How to safely cut down a tree

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By BenjaminBeck

Use the right safety gear

Safety is not a joke when it comes down to running chainsaws and felling trees. It is something you must take seriously. You must take safety seriously when operating a chainsaw, especially when you are cutting down trees. Protect your ears and eyes with earmuffs and a screen for the face. To keep dust out, you will need safety glasses. Kevlar chaps that will instantly stop a chain if it falls on your leg. AAA Tree removal Nassau Service can help you if you have significant damage to your yard and your house due to branches or fallen trees. We’ll help you clean up, remove dangerous or fallen trees, or assist with emergency tarp installations.

Felling Wedges

Two plastic felling wedges are necessary to prevent the saw from being pinched during a cut. These can be purchased at any outdoor power equipment shop that stocks chain saws.

Calculate the Felling Zone: How do you cut a tree in any direction that you desire?

Trees can reach higher than you might expect and are often taller than you realize. If you are planning to fall a tree, the “axhand trick” can help you estimate the height of the tree. Hold the ax at arm’s length and close one eye. Then, move towards the tree and either back away or toward it until the top and bottom are equal. After the treetop falls, your feet should be approximately where it will rest. This is just an estimation. If the tree falls on something, allow for extra space.

Clear a Cutting Zone

You may not be ready to cut the tree even if you know which way it will fall. Clear the branches and remove any foliage from the trunk. They should be 45 degrees apart from one another in opposite directions. It is not a good idea to trip on a fallen tree.

Take the tree up

Begin by looking at the tree. If you don’t like what you see, don’t chop it down.

Dead branches that have been broken but are still attached or that are actually weakened and supported by other branches. It is possible to break a branch and let it fall on your head.

– It is clearly leaning in one way or being heavily loaded with branches. It will still fall in the same direction as the load or lean, despite all your efforts.

– You may see buildings, fences, or power lines in the felling area. If this is the case, you should not fall and instead call a professional.

Anatomy of a Proper Noch

The rule of thumb when felling trees is to make the notch at least one-fifth the diameter of the tree trunk. It is important to follow the diagram exactly. The point of the notch should be reached by the felling cut. The hinge will guide the tree in the right direction when it falls.

Plan the Notch

The “fall” side will be the one you’re cutting. Adjust the saw so that it points in the fall direction. The center of the notch will be at the point where the bar touches bark. Lay out the notch using chalk or the chainsaw. The notch should be at an appropriate height. You can always reduce the stump later.

Reduce the Notch

First, make the top and then the bottom cuts. Adjust your thumb to control the throttle while you make the bottom cut. The wedge will drop if you reach the top notch with perfect alignment. To allow the wedge to drop, you will likely need to make the cuts at the top and bottom.

Make use of wedges for big trees

You can’t fell a tree more than 18 inches in diameter. Make your notch and start the felling. Once you have pierced enough to place wedges behind your bar, stop cutting. Keep the bar in place with the saw running. Lock the chain brake and insert the wedges. Finish the cut. If the tree is slanted back, the saw will not be pinched by the wedges.

Take the Felling Cut

For a guide, mark a line connecting both the apex and the notch on each side. Make sure the back cut is parallel to the notch’s apex. Next, make the felling cut. Once the tree starts leaning, you will need to pull the saw out and set the chain brake. Then, you will be able to walk away along your escape route, keeping an eye on it so that you can react in case it falls the wrong way. Never lose your eyes on a fallen tree.

You might save your life with a lookout

A trusted assistant will make it safer to fell a tree. They’ll keep an eye on the top of the tree looking for fallen branches, and alert you when the tree begins to fall. Your assistant can tap you on your shoulder with a stick so you know when it’s time for you to leave the area. If you receive the tap early in the cutting, get out of the saw immediately. This means that a branch is in danger of falling. A tap at the end of the cut indicates that the tree is starting its descent.