Last updated on August 14th, 2018 at 02:52 pm
We have discussed various tools and equipment and how to use them but we have not mentioned some of the must-have work wears. A work apron is one of the most essential safety garments everyone should have. It is not just for chefs as many people would think. Every handyman and craftsman should have at least one to protect their clothes while they work in the workshop. I am sure any seasoned tech will attest to the importance of hiding behind a shop apron.
A good work apron protects your clothes from dirt, oil, burns from sparks, and accidental scratches from abrasive tools. However, the best ones also include a couple of pockets and loops to store and hang tools in order to keep them within reach. If you already own a tool belt, you know how important it is to easily access and store important tools while you work. So, quit ruining your clothes and save your wallet by investing in a good tool apron with pockets that will provide accessible tool storage, withstand heavy abuse, and give you a professional look at work. Check out the 5 best heavy-duty, waxed work aprons for under $50.
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Hudson Heavy Duty Waxed Canvas Work Apron Review
Built with very high quality 16 oz wax infused canvas, the Hudson Heavy Duty shop apron is one the best work aprons every handyman should own. You can tell it is built to last just by its look and feel. All seams are double stitched and reinforced with rivets at the pressure points to withstand heavy abuse. The holes through which the straps are attached or routed are fitted with grommets to keep it from yielding to the heavy weight of the tools you choose to store. The side grommets also allow you to easily and smoothly adjust the straps to the right size. It is also dedicated to not only keep your nice clothes clean and intact but keep them dry courtesy of the 16 oz infused wax.
Back pain and strain around the neck area are quite common problems associated with tool organizers that don’t distribute weight evenly across the body. This also applies to a work apron with pockets that allow you to add extra weight with tools. To that effect, the Hudson apron leverages the cross-back technology on its straps to ensure that the weight of tools is evenly distributed thus preventing neck strain. As if that is not enough, the straps are well padded for maximum comfort and have snap buckles for easy removal.
You can keep all the handy little and medium-sized tools within reach with this work apron. It has both kangaroo and chest pockets for storing a number of tools, pencils, and a smartphone. The pockets are big and deep enough to accommodate small to medium sized hand tools safely without falling off. It also features two loops on the side for hanging equipment such as a hammer, tape measure, or power tools. The woodworking edition of the Hudson work aprons is differentiated from the other varieties by its dust flaps on the large pockets. The flaps keep tools clean by preventing dust from collecting.
Another winner for the Hudson line of shop aprons is the versatile sizing. The full coverage bib from upper chest to knees measures 27 inches wide x 34 inches tall. It is large enough for use by people of different heights but works well for those who are taller than 5’2″. The tie straps are also long enough to accommodate up to 50 inches waist. Although touted as a work apron for men, the workwear is inherently designed for universal use and can be an excellent gift for men, women, mothers, and fathers.
Angry Beaver Work Shop Apron Review
If you are looking for a work apron that is just as big as the Hudson but with numerous pockets, the Angry Beaver heavy duty utility waxed canvas bib apron is a great alternative. It is infused with a less rigid wax than most so that it can move with you as you work while at the same time remain comfortable. It is tough built with grommets through which the straps are routed. It also has rivets at pressure points for increased strength and durability. The seams at the bottom of the pouches are also double-stitched for more strength.
Like the Hudson shop apron, the Angry Beaver unit is also designed to take off back pain and strain on your neck with the cross-back technology and the shoulder-padded straps. The straps slide smoothly through the grommets for easy adjustability to accommodate different body sizes. However, it does not have snap plastic buckles, instead, you only need to tie a simple knot at the back to keep it in place. With this work wear, you can work without fear of splatter because it has a liquid-resistant property that will always shield you from getting wet from water or liquids.
As mentioned earlier, this tool apron has multiple narrow yet deep pockets that can accommodate a number of tools such as wrenches, pairs of pliers, multimeter, screwdrivers, a torch and so on. It also has slip pockets at the chest area that you can slide pencils, pens and a smartphone. As if that’s not enough storage space, the Angry Beaver weaver work apron comes with a bonus zippered pouch that you can use to pack a few more tools such as small-sized spanners and Allen-key wrench sets that otherwise can be easily lost. In addition to pockets, the tool apron has two hammer loops on the sides that can be utilized to carry hammers or hook any other appropriate tool.
Premium Rhino Work Apron for Men and Women Review
Built with a lot of similarities to the Hudson and the Angry Beaver work aprons, the Premium Rhino apron is another high quality, heavy-duty shop apron. It is available in black or brown. However, the black one has stylish grey pockets on the front and in the chest area. They are both made from 16 oz waxed canvas for toughness and longevity to make your clothes stay cleaner and last longer. All pressure points are reinforced with metallic rivets and the holes through which the straps are routed fitted with grommets for durability and smooth movement of straps when adjusting them. The aprons are also waterproof thus allowing you to work confidently without the fear of getting wet from splattering liquids.
The tool aprons have deep kangaroo pockets to accommodate a bunch of small and medium-size tools. Unlike most aprons that have loops on the side, the Premium Rhino work aprons have three small loops and a large one on the front. You can suspend screwdrivers, pliers or even a large-headed tool in the loops. The loops are however not good for hanging heavy tools such as a hammer because they might knock your knees when they swing while you move around.
With so much space for storing tools comes extra weight. In order to ensure that the extra weight is distributed on your body without causing strain to your neck, these work aprons use the cross-back straps. The straps are cushioned at the shoulders for extra comfort. Once adjusted to the right fit, you tie a simple knot at the back that will be easy to untie when removing the shield.
