against their pressure gauge. Holy moly, this gauge was exact compared to Costco's pressure gauge monitor to the T. I was left scratching my head. How can something so cheap in price and and plastic we were so damn good. I'm 100% satisfied and glad I purchase it. Lol. Thank you Amazon and to this company for a great deal."

Sounds promising then...

"So this is the second tire gauge I've bought through Amazon. The first was completely useless. Didn't measure any pressure. At $5 wasn't worth returning. Sucky. This one is great. Seems very accurate, is extremely easy to use and is great at night. You know you need a tire gauge at all the inopportune times. I love that it takes a reading and holds it so you can bring the gauge to your face, rather than having to squat in a ridiculous position to read the gauge. GREAT IDEA!! It also allows you to bleed off extra air, which I didn't see mentioned - but that works great. This one is A+++++ "

Sounds like we have a winner...

"The ergonomic design makes it easy to hold & the quality for the price is impressive. I used it yesterday for the first time & it was a lifesaver. My low tire light was on & it enabled me to pinpoint which one. I am a 75 year old woman & if I can use it anyone can! By the way, the instructions are well-written & clear.

If those genuine product reviews check your box, check out the price on Amazon:

 If you don't fancy a digital gauge and you want that classic mechanical dial display then the Jaco gauge might suit your needs.
jaco tyre gauge for air pressure
It's a genuinely quality tool that has been performance-tested, certified as accurate, & calibrated to ANSI B40.1 International Accuracy Standards (±2-3%).

This means you will precise tire pressure readings and you'll not need to rely on battery power!

This unit feels solid in the hand as it is crafted from premium heavy duty components and it's shielded by a rugged shock-resistant protective guard.

It also features a flexible no-leak air hose which gives you plenty of room to check the pressure.

But don't listen to us, listen to real users who are very satisfied after field testing the units on their cars:

 "Gauges are well built and very legible. The chuck fits the tire valves well and I did not experience any of air loss common with cheap gauges. These gauges actually swivel at both ends of the rubber hose. No problems using them regardless of the tire valve position. The 100% lifetime warranty is a bonus."

"It's a good size and easy to hold and read as a result. The hose is a good length. But the big question with tire gauges is: how easy is it to seat on the valve of the tire? This one has a swivel at the gauge and another about two inches from the head.... easy to maneuver and easy to get a good seal on the valve and therefore a good reading."

" I checked all 4 tires on my wife's car because her warning light was on. Found one tire that needed air. It was down about 7 lbs. As I moved to a darker part of the garage, the dial face lit up with a bright green luminescence. I didn't even know about that feature. The swivel head and the pressure relief button are fantastic features as well. No more pencil types or digital ones for me."

 Sounds like this gauge as won over some fans. If it floats your boat, check out the price on Amazon:

What are the best chainsaw safety chaps and trousers to use?

Sunday, July 21, 2019
using chaps for logging trees

Why you should consider using safety chaps for chainsaw work 


In many countries, the forestry or logging industry have  extremely high death and injury rates when compared to other workforces.

This makes sense given trees are being felled and a lot can go wrong because of accidents and user failure with dangerous machinery.

Now think back to the good old days when chainsaws began to gain widespread use in the logging industry.

Did those crude saws feature safety innovations such as chain brakes?

They sure didn't and many users were maimed and killed as a result.

If that was bad enough, think of their safety gear. No chain safe safety chaps were issued by employers 80 years ago. Instead, hungry & honed blades cut through denim work jeans into bone and arteries without a care in the world.

In the present, more safety-conscious age, the modern chainsaw user has a much safer gig when chopping down a tree however they must take precautions and using properly designed safety chaps is a great way to prevent harm to your legs.

It doesn't matter if you are a forestry worker or an experienced weekend warrior, using safety gear should be a standard part of your chainsaw practice.

Let's not waste your time.

If you just want to know which is a great pair of chaps then the Husqvarna protective wrap chaps are quite suitable for most users.

husqvarna safety chaps


These chaps feature:
  • 1000 denier polyester with PVC coating with Tek warp protective layers
  • Can adjust the waist up to size to 42 inches
  • Felling wedge/gear pocket and acetyl Delran buckles
  • Meets ASTM f1897, American National Standards Institute z133.1, and OSHA regulation 1910-266
  • Underwriter Laboratories certified

The real question you might want to ask yourself is do these chaps work?

