Domestic Chainsaw Use: Maintenance & Cross Cutting

Plumpton College Certificate

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This is a one-day course in basic chainsaw maintenance and cross cutting techniques for anyone using a chainsaw on their own land.

Course outline 

  • Health and Safety – Protective clothing
  • Chainsaw maintenance – including refuelling, air filter cleaning and sharpening the chain.
  • Setting the saw for work
  • Cross cutting cord wood
  • Re-sharpening the chain
  • Storing the saw in clean and safe condition 

Equipment required

The following protective clothing will be required:  

  • Forestry Helmet (EN 397) with ear muffs and mesh visor.
  • Chainsaw Protective Trousers (pr EN 381-5) Type C all round leg protection for arborists working in the tree and occasional users such as those working in agriculture (This is recommended for both Maintenance and Felling courses)
  • Safety Boots with chainsaw protection To BS EN ISO 20345:2004 and bearing a shield depicting a chainsaw to show compliance with EN381-3 (toe cap - EN 345 Chainsaw protection pr EN 345 part 2). For on ground operations, Forestry ‘Wellingtons’ with chainsaw protection are suitable.
  • Chainsaw gloves (EN381-7).


Course details

Dates & Location

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Time: 09:00- 17:00

Lewes Campus - Plumpton College



1 day 



Entry Requirements

You must be over the age of 18 to complete this course.

Future Opportunities

Domestic Chainsaw: Felling 

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