How to cut small trees with a chainsaw
How to Cut Down a Small Tree • Ugly Duckling House
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This quick lesson is about cutting down a small tree. Learn safety tips and the easiest technique to clear your yard in no time!
I’ve done a lot of yard cleanup over the years, from filling in a backyard sinkhole to clearing overgrown vines to tree trimming. But this time, I wanted to tackle something on the smaller side and learn how to do things myself.
Have you ever put a new tool in your hands and felt like Wonder Woman? Or, I suppose more generally, a superhero? I often feel that way. Power tools, especially ones I am using on a project for the first time, always give me a little bit of a rush.
Perhaps it’s because power tools are more often associated with dudeliness, so I feel a little rebellious against stereotype. Perhaps it’s because I get to learn more and pass that info along to you guys. Perhaps it’s because by the end of whatever it is I’m doing, something awesome is going to be there that wasn’t there before.
(It’s a little bit of all of that.)
Whenever I get a new tool, either by purchasing myself or from a new sponsor (the best kind of enablers ?), I actively look for a way to start using it. So, when K mentioned that he wanted to take a weekend to visit his parents’ new tiny house in Tennessee, brought along my new STIHL battery-powered chainsaw. They sent me one a few months ago as part of this year’s partnership, along with a few other outdoor tools, and I was itching to use it.
His parents had purchased some of their family’s farmland to build on, and I was going to see it for the first time. They have a ton of old trees around the home and regularly cut them down (they did the same at their old home when I visited last fall — if you recall, that’s where Charlie saw her first cow EVER). I packed the chainsaw* because I knew the opportunity might come up where I could learn a thing or two from K’s dad and compare it to the gas-powered chainsaws I knew he had.
*I know, just casually bringing up the subject of chainsaws is a weird thing to do with your boyfriend’s parents, but it’s just kind of part of how I’ve gotten to know his family. His dad was thrilled to show me what he knows and it was a lot of fun, and not at all creepy the way it sounds as I’m retelling this story. ?
As luck would have it, there were a few trees ready for a good chop! Since several around their new property were dead and/or infested with termites, cutting them down was the best way to protect the newly built tiny house. K’s dad gave me a few pointers, which I’ve shared below. You can also see a few scars on the bark of some of these trees where old vines had been strangling them.
Safety Gear / PPE
I should also mention that, despite having enough forethought to bring my new chainsaw with me, I managed to forget my safety chaps – d’oh! I did find a pair of my STIHL earbuds in the car (I often leave them around my neck by accident when I do a store run, so finding a pair in my car or purse is pretty common!). I then borrowed some protective eyewear from K’s dad, but I’m recommending before we get started here that safety chaps protect your legs from the chainsaw if it takes a weird bounce. You should also wear gloves and remove any loose-fitting clothing as well as wear protective footwear and headgear. I will eventually use the chainsaw again at home, so you’ll see me correctly geared up like I was a the STIHL summit when that happens. I’ve included links below to several pieces that are good for small folks like me (I covered in this post how PPE that is too large/loose is also a safety concern).
(I should have looked more like this.)
STIHL MSA 120 battery-powered chainsaw review
Even though I was lucky enough to have my pick of chainsaws from the STIHL Lightning Battery System line, I opted for their smallest. On the surface, that sounds kinda nuts, since why wouldn’t I go for more power if I can? To put it simply, I wanted this to be a true test of what STIHL says this chainsaw can do:
Part of the AK Series, the MSA 120 C-BQ is a great battery-powered chainsaw for suburban homeowners, handling storm cleanup to limb removal. The MSA 120 C-BQ bundle comes standard with the AK 20 battery and AL 101 battery charger. It features low vibration, quick chain adjustment and STIHL Quickstop® Plus chain braking feature. Make 100 cuts through a 4″ log on a single charge, which gives you enough power to tackle a stack of firewood.
In terms of yard cleanup, taking out small trees, cutting firewood, and so forth, this seemed most in line with how I’d wind up using a chainsaw in general. It would be very rare for me to need to cut down a large tree (in fact, I hired out to the pros when I needed to take out the pine trees in my yard — not only because of their size but I needed the expertise and the satisfaction that someone had the right permits and approvals to do such a large job in a suburban area like mine). To get something bigger and then talk about how impressive it is to take care of these smaller tasks didn’t seem like as much of a good test.
