Maintenance, Basic Felling & Cross Cutting
Who is this course for?
These courses are for anyone who is required to operate chainsaws, outside of forestry and arboriculture, for cross-cutting and felling small trees up to 200mm. People involved in:
- Woodland industries*
- Local authorities
- Land-based industries.
Note: learners intending to work in the forestry and/or arboricultural industries, or who expect to fell material over 200mm in diameter should attend the Lantra Awards training-only course CLMC42X and then be independently assessed through NPTC. Learners must be physically fit and able to carry out the tasks required of the course programme.
- State and identify the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) required, report on its condition and locate the various standard marks.
- State and identify required safety and health features on a chainsaw.
- 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 correctly 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.
- State the possible hazards/risks when carrying out maintenance or operational tasks.
- Cross-cut timber accurately to required lengths.
- Assess and explain the terms 'tension' and 'compression' in timber.
- Adopt safe procedures to remove a trapped guidebar.
- Handle and stack timber in a safe manner.
- Organise site safety and state the precautions required.
- Understand risk assessment procedures.
- Assess trees to be felled for hazards and associated risks.
- Prepare trees to be felled and identify escape routes.
- Fell trees which have a diameter up to 200mm/8" safely and accurately using different but appropriate techniques.
- Delimb felled trees in a safe and effective manner.
- Select and use hand tools and maintain them in safe condition.
- Take down hung-up trees using hand tools.
State techniques which must not be used.
- CLMC41X – four days.
- CLMC41R – two days.
- Safety and health features of a chainsaw
- Maintaining the saw chain
- Maintaining the guidebar
- Engine maintenance
- Starting the chainsaw
- Cross-cutting timber
- Stack timber
- Safe practice
- Assessing the tree
- Escape routes
- Felling using conventional cuts
- Felling using alternative methods
- Dealing with hung-up trees
- Clearing site and chainsaw checks