25

Jul
0

The Final Frontier – the Relay race

 The world Relay Race is the final closing event at the World Logging Championships

Unlike the other five disciplines this is a team event where nation takes on nation  

Marked separately from the other events – the result does not count towards individual ranking – but suspense is high and competition fierce!

The event:

Each team must cut off a wooden disk of a specially set up stem (either vertical or horizontal), and race back and forth to complete the course in the shortest time.

As a relay, a total of four rounds must be completed but teams can consist of between two to four contestants.

Just like the other five disciplines, time is not the only deciding factor as judges pay special attention to compliance with safety regulations, perfect chainsaw handling and accuracy too.

Team Relay, the evaluation:

Competitors are scored on the following factors:

• Time – faster scores are marked more highly, much like a running relay race.

• Cutting the disc – with 30 points awarded for each disc cut.

• Discs remaining on the stem – 20 points are awarded for the disc remaining on the stem after being cut.

• Tipping the starting disc – before each cut is made, a small disc must be touched with the chainsaw tip.

Failure to do so results in a 10-point penalty. 
Additional points are penalised, for the following:

Too early start, too early crossing of the safety line, starting the saw in the incorrect way, working without safety gear, incorrect resting position of the saw at the start or chain running on the starting disc, over or undercutting the painted marker, working on the wrong side of the lying stem, starting the chainsaw behind the starting line, the disc not fully cut, moving from place to place when the chainsaw is running, not tipping the disc on the ground, not running around the standing stem, appearance on the competition site without call, touching the saw chain whilst the engine is running, saw not starting within 5 minutes, using the saw one-handed and injuries.

The origins:

Originally created by the Dutch, the event was introduced as a friendly event to appeal more to spectators. The world Relay Race has quickly gained huge support and following, acting as final frontier for each country to tackle.

Despite the results not being included in the final score, the Relay is an exciting addition to the overall competition filled with action from start to finish.

The chainsaws:

To find out more about the chainsaws used in this event, visit our championship chainsaws page.

Follow us:

Want to know more about the other disciplines, simply click the relevant link below:

Tree FellingAnother ChainPrecision-BuckingBucking with Combined cuts - Limbing

For more information on the Relay Race and WLC2014, visit ialc.ch or check out our other posts here on the WLC2014 blog. Keen to interact? Talk to us @pro_forest on Twitter!

18

Jul
0

Can you cut 30 branches off a tree in under 15 seconds?

Limbing involves cutting artificial branches off a single stem in the quickest time possible.

Thirty branches must be removed but leaving a stump results in a penalty, with 200 basic points given for completion, and quicker contestants receiving a higher score. 

Contestants have time to prepare, with the branch pattern being shared with each contestant up to six months in advance of the competition.

Limbing, the evaluation

The following elements affect the final score (maximum 460), with 200 basic points given for basic completion of the performance:

  • Time – the event is timed, with lower times scoring higher. 
  • Branch stumps – if there are any stumps above 5mm in height, 20 points are penalised. 
  • Damage to the stem any vertical damage to the stem deeper than 5mm will be penalised by 20 points. 
  • Longitudinal damage to the stem – longitudinal cuts also result in a 40 point penalisation for each point of damage.

 

Scoring factors:

The following factors may also result in points penalisation: 

Branches that are not removed, clearing away branches when the chain is running, safety regulations and incorrect movement.

The origins:

In the forest, limbing is a crucial part of preparing logs before bucking takes place, making the stems ready for trade. Limbing may be a dangerous act if precautions are not taken, as branches often fly up under the tree's weight. 

The chainsaws:

To read more about the chainsaws used at WLC2014 go here: Husqvarna 576 XP™ and here: Husqvarna 372 XP™.  

Want to know more about the other disciplines, simply click the relevant link below:

Tree FellingAnother Chain - Precision Bucking - Bucking with Combined Cuts

For more information on precision bucking and WLC2014, visit ialc.ch or check out our other posts here on the WLC2014 blog. Keen to interact? Talk to us @pro_forest on Twitter! 

11

Jul
0

How to make two cuts meet perfectly in the middle of a log

Bucking with combined cuts tests the competitor's woodcutting accuracy from two angles, above and below, on two seperate stems both set at different angles. 

