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  1. FREE eBook on chainsaw maintenance

    No, but the idea hasn't gone away... getting the time and resources is more of an issue!
  2. FREE eBook on chainsaw maintenance

    The email has the download button - give it a chance to download as it's about 6.5MB in size so may take a few minutes depending on your connection. If it really didn't appear to work, please contact me via training@drivelinktraining.co.uk (rather than here as I check my emails much more regularly) and we'll get a copy to you. Cheers, Dave.
  3. FREE eBook on chainsaw maintenance

    Once you subscribe you'll et an email just asking to confirm your email address. Once that has been done, you'll get an email which will contain a button to download the book - it's a PDF file about 6.5MB in size... it doesn't get sent out but you'll have to download it. Any problems please email me at training@drivelinktraining.co.uk and I'll get it sorted out
  4. Hi all, I've just finished and released a new 131-page eBook covering chainsaw maintenance; written specifically for the UK market it not only covers various types of machine but also the underpinning knowledge about maintenance, legislation and H&S. It should be ideal for those entering the industry or those about to take their Level 2 Award in chainsaw maintenance. You can get your copy at Free Book Cheers, Dave.
  5. Makita DUC302Z cordless topper

    They both have a kickback zone at the end of the bar and although I've never experienced it either, the potential is still there. Obviously with modern 'safety' chains and those low-height cutters, the risk is ever diminishing; although with the slower chain speed I reckon the Makita is more likely to kick back than the Husqvarna... but as I said, I've never had an issue with either saw. Thanks for jumping through the hoops!
  6. Makita DUC302Z cordless topper

    Hi all, I bought the Husqvarna T536LiXP about two years ago, and now have a partnership with Makita and was recently loaned the DUC302Z. I've written a comparison report on the two saws which the pros and cons of both saws. You can get a copy from Comparison Review - you will have to sign up to get it but I absolutely promise that you will not get any spam from me (as I hate it when I get it too).
  7. Generic Risk Assessments

    I agree totally with you - I'm not putting these risk assessments up as a one-stop solution, but as a starting point for others. Indeed, I hope that I receive comments back on my documents so that they can be improved and then fed back into the industry. Risk assessments definitely need to fit and cover the machine, operator(s), co-workers & 3rd parties, the site and the task to be undertaken. Some of these can be covered by generic risk assessments, but site risk assessments should also be undertaken. Cheers, Dave.
  8. Generic Risk Assessments

    I've just written a document full of generic risk assessments related to tree work - or rather tree work training, but I thought that the information may prove useful to others in writing their own risk assessments. There's more information, and details on how to get it at http://drivelinktraining.co.uk/h-s.html I'm making this information freely available - hope it's useful to you! Thanks, David.
  9. NPTC Windblown/Emergency Treeworks

    Yep, just to re-iterate, what used to be CS34 and CS35 is now the Level 3 Award in Severing Uprooted Trees Or Windblown Trees Using A Chainsaw. The qualification guidance is available at http://www.nptc.org.uk/assets/documents/b586dbdcab5e4eb7b1f7249bef9a36af.pdf. To complete this assessment, you must demonstrate retaining a forward-leaning and rearward-leaning root plate, show securing a stem under side-tension, deal with partially broken or broken trees, use reduction cuts, fell partially windblown trees and so on. You will need to hold CS32, or the new Unit 301. The emergency treeworks, or Level 3 Award in Emergency Treework Operations, although looking similar at first glance, is quite different. First off the pre-requisite is CS31 or the new Unit 203. The qualification guidance is at http://www.nptc.org.uk/assets/documents/3bd377c3a72a43e3aa3c6655495ffb2d.pdf. This course has a different emphasis and has more information regarding environmental issues, and deals with securing root plates, severing the stem, assisted felling and breakdown of the canopy. Cheers, David.
  10. Over the years I've been training the various chainsaw units, I've had loads of course attendees who have had difficulty with reading the qualification guidance provided by NPTC. So, in a bid to help those who have difficulty reading, or difficulty in learning stuff by reading, or indeed just don't want to wade through pages of assessment criteria, I've created a couple of audio programmes covering the underpinning knowledge for small fell and medium / large fell (or as they are now known, the Level 2 Award in Felling & Processing Trees Up To 380mm, and the Level 3 Award in Felling & Processing Trees Over 380mm). Hope they are useful to you - feel free to share, download or whatever. Small fell: http://drivelinktraining.podbean.com/mf/play/92bdma/QualGuid-0020-04.mp3 Medium fell: http://drivelinktraining.podbean.com/mf/play/qzuje2/QualGuid-0021-11.mp3 If they are useful, I'll do some more to cover other areas as required. Cheers, David.
  11. NPTC Training in Wiltshire

    I'd second that recommendation... when I managed and delivered the forestry and arb short courses at Sparsholt College, Roland did a number of assessments for me and I found him to be excellent! Dave Vickers.
  12. City&Guilds/Husqvarna literature

    Whereabouts are you located? PM me, I may be able to help you with copies of the books (Part 1 & 2). Cheers, David.
  13. Starting out...

    Hi Dan, You might want to consider going down the apprenticeship route - the Trees & Timber Work-Based Learning scheme lasts 18 months and means you'll get the training you'd need and get paid. Although I can't offer any apprenticeship packages, with my background in training I might know a couple of people that could help you out - drop me a line if want to discuss options. Cheers, David.
  14. Chainsaw Maintenance Website

    In a bid to update all the information on the Drivelink site, I've started a new website at Home - Drivelink Training - practical training in forestry and arboriculture (currently only has lots of health and safety stuff on it, and due to the ever increasing work commitments it's not going as quickly as I want(!), but it will grow over time to provide loads of great [free] information. In the meantime, the original Drivelink website is still up and everything is available on there. Finally, I'm now on Facebook proper - having left Sparsholt College where I managed and delivered the forestry and arb short courses to go it alone, you can now see what I'm up to at http://www.facebook.com/drivelink Cheers, Dave.
  15. Hi, Just to let you know that I've heard there is a space available on a Level 3 Award in Felling & Processing Trees Over 380mm (was CS32) at Sparsholt College, Hampshire. The course runs from 27th-31st January, don't know what the cost is though! Contact Gill Yeeles on 01962 797213 or email gillian.yeeles@sparsholt.ac.uk for more information. All the best, DriveLink


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