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Crosscut Saw Training for Trail Maintenance

I’m jazzed. I just signed up for a training course from the US Forest Service, on how to use a Crosscut saw. Successful participants of the class receive US Forest Certification for use of a crosscut saw to maintain trails in federal wilderness areas. The course is being held at the USFS Manchester Ranger Station in Manchester, VT on November 1 & 2, 2008, from 9am – 5pm. If you are interested in enrolling, contact the Green Mountain Club at [email protected]. Attendance is free.


  1. I am so jealous. We (the local Order of the Arrow lodge) do regular trail maintenance at our scout camp and because chainsaws are banned 364 days out of the year, I'd love to learn how to sharpen, use and maintain my 6-foot crosscut saw.

    Mostly just the sharpening bit. I think I could figure out the rest.

  2. My guess is that the safety and sharpening stuff is best drilled in an outdoor class situation. Here are some cross cut saw training manuals that I've found on-line that should prove useful.


  3. Here's one way, but not the only way to file a crosscut saw:


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