Here's a picture an Amazon buyer left in his review. He described the situation as that he: "Put a running saw to my left leg while limbing some cedars. Strands stopped the saw and didn't even have a bruise."

chainsaw chaps prevent a leg injury

If that proof is enough pudding for you, check out the price on Amazon

How do safety chaps protect legs from a chainsaw blade?


Let's be upfront and make it clear that safety chaps are not a suit of armor that will save you from every accident.

If you wanted absolute protection from a chainsaw, then you may as well suit up like a Knight. 

However, that's not too practical when chopping wood, so chaps offer the versatility of movement with the knowledge they are designed to reduce the severity of the cut should an accident occur.

What we are saying here is there a trade-off between practicality and safety here.

If the idea is safety, then placing a user in cut-retardant chaps that are too restrictive or that become too hot in itself is unsafe so many internationals safety standards for chaps and personal protective safety wear recognize this. 

When a chainsaw comes into contact with the safety trousers, the outer layer is immediately cut through by the blade but the inner layer of fibers (such as kevlar) are drawn out by the chain and into the machine. It wraps around the saw's drive sprocket. The tough fibers lock the sprocket in place thus halting the chain and hopefully limit damage to the chainsaw operator's leg. 

That said the stronger the chainsaw, the more chance of damage can occur to the user. It also depends on how fast the saw is going, the strength and angle of the saw. 

Here's a great video which demonstrates how chaps work when they catch a saw:



Does it matter what kind of chaps to wear if I am a casual or a professional user?


If you are simply doing a bit of yard work or lopping the occasional branch off a tree, it might not make economic sense in buying the best professional pants there are. 

You may simply decide to use something that will help keep you safe but is perfectly functional for your needs. At a minimum though, the pants should still be designed to meet a suitable product safety standard. 

To that end Husqvarna's chainsaw chaps are ideal. An economical buy, they fit quite comfortably over your work jeans:

safety chaps husqvarna economic


Do these chaps work? Here's a real-life example described by a user:

"First day of sawing, running a bigger saw than I had used in the past, tired and neglectful that it idled down slowly - saw pivoted in my L hand as I reached for a branch with my R hand, and I felt a "bang" on my left thigh and the saw was suddenly quiet. I looked down and had crossed the blade onto my leg - the blade was now stuffed with white strands from the chaps, and I was unscathed. Saved me from my very own trip to the ER and allowed me to cut another day"

If you don't feel like getting your quads cut, then check out the price on Amazon.

Just be wary of buying pants which are designed only to protect from flying debris / keeping your work pants clean. These are not designed in any way to protect your long limbs from a chainsaw bar cutting into your leg. They are only good for keeping the grass off.

What if I really only want budget pants?


There are a few protective pants out there that are handy for those on a budget. Remember, you should only wear pants which are designed specifically for use with a chainsaw and thus should have been fully tested to comply with the relevant safety standards.

For the cost-conscious, the Forester range of apron chaps might be the ideal choice. We hate to use the word 'casual' but for those that only use a chainsaw every so often, then these chaps could be ideal.

They provide good coverage for the front of your legs. The only drawback is they are not designed to protect against the really high powered saws and they certainly won't halt an electric engine from rotating. They are do however meet the STM F1897, OSHA 1910.266 standards and are UL Certified. We suggest if your day job requires chaps, then you go upmarket, such as the Husqvarna 587160704 Technical Apron Wrap Chap.

Buying safety gear gives the user the confidence that it will do what is asked of it t - i.e. reduce the chance of severe leg injury. In terms of aesthetics, Forester describes them as "sleek, durable, lightweight, and comfortable chaps are chainsaw oil- and water-resistant". The chaps also feature a large side pocket and a flip adjustment belt for a perfectly secure fit.

Again, we always ask - do they work?

This chap on Amazon shared his review and experience:

"I needed to drop about 8-10 small trees and just out of habit put these on. That day it was the smartest thing I did because not only did they save my legs from injury once but twice the same day. First time I just cradled the chainsaw on my leg and had not set the brake, the chaps stopped the chain from cutting into my thigh right where I bend. I surely would have bled out before EMS got to me."