Pretty good performance for its size. I was able to cut down a couple of small trees and slice that into firewood in a single charge. It’s also really lightweight, which means that just about anyone can use it (I even got K’s mom to try it).
In other words: it will last about as long as your own energy to do the task. When it stops was pretty much when all of us were ready to be done for the afternoon.
Despite the years of cutting down trees, Mrs. Carter had actually never tried to use a chainsaw before. The fact that the chainsaw is on the smaller side and lightweight made it more appealing to her, though. (P.S. I feel the need to mention again to scroll back up and check out that picture of the chaps/gloves/helmet attire or down for that list of PPE … K’s dad, on the other hand, is your classic will-wear-gloves-but-can’t-be-talked-into-wearing-more-gear kind of dad).
She would like me to tell you, from her own endorsement, that it’s light enough for seniors to handle. Since K and I both consider her stamp of approval to be a Pretty Big Deal, I wouldn’t be surprised if STIHL sent out a press release on that quote. It’s like the Good Housekeeping seal, only much more exclusive. ?
How to fell a small tree with a chainsaw
The phrase “fell a tree” always hits my ear weird, but that’s the other way of saying “cut down a tree” — which do you use?
At any rate, below is a recap of what I learned from Mr. Carter as he gave me pointers. Just in case it’s asked, I’ll clarify that he’s not a professional arborist, but he is a guy who has cut down scores (possibly hundreds?) of trees in his lifetime. Get your elders to teach you things, friends — they will, and it’s awesome!
Materials & Tools
- safety glasses
- chaps and helmet
- STIHL MSA 120 C-BQ chainsaw
1. Plan ahead
… like not forgetting your gear 🤣
I had K’s dad pick the spots to cut as well as the path that the tree would fall (both in terms of him being the more experienced one and so he could be responsible for it not hitting his house!). But ultimately, you need to clearly identify where the tree will land. It appeared that his goal each time was for the tree to come down and not only clear the house, but to hit the ground without falling down on other trees (doing so could possible entangle the fallen tree with the healthy one, kill a healthy one in the process, or cause the other to fall in a weird direction and hit something unexpectedly).
He also took some time to clear away debris around the base. Fallen branches and other obstacles are dangerous objects you won’t want to trip on if you have to suddenly move out of the way.
It should also go without saying that people, dogs, and other precious things should not be in the area either.
2. Make your cuts at a comfortable height
Don’t feel the need to squat down and cut close to the ground right away. You can make your initial cuts, let the tree fall, and then cut down the remaining bit to a stump. Use a stance that is comfortable for you to hold throughout the entire cut. It’s safer to have a good handle on the chainsaw and prioritize on cutting in the right spot so that the tree falls where you want.
3. Cut a wedge on the same side as the tree will fall
Our first cut was horizontal, about halfway through the tree (sometimes 2/3 if it’s small). Allow the chainsaw to work the cut; do not work it in a sawing motion. The next cut is at a downward angle above the first cut, about 60 degrees or so, at a depth so the two cuts meet. This should result in a wedge-like shape cut out of the tree.
4. Make a third cut on the opposite side
Position yourself so you are neither directly under the felling area nor on the exact opposite side (it seems logical at first to be exactly opposite, but if the tree falls backwards, you don’t want to be under it).
A few inches above the first horizontal cut and on the opposite side of the tree, make another slice with the chainsaw but don’t cut all the way to the other cut lines. This is when the cut will separate the base of the tree, sort of like a hinge, and the tree will start to fall from its own weight. I was a little nervous when this part happened because K and his dad have ZERO FEAR getting up in the action and pushed on the tree (which I’m not sure you’re supposed to do, but I let it go).
5. Cut the stump
As the tree falls, move away from the tree. Once it’s down, cut the rest of the remaining trunk down to a stump.
6. Cut firewood logs
Cut off the smaller branches first until you have a clean section for making into logs. Elevate it off the ground slightly. Get most of the way through and slow as you get to the end of the cut (otherwise, the cut will give way and send the tip of your chainsaw into the dirt).
Of course, that’s not the only thing we did on our visit. There was a good bit of relaxing, spending more time with one of K’s brothers and his wife (he has a total of 3 brothers), and getting some ideas on our future vintage travel trailer renovation (more on that later). Charlie and Stella had an absolute blast and were ready for bed LONG before it was time.Stella playing inside a hollowed stump – she thinks there’s an animal in there!
