Arborist Training
Ashland, Virginia

October 20th, 2023
7:00am - 4:00pm
10501 Vermeer Place, Ashland, VA 23005

Precision Chainsaw Cutting & Felling Techniques

Chainsaws are one of the most useful, as well as, dangerous tools a worker can use. This seminar is designed to educate personnel who use a chainsaw. Topics of discussion will include safety, maintenance, use, and handling. Participants will gain an understanding of what contributes to accidents and how to avoid them. Demonstrations, including bucking and limbing, understanding compression and tension and dealing with spring poles will be a part of the day. As well as a defined 6 step plan to safely fell a tree. Developing skills and knowledge that reduce variables and mitigate risks associated with chainsaws and cutting techniques is the general theme of this course, and will be beneficial knowledge for any level of tree worker.
Vermeer All Roads One Day Demonstration with North American Training Solutions:
  • Registration is at 7:00am
  • Day ends at 4:00pm
  • Seminars are held RAIN or SHINE
  • Bring lawn chair, hard hat, and safety glasses
Free Lunch is Provided
Earn up to 6.5 ISA Certified Arborist CEU’s
Course Topics:
Job Safety Analysis, Emergency Planning, & PPE
  • Job Safety Analysis
  • P.P.E. (personal protective equipment) including inspection, fit, care and limitations
  • Planning and emergency response (Emergency Action Plan)
  • Hazard identification and mitigation
Chainsaw Safety, Starting, and Operations
  • 6 safety features and ergonomic features of the modern chainsaw
  • Three-point contact starting, ground start and leg-lock
  • Chainsaw operation including body and hand positioning and chain brake use
  • Reactive forces and kick-back
  • Ergonomics, muscle skeletal disorders (MSD’s), and exercises
Technical Cutting & Tree Felling: 6-step Felling Plan
  • Tree felling hazards
  • Tree height and lean
  • Felling equipment and mechanical advantage systems
  • Escape route and the 90-15-5 rule
  • Face cut, felling sights and operator positioning
  • Back cuts, bore cuts, hinge wood
  • Wedges, trigger cut, bypass cut
  • Barberchairing
        Limbing and Bucking
        • Bucking wedges, cant hooks
        • Compression, tension and avoiding bar pinch
        • Limbing and bucking techniques: sweep and lever
        • Spring poles: shave and accordion cuts
        Chainsaw Maintenance
        • Fuels and Lubricants
        • Daily, weekly, monthly maintenance practices
        • Cutter tooth sharpening, depth gauge filing, files and guides
        • Air cleaner maintenance and chain tensioning
        • Guide bar edging, dressing, cleaning and leveling
        • Drive sprocket and needle bearing maintenance
        • Battery operated chainsaw highlight similarities and differences
        Aerial Chainsaw Use
        • Safe work practices and standards around aerial chainsaw use
        • Work positioning and ergonomics of a chainsaw while climbing and in aerial lifts
            Applicable Standards: This course meets the ANSI/ASSE Z490.1 Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training as well as ANSI Z133 and OSHA 1910.266.
            Disclaimers: All seminars are demonstration only. For hands-on opportunities, please inquire with North American Training Solutions.