The Chainsaw Operator's Manual is an essential safety tool for chainsaw operators.
It is the ultimate guide to basic chainsaw operating techniques covering safety,
maintenance and cross-cutting, but not tree felling. Detailed diagrams illustrate
horizontal, vertical and boring cuts, as well as trimming and cross-cutting techniques.
Safety considerations are discussed, including workplace safety, occupational
hazards, kick-back and identifying dangerous trees. An explanation of the 'tension'
and 'compression' forces in timber is also provided to help you understand where to
begin cutting to avoid jamming the saw.
The book covers chainsaw maintenance in detail, explains all aspects of the
equipment and helps you select the right chainsaw and personal protection
equipment for your needs. Trouble-shooting charts are included to help you solve
This manual has been updated to take into account the most recent changes in
nationally accredited competency standards. It is a must-have for anyone operating
"I would say it is a must-have addition to the toolbox for anyone out there using chainsaws – whether you are in forestry, aboriculture, or even a backyard handyman."
Peter Chaffin, Australian Arbor Age, Dec 2009
"The format of the book is easy to read supported with diagrams and pictures. The pages are not overloaded with information and are well set out so as not to overload the reader. The sequence of the chapters allows for a logical development of knowledge."
Warren Hicks, Frontline Journal of the SA SES Volunteers Association
ForestWorks is a bi-partite, not-for-profit, expert representative of learning and skill development in the forest, wood, paper and timber products industry. ForestWorks performs a range of industry-wide functions acting as the channel between industry, Government and the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) departments. ForestWorks’ goal is to assist industry with their skills development objectives through national industry skills standards and qualifications.