Chainsaw Competitions will thrill crowds at WoodEX for Africa

Chainsaw Competitions will thrill crowds at WoodEX for Africa

South Africa’s most skilled chainsaw operators and talented wood carvers are sharpening their blades for the chainsaw competitions scheduled to take place this Saturday, 24 March 2012 during the WoodEX for Africa Exhibition held at Gallagher Convention Centre.

Arranged by the South African Loggers Association (SALA) who is solely responsible for the running of chainsaw competitions in South Africa, these competitions will consist of speed cutting and carving components, as well as a novice class. For the novice class the main manufacturers, Stihl and Husqvarna, will supply 70cc saws for novices to compete with, but participants need to have a basic knowledge of a saw and their own safety equipment.

The objective of the speed cutting is for the participant to have the saw placed at his feet, switched off, with both hands placed on top of the supplied log. The competitor then has to start the saw and cut three complete discs from the log in the fastest possible time. The machines range from 73cc standard machines used in forestry, to super modified 120cc saws that produce incredible horsepower and speed, with chain speeds in excess of 180km per hour. Competitors’ times usually range from 10 seconds for three cuts with a standard saw to just 5.5 seconds for the super mods.

As far as the wood carving competition is concerned, competitors have one hour to create a design using the logs supplied and only a chainsaw, with no pictures or visible aides allowed in the arena. The carving takes a lot of skill and talent, with participants carving intricate and detailed designs.

WoodEX for Africa will also feature the first ever ladies competition, with girls competing in the standard class and small modified.

The Chainsaw Competitions will most definitely be a highlight and crowd puller at WoodEX for Africa. Thanks to the sponsors of this competition, Husqvarna and Stihl, as well as to Hayden Hutton, Dylan Lane and all the dealers for their support in making this great event possible!

For more information about the Chainsaw Competitions visit or contact Duncan Fryer on tel: 079 895 0020 or Bronson Gunter on tel: 082 463 0202 or e-mail:

The WoodEX for African Exhibition and Conference will be held from this Thursday to Saturday, 22 to 24 March 2012.

Visit for more information about the exhibition and for the full conference programme.