Russian Timber Industry: What is this type of saw called??

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Hello, I was playing a game called MudRunner last night and it got me interested in The Russian Timber Industry. So I watched a Russia Today (RT) special on YouTube called "Englishman vs. Russia: Men of the forests. The tough work of Russian lumberjacks".
Then this happened...
Is this a type of saw that is commonly used for timber nowadays?
If you watch the video it's about 3:30 into it that Ivan brings out his fancy back saving saw. Also he cuts an extremely small notch...
 

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I believe it is used in deep snow where the snow is dug from around the stump.
Ivan did mention logging in the winter. Supposedly they work into -40 degree Celsius temperatures. Also something about having to dig holes in the snow. Makes sense using it in the snow...
 
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A100HVA thanks for the reply and the pics, that is really cool.
Does the winter cover add extra protection? What are the handles called?
 
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That looks like a back killer that only gets you the extra tree length equal to the handle distance above the saw. I commend those guys for being tough enough to run one of those all day.
Maybe they dig down and let the saw sit on a ledge in the snow and carry no weight with the handles? That way they just use the saw to turn it into the trunk? They have so many trees where they log I can't imagine that the extra 14inches(?) is worth the hassle.
 
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Perhaps it would also keep the operator clear of the carbon monoxide collecting in hole around the tree hes cutting
When Russia starts worrying about worker safety will be the day the whole world will be better off. Talking to a former Army Engineer who worked with Russians removing mines in Bosnia, being half dead from CO poisoning would just be a good base to build on when they started drinking vodka that day.
 
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Thing is, you still need a snow shoveler to dig out the bole to the bottom except if you have close to a full crown then you will have a devined bole. If they are not in the mountains or by some seas then snow is not going to be so deep.
May work for Christmas trees and other small spruce with low crown.
Not my thing though.
 

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