Chainsaw – Maintenance, Cross-Cutting, Fell and Process

Trees up to 380mm – Refresher


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 refresher Chainsaw – Maintenance, cross-cutting and felling small trees up to 380mm attendance course will provide you with the up to date 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 refresher course has been completed and passed you will gain a certificate of attendance in Chainsaw – Maintenance, cross-cutting and felling small trees up to 380mm


Who is it for?

Our Chainsaw – Maintenance, cross-cutting and felling small trees up to 380mm refresher course is for you if you are a novice, with little or no experience of using a chainsaw, and you are required to operate chainsaws for cross cutting and felling up to guidebar length. This course is physical, so you must be fit and able to carry out the tasks required of the course.

Our refresher course has been designed to prepare you for assessment for NPTC Level 2 Award units CS 30 and 31. This practical course will last three days long, as long as daylight permits, and will be split into two and three day sessions.

What will you get from it?

  • State and identify the necessary personal protective equipment required (PPE), 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.
  • Identify types of timber, potential hazards and stresses, correctly assess if timber is in compression or tension and select the appropriate technique to deal with the particular situation.
  • Correctly assess the situation prior to tree felling a straight open grown tree up to a maximum of 380mm/15” diameter and, with the aid of wedges and/or a felling lever, fell it in a chosen direction.
  • Remove limbs from felled trees and cross cut, handle and stack timber in a state and efficient manner.
  • Take down hung up trees using hand tools.
  • Recognise situations where specialist help is required.

Course sessions:

  • PPE
  • Safety and health features of a chainsaw
  • Maintenance of chainsaws
  • Fuelling and starting a chainsaw and performing pre-cutting checks
  • Adjusting the chainsaw
  • Felling small diameter trees
  • De-limbing trees
  • Cross-cutting timber
  • Additional felling techniques
  • Take-down of hung-up trees
  • Clearing site and chainsaw checks

For further information, availability and pricing please contact us.

2 day LANTRA Course No: CLMC44R