We also took an afternoon to walk down to another family property and visit Mrs. Carter’s uncle, who lives in the coolest old farmhouse (he’s in his 80s and still works out in the garden and built the second story!). I didn’t want to be too imposing and take photos inside, but if I ever can, I’ll happily share them here. I took few pictures of the other parts of the property from our walk, though.
I didn’t take much video while I was up there, but I did get a couple of quick clips on my phone and put them together below. It’s mostly of the pups enjoying their trip (ha). Small bit at the end of my first time using the chainsaw (I promise, I improved from there!).
Hope you have a good one! I was hoping to share a few more things this week, including a post with lots of Charlie and Stella pics. Something on my A/C unit has busted and soaked through the ceiling in the living room, so it’s been a distraction-heavy week. With any luck, I can get back on schedule as soon as tomorrow!
How to Cut Down a Tree Safely
Make it fall where you want it! Check out these expert tree felling techniques.
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Wear the Right Safety Gear
Safety isn't a throwaway word when it comes to felling trees and running chain saws. You must take it seriously. There are a few absolutely essential safety gear items you need to wear for any chain saw work, and especially when felling a tree: - A logger's helmet to protect you from falling branches, a major cause of logging injuries. - Earmuffs and a face screen to protect your ears and eyes. - Safety glasses to keep the dust out. - Kevlar chaps, which will stop a chain instantly should you happen to drop the bar against your leg.
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Buy Felling Wedges
Two plastic felling wedges will prevent your saw from getting pinched during a cut. You can find these at any outdoor power equipment store that carries chain saws.
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Estimate the Felling Zone: How to fell a tree in the direction you want
Trees are taller than you think and reach farther on the ground than you'd expect. When you're planning on felling a tree, you can estimate where a tree will fall by using the “ax handle trick.” This is how to fell a tree in the direction you want: hold an ax handle at arm's length, close one eye, and back away from or move toward the tree until the top of the ax is even with the treetop and the bottom is even with the base. Your feet should be about where the treetop will rest after falling. It's just an estimate, though, so allow extra room if there's something the tree might fall on!
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Clear a Cutting Zone
Even when you're sure which way the tree is going to fall, you're still not ready to fell it. Cut away any brush around the trunk and clear two escape routes on the “non-falling” side of the tree. They should be about 45 degrees away from each other in opposite directions. The last thing you want is to trip while walking away from a falling tree.
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Size Up the Tree
Start by studying the tree. Don't cut it down if you see:
- Dead branches that are broken but attached, or that are actually broken off and supported by other branches. You're bound to knock a branch loose and have it fall on you.
- It is obviously leaning in one direction or heavily loaded with branches on one side. It will fall in the direction of the lean or load despite your best efforts.
- There are buildings, fences, power lines or other things you care about in the felling zone. If so, skip the felling and call a pro.
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Anatomy of a Proper Notch
When felling a tree, the rule of thumb is to make the depth of the notch one-fifth of the tree trunk's diameter. The goal is to make the angles as shown in the diagram (or as close as you can). The felling cut should meet the point of the notch. When the tree starts to fall, the hinge will help guide the tree to fall in the desired direction.
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Plan the Notch
You're going to be cutting a notch on the "fall" side of the trunk. Sight along the handle and adjust the saw until it's pointing toward your fall direction. The spot where the bar touches the bark will be the center of the notch. Before cutting, lay out the notch by marking with chalk or by scoring the bark with the chain saw. Make the notch at a comfortable working height. (You can always shorten the stump later.)
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Cut the Notch
Make the top cut first and then the bottom. When you're making the bottom cut, adjust your hand to control the throttle with your thumb. If you meet the top notch perfectly, the wedge will drop out of the notch. But most likely you'll have to extend the cuts from either the top or the bottom so the wedge can drop free.
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Use Wedges on Big Trees
If you're felling a tree that's more than 18 in. in diameter, go ahead and make your notch cut and begin the felling cut. Stop cutting as soon as you've penetrated far enough to pound wedges behind the bar. Leave the bar in the cut with the saw running, but lock the chain brake and tap in the wedges. Then finish the cut. Wedges will keep the saw from getting pinched in the cut if the tree leans back.
