KINGSTON, N.Y. — CCEUC hosts Shane LaBrake for a two-day intensive class on the safe use and care of chainsaws, one of the most powerful pieces of outdoor equipment that farmers or farmworkers can use. The class will provide in-depth coverage of safety, basic chain saw maintenance, as well as hands-on experiences with bucking, limbing and felling.
Day 1 will cover basic maintenance and operation, as well as an overview of personal protective equipment (PPE). Chain saw bars and chains will be removed and re-installed, and bar care and chain sharpening will be reviewed, demonstrated and practiced by the participants.
The last section of Day 1 will be hands-on use of the saw for basic bucking.
Day 2 will begin with a review of key points from the previous day, as well as Q & A. In addition, LaBrake will provide hands on instruction and demonstration of felling, bucking, and limbing a downed tree.
Pre-use and Post-use checks will also be discussed and demonstrated.
This comprehensive class is designed to demystify, empower, and improve capacity of beginner and intermediate level users, as well as complete novices.
Shane J. LaBrake is well known as the instructor of his two-day Tractor Operation, Safety & Maintenance Class. He has been using chain saws for over 20 years for lot clearing and firewood, and he has worked in tree removal work since 2010. He is highly regarded as an instructor and for his ability to make the challenging and complex use and care of machinery accessible to learners of all levels and backgrounds. He is a certified Chain Saw Specialist by Tree Care Industry Association.
All participants must bring sturdy footwear (safety toe boots are strongly encouraged) and gloves. Long pants and long-sleeve shirts are recommended for the chain saw use portions of the class. Participants are encouraged to bring their own saw, chaps and helmet if they already own this gear. Hearing protection and safety glasses are also recommended.
Lunch will be provided.
The course will be held on October 19th and October 20th from 9am-5pm at New Beginnings Farmstead in Kingston NY.
Registration is limited to 8 people. Please, no more than two people per farm can register for this event. Must be at least 18 years old.
This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2018-70027-28588.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County
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