Chainsaw Safety Training for Landowners


Grafton County Complex
3855 Dartmouth College Highway
North Haverhill, NH 03774
United States

Join instructors Ernst Kling of Kling Land Management and Jay Wheeler of Diprizio Pine Sales/Middleton Lumber for this this workshop designed for landowners and other non-professional chainsaw users. Participants will learn basic chainsaw maintenance and care, inspection of personal protective equipment, hazard and situational awareness, and chainsaw safety best practices. Participants will receive instruction and will practice cross-cutting, notching, back-cuttting, and bore cutting. Instructors will demonstrate tree felling and limbing and those participants who are ready and approved by instructors will have an opportunity to practice.

No experience is necessary. Beginner and intermediate levels welcome.

Co-sponsored by: NH Timberland Owners Association (NHTOA)

Space is limited, register soon!

Fee: $100 for NHTOA members; $125 for non-members 

What to bring:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

  • Hardhat conforming to ANSI #Z89 in good working condition
  • Eye protection/face screen that meets ANSI #Z87.1 or higher
  • Hearing protection - ear muffs, plugs, etc.
  • Non-skid steel-toe or composite-toe boots that provide ankle coverage and have lug soles or caulks
  • Chainsaw chaps that fit from waist to over the top of the boot


Chainsaw with working chain brake, rear hand guard, throttle interlock system, chain catch peg, pin or stud, anti-vibration/insulation mounts.  (If your saw was made by a reputable manufacturer in the last 10 years, then it likely has all these features)

Tools to perform basic maintenance: scrench, files and guides for chain sharpening

Fuel up before you come.

**Please no electric/battery powered saws.  If you need a gas-powered saw, or any of the above named equipment please let us know ahead of time.**


  • Warm clothes for outdoors
  • Lunch
  • Water

These protective garments contain pads of cut-retardant material designed to reduce the risk or severity of injury to the body parts covered by the pads in the event of contact with a rotating chain. The fibers in the pads provide extra layers of material and are designed to rip apart if they come into contact with the moving chain and to clog the sprocket and stop the chain in certain circumstances. In some contacts, the pads may stop the chain. In other contacts, the pads will resist the cutting process only for a fraction of a second. The actual degree of protection afforded will vary with the speed of the chain at the time of contact, the power and torque of the saw, the design of the chainsaw sprocket and similar factors. Follow the washing instructions. Improper care may destroy cut-retardant properties of the material.

The fibers will not stop the sprocket on most electric chainsaws because of their constant high torque.

Important Information All STIHL chainsaw protective apparel meets or exceeds OSHA Regulation 1910.266 for Personal Protection.