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Chainsaw Basics

  • Apr 16, 2018 (9:00 - 5:00 pm CT; 8:00 - 4:00 pm MT)
    Classroom Session - 4-H Camp, 2702 8th St SW, Washburn ND
  • Apr 17-19, 2018 (8:00 - 5:00 pm CT; 7:00 - 4:00 pm MT)
    Hands-On Session - 4-H Camp, 2702 8th St SW, Washburn ND

Please print and post the Chainsaw training poster (PDF, 516K) at your location and encourage participation in this very important safety training.


Classroom session (Day 1) $50.00, includes lunch.
Hands-on session (Day 2 - 4) $250 Registration Fee, includes lunches (not breakfasts & dinners) and overnight accommodations in the new 4-H camp bunkhouses.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, April 9, 2018


Day 1 = Classroom
Topics covered include ethanol gas and its effects on two cycle engines. Simple things to maintain your saw to keep it ready for use at all times, carburetor tuning and adjusting, chain sharpening techniques, air cleaner maintenance and others. During this class we will actually work on your equipment and go through each step and identify and fix (if possible) problems as we encounter them. Class is 8 hours. Participants should bring their own chainsaw.

Day 2-4 = Hands-On Session
Day 2-3 will include basic safety equipment, PPE, the saws reactive forces, chain tooth parts, felling, notch and hinge, cutting techniques, wedging techniques and calculations. This class is designed for professionals or homeowners and is designed to be a 16-hour course that includes a hands-on portion where each student fells one tree. All students are required to have a helmet with face shield, hearing protection, safety glasses, chainsaw resistant chaps, leather work gloves or chainsaw resistant gloves and work boots. Participants should bring a chainsaw – it will need to pass a safety test prior to use. The instructor will have chainsaws for use should participants not have a chainsaw or their own fails the safety test. Some PPE is available to loan.

Day 4 is an advanced class for chainsaw operators who will be dealing with trees that have come down due to severe weather. This class will teach techniques to relieve pressure commonly found in storm damaged trees. Topics include hazards, spring poles, hangers and leaners pulls and splits and others. All students required to have a helmet with face shield.

Participants are encouraged to stay at the camp - enjoy the walking paths along the river, sit around a bonfire, learn chainsaw carving basics after each day of fun learning from Mike.


Mike Smith, Chainsaw Strategies of Massachusetts, has been operating chainsaws for over 20 years. He is also a 25-year veteran firefighter. Mike has taken extensive training in the field of chainsaw operation. His teaching style includes a healthy portion of humor and student interaction. The hands-on portion of Mike's classes are always interesting. After all, watching trees fall is always fun!

More Info

The above resource and more can be accessed by visiting the TLN Learning Management System (LMS).

515 ½ E BroadwaySuite 101Bismarck, ND 58501