Check out this picture of a save by these pants:

forester chainsaw protective pants

The wearer is uninjured which is a great result because that cutting area is pretty damn close to the femoral artery.

Which, you may know is a pretty major one and a severe cut can result in a bleed out.

If you think protecting your femoral artery might be a good idea, then check out the price on Amazon.

Is it true electric chainsaws will cut through even the best chaps?


Yes, this is true as they are not configured the same as gas powered saws. As they have higher torque than gas engines, electric saws will continue to cut the chap fabric and chaps are generally not designed to withstand contact with an electric saw.

Sure, you should still wear chaps when using an electric saw but do not rely on them to reduce the chance of personal injury. 

What length should chainsaw chaps be?



Chaps (which go over trousers and legs) should be long enough to cover the tops of your boots.

To figure out how long your chaps need to be, measure from your waist (just below your belt where the chaps will sit) to the beginning of your foot. This length will provide suitable coverage and protection.

It's important you order and use the right size - a shorter than necessary chap will probably result in a piece of your leg exposed which it Murphy's law kicks into force, your chainsaw will find it. If your chaps are too long, they could be too loose, which may be annoying at best and at worst, could cause you to trip or stumble.

When ordering chaps it's important to understand that the advertised length is the overall length and not the length of a traditional measurement of the inseam.

When you're thinking about buying safety gear, whether it be chaps, gloves or protective eyewear, it's always really good to remember that no one ever died just because they bought quality gear. Actually, we think the adage is no one ever regretted buying quality but you get the point.

I know we keep talking about it, whatever buying decision you make, you really should consider if your safety gear has met the requirements of the most relevant safety standard.

Your femoral artery might just thank you for it.

Did you know you can wear chaps when lawnmowing? Particularly handy if stones and any wood chips are likely to flick up at your legs. Same goes for an activity like hedge trimming.

If you've got this far, well done. Now, head to Amazon and have a look at the best safety chaps they have.

How to replace a spark plug in a lawn mower

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Replacing a spark plug for a lawn mower


Lawnmowers are basically engines with a lethal blade that spins around cutting grass as long as there's gas in the engine and a spark plug that's combusting the fuel.

But if your spark plug looks like the one above and it's overworked and corroded, it's probably not firing properly and it's time to replace it.

You can tell if your spark plug needs replacing can include:

You begin to hear rattling, pinging or noises that suggest your mower's engine is knocking.

You could also find you are using more fuel than you consider is normal for the operation of your mower. This is a key reason to ensure are spark plug is changed regularly as using excess fuel costs you money and you could be spending it on a chainsaw instead!

The classic problem is of course that the spark plug has failed and you cannot start the engine at all!

If the plug is misfiring, you may notice you may feel combustion is not efficiently happening. This occurs due to the aging of the plug.

As a spark plug ignites, there's a 'gap', in which its reach occurs. This gap eventually widens as a result of repeated use under extreme temperatures, normal wear, and tear. If the 'gap' is becoming too large, the unit's efficiency declines and combustion becomes erratic.

How to replace the spark plug in your lawnmower


  • When the engine is cool, remove the spark plug wire.
  • Clean any debris off the wire, ensure the metal is clean of rust etc.
  • Use a spark plug wrench to gently unscrew and remove the plug. If the plug is sunk in tight, do not use excessive force. A bit of CRC or WD40 style lubricant may help. Using the correct sized plug wrench is also very important.
  • Use a spark plug gauge to measure the gap between the two electrodes and make sure the gap reflects the recommendation of your lawnmower manufacturer - check the user manual. 
  • With your hands, sub in the new correctly sized spark plug. Screw it in gently. Then with your wrench, finalize its position with a firm turn but not so the plug is in too tight. 
  • Replace the spark wire, ensure it is correctly connected to the plug
  • Test you've installed it right by turning on the engine. If it fails to ignite, check the spark wire is connected.

Here's a handy tutorial video on how to replace a spark plug:




What is the correct spark plug for my lawnmower?

