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Forests 2017, 8(12), 464; https://doi.org/10.3390/f8120464

Influence of Chain Filing, Tree Species and Chain Type on Cross Cutting Efficiency and Health Risk

Department of Forestry and Renewable Resources, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Večna pot 83, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Received: 11 October 2017 / Revised: 19 November 2017 / Accepted: 21 November 2017 / Published: 24 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Forest Operations, Engineering and Management)
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As one of the major parts of the chainsaw, the cutting chain has an important impact on productivity and health risk in motor-manual harvesting. The efficiency of cross cutting and quantity of sawdust produced in relation to different cutting chain settings, chain producers and wood species has been measured. The trial was set up to include two tree species (fir and beech) and saw chains from two different producers. The chains were filed at three different top plate filing angles and depth height gauges. All factors were significant in terms of cutting efficiency and wood dust production. The top plate angle recommended by producers proved to be the most efficient, with the smallest quantity of inhalable wood dust. Cutting chain settings can be adapted to the specific requirements of the user; however, safe working practices should be followed. Significant differences between chain producers mean that users should conduct rational decision making when choosing a saw chain. View Full-Text
Keywords: forestry; chainsaw; filing; sawdust; safety forestry; chainsaw; filing; sawdust; safety
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Marenče, J.; Mihelič, M.; Poje, A. Influence of Chain Filing, Tree Species and Chain Type on Cross Cutting Efficiency and Health Risk. Forests 2017, 8, 464.

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