Chainsaw Basic Felling Techniques (up to 200mm

diameter) – Refresher


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

Our chainsaws – maintenance, cross-cutting and Basic Felling (up to 200mm diameter) refresher 2 day training 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.


Who is it for?

Our refresher chainsaws – maintenance, cross-cutting and Basic Felling (up to 200mm diameter) training course is available for anyone who works outside of forestry and arboriculture and has to operate chainsaws for cross-cutting and felling small trees up to 200mm.  This course is physical, so you must be fit and able to carry and move items in a forest or woodland environment.

Our course is suited to people who work in:

  • agriculture
  • horticulture
  • woodland industries
  • local authorities
  • conservation
  • construction
  • land-based industries.

Note: If you intend to work in the forestry and/or arboricultural industries, or if you are going to need to fell material over 200mm in diameter, then you should attend the Lantra Awards training-only course CLMC42X and get independently assessed through NPTC.

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 service ability.
  • 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.

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
  • Safe practice
  • Assessing the tree
  • Brashing
  • Escape routes
  • Felling using conventional cuts
  • Felling using alternative methods
  • Delimbing
  • Dealing with hung-up trees
  • Clearing site and chainsaw checks

For further information, availability and pricing please contact us.

2 day LANTRA Course No: CLMC41R