Staying cool

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tjlco, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. tjlco

    tjlco LawnSite Senior Member
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    Working outdoors in Florida for the last 14 years in a sleeveless shirt, I read somewhere that a longsleeve shirt would keep me cooler. Before I order new shirts, just wondering if anyone had any thoughts on this. Sleeveless or longsleeves
  2. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    I'm in florida with you and I can tell you I wear only long sleeve shirts. When your skin gets burned it loses it's ability to cool itself off. Not to mention skin cancer. I'm sure a lot of guys will say short sleeves but this is just my opinion
  3. KCfireman

    KCfireman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    On really hot days on the mower i'll go shirtless but for trimming and blowing the shirt goes on.
  4. TomberLawn

    TomberLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    An old guy who owned a mower store several years ago said he always wears long sleeve, light-weight shirts in the summer. The shirt kept the sun from hitting his skin so hard. I always wear short sleeves, but I do wonder if something like Starter Dri-Star or any other brand of light-weight, breathable material would be more comfortable, or just as comfortable but provide protection from the sun.
  5. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    I know the starter dri-star shirts are nice, I have about 15 of them in all colors, short sleeve. I will NOT wear a cotton T-shirt in the summer anymore.

    I know I need to switch to long sleeves some day... I'm 30 now, and my arms and hands are starting to look 40+. A couple years ago I made the switch to jeans only, no more shorts, and I've survived. Actually on the really hot sunny days I think it's BETTER than having the sun beating on my skin. Plus the chiggers and grass/weeds the trimmer throws on me dosn't bother me with long pants on. The next step is the sleeves. I think I'm probably too late to thwart skin cancer, but anything is better than nothing.

    I also wear a wide brimmed hat.
  6. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    Instead of jeans try a good old pair of dickies they will wear better and are much lighter
  7. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    Man, I'd love too, but I'm 6'4" and wear a size 36"x36". They just don't sell that size at ANY store! I'm lucky to find a pair or two of jeans in my size in the whole store, usually 34 is the longest length you can find.
    I've threatened to special order some tan dickies or work pants, but just never have...
  8. Daily Lawn/Landscape

    Daily Lawn/Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    I started wearing long sleeved under armor (black) 1 1/2 years ago and you will never see me without it again. Keeps you cooler for sure.

  9. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    I am not getting prejudiced or anything, but how come the spanish workers always wear long sleeved shirts in the summer. How come the Iranians--Pakistanians--Iraqians all wear long sheer clothing including turbons on their bodies? Ever wonder why they wear beards in their intensive hot climates.... The water collects in their beards and in their clothing. As the winds blow, the water cools you and almost kind of chills. I wore a beard some many years ago and it really does work. Now, I wear a goatee and the water collects at my chin and when the winds do blow, it keeps my face somewhat cooler. As for long sleeve shirts, I don't wear them now but lighter colors are worn everyday. As of today, here in Jonesboro, the temp was 94 with the heat index of 106. Way too damn hot for this time of the year. For the rest of the week, it will be in the 94-98 degree mark with humidity. I wear a hat--sweat foam headband--wristbands--light colored shirt cotton--loose pants-- Military issue Welco boots (real comfortable by the way). My father has had 12 surgeries to remove skin cancers contributed to Vietnam and 35 years of lawn services. Wear wide brim hats...!!! Apply sun screen if you can stand it in your eyes............Sorry Dr.......... Just am not going to get the stuff in my eyes. This is a dirty--hot--nasty job. There are good and bad things with any type of work you do. Take whatever precautions you can and be happy!
    Last but not least..........I am a slim caucasion with a farmer's tan.......I hate going to the lake and blending in with the rest of the people. LOL!!!!!!

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    i always wear jeans and a Tshirt. i should switch over to long sleeve but then i would have to buy some with my logo on them lol

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