The Premium Rhino heavy duty work apron is designed to fit both men and women and is fully adjustable to accommodate various body heights (from 5’3″) and waists (up to 50″). Besides the lack of a convenient loop for hanging a hammer, this tool apron is a great safety work wear. Its high quality and practical design make it an ideal safety garment for cooks, craftsmen, painters, electricians, woodworkers, barbers, butchers, tattoo artists, machinists and more. It is also an ideal professional and stylish work wear if you work involves whipping cappuccinos!
Gidabrand Luxury Waxed Canvas Shop Apron Review
Made from heavy-duty 16oz wax infused canvas, the Gidabrand Luxury shop apron is poised to equip your arsenal with a solid, durable, water-resistant work accessory with guaranteed longevity. It is generously sized 27″ width x 54″ Length to accommodate different body sizes. The work apron also has brass rivet and grommet reinforcements for increased strength and durability. The pocket seams are also double-stitched to withstand the weight exerted by tools.
Like the Hudson Woodworking edition, the Luxury safety garment has flaps on the large front pockets to prevent the collection of sawdust and grit. This makes it an ideal choice for carpenters and woodworkers.The chest pocket is partitioned to host a pencil or a pen, a screwdriver, and a cell phone.
To ensure increased comfort and eliminate neck strain, this work apron uses the smart cross-back technology to evenly distribute weight. Soft removable shoulder pads are also installed on the straps for increased comfort.
It does not matter whether you are a machinist, carpenter, artist, barista, electrician, hobbyist or any other tradesman, this workwear will stand up to any abuse. It is, however, more suitable for woodworkers and carpenters because of its dual hammer loops and flapped large front pockets.
Readywears Waxed Canvas Tool Apron Review
Unlike all the other 4 work aprons that are infused with only 16oz of wax, the Readywears shop apron is waxed with 4 extra ounces. That makes it very sturdy and guarantees that your clothes remain dry and protected from abrasives as well as liquids. Its brown color also gives it a real rugged look.
It features multiple pockets on the front to allow you to pack as many tools as possible. The pockets are of different sizes to host different sizes of tools ranging from small to medium size. The pockets, however, don’t have flaps to prevent dust and debris collection. The work apron also has a chest pocket with three partitions to host a smartphone or notebook, a pencil, and a screwdriver.
The downside about this tool is that the common pressure points are not reinforced with metallic rivets or double-stitched. The straps are also sewn permanently onto the bib canvas instead of being routed through grommets. They are however adjustable to fit different body sizes and have a shatter buckle for easy wearing and removal. The shoulder straps are padded for more comfort and to prevent neck strain.
If you are looking to pull a real rugged yet professional look, the Readywears waxed canvas shop apron is the real deal! It has plenty of pockets too ranging from sizes 6″ x 6″ to 2″ x 6″ to keep all the tools you need within reach. In addition, it has two hammer loops on the sides to hang more tools.
How to clean waxed canvas work aprons
Well, the main purpose of a work pron is to shield your clothes from dirt. However, you also need to keep it clean as well in order to maintain that professional look it gives you and to make it last longer. It is very possible for a waxed canvas apron to last a couple of years in spite of the heavy abuse if it is given proper care.
The following are care tips to keep your waxed canvas work apron as good as new for several years of abuse:
- Cleaning regularly
Cleaning your work garment regularly not only removes dirt and abrasive materials that can cause premature wear but also enhances the overall appearance. It also prevents dirt from building up to become deep irremovable stains. However, unlike the ordinary work wears, waxed canvas aprons require specialized cleaning or they will lose their protective wax finish.
You should, therefore, NOT do the following when cleaning them:
- Clean with warm/hot water
- Soak or clean with detergents/solvents/bleach.
- Dry clean, machine dry or tumble dry.
- Scrub aggressively
Instead, you SHOULD:
- Shake off or brush off sawdust, grit and other debris gently
- Wipe with a wet sponge
- Soak and gently massage spots using cold water and castile soap.
- Rinse out the soap thoroughly
- Hand dry in warm room for 24 hours.
Depending on the frequency of use and how often you clean your waxed workwear, you will need to rewax it at some point to maintain its quality. By so doing, you not only prolong its life but also rejuvenate the fabric color and restore the uniform look. Signs such as uneven shiny or dry areas or spots where water droplets no longer bead are good indicators that your apron needs rewaxing. Nevertheless, unless the entire wax finish has been destroyed, you only need to rewax the affected areas. Use the following procedure to apply wax refinish on your waxed canvas apron:
- Clean and dry the garment.
- Set down the apron on a flat work surface.
- Apply wax sparingly with a soft brush or lint-free cotton cloth (though it is hard to use cotton on wax and not get lint). You can use Otter Wax, Martexin Wax, or any other fabric wax.
- Spread the wax evenly for a uniform look
- Work it into the fabric in a circular motion
- Use hair dryer to heat fabric and wax to facilitate a smooth and thorough application
- Avoid coating the surface too thickly or it will not be able to absorb it all.
- Apply more wax on seams and worn areas
- Heat from a hair dryer or laying in the sun to facilitate the absorption of wax into the canvas.
- Wipe off excess wax and hang garment to dry in a warm, well-ventilated area.
- After 24 hours, wipe off any excess oil not absorbed
- Apply more wax to areas that still appear shiny or dry.
Warning: After you are done rewaxing, expect some waxy odor that will air out after a few days. However, if you find it very irritating and can’t wait for it to air out naturally, you can place the apron in a freezer overnight.