Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting



Chainsaws are powerful and dangerous tools, therefore it is essential when operating and maintaining them that you have total confidence and expertise in what you are doing, so avoiding any accidents.

Our chainsaws – maintenance and cross-cutting one day attendance refresher course 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 guidelines making sure you stay protected.

Our chainsaw training is delivered by experienced instructors to small groups, this way you receive plenty of individual attention. The course is also supplemented with high-quality course materials, and we work closely with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to ensure that our materials reflect current safe working practices.

Once the course has been completed and passed you will gain a certificate of attendance in Chainsaw – Maintenance and Cross-cutting.


Who is it for?

Our chainsaws – maintenance and cross-cutting refresher course is available for anyone who maintains and operates chainsaws for cross-cutting only. This course is physical, so you must be fit and able to carry out the tasks required of the course.

If you work in the forestry and/or arboricultural industries, or if you are going to need to fell material over 200mm in diameter, then our refresher training-only course will lead you to getting independently assessed through NPTC, in NTPC CS 30.

This is a one day course, however this may depend on your ability and previous experience.

What will you get from it?

  • 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.

Course sessions:

  • Legislation
  • PPE
  • Safety and health features of a chainsaw
  • Maintaining the saw chain
  • Maintaining the guidebar
  • Engine maintenance
  • Starting the chainsaw
  • Cross-cutting timber
  • Stack timber

For further information, availability and pricing please contact us.

1 day LANTRA Course No: CLMC42R