Cutting down a tree is generally something that should be left to the professionals. If the tree that you’d like to cut is relatively short and small, however, it may be possible to tackle the task yourself. Whether it’s a tiny tree or a massive one, you need to keep safety in mind at all times. You also need to be clear about how to cut down the tree efficiently and effectively.
Follow these steps to increase the safety and efficiency of your tree-cutting experience:
- Sound it Out – Knock against the tree with your ax. If it sounds hollow, it may be dead or dying. If it sounds solid, it is live wood and will be more difficult to cut. Do this at different points and heights. With any luck, you’ll find a spot that will make the cutting a lot easier.
- Figure Out Where it Will Fall – Does the tree have a tendency to lean one way or another? It’s easiest and best to choose a drop zone that falls where the tree naturally wants to land. Try to choose a spot that is level, or the tree could roll, bounce or otherwise move and cause damage or injuries.
- Make a Horizontal Cut – This cut should not be higher than your hip, and it should extend no more than one-third of the way into the tree. Keep in mind that the tree will fall perpendicularly to this horizontal cut.
- Make a Wedge Cut – The slice that is produced by this cut should look like a slice of orange. Whether you make it from the top or bottom of the horizontal cut, put a stick on the other side of the horizontal cut to ensure a straight wedge cut.
- Make a Back Cut – This cut will determine how thick your holding wood is, which is the piece that will determine how the tree will fall. Try to make it as thick as possible. Figure out where you want the back cut to terminate and mark it on the tree. It should be at least 1.5 inches above the horizontal cut for best results. As you cut, place a wedge to prevent the tree from settling onto the chainsaw.
- Be Ready – As your back cut is completed, you should end up with an even holding wood. Either that, or the tree will begin to fall. Keep adding more wedges as necessary. Be ready to run at any moment.
- Run – When the tree is on its way down, use your escape route to get safely clear of it. Don’t turn your back on it. By keeping your eye on the falling tree, you can dramatically reduce the risk of being seriously injured.
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