I have a couple of them from Enco, but found the ties to be poorly attached. Had to have my wife sew them on better. Other that that, they are fine. I've got to admit, though, the Duluth Trading aprons look pretty nice - for a price.
My raggedy blue jeans and a rummage sale t-shirt.... I do have a shop apron
but have never put it on. Maybe I will try it and see if I like it. I don't want
to look too professional though because my friends bring me enough repair
jobs as it is!
FWIW I'm not sold on the enco apron. Not enough pockets and they're too high up...can't put my favorite scale in or it'll jab me in the chin. Tom Lipton had a guy that makes some real nice ones send him a couple. Can't tell you his name but they looked to be well worth the money.
I have a homemade blue denim. It was made by my seamstress cousin for her brothers when they owned their own business. The reason I like it is it has 2 side pockets, 1 micrometer flap pocket so it does not fall out when you need to bend over. It also has 3 other small pockets for pens, rule, scribe or whatever. I have nylon parachute rope to tie it over the shoulder. I have a number of others, but this is by far my favorite. I use an apron whenever I remember, that is, because it is more productive when warn. I keep a small square, bubble level and maybe a part I'm working on in the side pockets. I'm not trying to look professional I just don't want to be looking for stuff when I'm working on a project.
These aprons are similar to what I wore when I worked in a professional machine shop. Nowadays, I just wear old tee shirts, shorts and flip flops and always, glasses. No point in telling me it's not safe. To prevent the occasional splatter burn when fab'n/welding, I suit up.
Wife bought me a nice leather welding apron to were, But stuff still finds a way around it. Maybe it is just now wide enough, :noidea: but people are right they get hot. It might be good for you guys up north during the winter but in south Texas it is still warm. I think I like the looks of some of the cotton ones, but has to have over the shoulder straps as neck problems get aggravated by stuff hanging around my neck. I will have to keep some of these in mind, or get someone to make me some. :talktogod:
...and as an unexpected side-benefit, my better half loves/looks forward to their sales and marketing flyers they send out after purchase. As a result of that... she made sure that some "Plumbers Butt Tee Shirts" were in my stocking for Christmas. They are awesome too... very comfy, just right loose in the shoulder and elbow areas:
Never used an apron, no that's not true I did wear them when i worked in a sand casting foundry many moons ago, the blue denim ones were fire resistant, then one week they sent white ones that weren't. I accidently lit the guy working the weight on and off the molds with my pour bucket....scared the crap out of both of us ...him a bit more I'm sure ....I'll pass on the apron....lol
Ben Davis machinist apron. Has the micrometer pocket, pocket for my scale, scriber, little screwdriver, and pencil. Two lower pockets. Nice heavy material. Dark denim blue hides the dirt well. $21.00 at the local work wear store. Duluth Trading looks to have a lot of cool stuff. Thanks for sharing.
Do any of yall cut the apron strings off and reattach them with velcro? I read something once about doing that in case the apron got caught on something it would rip the apron off without taking the wearer with it. Seems like a well fitting apron would not be much of a hazard, but Im just curious if yall take that precaution.
Carhartt denim overalls. Wear em when I'm work on anything. They were a touch expensive, but they've saved me from ruining countless pairs of jeans and shirts so they've paid for themselves a couple times over...
I just started wearing one of the inexpensive Enco blue denim aprons. I don't like anything with a neck strap so I replace that with a cheap set of elastic suspenders. I would like a few more pen/scribes slots but once I figure out what I'm gona like it would be easy to mod.
My wife bought me a split leather welding apron. It is a long one, and instead of the normal around the neck straps it does an x across the back and then around the waist. I has kept not only the welding and cutting sparks off me, but the chips as well. The only problem is that the split leather does have a tendency to hold on to some of the lathe chips until you blow it off with compressed air.
and as normal could do with a few more pockets.
I need to get me a long denim one as it would not be a heavy and hot though.