Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting 20-03

(formally CS30)

City and Guilds / NPTC Level 2

Chainsaw maintenance and cross cutting 20-03 (formally CS30)

The Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting 20-03 (CS30) is a 2 day practical course.

This course is for people with little or no experience of chainsaws who require a certification in the maintenance and safe use of chainsaws, in order to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 Regulations.

The course will enable you to:

  • successfully identify the required personal protective clothing;
  • locate the various standard marks;
  • associate the Health and Safety surrounding chainsaw operation, maintenance and performance.

You will also know how to take corrective action should a problem arise such as:

  • freeing trapped saws from logs;
  • follow starting procedures;
  • pre start checks and the correct stance and posture.

Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting 20-03 City & Guilds NPTC Level 2

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course you should be able to:
1) Understand operator safety during chainsaw maintenance
2) Be able to carry out routine and periodic maintenance to a chainsaw
3) Be able to start and check a chainsaw before use
4) Understand operator safety during chainsaw use
5) Be able to safely cross cut timber that is less than a guide bar in diameter
6) Stack cross cut timber

20th – 21st January 2020 – spaces

17th – 18th February 2020 – spaces

9th  – 10th March 2020 – spaces

30th March – 1st  April 2020 – spaces

27th – 28th  April 2020 – spaces

18th – 19th May 2020 – spaces

22nd – 23rd June 2020 – spaces

6th – 7th July 2020 – spaces

Please note that the assessments are to be confirmed and you will be emailed with a date once the assessment has been scheduled.

We do try to ensure that the assessment is consecutive but cannot guarantee this.

Training fee £200 +VAT = £240 per person.
Assessment plus City and Guilds registration fee £175 per person (no VAT).

Total £415 per person.

All fees are payable upon booking.

Two days for the training.
Half a day approximately for the assessment (on a third day).

Please note that the assessments are to be confirmed and you will be emailed with a date once the assessment has been scheduled.

We do try to ensure that the assessment is consecutive but cannot guarantee this.

You will require:
1) Chainsaw footwear.
2) Chainsaw gloves.

All other PPE and equipment can be supplied by Lowe Maintenance at no extra cost, under the proviso that any damages and / or losses are replaced by the candidate.

Please get in touch with us if you wish to use your own equipment and machinery to check its suitability.

Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting 20-03 City & Guilds NPTC Level 2.

Do you need a refresher? HSE advises that you complete a refresher every 5 years, although some insurance companies state every 3 years. We can help. We tend to run the courses when we have four people requiring the same units for refreshing, if you get in touch we can add you to the list and let you know when the next refresher date is planned for.

Equally if you have a group of people we can put a date together just for you.

Chainsaw maintenance and cross cutting (formally CS30) – one day refresher £100 +VAT = £120 per person.

7th January 2019

9th January 2019

You will receive a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion.

Don’t need a qualification? Your insurance company are happy for formal training only? Then we can help. We can carry out formal training with no accredited assessment.

Training fee £200 +VAT = £240 per person.

You will receive a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion.

What safety features are fitted on a chainsaw?

  1. on / off switch
  2. rear handguard
  3. two stage throttle trigger
  4. safety decals
  5. chain catcher
  6. directional exhaust
  7. anti-vibration mounts
  8. chain brake
  9. safety chain / limits kickback
  10. bar chain cover

These are the standard safety features but there are others, it depends on make of chainsaw. There may also be other adaptations of these features.

Why do I need a maintenance course?

It’s easier to follow someone showing you how to maintain your chainsaw than to read the manufacturer’s instructions, also the odd little quirks with each chainsaw’s maintenance can be explained in more detail. If you want a certificate of competence, the trainer can steer you through the standards required to pass the test.

Some stickers are missing on my chainsaw, is this a problem?

All stickers on a chainsaw are required to be legible and fully in place, there are some that provide specific information and are classed as an insurance / HSE fail if they are not in a good readable condition.

How long can I leave fuel in the tank?

An alkylate fuel is very good and can be left for a long time. However, if you are using a self-mix two stroke fuel, don’t leave it too long as it can separate, and this is not good for the cylinder.

How do I know I’ve got the right chain?