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Make the Felling Cut
Score a line connecting the apex of the notch on both sides for a cutting guide. The back cut should be parallel and even with the apex of the notch. Then make the felling cut. The instant the tree begins leaning, pull the saw free, set the chain brake and walk away along one of your escape routes, keeping an eye on the tree so you can react if it doesn't fall the way you planned. Never take your eye off a falling tree.
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A Lookout Might Save Your Life
When felling a tree, you'll be a lot safer if you have a trusted assistant standing a few feet behind you watching the top of the tree for falling branches and letting you know when the tree starts to fall. Have your assistant tap you on the shoulder with a stick to alert you when it's time to vacate the area. If it's early in the cut and you get the tap, leave the saw and walk away immediately. That means a branch is falling. Near the end of the cut, a tap means the tree is beginning its descent.
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Start Cutting Branches at the Trunk
After felling the tree, cut off branches starting at the lower end of the trunk and working to the top. Whenever possible, stand on the uphill side of the tree. Work from the left side of the trunk (as you face toward the top of the tree). This allows the safest and most efficient use of the chain saw because you can rest the side or bottom of the saw on the trunk and slice off the branches with a pivoting motion.
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Saw the Trunk into Firewood
Cut a log into 16-in. lengths for firewood by first sawing three-quarters of the way through the log. Then roll it over and complete the cuts.
Learn how to cut firewood multiple ways so you can use whichever tools you have available.
Originally Published: May 29, 2019
How to cut down a tree with a chainsaw. How to saw and fell a tree with a chainsaw, rules, technique
Owners of plots often need to cut a tree with a chainsaw, but how to properly fell a tree with this tool. Let's figure it out together! Following the safety standards in working with the tool allows you to nullify the risk of damage and make it much more efficient to fell the plant.
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Contents of the article:
- How to fell trees - safety rules
- Preparatory stage
- Proper cutting of a tree and technique
- How to saw a tree correctly
- Chisty Les services
How to fell trees with a chainsaw - safety rules
Proper felling of large trees with a chainsaw in a forest or on a plot is not only a laborious, but traumatic process. The smallest mistake can cause big problems. It is not enough to have a tool. Proper felling of trees requires compliance with safety regulations, which must not be ignored:
- The sober state of the worker - any form of intoxication is prohibited (alcohol or drugs). Otherwise, the risk of injury increases several times.
- Before sawing and felling a tree correctly, it is necessary to check the technical condition of the equipment: the quality of sharpening, chain tension, serviceability of the tire and other elements.
- It is strictly forbidden to touch the cutting elements with your hands while the engine is running. If you need to somehow interact with the tool, first turn off the engine.
- In the process of work, we use special eye protection or a handkerchief.
- The chainsaw makes a lot of noise. Before felling, we use earplugs or special headphones.
- Be sure to put on a helmet on your head - large branches may fall during felling.
- Shoes are selected according to the rules - they must consist of durable materials (rough leather) with special protectors on the soles that prevent slipping. The toe of the boots is decorated with metal inserts that provide protection against injury in the event of a chain breakage and its contact with the leg.
- Clothing made of strong, dense materials that fit well on the body - significantly reduces the risk of the tool getting caught on the item or winding it up.
- IMPORTANT! While felling trees, hold the chainsaw with both hands.
- Sawing is carried out by several people.
- Do not refuel the chainsaw with fuel mixture indoors or while the engine is running.
- The chainsaw is transported assembled and in a special case.
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How to Fell Trees with a Chainsaw Properly - Preparatory Step
Proper felling of large and small trees with a chainsaw involves preliminary preparation. The process begins with the assimilation and compliance with safety requirements. Then you need to calculate different options for the fall of the barrel, which will pass without damage to the environment. In this case, take into account:
- Bar length.
- Equipment engine traction parameters.
- Barrel dimensions.
- Presence of wind - speed and direction.
The next stage of preparation provides for certain features:
- Felling trees in coastal areas deserves special attention. A barrel that has fallen into the water can create a lot of problems and require additional expenses to complete the work.
- It is necessary to determine the escape routes if the situation during felling gets out of hand and the tree does not fall where it was planned. The dumped thick trunk must be sawn and removed in the future, which requires free space for the entrance of equipment.
- Eliminate the risk of falling while felling branches - the problem is solved individually by calling in specialized equipment (rental of a cranked lifting device, etc.).
