The Tools for the Job
That’s right we are going to need more than just a chainsaw in order to cut down a tree. To cut down a tree safely you need a lot more gear than just that but don’t panic, we are going to provide it all in an easy to read list format:
- A Chainsaw (preferably petrol)
- Two Plastic Felling Wedges
- Loggers Helmet
- Kevlar Chaps
If you have trouble picking these items up from a local store I highly recommend Timberpro or Right Tool.
Estimating the Fell Area
Estimating the fell area of the tree you are going to cut down is absolutely vital in order to make sure your shed, neighbours fence or your house doesn't get a massive tree falling on it because believe me when I say neighbours aren't always friendly. But worry not, there is a simple procedure we can follow in order to estimate the tree fell area:
- Hold an axe handle at arm’s length
- Close one eye
- Position yourself so looking at the base of the axe you cans ee the bottom of the tree and when you look at the top of the axe you can see the top of the tree.
- You are now standing roughly where the tree will land. Allow for extra room if near anything of value.
The Notch Cut
The picture below shows a notch cut demonstrated and the angles required. The important thing to remember when using a notch cut is to cut it into the fall side of the tree and make sure you mark your angles using chalk or the chainsaw before beginning the cut. The notch cut should be one fifth of the tree diameter as a rule of thumb.
|Picture from The Family Handyman|
After making the notch cut, cut from the other side of the tree towards the notch in a circular motion and use the wedge to help guide where the tree will fall.