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SPACING SAW TRAINING PROGRAM: MODULE 8

ADVANCED FELLING AND WORK TECHNIQUES

OBJECTIVES

This module is designed to instruct the student in the advanced work techniques required by professional spacing saw operators. Emphasis is placed on the students practice of the procedures demonstrated by the instructor. Methods to improve productivity and job quality will be emphasized, and if minimum quality standards have been obtained by the thinner, techniques to improve productivity will become more important.

PREREQUISITES:

MATERIAL COVERED

STUDENT PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

Each student must show proficiency through demonstration of the above described work techniques, while maintaining high productivity and quality standards described in Module 7. Each student must discuss the concepts of variable spacing of crop tree with respect to optimising; species selection, plus tree selection and the effects of poor stocking on the crop tree selection process.

RESOURCE MATERIALS

Advanced Cutting Practices

The following procedures are done by experienced thinners within the work techniques described below. These practices may be learned the hard and long way through experience, or can be some what shortened by training. Advanced cutting practices increase productivity by decreasing inefficient activities done by cutters. The following is a list with brief explanations:

a. Backing up and moving forward Good cutters always move forward when poised with a decision. An example is when deciding which way to go around a crop tree. Instead of backing up and going around on the cut side (essentially walking over the same ground twice), moving forward into the uncut side of the crop tree is the most efficient decision. Before advancing, rotate and cut all trees within your reach. Do not advance to quickly leaving uncut trees between the blade and your body.

b. Indecision with crop tree selection - Decisions must be made.

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