Felling A Tree

How To Fell A Tree

Cutting your own tree down can be a great way to save money but if not approached correctly, can be very dangerous. Below are some tips on how to fell a tree safely and efficiently so there are no accidents.

Rule Number One: Safety

The most important rule when felling a tree is to ensure the safety of all people, structures, and equipment in the area. It is extremely important to have multiple cleared escape paths throughout your cuts. Even if the tree is perfectly cut to fall in one direction, there is no guarentee it will fall the way you want. Surveying the area is critical to make sure no one is in the danger zone if the tree falls in any direction, and no buildings or structures either. The last thing you want to do is drop a tree on your neighbors shed!

Another part of safety is equipment. Do not return home from your local power equipment dealer with just a chainsaw, and expect to be ready to cut the tree. Here is a list of some important safety equipment:

    Safety Goggles and Face Mask
    Ear Muffs and Gloves
    Protective Clothing
    Helmet

You never want to run the risk of something getting into your eyes, you become distracted, and before you know it the tree is falling and you are unaware. In addition, the helmet will help protect you if any loose branches decide to fall from above you. It is extremely important to take all precautions when felling a tree.

Preparing the Cut

Once you have made all the proper safety precautions and checked the legal limitations of your town/zoning restrictions, you are ready to begin cutting your tree. We recommend the following equipment:

    Chainsaw
    2 Felling Wedges
    Sledgehammer For Wedge

Make sure you have decided which way you would like the tree to fall, and cleared anything out of its felling path. Escape routes must also be cleared for you to take at all times.

Tree Felling Diagram

The Cut

1) Cut the notch, which is going to be cutting a triangular shape into the tree in the direction you want it to fall. This cut should be 1/5th of the tree's trunk.
2) Begin cutting the felling cut, which is a flat cut on the same level of the tree that the tree will hing on. (Refer to picture)
3) As you progress with the felling cut, hammer in the felling wedge to prevent the tree from pinching your chainsaw and getting the saw stuck and damaged. Feel free to put in a felling wedge on each side of the tree to protect your chainsaw.
4) Finish the felling cut and take your tree down. You need to be alert at all times during the felling cut, because when a tree starts to fall is unpredictable and highly dangerous. Once the tree starts to fall, you must make sure that you are out of its line of travel.

Felling a tree yourself is a great way to save money but it can be dangerous. We hope that the above tips will be useful when you consider felling your tree.


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