The competitor is marked on time and accuracy, with both cuts expected to meet perfectly in the middle of the log, at a perfect angle.

The deviation in the cut angle results in penalty points, and the disc must be between 30-80mm.

Bucking with combined cuts, the evaluation...

As with many high precision events at the World Logging Championships, competitors will receive penalty points if any of the following elements are not up to standard:

  • Time – points are awarded according to time taken, with penalty points awarded for longer times taken.
  • Angle of cut – the cut angle is measured from four locations, with the angle of the cut and its deviation measured. 90 degrees represents the perfect angle, with a max score of 30 points per log.
  • Distance between the two cuts - The height of the threshold between the bole and the end of the disc is measured, with a lower value representing a higher score. Max score of 45 points per log.

The following factors are also taken into consideration for the total score of 200:

Too early start, violations of work safety regulations, cutting above or below the red line, starting the downwards cut below the green line, fitting the chain or cutting apparatus correctly, damaging the stem with gashes and the thickness of the disc.

A little more info …

Bucking at the World Logging Championships is based on the real world art of cutting felled logs destined for plywood, lumber and pulp, having distinct specifications for length and diameter.

Loggers will use a variety of instruments to ensure accuracy in the real world – so our competitors must be extra skilled to gain high points.

Now to find out which chainsaws the best in the world use at the World Logging Championships, go here: Husqvarna 576 XP™ and here: Husqvarna 372 XP™

Want to know more about the other disciplines, simply click the relevant link below:

Tree FellingAnother Chain - Precision Bucking 

For more information on bucking with combined cuts and WLC2014, visit ialc.ch or check out our other posts here on the WLC2014 blog. Keen to interact? Talk to us @pro_forest on Twitter! 

04

Jul
0

How to cut the perfect log with speed and precision

Precision bucking involves the cutting of two 30-80mm thick discs, from two stems, in the quickest and most precise way possible.

A board covered with sawdust is placed under each stem. If a cut is accidentally made into the board, points are lost. 

Points are also penalised or awarded for time taken, the angle of the cut, how close the buck is to the board, and for other violations.

Precision bucking, the evaluation

As with many high precision events, competitors receive penalty points if any of the following elements are not up to standard:

  • Time – the event is timed, with lower times scoring higher. 
  • Angle of Cutthe higher the deviation from 90 degrees from the horizontal waypoint, the higher the penalty. 
  • Precision80 points are awarded for cutting the disc off without damaging the underneath board. If the disc is not cut off, points are penalised for each mm away from the board. 

Scoring factors:

The approximate score is 250. The following factors may also result in points penalisation: 

Too early start, stepping over the stem or stopper, disc thickness (must be between 30-80mm), violations of safety regulations, removal of sawdust from the plank and a faulty chain or cutting apparatus.

A little more info …

Most amateur tree-fellers would struggle to cut such a precise disc. However the additional challenge of a race against the clock (loggers usually complete the event in between 22 and 35 seconds) and a thick layer of sawdust covering an underneath board makes the completion of this event a truly world class achievement. 

The chainsaws:

To read more about the chainsaws used at WLC2014 go here: Husqvarna 576 XP™ and here: Husqvarna 372 XP™.  

Want to know more about the other disciplines, simply click the relevant link below:

Tree FellingAnother Chain

For more information on precision bucking and WLC2014, visit ialc.ch or check out our other posts here on the WLC2014 blog. Keen to interact? Talk to us @pro_forest on Twitter! 

27

Jun
0

How to change a chainsaw chain in under ten seconds

Fitting another chain involves the safe and quick replacement of a chainsaw chain. 

The competitor is scored on how quickly the chain is replaced according to the chainsaw group. 

Points are deducted for many reasons including failure to turn the bar, dropping the chain or fixing nuts and more.

Fitting Another Chain, the evaluation

Competitors receive penalty points if any of the following elements are not up to standard:

  • • Time – timings are categorised according to the chainsaw group – group 1 or 2. The longer the time taken, the more points deducted from a maximum 140. 
  • Failure to carry out task correctlyif there is a gap between the chain and bar, 50 points are deducted. 
  • Bar not turnedthe bar must be turned at least once in the longitudinal axis. If not, 50 penalty points are given. 
  • Dropping the chain or fixing nutsthis results in 20 penalty points. 

