Cutting down a tree can be dangerous, especially when a tree has lived for dozens of years. Hiring a professional tree cutter is the safest means of tree removal but if you choose to do the deed yourself, the following tips will help you take down a tree more smoothly.
Before you begin, there are a few pieces of equipment you will need to get the job done right.
#1. Safety First: Grab yourself a pair of handy dandy safety glasses to keep your eyes protected from the line of fire and while you’re at it, grab some leg protectors or a pair of sturdy work boots. Sometimes, chainsaws can run into knots in a tree which causes them to come out of the tree and into your leg, so you want to keep protected.
#2. Chainsaw: A chainsaw will be your most important tool and should have a horsepower of at least 3.5 and a 20-inch bar. The bar is an indication of how deep the blade can penetrate, and 20 inches is generally enough for cutting down most trees.
#3. Test Rope: The final tool you need to acquire is a 1,000 lb rope to be used as a safety backup in case there are any problems.
Tree Cutting Tips & Precautions
We can’t say it enough – tree cutting is a dangerous job and one that is recommended to be handled by a professional. It’s certainly not impossible to do the task yourself, but it will require a little bit of knowledge and understanding before beginning.
Some safety tips you want to keep into consideration:
- If you have finished cutting a tree and it fails to fall, don’t walk up to it with your chainsaw as the tree is under massive pressure. Instead, use your rope to pull the tree carefully. Always put your safety first.
- Never stand directly behind a tree as well. You never know when the stump could snap, and send the tree falling backward.
- Always check your gear before you begin working, to make sure that it is in proper working order.
- Don’t cut down a tree on your own. At least make sure there will be one other person around.
- Perform a thorough assessment of the surrounding areas of the tree to make sure there isn’t a chance that it will fall on a house, car, or any other valuable asset.
Safe Tree Cutting Techniques
1.) Evaluate how tall the tree actually is and determine the best direction that it should fall keeping the height in consideration.
2.) Clear the area you plan for the tree to fall in so that nothing gets damaged in the process. Cut a V-shape into the tree on the side that you want it to fall. This “v” should be shallow, knee-height, and cut to the center of the tree to look like an actual v.
3.) When tying your rope to the tree before you start trimming, make sure you attach it to the middle of the area slightly above the middle.
4.) Move to the opposite side of the tree and slowly cut until it reaches your “v”.
5.) When the tree begins to fall, move away as quickly as possible at a 45-degree angle. If the tree gets stuck on another tree or doesn’t fall over completely, carefully pull on the rope until it does. This is where it’s best to have other people help you, as there are more people to watch the tree’s progress from different angles.