If you have a chat with your supplier, they might advise you. It depends on what you plan to do with it, what you are cutting and how often. The user manual will also have information as to type and size of chain. If you attend a Lowe Maintenance course all will be explained in detail with different examples shown.

What products can I use to clean my saw?

Most suppliers will have a good cleaner available or an industrial wet wipe cleans most oils and resins from your chainsaw.

Have I got the right sharpening kit?

If you find out the size (pitch) of your chain, then you can order the correct sharpening kit or file to match the chain. You would be shown this during your chainsaw maintenance course with Lowe Maintenance.

How often do I clean or change the fuel filter?

The fuel filter is a micro pore filter and can’t really be cleaned so if it is looking badly stained or you are having problems with the saw then replace. However, a good clean fuel can keep your filter going for a number of years with no problems.

What’s the difference between semi and full chisel chains?

A full chisel chain is more aggressive cutter and used normally for fresh cut wood and pines, it processes wood very well. Although a full chisel can lose its edge easily because it is so aggressive. The semi chisel is not as aggressive and is used as a general-purpose chain and, depending again on what you are cutting, it can keep its edge a bit better. Our workbooks, provided during the chainsaw maintenance course, demonstrate this with illustrations.

What size bar and chainsaw can I use once I’ve got my ticket?

There is no restriction on bar and chainsaw size it’s down to being able to handle it safely. Bigger chainsaws are heavier and longer bars are harder to control, it’s down to getting the best tool for the job and being able to control it.

What oil should I use?

Always use a chainsaw oil (not any old engine oil) as the chain oil is designed to stay on the chain for as long as possible and has a very good viscosity when hot.

Do I need to wear a helmet?

If you are only logging up in a yard for personal use or as a domestic user with the wood on a saw horse, you can wear ear defenders and eye protection, as you are not classed as a professional user. If you are entering a forest this is classed as a work site, then you should be wearing a helmet to limit injury from falling objects.

What fuel should I use?

It depends on your budget, the alkylate fuels are very good and better for your lungs and the environment but can be expensive if you are using a lot.

Normal unleaded petrol is cheaper but has several health issues with it. It may be that the contract or site owner has a preference in which case you may have to follow their guidelines.

What size is my chain?

If you mean length, then it may be stamped on the guide bar or in your user manual. If you are looking for cutter size, then again it may be on the bar or in the user manual, if you are struggling you could speak with your local dealer.

How do I clean my air filter?

If it’s a nylon filter, then it can be washed in warm soapy water and left to dry, before putting back on. If it’s a paper or fibre filter, then it cannot be cleaned and has to be replaced if heavily covered with oil.

How often should I change my sprocket?

The average time to change the sprocket on the chainsaw is two to three full lives of a chain or if the teeth of the sprocket are showing signs of wear and the wear is deeper than 0.5 millimetres.

Should I store my saw with the brake on or off?

The best method is to store the chainsaw with the chain brake on due to the nature of the brake spring and the force it is left under when the brake is off.

How do I change the pull cord?

Some user manuals will describe how to change the cord; you could attend a training course where part of the training involves replacement of the cord. In most cases it is not overly hard to do, a bit fiddly but possible.

How often should I turn my chain bar over?

Best practice is to turn the bar over every time you maintain the saw to even out the wear and prolong the life of the bar.

Why should I take care of my guide bar?

As the name suggests the bar guides the saw through the cut, if you do not maintain the bar then you will find it harder to cut straight and the bar may fail in a way that can be dangerous to the operator.

What are the signs of a blunt chain?

If when you are cross cutting and the wood coming from the chain is like dust not little square chips or you find you are having to push harder on the saw to cut, then it is time to look at how sharp your chain is.

I only need to log up for the home fire, do I need a full course?

You can do a bit of formal training but not book for an assessment. If you are cutting on your own land and don’t have a need for insurance, then there is no need for a full course. There are several insurance companies that will only be happy with formal training. If a certificate of completion is provided, with a date and list with what was covered on the course, this can demonstrate an element of competence.

Can I bring my own chainsaw?

It is always best to bring your own chainsaw to the course, if you have one so that you get used to maintaining it. However, if you are doing a number of courses we can supply a chainsaw for each course so that by the end you will know what might be best to buy.

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