The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES is a multi-discipline competition consisting of six disciplines, where the athletes have to prove their competitive ability with the axe and the saw. Strength, endurance and the perfect handling of the technical equipment decide on victory or defeat.
Find out the most important tips and tricks of each discipline.
For this discipline the ultimate power saws are called into action. Hot saws are custom chainsaws powered by ‘full race spec' motorbike or jet ski engines. Athletes have a space of only 15 centimetres to cut 3 complete discs from a 46 cm log. Jumping the gun or cutting over the line will result in disqualification. Strength and timing are needed to handle these awesome machines.
The single buck is a massive 2 metre long one man saw. With this, the athletes have to cut off a complete disc from a 46 cm log. The perfect mix of rhythm and strength are key to success.
For the standing block, the felling of a tree with an axe is simulated. A vertical log with a diameter of 30 centimetres has to be cut through from both sides. This discipline calls for both power and precision.
In the stock saw, athletes use the new MS 661 C-M Magnum Chainsaw available at any STIHL store. Athletes must cut 2 discs called cookies from a 40cm diameter log, within a 10 centimetre mark. Top competitors can cut one downward and one upward cut with the all new STIHL MS 661 C-M Magnum in less than 7 seconds
In the past, the underhand chop technique was used to cut a felled tree down to size. Standing on a horizontal log, the athletes cut with an axe through a 32 centimetres of wood. The log has to be worked from both sides. Nerves of steel are needed as the axe impacts just centimetres from the athletes' feet.
The springboard imitates an old lumberjack technique to overcome hard root wood. The athletes cut two pockets in a vertical log 2.7m high. With the help of the springboard they climb to the top and cut through a 27cm diameter log from both sides. Strength, speed and agility are needed for a win.