February 10, 2016

When it comes to farm or ranch work, it pays to have a sturdy pair of work gloves. Not only do the right gloves provide protection, they can also help provide grip for abrasive, sharp or corrosive materials, such as barbed wire, rope, or various agricultural chemicals.

With a few simple questions about task, utility and expectations, retailers can help consumers choose the right gloves for the job. A few examples of heavy-duty, safety work gloves include:

  • The Rancher by Stone Breaker (www.stone-breaker.com). Classic work gloves like this are constructed from durable leather, often with reinforced areas where needed most. The leather conforms to the hand, making it a great choice for general purposes.
  • Heavyweight neoprene, nitrile or rubber gloves. Used in tasks involving chemicals, solvents and oils, these gloves provide a barrier that leather gloves cannot. Suggest fully coated gloves for maximum protection for heavy-duty use.
  • Specialty gloves, like those that are puncture- and cut-resistant or are able to protect against impacts and burns, are often geared toward use in industries where flexibility, slip-resistance, and reinforced protection is needed. Examples include the BGC Extra HD- Tripple Tough Cut-Resistant ANSI 3 Palm C7999 by LFS Glove (www.lfsglove.com), or Schmitz Mittz’s Super Duty Utility Armor Waterproof Safety Gloves (www.schmitzmittz.com).

Be certain to remind customers to regularly inspect their work gloves for wear and damage. While most heavy-duty gloves are constructed to withstand excessive use and abuse for a considerable period of time, they will eventually need replacement.

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