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Custom Chainsaw Training Tailored Specifically For You!

CSAW offers three classes which can be tailored to meet the specific needs of different groups. Whether its for professional loggers, land owners, city/county workers, emergency response teams, volunteers, etc. CSAW offers a class to meet everyone's needs.


CSAW Level 1 - A full 8 hour class with a lecture portion in the morning and a hands-on portion in the afternoon. This class focuses on personal protective equipment (PPE), safety features of the chainsaw head, five point safety check, maintenance of the power head and guide bar, components of the saw tooth, angles and their functions, proper filing, and the reactive forces of the chain and guide bar. The field section covers benefits of open-face felling, benefits of using a hinge & bore method, five step pre-felling plan, tree felling demonstration, and participant tree felling. In this course each participant will fell a tree under the guidance of an instructor. All participants must wear a hard hat at all times while in the field.


CSAW Level 2 - A full 8 hour class with a lecture portion in the morning and a hands-on portion in the afternoon. The primary focus of Level 2 is to advance the skills participants were taught in level 1 by demonstrating how to safely limb and buck felled timber. This class often involves dealing with the safety hazards that are created when a tree is felled, such as spring poles. All participants must wear a hard hat at all times while in the field.

*****Participants must complete CSAW Level 1 prior to taking Level 2.*****


CSAW Custom - A 4 hour class designed to cover the same indoor lecture topics as Level 1 but not as indepth on each topic. This class is geared toward landowners, volunteers and people who need the skills to saw felled trees. CSAW Custom can be tailored to a specific group's needs. This class meets the requirements to operate a chainsaw as a volunteer on Ohio State Forest Lands.


Weather Statement  - Classes are not cancelled due to weather; however, OFA reserves the right to change or modify the curriculum according to instructor judgment for any weather-related or other safety concern.

See our event schedule for
a list of upcoming classes.

WOW!!!!!! What a FANTASTIC class that was. The instructor was obviously EXTREMELY knowledgeable and experienced, and he worked hard at not only sharing his knowledge but also querying us as to what we wanted to learn. It was a GREAT day. If the class is presented again, I will plan on attending.  Schroeder - CSaw Class Attendee

Check the event schedule periodically as more classes will be scheduled throughout the year.


View the CSAW Brochure here.

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