the whole point of a novice wearing gloves is that they dont always know what is a stupid move and are capable of cutting hands off
Pro Gard said:Safety training ie cs, 30, 31 and 32 is a legal requirement, without it your insurance would be void. sort this out first £400 ish
Stihl MS260 or Husqy 346 will serve you well, nothing between them or not that you would notice as a first time user.
No point getting anything smaller than a MS230 or larger than the MS260 unless your going to do a large trees. If you decide on a smaller saw than the MS230 then buy a stihl, forget any husqy below the 346 as they are crap.
Safety wear is worth spending the money on, get the stihl Advance type A trousers £180, the cheap ones are awfull, like working with a duvet around you, heavy, sweaty and restrictive. The stihl Advance are about as best as you can get.
As for boots, if you want cheap then get the welington type, atleast these are waterproof, leather boots below the £160 mark are not usualy waterproof and you will regret them , eith buy a good gortex boot like the haix or get the welington.
For the helmet get a Husquvarna balance, farr better than the stihl peltor type.
No matter what you get told on the course, in real life forget the gloves, a waste of £25, they are pointless and fall apart quickly. Unless you are pathalogicly stupid or completly reckless then you will not cut the back of your left hand ( were the protection is)
Lastly, asemble a basic first aid kit with large wound dressing, whisle and perhaps heamostatic granules, stick this in a smalll ziplock bag or similar and stick it under the webbing of your helmet, thus you will always have a first aid kit on you.
I bought an AMA saw on the recommendation of the guys on arbtalk. Seems a good wee basic saw, £180 new, and utterly functional without any extra bells and whistles. Happy with it.
and this one is how protective clothing protects http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah-FmYnaIWw