by | Mar 10, 2017 | BLOG


Cutting down a mature tree can be a dangerous thing to do, so it should be handled by properly trained and equipped professionals, if you are unable to hire an expert and need to fell the tree yourself, then these tree cutting tips and method may help everything go smoothly.


1.    Getting the proper equipment

Before you start felling a tree, you need to have the right types of equipment in their best state. The following covers the essential pieces of equipment needed.

  • Chainsaw
  • Safety glasses
  • Leg Protection
  • Wedges
  • Ladder
  • Rope

2.    Taking a good look at the tree

Taking a good look at the tree involves asking yourself certain questions like,

  • Are there dead or broken branches?
  • Which direction does the tree lean?
  • Are branches of a nearby tree in the way?
  • Is there an area where it can fall safely?

3.    Knock against the tree with your axe

This is the best method to know if the tree is dead, dying or a live tree. If it sounds hollow, it may be dead, and if it looks solid, it is a live wood which might be harder to cut. Do this at different points and heights. You’ll find a spot that will make the cutting a lot easier.

4.    Make a Horizontal Cut

This cut should not be higher than your waist, and it should extend no more than one-third into the tree.

5.    Make a Wedge Cut

The slice produced via this cut should appear like a slice of orange. Whether it is done from the top or bottom of the horizontal cut, positioned a stick on the opposite facet of the horizontal cut to make certain a straight wedge cut.

6.    Make a back cut

This cut will decide how thick your holding timber is, that’s the piece that will determine how the tree will fall. Try and make it as thick as possible. Discern out wherein you need the lower back reduce to terminate and mark it at the tree. It has to be a minimum 1.5 inches above the horizontal cut for significant effects. As you chop, put a wedge to prevent the tree from settling onto the chainsaw.

7.    Be alert

As your returned cut is completed, you need to be with a thick holding timber, or the tree will begin to fall. Hold. Keep adding extra wedges as vital. Be ready to run at any moment.

8.    Take cover

While the tree is on its way down, use your breakout path to get correctly clear of it and keep the tree in sight. By keeping your eye on the falling tree, may dramatically lessen the hazard of being severely injured.

Finally, the tree is coming down, but there are certain precautions to be taken for the safe landing of the tree and personal safety;

By no means should you delay behind a falling tree? The stump can snap and fling the tree kicking back towards you inflicting big accidents. Do not move towards the tree with the chainsaw if it fails to fall. The tree is under pressure and could snap.

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author articles By Michael Randazo   3/11/2017  at 6:26 PM

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