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Level and tension circular saws

Unit Descriptor This unit specifies the outcomes required to level and tension circular saws including the inspection of saws, the repair of defects such as dished blades, damaged teeth and cracks, the levelling of ridges and lumps and the tensioning of the saw This unit replaces FPIS3053A Hammer and tension circular saws

1 . Prepare for repair
  1. Applicable Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), legislative and organisational requirements relevant to levelling and tensioning circular saws are identified and complied with

  2. Work order is reviewed and checked with appropriate personnel

  3. Equipment is selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations

  4. Levelling and tensioningprocess is planned in accordance with site procedures

  5. Communication with others is established and maintained in accordance with OHS requirements

2 . Assess saw condition
  1. Saws are handled safely without damage to teeth

  2. Foreign material built up on saw surfaces is cleaned for inspection

  3. Saw is inspected to assess condition of teeth and saw plate

  4. Saw is declared unserviceable where hazardous defects are found

3 . Level saw
  1. Radial and circular ridges or lumps are assessed and matched on both sides of the blade

  2. Gauges and straight edges are used in both radial and circular directions and monitored for accuracy

  3. Ridges or lumps are progressively removed through levelling, the use of structure rollsorlevelling rolls to achieve flatness

  4. Hammering and rolling patterns are controlled to reduce internal blade stresses to avoid spring-back and re-occurrence of defects

4 . Tension saw
  1. Consistency of blade curvature is assessed with a straight edge or tension gauge

  2. Tension requirements are determined from assessment of curvature consistency and curvature required for site production requirements

  3. Blade is tensioned using appropriate tools and equipment in accordance with required standard

  4. Final checks are made to ensure tension amount, distribution, placement and level according to site production requirements

  5. Levelling and tensioning process and equipment faults are investigated, recorded and reported in accordance with site requirements

Key CompetencyExamples of ApplicationPerformance
How can information be collected, analysed and organised?By communicating in simple language to confirm work requirements, convey information and requests to colleagues, and report and record outcomes1
How are ideas and information communicated within this competency?By collecting, organising and understanding information required to level and tension circular saws2
How are activities planned and organised?By organising and conducting work activities in the correct sequence for levelling and tensioning circular saws to be completed within the designated timeframes1
How are problem solving skills applied?By using effective communication and interpersonal techniques with colleagues and others to maximise confidence, satisfaction and productivity during the process of levelling and tensioning circular saws1
How are mathematical ideas and techniques used?By calculating time to complete tasks and estimating tools, equipment and material requirements including tensioning and curvature calculations2
How is use of technology applied?By establishing safe and effective processes for levelling and tensioning circular saws which anticipate likely problems to avoid wastage and downtime2
How is team work used within this competency?By selecting and using levelling and tensioning instruments to level and tension circular saws1

Range Statement

OHS requirements are to be in accordance with Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation and regulations, and organisational safety policies and procedures. Requirements may include:

Legislative requirements are to be in accordance with applicable legislation from all levels of government that affect organisational operation. Requirements may include:

Organisational requirements



Work order

Appropriate personnel



Radial and circular ridges or lumps

Gauges and straight edges

Stretcher and levelling rolls




Records and reports

Evidence Guide

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Method of assessment