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Hi guys, Not sure if I'm posting in the right area so apologies if not I run a small gardening business and am just about to purchase a heavy duty chainsaw, could anyone advise me about getting a license please? I can't seem to find anything online or anywhere local to me (Crawley area) that offers training but am under the impression that you need to be trained or have a license before using one? Could anyone also advice me on what PPE would be required please? Many thanks


  • You don't need a licence as such but you need training and protective clothing. Operating one in a business you most certainly need to be trained.

    PPE consists of chainsaw boots, chainsaw trousers or chaps, chainsaw gloves, all with Kevlar or ballistic nylon padding. Helmet with face shield and ear defenders are a must too. You will need some other kit too for maintaining the saw. An if you plan to use the saw above shoulder height.. well don't..

    You say heavy duty saw. Depends on what you mean but for most work a 40 or 50 cc saw with maybe 13 inch bar is quite sufficient. I have always used Husqvarna saws but do get one of the market leading makes, they are worth it.

    As to training you need something specific to your industry, I was trained for tree felling, cross cutting, large trees and windblow many many years ago under the NPTC banner but that skill set would not be the same as in the arb industry.

    Hopefully someone with more recent training will contribute.

    Respect this tool though, they are nasty but great fun too.


  • DyersEndDyersEnd Posts: 730

    I don't know that you need a licence but you definitely should have training.  I know people who have hurt themselves very seriously.

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 875

    Plumpton College offers least they used to.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,812
    DyersEnd wrote (see)

    I don't know that you need a licence but you definitely should have training.  I know people who have hurt themselves very seriously.

    So do I - one chap I knew came within a couple of inches of emasculating himself  - get trained and always always always wear the right protective clothing .... please image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 5,025

    Try your local Chamber of Commerce, they may be able to point you in the direction of a training company.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • TopsoiledTopsoiled Posts: 113

    Training is an absolute must - ask anyone in the industry and they will have a nasty tale to tell you. Personally I wouldn't have one - and I've spent most of today hedge laying with a bow saw and bill hook.

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,235

    And good personal and public liability insurance.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Stephanie newish gardenerStephanie newish gardener Aberdeenshire/Moray coastPosts: 336

    My husband has two chainsaws and wanted training both for personal use and for the possibility of going into forestry. We live near a large estate in Scotland and you can only use a chainsaw on their land if you have the appropriate certificate of competence.

    He did a week's course as Askham Bryan college in York on chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting which gives the basic certificate.  There are a further two levels to attain for most commercial uses.  The basic course was £350 plus assessment.

    He already had a fair bit of personal experience with a chainsaw but learnt a lot of useful stuff, so even if you are not looking at using it commercially it is definitely worth doing.  Other colleges around the country will offer the same course

    I would echo what others have said about safety equipment and clothing - look at chainsaw specialists they have lots of useful info as well as a good range of clothing and accessories and their prices are generally reasonable

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  • It's a bit of a worry that you're talking about having a chainsaw without doing the homework first. Anyway, Lantra are very good trainers - I've done their brushcutter course, but I've never messed with chainsaws. You can always get someone in to do the dangerous stuff for you and they can invoice the client themselves, so it saves you a lot of trouble and maintenance time.

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