Tree cutting jobs, especially with a large tree, can be extremely dangerous. That is why this type of work should only be done by someone experienced, skilled, and fully-equipped. But, if you are determined to handle the job yourself, make sure you know the know-how of tree cutting, so you can perform the task with confidence and get safe and efficient results.
Use the Proper Equipment
You should arm yourself with the proper equipment to ensure the best results. The equipment you use will determine whether you will have a successful tree cutting project or not. First, always keep your tools clean and sharp. Inspect and proof-test it prior to using it to ensure it is in good serviceable condition. Every time you use the equipment, you should keep it in a dry area to prevent it from rusting. Don’t use dull equipment for your own safety.
- Chainsaw- A chainsaw is the most essential tool you will need for a tree removal project. It is better if you can invest in a powerful chainsaw that has a horsepower of 3.5 and a 20-inch bar. Choose a heavy-duty chainsaw that can penetrate branches and the trunk of the tree.
- Safety glasses- Unfortunately, many people who DIY tree cutting disregard the importance of protecting themselves against injuries. One of the most common injuries you can get is eye abrasion due to flying debris. Wear safety glasses whenever you perform tree work for your own sake.
- Leg Protection- As much as you protect your eyes, you should do the same to your legs. We recommend wearing heavy-duty safety boots and leg protectors to protect you from cuts and amputation in case the chainsaw malfunctions.
- Test Rope- Ideally, the rope should be three times longer than the height of your tree. This rope will be used as a safety backup when the worst scenario happens.
Tree Cutting Techniques
Inspect your equipment and protective gear before you get on to the task of tree removal. Make sure that they are in good working condition before you start the tree removal project. If at all possible, have someone with you during the task, so he can help direct the fall of the tree. It is also better if you have someone around in case you get into an accident. Again, it is not recommended that you tackle tree removal yourself, but if you are confident you can do it, the most critical thing to do is to assess the tree thoroughly. Inspect the tree and learn any risks in the area that can affect the safety of the task.
- Learn how tall the tree is.
- Decide where you want the tree to fall, taking the height into account
- Clear the fall zone from any object that can cause obstruction or remove objects that can be damaged.
- Secure the middle of the tree with a rope
- Give the other end of the rope to your tree cutting partner/assistant and instruct them to move outside the fall zone where it is safe.
- Cut a notch in the shape of V in the direction you want it to fall.
- Make the notch at knee height and cut through the center of the tree
- Move to the opposite direction of the tree and cut the tree until it meets the initial cut you made
- Walk farther from the tree when it begins to fall. For safety reasons, you should be at a 45-angle away from the falling tree.
- In case the tree doesn’t fall all the way, ask your friends to pull the rope until it falls.
Tree Cutting Tips
As much as possible, don’t carry out tree removal on your own. But if you really plan on the task yourself, use the following tips to cut the tree down safely.
- Don’t stand behind a falling tree. The stump can snap to your direction and cause grave injuries.
- Do not use a chainsaw in case the tree didn’t fall. Use a rope or anything that can carry the load. At this point, the tree could snap due to pressure.
If you think tree removal is not for you, it is best to contact your trusted local tree company to tackle the job on your behalf. Call David with Lindbergh’s Tree Service Greensboro at 336-347-1875 for more information.