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 tree felling.
Tree felling − collecting points with a precision landing
Tree felling is known to some as the ultimate discipline of the World Logging Championships. Competitors can score the most points (660 altogether) in tree felling. The object of this discipline is to fell a tree with a trunk diameter of between 32 and 38 cm at chest height so that it lands as accurately as possible on a designated spot marked by a stake. The stake is placed some 15 metres away from the tree.
The score is determined by measuring the distance in centimetres of the felled tree from the stake and the precision of the degree of the cut on the tree trunk. Aspects of work safety demonstrated while felling also impact the final score.
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.