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Things to know before cutting a tree!
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  • We figure out which direction the tree needs to fall. Ensure there is ample clear space for it to fall without getting hung up in other trees or falling on an unintended object. If the tree is already leaning to one side, we have to fell the tree in that direction or crane it out if there isn't a clear path for felling it.
  • We always clear debris or obstacles from underneath the tree and make a couple of escape routes to the side or at a 45-degree angle to the direction in which we expect the tree to fall. Keeping these escape routes clear at all times can minimize dangerous risks.
  • Before we begin with the project, we must have a tuned-up, sharpened chainsaw and have gathered the other tools, such as a sharp ax, a sledgehammer and wooden or plastic wedges. It is very important to don our personal protective equipment. Also needed are hard hat, eye and hand protection, ear muffs or plugs and safety shoes. Take along a fire extinguisher of the correct rating in case of a stray spark that could ignite a fire.
  • We use the chainsaw to cut a notches on the side of the tree where we want it to fall. Start by making an undercut slightly above the base of the tree about a third of the way through the diameter of the tree. Then make an intersecting cut at a 45-degree angle to the tree trunk, about a foot above the level cut, then remove the resulting wedge-shaped notch.
  • After checking again to ensure there is a clear path for the tree to fall, we move around behind the tree to make the felling cut. This will be another level cut about 2 inches above the level cut made on the opposite side of the tree for the notch.
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  • Cutting slowly and keeping an eye on the tree, we stop cutting when there is only a couple of inches of wood left.  We leave that to act as a hinge.  If the tree hasn't begun to fall, we withdraw the saw and give the trunk a nudge. TIMBER!
Tips & Warnings
If the chainsaw gets bound in the trunk of the tree, we stop and leave it there.  We then tap wedges into the cut just made until the tree falls or there is room to withdraw the chainsaw bar.
We check for dead limbs and hollow trunks before cutting down a tree.
  • Dead limbs can break off and fall straight down
  • Hollow trunks eliminate the benefit of the hinge effect that a solid trunk provides.
We keep our tools in good repair. Ensure wooden handles are securely inserted into the ax and hammerheads.
We follow all safety precautions for tree and land services:
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