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How to Cut Down a Tree

Cutting down a tree is really easy. It may seem intimidating, but in reality it's just as easy as cutting a piece of pie. In order to cut down a tree, you must have a saw or a chainsaw that is in good working condition. Test it out on something smaller or make sure it works before you start!

To begin with, you MUST always wear a pair of safety glasses as well as a good pair of working gloves. This is for your protection. You also have to have a tree to cut down. If this tree is too big (i.e. it is more than 60 inches in diamter or so or you are having difficulty with it) seek proffessional help.

Next, fire up the chain saw if that is what you are using. Slowly and carefully approach the tree that you plan to take down and start at the bottom. You want to start cutting away from yourself and be about two feet off the ground. Also, you want to be next to the tree, not behind it from where you are cutting from. Ease your saw as if you were slicing butter and carefully keep cutting until you start to hear the tree creak and moan. When this happens, stop! Make sure that no one is around you, then continue cutting.

Here is where it gets a little dicey. Make sure that the tree has enough room to fall; it will fall in the direction that you are cutting in. Keep cutting until the tree starts to fall forwards and then get out of the way! Do not go underneath the tree at any point to check on your progress as the tree may fall on top of you. The tree should fall to the ground. And that is how you cut a tree down!

John Candi
Sun, 07 Jun 2009 17:37:15 +0000

This may be how he cuts a tree down, but the method described is rather unsafe. No mention of face cut, back cut, hinge wood, wearing chaps and hard hat, etc. And if the saw chain isn't sharp to start with, it most certainly will not be like slicing butter.

Mr. Bunyan
Sat, 09 Jan 2021 19:47:27 -0800

My comments on the original post is not to follow what that person says. He mentions that you must have certain safety equipment however the list is quite short on what you need. Starting at the head you need a safety helmet with a screen safety glasses and ear protection. You should also consider the clothing you're wearing you do not want something loose fitting that can get in the way or snag on something and a good set of work pants is a good idea then you need chaps for your leg protection and if you are using an electric saw you have to buy chaps that are rated for an electric saw. Then I would recommend a good set of boots with steel toe protection. He never mentions that when you approach the tree you're going to cut down, you should always look above and make sure there are no hanging dead limbs or anything like that that could come down on top of you they don't call those widowmakers for nothing. Then he says if you're coming down a large tree up to 60 in in diameter to seek professional help well that is a very large tree and only someone with a lot of experience should be cutting down a 60 inch tree. And you should always have a spotter with you. That way you can concentrate on cutting the tree and the spotter will do his job which is making sure nobody comes into the area and continually look around and up to make sure that everything is safe. I love it when he says when you start to hear the tree cracking that it is a dicey time and that you should check to make sure there's room for the tree to fall that should have been done while doing your original walk up to the tree. And as the other person who commented pointed out he never mentioned back cuts and stuff like that so it only makes me believe that he is cutting a notch in the tree on the side where he wants the tree to go and then making a angle cut from the other side down towards the notch he cut on the other side of the tree this is a OSHA violation and a very big that the person cutting down a tree definitely doesn't know what he is doing. If a tree is felled properly the dump will be pretty much flat except for the notch that is used to direct the tree to where you want it to go. So if you are thinking of felling a tree, go to YouTube and put in how to fell a tree to learn how to do it correctly and safely.. and one thing you would definitely need is filling wedges which were not mentioned so I would disregard that all together and go learn how to do it to correct way. And then go practice what you learned on a tree that is not very big and not near anything once you learn to fill a tree properly then increase the size of the tree until you feel comfortable in what you're doing. And those little lines on the side of the Chainsaw or not there to look pretty they are sight lines when you make your original cuts you aim those lines where you want the tree to go and using those lines guarantee that the tree will most likely Fall right aimed at.

Jon Schoen
Fri, 14 Jul 2023 13:32:19 -0700

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