Makita UK has supported the publication of an invaluable ‘Guide to Chainsaw Maintenance’, the free to download book, written by experienced City & Guilds NPTC trainer and assessor David Vickers of Drivelink Training.

This 131 page guide covers the theory and practical tasks required to look after and maintain a chainsaw in regular use. It is ideally suited to those new to chainsaws, or those taking their Level 2 assessment.

High quality detailed photographs cover all the routine maintenance tasks for chainsaw operators. It includes bar and chain configurations; guidance on fuel systems and air cleaner routines. Safety precautions are highlighted.

Drivelink Training offer a range of forestry and arboriculture courses ranging from the Foundation course: Maintenance & Cross-cutting, through small, medium and large felling, to more specialist courses including Emergency and Windblown treeworks; Assisted felling, with rope and winch support; Advanced Aerial Rigging, Cutting and Climbing, and even Aerial Rescue. David Vickers offers these courses to individuals and operators right across the south of the UK, or further afield for national contractors.

The ‘Guide to Chainsaw Maintenance’ can be downloaded for free by clicking:

“Makita UK has supported David Vickers in the production of this very useful guide as we recognise that all chainsaw operators need to be mindful of routine maintenance to keep the performance levels of their saws in top notch condition,” says Kevin Brannigan, Makita UK, marketing manager.

The Makita chainsaw range includes electric, petrol and battery powered models, including the world’s lightest petrol chainsaw and the innovative twin 18v battery powered LXT cordless chainsaw concept which generates 36v of power.  Together with top handled models, many advanced features including M2M Vibration Dampening, Stratified Air Scavenging, East Start and catalytic converters, several models should only be used by certificated professionals.  In addition Makita offer a range of protective workwear, including the Starter Safety Kit – forester trousers, helmet, visor and ear protection – that meet European safety standards.

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