In the 1970s, a professional skills competition for forestry workers was created that tested five disciplines based on their daily work: tree felling, chain fitting, bucking by combined cuts, precision bucking and limbing.
In this article, we present some basic information about limbing.
Limbing quickly and cleanly
The special dynamic of this discipline is what makes it so fascinating to watch as two to three contestants compete at the same time. The contestants attempt to remove approximately 30 artificial branches from a tree trunk propped up on a trestle as quickly and cleanly as possible. All contestants face identical branches attached to a six-metre-long trunk. Penalty points can be given for cutting too deeply into the surface of the trunk or for improper foot and leg movement, for instance.
The competition focuses on how well participants can handle a chain saw. They are evaluated on their speed, accuracy and safety in each discipline. A few tenths of a millimetre often mean the difference between victory and defeat.
STIHL supports the World Logging Championships at both the national and international levels.
Here you can find an overview of all disciplines of the world logging championships.