- Site preparation for safe movement of equipment and people. The area is cleared of branches, leaves and other debris.
How to fell a tree - felling rules and sequence of actions
The scheme for felling large and small trees is slightly different. Vegetation of small sizes is removed from the very beginning:
- Search for stem inclination. Even a light pull to one side makes a difference. Ideally straight trees are recommended to cut in the most comfortable direction. The size of one notch may be the radius of the trunk.
- A similar incision is made on the opposite side. You should wait until the plant begins to gradually tilt in the chosen direction. First you need to properly fell the tree with a chainsaw when cutting at the shoulder level of a tall person, and then separately - significantly reducing the risk of injury.
- Cutting trees with a chainsaw into elements that are easy to transport. The procedure begins by removing the branches that are furthest away. Small ones saw in one go, and thick saws in two or more steps. The chainsaw chain must not touch the ground. Otherwise, it will dull faster.
A tree is classified as large if its trunk diameter is more than 50 centimeters. Sawing large-sized is carried out only after choosing the direction of the fall of the plant. How to fell large trees correctly? Standard technique for felling trees with a chainsaw:
- An incision is made from top to bottom with a slope of 60 degrees. It should be performed exclusively from the direction of the tree's thrust to the ground. Proper felling of trees with a chainsaw requires you to accurately maintain the angle and hold the tool as evenly as possible.
- A line is drawn horizontally and abuts at the point of the first cut from the inside. In this way, you can cut and remove the corner, which allows you to correctly perform this stage of felling.
- On the opposite side of the two cuts, a horizontal cut is made with the tool - always a little higher. You should cut as deeply as possible, but not completely, otherwise the tree will remain in an upright position, and it will be more difficult to dump it.
- The second cut is supported by a special wedge or spatula. The remaining volume is removed with additional tools or sawing from the inside.
- At the last stage, the equipment is placed in the opposite direction with a slight slope to the left and gradually reaches the middle of the trunk. A wedge is placed. The tree is completely finished from the opposite side.
How to cut trees with a chainsaw: removing branches and stems
After the plant has been deboned, the removal of branches begins. It is performed exclusively from a horizontally located, already dropped trunk. The worker alternately cuts the rows, gradually reaching the central part for a complete cleaning of the wood.
Each element is removed individually with a chainsaw. Experienced arborists advise in the process to immediately transport the treated areas to a separate place for further export.
Sawing of the prepared trunk is carried out in stages:
- A cut is made on top of the plant - approximately 50% of the tree is affected.
- Tool stays in place and switches off. The prepared hole is filled with a wedge. It is additionally rammed for better contact. This is necessary in order for the tool to comfortably pass between the two parts of the barrel.
- Finishing the tree to the end and then transporting it to a place intended for disposal.
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How to cut trees with chainsaws step by step - My tools
- 1 Preparation for drilling wood with a chainsaw
- 1.1 How to cut down a chainsaw tree and not get an injury
- 1.2 How to bring down the tanks of a chainsaw
- 1.3 How to cut down a small -diameter of a small diameter of a chainsaw
Chainsaws can cut trees with different trunk thicknesses. If it is not difficult to cut down a small tree in diameter, then it will be difficult to fill up a large trunk. Beginners face such problems when good wood is seen before their eyes. How to cut trees with a chainsaw without the help of a specialist, you are interested, then it's time to find out.
Before sawing trees with a chainsaw, you need to make sure that the machine at your disposal is suitable for performing such actions. For felling large trees, chainsaws for professional and semi-professional purposes are used, the power of which is from 2 kW and above.
This is interesting! The quality and speed of sawing depends not only on the power of the unit, but also on the type of chain used on the tool.
Before starting work, you need to take into account the size of the tire on the tool. If the diameter of the wood does not exceed 30 cm, then for efficient sawing, saws are used whose bar length does not exceed 35 cm. If the trunk diameter is more than 40 cm, then you will need to use a chainsaw with a 65 cm tire installed. The thicker the trunk, the more difficult it will be to cut it .
