The chainsaw non-massacre.

by Sean Eno in Cambridge, ON

Far shot of man in brown Tough Duck overalls holding chainsaw outside in the snow

I’ve worn the same pair of Tough Duck overalls for many years whether I’ve been riding my ATV, cutting trees or snowplowing. I’m a big hunter and for the past ten years I’ve gone out to the same hunting camp where I hunt moose and bear.  A couple of years ago, I was riding my ATV with my hunting guide out to camp to ensure the path was clear so others could get in and out.

We’re used to finding trees down all over the place. This time was no different. There was a massive tree hanging over the path and we couldn’t get past it. I hopped off the ATV and pulled out my trusty Stihl chainsaw to help clear it.

Close up of person in brown Tough Duck overalls holding chainsaw

There was a lot of tension on the tree because it was hung up on some jack pines. I got about 3/4 of the way through and the saw must have hit a knot. Without warning, it kicked back and swung at my leg. I felt the pressure of the chain so I feared the absolute worst, a deep slash into my thigh.

I quickly turned the saw off and felt for blood. I thought I suffered some major damage. When I looked at my hand I was shocked to find there wasn’t any blood!

Man holding a STIHL chainsaw above a cut in his Tough Duck overalls

I looked down and sure enough, my overalls resisted the chain just enough to protect my leg—only the first layer was cut. My guide and I looked at each other in amazement and simply couldn’t believe how lucky I had gotten.

Now, whenever I hop onto my ATV to head out to camp I always double check to make sure I’m wearing my Tough Ducks!