When cutting down trees, there are right and wrong ways to do it. If you are not careful, you can easily injure yourself or damage your property. In this guide, we will teach you how to cut down trees safely and efficiently. We will cover everything from choosing the right tools to correctly felling the tree. So, whether you are an experienced logger or just someone who needs to cut down a tree occasionally, this guide has something for you!
Knowing if it’s safe: Normally, cutting a tree is something that’s best left to the pros. They have the experience, tools, and know-how to get the job done easily and quickly. However, if you plan to do it on your own, understand the scale of the job. Cutting a tree far exceeds the parameters of a DIY job. This is why the first thing you need to see is if it is safe to cut the tree. If the tree is diseased, rotting, or leaning precariously, it is best not to take the risk and hire a professional.
The Right Tools for the Job: Now that you know it is safe to proceed with cutting the tree, it is time to gather the right tools for the job. You will need a chainsaw, saw horses, a wedge, gloves, goggles, and chaps. Of course, you can always rent or borrow these items if you do not have them readily available. Once you have all your tools assembled, it is time to start!
Estimate the fall: One of the most important things to do when cutting a tree is to estimate the fall. You need to know which way the tree will fall to clear the area and avoid any damage. To do this, look for the lean of the tree. The lean will tell you which way the tree is going to fall. Once you have determined the lean, you can begin cutting.
Clear escape routes: Before you start cutting, it is important to clear escape routes. These are areas where you can quickly move out of the way if the tree starts to fall in an unexpected direction. You should have at least two escape routes cleared before you begin cutting.
Make your cuts: Now, it is time to make your cuts. The first cut should be made on the side of the tree opposite the lean. This cut should be about a third of the way through the tree. The next cut should be made on the side of the tree that is facing the lean. This second cut should meet up with the first cut and should also be about a third of the way through the tree. Finally, you will need to make a back cut. This cut should be made on the side of the tree that is facing away from the lean. The back cut should match the first and second cuts, creating a triangle shape.
Using wedges: Wedges are important when cutting a tree because they help to control the fall. To use a wedge, simply place it in the cut you have made. Once the wedge is in place, tap it with a mallet until it is driven into the tree. This will help to prevent the tree from falling in an uncontrolled manner.
Felling the tree: Now that you have made all of your cuts and placed your wedges, you are ready to fell the tree. To do this, simply push on the side of the tree, facing away from the lean. The tree should start to fall in the direction of the lean. As the tree falls, make sure to stay clear of its path!
Removing branches and turning them into firewood: Unless your only job is to fell the tree, the job is not yet done. While the hard part is over, you still need to remove the branches and turn the tree into firewood. Once the tree is down, use the chainsaw to cut the trunk into manageable pieces. These pieces can then be cut into firewood.
Know when to call an expert: We recommend getting expert help for first-time tree cutters. However, if you feel you can do it on your own, give it a shot. However, that doesn’t mean you should put your safety at risk. If you are ever in doubt, always call an expert. They will have the experience and knowledge to do the job safely and efficiently.
When cutting a tree, understand that safety comes before anything else. In addition to your own safety, be mindful of the safety of your kids, pets, or anyone near you. If you’re working with a tall tree close to power lines or other structures, if the tree is diseased or otherwise unstable, or if things are getting out of hand, it’s best to call in a professional.