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 Safe Chainsaw Handling

Wilde Ridge offers two courses designed to educate participants about chainsaw safety, maintenance, use and handling. Participants will gain an understanding of what contributes to accidents and how to avoid them. Hands on and practical work planning strategies, including bucking and limbing, understanding compression and tension and dealing with spring poles will be coached and practiced in this course. Wilde Ridge can also offer the course at your home.

Most of our Courses are held at our farm, we have a classroom, a workshop and 150 Acres of forest for Practical experience. 

We can also bring the course to you; for a Volunteer Association like the Bonfield Volunteer Snowmobile Club or a Cottagers Association.

For more information on course eligibility and recommendations see course details below.

Introduction To Professional Chainsaw Operation

This two day course will run through the four Training modules required for an operator, as well as the training certification to work with a chainsaw.  This will also give a homeowner the knowledge to be safe and confident while working with a chainsaw.

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Chainsaw Sharpening & Maintenance

Module One Chainsaw Sharpening and Maintenance is the first of four modules that comprise the mandatory Introduction to Professional Chainsaw Operation training program. The purpose of this module is to explain the elements of the safe and proper service and maintenance of a chainsaw on a day-to-day working basis. This is done by giving operators a detailed familiarity with their chainsaw.

Safe Chainsaw Handling

Safe Chainsaw Handling is the second of four modules that comprise the mandatory Introduction to Professional Chainsaw Operation training program. The purpose of the module is to explain the principles of safe chainsaw operation, from selecting the right chainsaw for the job to using appropriate personal protective equipment while operating it.

The module covers specific safety issues such as:
- The danger zone rule
- Working near power lines
- Proper chainsaw starting procedures
- Proper grip, stance and cutting techniques
- Dealing with compression in the wood
- Kickback prevention.

Felling & Limbing Techniques

Felling and Limbing is the third of four modules that comprise the mandatory Introduction to Professional Chainsaw Operation training program. The purpose of this module is to explain proper felling and limbing techniques.

Among the specific cutting techniques and safety issues covered in the module are:
- Felling-area hazards
- Choosing the direction of fall
- Preparing the escape route
- The notch, backcut and hinge
- Limbing techniques
- Using the wedge and felling bar
- Dealing with chicots, hang-ups, freestanding trees, springpoles and other problem trees.

Field Practice

Moving from the classroom to the woodlot, participants will practise the principles of how to sharpen, handle and operate a chainsaw competently. Building their skills through supervised practice in actual felling and limbing operations, the participant will also learn the best way to hold, start and handle a chainsaw.

Equipment Required by Participants:

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

  • Forestry headset (hardhat, ear muffs, face screen)
  • CSA-approved safety glasses (with side shields)
  • Chainsaw gloves/mitts, chainsaw pants/chaps
  • CSA-approved protective footwear with chainsaw cut protection
  • Reflective vest (or similar high-visibility garb)

Chainsaw 

  • Size and type appropriate for the work normally performed
  • Properly sharpened, maintained and ready to work in full compliance with requirements of applicable legislation, with owner’s manual (if possible)
  • For field session, participants will require chain oil and mixed gas as per the owner’s manual 

Sharpening & maintenance tools

  • Combination tool, correct size round file with handle
  • Filing guide, depth gauge tool, flat file with handle
  • Small screwdriver (to fit carburetor adjustment screws)
  • Chainsaw grease gun, rag, spark plug gap tool, wire brush, emery paper
  • Chain owner’s manual

Location

Courses regularly held at Wilde Ridge Farm and Training Facility

1165 Highway 17 East Rutherglen, ON

705-776-9453

Cost

  • $200 for in class and field instruction
  • $30 for course materials
  • Sub Total – $230.00
  • HST – $29.90
  • Total – $259.90

If you have any questions please feel free to call.

Introduction To Safe Chainsaw Operation

This One day course will run through Module 2 of the Professional Chainsaw Operators Course.  This will give the participant the knowledge to be safe and confident while working with a chainsaw.  The training is half a day of Safety training and half a day of hands-on practical experience in the forest.

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Safe Chainsaw Handling

Safe Chainsaw Handling is the second of four modules that comprise the mandatory Introduction to Professional Chainsaw Operation training program. The purpose of the module is to explain the principles of safe chainsaw operation, from selecting the right chainsaw for the job to using appropriate personal protective equipment while operating it. The module covers specific safety issues such as: - The danger zone rule - Working near power lines - Proper chainsaw starting procedures - Proper grip, stance and cutting techniques - Dealing with compression in the wood - Kickback prevention.

We will look at chainsaw sharpening and maintenance, felling and limbing techniques The notch, backcut and hinge - Limbing techniques - Using the wedge and felling bar - Dealing with chicots, hang-ups, freestanding trees, springpoles and other problem trees.

 Equipment Required by Participants:

This is the basic requirements for using a chainsaw safely

(if you do not have this equipment I have extra available to be used during the course.)

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

  • Forestry headset (hardhat, ear muffs, face screen)
  • CSA-approved safety glasses (with side shields)
  • Chainsaw gloves/mitts, Chainsaw pants/chaps
  • CSA-approved protective footwear with chainsaw cut protection
  • Reflective vest (or similar high-visibility garb)

Chainsaw 

  • Size and type appropriate for the work normally performed
  • Properly sharpened, maintained and ready to work in full compliance with requirements of applicable legislation, with owner’s manual (if possible)
  • For field session, participants will require chain oil and mixed gas as per the owner’s manual

Sharpening & maintenance tools

  • Combination tool, Correct size round file with handle
  • Filing guide, Depth gauge tool, Flat file with handle
  • Small screwdriver (to fit carburetor adjustment screws)
  • Chainsaw grease gun, rag, Spark plug gap tool, wire brush, emery paper
  • Chain owner’s manual

Courses regularly held at Wilde Ridge Farm and Training Facility

1165 Highway 17 East Rutherglen, ON

705-776-9453 

Cost

  • $100 for in class and field instruction
  • $20 for course materials
  • Sub Total – $120.00
  • HST – $15.60
  • Total – $135.60

If you have any questions please feel free to call.

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