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Chainsaw Tips Scary

Dear Mr. Whetter, I have been an avid reader for over 25 years but Mr. Harder’s article “Tips to buy and use a chainsaw” (page 34, January 25 issue) leaves me with a very bad impression of the care you take to verify an article’s authenticity. It downright scares me that an article with so, so many errors or omissions, is there for your readership to absorb. I am a professional chainsaw operator trainer with over 20 years of training experience. During the past 12 years as an instructor in the Forestry, Urban Forestry, Arboriculture and Continuing Education program at Sir Sandford Fleming College, I have taught several hundred students from 16 years old to 83 years old, in the safe use of a chainsaw.

I have identified the numerous errors and omissions in the article. (To read these, please see the Machinery & Shop section, page 34, in this issue.) Chainsaw safety is very important. “The Cutting Edge” booklet, published by the Ontario Forest Safe Workplace Association in North Bay, Ontario, is a great source of information.

Tom Marchant Orillia, Ont.

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