Mechanics Gloves – Not Just for Mechanics

Mechanics gloves not only protect your hands, but also allow you to safely feel, grip and maneuver materials, parts and/or machinery.

If you have a heavy-duty job, protect your hands with mechanics gloves.


While they may be called "mechanics gloves," this style of hand protection is so versatile, flexible and dexterous that it provides effective protection to workers in any warehouse, construction site, assembly line, machine shop, agricultural job, automotive shop or virtually any industrial setting.


It's critical that everyone in a workplace has gloves that not only protect their hands, but also allows them to safely feel, grip and maneuver materials, parts and/or machinery. Mechanics gloves may be the right choice for you if you face any of the following hazards on a regular basis: 

  • Cuts to hands and arms from handling abrasive parts and materials
  • Impeded sense of touch
  • Burns from handling hot objects
  • Potential arm injuries from reaching, stretching or twisting
  • Exposure to sprayed or splashed chemicals
  • Flying debris from tasks involving welding or grinding
  • Risk of electrocution
  • Potential crush injuries from heavy or falling objects

A good pair of mechanics gloves allows workers to keep better control over their work at all times. Because of their lighter weight and dexterity, they provide superior control and precision for workers who need to quickly and repeatedly adjust as they do various daily tasks.


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Choosing the Right Size of Mechanics Gloves

Because different glove manufacturers use different methods for determine glove size, knowing how to properly measure your hand is critical.


Most mechanics gloves are sized based on either the circumference (total distance around) or width (distance across one side) of your hand.

  • To determine either circumference (total distance around) or width (distance across one side), measure the widest area of your hand – the space just below your knuckles at the palm (excluding the thumb). This is typically done using a soft cloth tape measure. If you are right-handed, take measurements from your right hand. If you are left-handed, from your left. This is because your dominant hand is typically your largest hand.

Another method manufacturers use to determine glove size is the length of your hand.

  • Hand length is determined by measuring from the base of your palm to the tip of your middle finger.

Once you have these measurements, you'll want to go to the manufacturer's website to determine what size glove you need. Most every major glove manufacturer will have a sizing chart on their website. If you are unable to find the sizing chart you need, please contact our Safety Support Team and they will be happy to assist you.


Popular Styles of Mechanics Gloves Available from Wesco Safety

Our mechanics gloves are crafted to offer strong protection and dexterity for all-day comfort.


Mechanics Gloves for Winter Work:

Mechanix® ColdWork Original® Winter Work Gloves


When brisk, cold air makes even the simplest task more burdensome, this glove locks in warmth and keeps you moving.

  • Gloves are constructed of a heavyweight fleece outer with a water- and wind-resistant soft shell on the back of the hand
  • Thinsulate™ lining traps body heat, while allowing moisture to escape
  • The synthetic leather palm and fingertips are touchscreen capable
  • Reinforced thumb saddle adds another layer of protection where you need it most
  • Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR) wrist closure locks out snow and debris
  • Removable spring clip allows for easy storage


Mechanics Gloves with Cut Resistance:

Mechanix® SpeedKnit™ S2CC06 Cut-Resistant Gloves


These gloves combine high-performance polyethylene (HPPE) and tungsten to produce high levels of cut resistance. The water-based urethane palm coating is extremely tactile and offers good grip performance in dry or wet working conditions.

  • The 13-gauge HPPE tungsten knit shell offers protection against both lacerations and abrasions, while remaining lightweight
  • Urethane palm and fingers are touchscreen capable
  • Compression cuff provides a secure fit
  • ANSI level A9 cut resistance
  • ANSI level 5 abrasion resistance
  • Tested to EN 388 standards


Mechanics Gloves for Welding Jobs:

Mechanix® Cascade Torch Welding Gloves


Handle a range of MIG and TIG welding applications with one set of welding gloves. These gloves are constructed of Durahide™ cow leather, so they won’t dry out or crack with heat exposure.

  • Cowhide gauntlet cuff helps protect the wrist area from welding spatter and also allows for easy on and off
  • HiRoller™ rollover fingertip design produces better dexterity, durability and control
  • Reinforced leather side seam protects from surface burns while you work
  • Ergonomic keystone thumb offers superior dexterity
  • Gunn cut pattern keeps the palms free of seams


Learn more: Welding projects and tasks require a lot of protection. Discover what is most important when selecting the right welding jackets, respirators, and gloves for your team.


Mechanics Gloves with Impact Protection:

BDG® X-Site™ Synthetic Leather Performance Gloves


These synthetic leather performance impact gloves have an Aramid liner and Thermo Plastic Rubber (TPR) backing to provide superior cut and impact protection. Silicone grip gives better performance in wet and oily conditions. Gloves are touchscreen friendly and feature a spandex backing.

  • Synthetic leather palm
  •  Foam padded palm
  • ANSI level A7 cut resistance
  • ANSI level 4 abrasion resistance
  • ANSI level 2 impact resistance
  • ANSI level 4 puncture resistance


Mechanics Gloves with High Visibility:

Direct Safety® Mechanics Gloves


These gloves feature synthetic leather palms that offer superior abrasion resistance. The pre-curved design follows the natural curve of the hand. Gloves feature neoprene knuckles to absorb shock, a breathable knit back, and a comfortable shirred elastic slip-on wrist for easy on/off.

  • Open wrist and micro-fiber palm
  • Hi-Vis yellow spandex back with black neoprene knuckle zone and reflective piping borders
  • Constructed of nylon, spandex, polyester, and polyurethane



Feel free to contact our Safety Support Team to help you select the right mechanics gloves for your particular workplace. In almost any situation you have, we can offer you options that best fit your budget or specific needs, allowing your employees to work comfortably and efficiently.



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