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Welcome to the UK Loggers (UKL) official website. Home of the UK’s precision chainsaw competition circuit. Within its pages you should find the answer to any questions that you may have about the UKL along with any up and coming events/competitions.

The UKL started in 1995 and is an annual competition to determine the UK’s precision chainsaw champion. It usually takes place over 2 days and consists of 5 disciplines.

As the competition is organised by volunteers from within the UKL, the location changes from year to year to ease the burden. We are mostly funded by performing demonstrations at various county shows and are generously sponsored by many organisations.

Every 2 years the UKL enter a team in the World Logging Championships( WLC).The team consists of the 3 seniors and junior ( Under 24) that place 1st, 2nd and 3rd and 1st respectively in the UKL during a WLC qualifying year.


Champions

Richard Elliott started competing in 1986 at the Devon County Shows 9th competition. He competed in 11 of them in total and won 7. Taking part in 5 Scottish National competitions from 1987 to 1992 he managed 3rd place which qualified him for the UK team in the World Logging Championships in Romania in 1994. He achieved a bronze medal for limbing in Romania, a bronze for combination cross-cut in Lockerbie 2002 and a silver for Precision cross-cut in Germany 2008. Richard has competed in 17 UK Logging competitions since it started in 1995 and won 11. He will have been competing for 25 years this year.   

Peter Fox has worked in the forest industry since leaving school. He entered his first Royal Welsh tree felling competition in 1996. He first won this title in 2009 and has held it five times overall.He entered his first UK loggers competition in 2004 and whilst he has won each of the 5 events over the years, he has never held the overall title until 2017.He has represented the UK in the World Logging championships three times and is the current UK record holder for fitting a new chain

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Disciplines

The UKL competition consists of 5 disciplines that all relate to an operation performed by a forest worker during a working day: Fitting a new chain, accurately crosscutting a log that is either on the floor or across another log, Felling a tree and snedding (removing braches). All events are against the clock. The disciplines are judged and scored in accordance with the International Association of Logging Championships (IALC ) regulations which may be found at: http://ialc.ch/Englisch/Basics/The-ialc-Worldcup-Disciplines/

Tree Felling

A tree must be cut down within three minutes, which is aimed to fall as near as possible to a pre-determined marker post. During the discipline, one must work within the valid safety regulations and working techniques.

Fitting another chain

With a ready to use chainsaw, one must dismantle and assemble the cutting apparatus. The chain must be taken off, the bar must be turned and another chain must be fitted. The new chain must be fitted so that the chainsaw is ready to use in the two following disciplines without adjustments.

Bucking by Combined Cuts  

From two logs, one must cut a disc of wood no thinner than 30 mm and no thicker than 80 mm. This must be done by cutting the first half upwards from beneath the log and the second half from the top. The contestant gets the highest points when the upper and downward cuts meet each other, without a step, within the marked red zone and at right-angles to the length of the log.

Precision Bucking

From two logs, one must aim to completely cut off a disc between 30 and 80 mm thickness. The disc must be cut at right angles to the longitudinal axis of the stem. The contestant must try to cut the whole disc without damaging the board. Damaging the board will lead to zero points for the accuracy of the cut. The discipline will be performed while the log is in a thin layer of sawdust that hides where the log contacts the surface of the board.

Limbing

In a cylindrically trimmed stem, 30 round branches, all equal in diameter and branching pattern, will be placed, to be cut off by the contestant. The branches must be cut level with the stem, as quickly and as safely as possible.

Relay race

The relay race is a team competition in which the contestants must cut off a wooden wheel of a specially set-up standing or lying tree in the shortest possible time. Apart from the time, the referees draw special attention to the compliance of the security regulations. The relay race discipline is scored as team competition and is not calculated for ranking for the remaining 5 disciplines.

Sponsors

Providing prizes for our annual competition, training for Husqvarna users entering the World Logging Championships and continual support for public demonstrations. For information on Husqvarna forest and garden products visit www.husqvarna.co.uk

The UK Loggers endorse and provide the optional use of Aspen biofuel at our competitions and demonstrations. Fuel provided by the Anglo American Oil Company Ltd. www.aaoil.co.uk