Courses

Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross-Cutting and Basic Felling up to 200mm

Qualification: LANTRA award Certificate of Competence in Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross-cutting and Basic Felling up to 200mm
Cost: £520
Duration: 4 days
Location: To suit your requirements
Prerequisites: None

This course is ideal for those wishing to achieve a LANTRA award in Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross-cutting and felling small trees up to 200mm only. It will provide you with the appropriate techniques and safety guidelines to ensure that you are not only confident when using a chainsaw but also aware of relevant health and safety requirements making sure you stay protected.

Who is it for?

This course will be suitable for you if you work in, or are looking to work in any of the following industries:

  • Arboriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Woodland industries
  • Agriculture
  • Local Authorities
  • Conservation
  • Construction
  • Land-based industries

Course sessions:

  • HSE legislation and safety guidelines
  • Overview of the chainsaw and maintenance equipment
  • Power unit maintenance
  • To understand the function and maintenance of the drive sprocket
  • Maintaining the saw chain
  • Maintaining the guide bar
  • Starting the chainsaw and pre-cutting tests
  • Cross-cutting timber
  • Felling
  • Take down hung-up trees using hand tools
  • Branch removal – snedding and de-limbing
  • Clearing working area and work equipment checks

What will be covered?

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify the risk assessment and emergency procedures on a worksite
  • Organise site safety and state the procedures required
  • Identify the necessary personal protective equipment required, report on its condition and
    locate the various standard marks
  • Identify safety and health features on a chainsaw
  • State the possible hazards/risks when carrying out maintenance or operational tasks
  • 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 serviceability
  • Carry out all routine maintenance in accordance with the
    manufacturer’s instruction book and/or the Lantra Awards
    workbook
  • 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
  • Assess and explain the terms ‘tension’ and ‘compression’ in timber
  • Explain safe procedures to remove a trapped guide bar
  • Assess the trees to be felled for hazards and risks
  • Make accurate felling cuts in the correct positions
  • Fell trees which have a diameter less than 200mm
  • Assess a leaning tree and the safest method of felling
  • Assess a hung-up tree and the safest method of takedown
  • Select and prepare equipment required for safe and effective takedown
  • Make accurate severing cuts in the correct positions
  • State techniques which must not be used for the takedown of hung-up trees
  • De-limb felled trees in a safe and methodical manner
  • Cross-cut timber accurately to required lengths
  • Handle and stack timber in a safe manner

Equipment required as per pre-course hand-out:

  • Chainsaw
  • Operator’s maintenance kit and equipment
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

This course culminates in an assessment for a LANTRA awards Certificate of Competence in Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross-cutting and Basic Felling up to 200mm.