Reecoil Full Reach Chainsaw Lanyard
- Product Review (submitted on May 31, 2016):
- In direct comparison to the standard weaver lanyard this "full reach" lanyard offers a superb reach advantage, but with that does come with some downsides, I.E. the coil itself it a little large and does tend to get caught on small twigs and stubs every once and a while. The recoil effect brings the stored length to similar to the standard one, so that is excellent. The reason this lanyard doesn't get a full rating from me is the fact that where you secure it to a top handled saw it hangs down over 4.5", so it doesn't minimize your saw storage, but for some that may not be a deal breaker. While aloft it does offer optimum stretch without any pull, so for those longer reaches it does do very well. If you are a crane technician or do large removals where you need a larger rear handled saw this is the lanyard for you! I used a Stihl 660 and was able to make any maneuver in the tree without hesitation and without any issues, so for this alone it would be worth saving a $1000+ saw dropped out of a tree. I did do a drop test with a MS 160CE (electric saw) at full coil to see the shock potential, and it was as expected at nearly 5 meter fall, but the lanyard withheld it just fine after a handful of attempts. I agree with the previous post about the ring and or clip, but for me I use some unique attachment points, so this was not an issue. the biggest issue with all lanyards is they do not have a knot breaking tab or loop on the girth hitch after attaching it. This was alleviated with a little loop of zing it girthed on the end of the attachment loop. As far as the overall value of this lanyard, I would give it a mid range rating because it is expensive (all tree gear is), but also because it can be a little refined, little smaller coils, and a little shorter (3.75 M?) . But it does have a specific place for me in crane work and large saw securement while working aloft.