To watch some sawdust really fly, be sure to check out the speed bucking event. High performance saws, also known as “hot saws” are used for this loud event. Saws of 140 cc or less are used by Open class contestants who must cut a large block with two cuts, one from above and one from below. The Douglas fir, 20 to 22 inches in diameter, is mounted horizontally ready for cutting.
The saws must have single-cylinder engines and be started manually. Modifications are allowed to be made to the “hot saws” but must follow certain regulations. Novice contestants take part in this extremely exciting event as well, but have a 15-inch diameter log and must use a regular saw of 100 cc or less. Three cuts are made – one down, one up and one down again.