 

Scoring factors:

The following factors are also taken into consideration for the total score of 140: 

Injury involving bleeding, manipulating the saw once the discipline has ended, and incomplete or poor fitting of cutting apparatus. 

The origins…

Whilst Husqvarna chainsaws are renowned for their reliability, chain replacements are necessary, especially in the case of a chain naturally blunting. With the process taking the average logger just five to ten minutes to complete, our champions usually finish the process in 10 to 20 seconds. 

Now to find out which chainsaws the best in the world use at the World Logging Championships, read on…

The chainsaw:

Husqvarna 576 XP™ - This is our most advanced chainsaw and a favourite amongst professionals when it comes to demanding use. The X-Torq® engine provides high torque over a very wide rpm range and exerts low levels of exhaust emission and is low on fuel consumption. 576 XP has Smart Start® for easy starting and Air Injection for stronger and longer runs (not to mention the ergonomically improved handles). 

Husqvarna 372 XP™ - Used by professionals for very demanding practices and is ideal for tree felling, but also general logging. With extra heavy-duty crankcase and crankshaft and a carburettor with vibration dampening, 372 XP can handle high speeds and high loads. The chainsaw ticks all the boxes for low weight, high power and rapid acceleration with flexible operation. 

The chainsaw accessories:

Felling wedge – is inserted before the felling cut is complete, and are knocked in with an axe or impact bar. Sometimes several felling wedges are needed to fell the tree. 

Impact bar – (or axe) can be used as a striking tool when using a felling wedge (these tools are also used as a breaking bar for bigger trees).   

 

For more information on fitting another chain and WLC2014, visit ialc.ch or check out our other posts here on the WLC2014 blog. Keen to interact? Talk to us @pro_forest on Twitter! 

23

Jun
0

Tree felling at the World Logging Championship 2014

Tree felling is a discipline inspired by the hard work of loggers around the world. 

The competitor has three minutes to fell a tree and the tree should land as closely as possible to a marker positioned by the logger.

Time limit and proximity of the fallen tree to the marker is judged with points awarded for the depth and angle of cut and hinge, and height between cut and hinge. 

Click here to go in-depth into the discipline.

13

Jun
0

IN PHOTOS: Husqvarna loggers sharpen skills in Switzerland

To get you excited for the World Logging Championships 2014 we thought we’d share some of the best photos from our recent training camp in Switzerland that most of our team attended.

As you can see, our loggers practiced non-stop under burning sunshine in the fields of Emmen, then braved pouring rain in a mountain forest 2,000m above sea level - all to hone their logging skills for WLC 2014.

Here is just a taster of the action...

The Swiss training camp participants after a hard weekend’s work.  

09

Jun
0

#WinHusqvarna pro logging gear in our photo competition

Enter our competition to win Husqvarna logging accessories - we have three sets of Husqvarna boots, gloves and logger’s bags to giveaway.

To enter, all you have to do is send us an image of yourself with your favourite Husqvarna chainsaw (stay safe please!) and tag it #WinHusqvarna.

Send in your images via Instagram or Twitter. The competition is open now and an expert judging panel will decide the winners. GOOD LUCK!

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05

Jun
0

We’re getting ready for the World Logging Championships 2014

Last week we hosted a Husqvarna training camp for our loggers in Emmen, Switzerland. 

Throughout an intensive weekend, our loggers honed their skills in preparation for the Championships, and we caught all the action in stunning HD video, just like our new teaser ad you can see above.

So stay tuned to the WLC 2014 blog to see our great video coverage; we hope it’ll help you understand the event as well as give you some of the best tips and tricks from the pros.

26

May
0

Three hundred and twenty-five years of expertise in every championship chainsaw

 
  • Husqvarna’s 325 year history allows it to bring expertise and perfection to each and every chainsaw it creates.
  • It’s this expertise that allows it to provide the loggers participating at the World Logging Championships with the best chance to win. 
  • The Husqvarna 576 XP is the reigning championship chainsaw, used by Aleksandr Sokolov to win the WLC 2012 in Raubitschi. 

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