Our instructor will guide you through a balanced mix of theoretical and practical sessions.
You’ll work on a number of appropriate techniques and safety guidelines.
Key maintenance issues will be covered. You’ll also go over cross-cutting, handling and stacking timber.
• HSE legislation and safety guidelines
• Overview of the chainsaw and maintenance equipment
• Maintaining the saw chain
• Maintaining the guide bar
• Power unit maintenance
• Starting the chainsaw and pre-cutting tests
• Cross-cutting timber.
Worth noting: Our course involves some physical sessions, so it is essential that you have at least a minimum level of fitness.
What will be covered?
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:
• Identify the necessary personal protective equipment required, report on its condition and locate the various standard marks
• Identify required safety and health features on a chainsaw
• Prepare the chainsaw for use with the correct fuel/oil mix and chain lubrication
• Start the chainsaw from both cold and hot in a safe manner
• Carry out pre-cutting safety tests and state the procedures if the chainsaw fails these tests
• State the possible hazards/risks when carrying out maintenance or operational tasks
• Organise site safety and state the procedures required
• Identify faults and defects on a chainsaw and cutting equipment and decide which the operator can remedy and which require a service engineer’s attention
• Select and identify correct tools to enable maintenance to be carried out and report on their service ability
• Carry out all routine maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s instruction book and/or the Lantra Awards workbook
• Cross-cut timber accurately to required lengths
• Assess and explain the terms ‘tension’ and ‘compression’ in timber
• Adopt safe procedures to remove a trapped guide bar
• Handle and stack timber in a safe manner.
Equipment required as per pre-course hand-out:
- Operator’s maintenance kit and equipment
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)