To deal with the assigned task, before starting the tool, you will need to perform the following manipulations:
- Check the quality of the chain teeth. If they are blunt, then be sure to sharpen them before cutting the tree. It is recommended to do this with a file
- Check chain tension. If the chain is loose, it must be tightened
- Check that there is enough fuel mixture in the tank. If the tool has less than half a tank, it is better to refuel the tool
- Calculate the trajectory of the fall of the tree, and clear the area. If the tree being cut down leans and catches on neighboring knots and branches, it will be very difficult to topple it
- Clear the area around the wood so that it can be easily accessed
- Take all the necessary tools for felling trees, which include an ax, mallet, hammer
If there is a strong wind blowing on the day you plan to fell the tree, it is recommended to postpone the work until the weather conditions improve. Performing such work when weather conditions worsen is dangerous, especially if the sawyer works on his own without a partner.
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How to Cut a Tree with a Chainsaw Without Getting Injured
It doesn't matter which tool is used to cut down a tree - a chainsaw or an electric saw. Initially, you will need to put on protective clothing, which includes a helmet, goggles, headphones, protective overalls and boots. Even if the cutting element touches the body, the clothes will suffer, protecting the human skin.
Before cutting wood, you need the help of a partner. After all, the process in question is very dangerous, so the slightest wrong action can lead to injury. If the sawyer gets hurt, then the partner will be able to help him. If you work alone, this will lead not only to an increase in sawing time, but also to rapid fatigue. The main rules for felling trees include such a criterion as determining the center of gravity. Experienced sawyers will be able to determine the trajectory of the fall by eye, looking at the wood only once. It will be difficult for beginners to determine the trajectory of the fall, since even professionals sometimes make mistakes and miscalculate.
How to properly cut trees with chainsaws
To determine the direction of fall for a beginner, follow these steps:
- Carefully inspect the trunk - the direction is affected by the shape of the crown
- Detect slope. If there is a slope, then it is in this direction that you need to fell the wood, without trying to change the trajectory yourself
- Wind direction, which determines the direction of fall. Wherever the wind blows, there you need to strive to fill up a tree
This is interesting! You should not try to cut wood with only one cut, as this will inevitably lead to pinching or chewing of the tire.
How to fell trees with a chainsaw detailed description of
Felling a tree safely is an important procedure. If you have never worked with a tool, then you need to initially practice on branches and knots.
Scheme for sawing thick wood with a chainsaw
The technology of felling large and small trunks has significant differences. The technology for felling large trees with a diameter exceeding 50 cm is as follows:
- On the side where the wood falls, make a cut with a slope of 60 degrees. This slope is needed to direct her fall
- Once the beveled cut to ¾ or ½ of the stem has been made, a horizontal cut is made. It turns out a corner or a wedge that should be pulled out. The resulting side cut is the direction of falling wood
- On the opposite side, a horizontal cut is made with a slight slope. This notch is made a little higher (3-5 cm) than the lower cut from the side of the blade notch
- The notch is made approximately to the middle of the trunk. The tree must remain in a horizontal position
- A mallet or a wedge is inserted into the resulting notch, which will prevent it from tilting to the opposite side
- From the side, a light incision is carefully made (in the area where the cut triangle is located), and you need to push the barrel with your hand to fill it right into the intended area
Make the indicated cuts on the trunk at waist level. Specialists are immediately accepted to perform root cuts, but this is very difficult and not safe. It is better to cut off the rest of the hemp later than the tool will get stuck inside the wood.
Chainsaw sawing wood
How to cut a small tree with a chainsaw
Before approaching the trunk, you need to cut down with a hatchet all small plants and branches that impede access. After that, you can proceed:
- The slope is being determined. If there is no slope, then you need to cut at a slight angle from top to bottom, but not vice versa, as the tire can jam
- Once the saw has passed most of the trunk, the tree will begin to tilt slowly
- Stop the saw at this point and try to cut down the wood
As soon as the tree is felled, you can start sawing the branches. This should be done carefully, since you can be injured not only when felling a tree, but also when cutting branches.
How to fell a small tree with a chainsaw
How to cut branches
Let's start sawing branches, and this should be done only when the trunk is lying on the ground in a horizontal position. The lower branches, which rest against the ground due to the weight of the fallen wood, need to be cut down at the very end. The process of proper sawing of branches with a chainsaw is as follows:
- Start at the bottom of the trunk and work your way up to the top
- When all the branches have been removed, cut the trunk in half from above
- After that, the saw must be stopped, leaving inside the barrel
- Drive a wedge into the hole to avoid biting the tool
- Carry out further sawing
Cutting the trunk of a fallen tree
To cut the trunk correctly, start at the top of the tree.