This was a good question to ask because even though several different spark plugs may screw into your mower, if it is not the correct type your engine will likely suffer performance problems.

If you don't know off the top of your head what kind of spark plug is in your mower - look for the number on the ceramic and match it to the brand. The internet is your friend.

Indeed, you can also take the whole unit into a service agent or hardware store and compare so you have like for like.

The best trick is to look at the user manual of the lawnmower for advice.

It is not imperative that use you use your mower brand's spark plug. You can use a generic substitute or another brand's as long as the size and type are correct.

Generally speaking a tried and true brand like a Briggs and Stratton spark plug will work well in most engines.

Battery-powered lawn mowers, of course, do not need plugs!

Need to change your lawnmower's oil? You may need to use an adjustable wrench.

White Ox Logger Gloves for heavy duty use

Saturday, June 22, 2019
white ox protection gloves


Genuine White Ox gloves for logging and heavy duty work


I saw this picture on Reddit and I just knew we had to cover it on The Tool Yard.

The original poster of the photo said:
"Firewood cutting on Tuesday. I felt a tug on my glove while loading a 6’ white pine log in my truck. It wasn’t until I got home that I noticed this hole. You can imagine what my finger would’ve looked like, had I been barehanded. It’s not easy to rip open a White Ox logger’s glove."

review white ox glove
Seeing as this glove did its job and protected the dude's hand while loading pine after cutting wood, I thought we should check this glove out. 

And it turns out, this is the kind of gauntlet style glove that serious working men and women use for carrying work, rigging, welding and all kinds of duties like equipment handling and have been made for 70 years by North Star. 

Let's be clear, the White Ox Glove is a top the line glove that one uses every day when the construction or farming job demands a safe pair of hands. 

North Star's gloves have become the name brand that people turn to for protecting their fingers on the basis these gloves do the job you want them to do. Like when welding, gotta keep those sparks at bay!

Usually sold in bulk by the dozen, because all gloves eventually do wear out when used by hard working people.

Here's the design description:


  • 100% cotton; fourchette pattern (the most comfortable of glove patterns)
  • Double ply quilted palm equates to construction from canvas of 22 ounce thickness
  • 10 oz. canvas smooth back; knit wrist. 
  • Fuzzy nap both inside and outside. 
  • Reconfigured index finger seam gives the same protection as wrap around construction.
  • Fast red dye for printing does not bleed. 
  • Near leather hand safety for the price of canvas!
  • Have elastic banding
welding gloves best
The gauntlet is ideal for using when welding

Don't let the hype sway you, check out these genuine reviews from actual users on Amazon:

"Boxy at first. I’ve found that it helps to get them wet and wear them until they’re dry to speed up the break in period. Once they shrink, they are a truly custom fit. Easy off and on. Tough gloves. Very glad I discovered these. Much cheaper and way better than the work gloves I was wearing."

"These gloves are tough, well fitting, comfortable, and with double layer construction they provide some good thermal insulation also."

"Favorite gloves for logging and sawmilling."

"Exactly what I expected. Good quality, cheap work gloves best suited for hard use and if you end up getting them saturated in bar oil / sap / gas / nasty stuff, you can toss them because they aren't that expensive and you have 11 other pairs in the truck."

"More expensive up front, but more comfortable and far outlasts other cotton gloves."

"All good quality gloves are expensive, however I have used this brand for over 50 years and I still prefer them to all others. I choose this site as it provided the best price. I expect that at my age, this bulk price quantity will out last me."

If those reviews do sway you, check out the price on Amazon! Hand sizing is across the board so you be able to find a pair that fits. If you don't have access to Amazon and you're feeling blue abou that, you can always try Lowes or Home Depot.

Why are White Ox gloves made of cotton?


You were thinking if want the best welding gloves or heat resistant gloves, they wouldn't be made of cotton right?

It almost seems counter-intuitive as cotton can burn as fast as paper can under the right conditions.

The reason these gloves are made of 100 percent cotton is because synthetic gloves will tend to melt under heavy heat conditions. Given cotton actually has relatively good thermal properties, they do the job that's required.

There are other more durable gloves that can handle the heat on welding jobs and the like, however cotton gloves also provide the dexterity that many users need.
 


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