Speed, noise and pumping adrenalin at Timbersports demo
The speed and excitement of the underhand chop, stock saw, single buck and hot saw will all be showcased by Timbersports world champion Brad De Losa on the Hutcheon & Pearce site at the Henty Machinery Field Days.
For Brad De Losa Timberpsorts was a not a sport on the top of this list as a youngster, he experimented with many sports as a child before being encouraged to come along to a local wood chop competition in Lithgow by a family friend.
While he still wasn’t grabbed by the sport, he won his first title in the under 18s and was encouraged by his family and peers to return the following year.
In the early 2000s Timbersports was not a competition in Australia, meaning he had to travel to the US to participate in the sport.
Fast forward to today and Brad boasts an impressive resume with two Individual World Championships, three World Champions Trophies, seven Team World Champion titles, three National Pro Champion titles, and the winner of the 2022 National Trophy.
In Brad’s Timbersports field day demonstration, Henty visitors will be able to see the underhand chop, where the competitor swings an axe inches from their feet into a pine log being held horizontally in a metal cradle.
“This is where we like to get the audience involved at our Mini Timbersports demos at field days, to guess how many swings of the axe it takes to cut through the pine,” Brad said.
“Next up is the stock saw event which uses STIHL MS660 chainsaws, the second most powerful saws that STIHL builds, and the competitor must make two whole cuts through the wood.
“Then we have the single buck event sometimes known as the "Misery Whip," by competitors. This is where we also like to get the audience involved and have two participants try their hand at the single buck saw.
“The final event and the loudest of the demos is the Hot Saw, which uses a customised chain saw with modified engine, is the quickest of the events, the competitor makes three cuts within six inches of wood; so precision is key.
“This event while a favourite is also the most difficult discipline. Come along and see all the excitement.”