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How to Cut Down (or Fell) a Tree with a Chainsaw – (GUIDE)

Have you gone to chop one or two trees? But you don’t know how to cut down a tree with a chainsaw?

Well, it’s nice to know what you’re doing before you fire that chainsaw.

So additionally, I’ll teach you how a chainsaw tree fell. When a tree is tiny, cutting down (or falling) may appear to be an easy operation. However, once the tree is higher, it is a bit complex.

It needs essential planning and thinking before you go to a tree with a chainsaw. If not, you can harm yourself or your neighbors. 

Cutting a tree causes a tree either to decay using a handsaw or a chainsaw to decompose.

Therefore, you should think it through and plan it thoroughly to fell a tree with chainsaws.

If you’re a newbie, it’s a good idea to help someone with you who knows how to handle a chainsaw.

Make sure that you have all the licenses and permissions you require before falling any trees. Some places have strict laws on the environment.

In this post, I’ll show you all about how to cut down a tree with a chainsaw. It is also known as “felling” a tree.

Obtain The Correct Permits:Correct Permits

I have to say first of all that specific locations have severe environmental restrictions.

That implies that with a chainsaw, you can not just go about chopping trees.

If it’s your land that you want the tree to fall, you’re probably OK.

However, you’ll want to ensure that you acquire any permissions (or permits) essential if it is located in a neighboring yard or any other piece of land to take away the tree.

If you have any uncertainties, check with the local tree commission. So, you should pay special care to other trees.

The collapse of a tree can influence neighboring trees that are smaller or weakened by a tree’s redness and tilting.

Even if you don’t believe the trees you want to chop down would strike an item, it is impossible to anticipate all potential circumstances before cutting a tree impacted by the tree you cut.

Make The Necessary Preparations:

Safety always comes first when you are chopping down the trees.

Tall trees are hefty, and you don’t want to make the mistake of accidentally pulling down-home a barn or a power line or fence.

Therefore, you notice the nearby objects and buildings while you are prepared to fell a tree with a chainsaw.

If individuals have public areas or opportunities to drive past the site, install warning signs to make them aware that active logging occurs.

The other trees you want to watch out for too. When a tree crashes, it is not unusual for a tree to wind with neighboring trees. So, it may lead to all manner of hazards and even greater clutter.

Before you cut with your chainsaw, try to consider all conceivable possibilities.

Make sure that you also wear the proper protective gear. 

Think first of all about safety and accident avoidance when preparing to fall into a tree. Next, look at the location of the tree and the items around it.

The falling trees and limbs may harm homes, barns, electrical lines, fences, or other structures. Set warning signs if there are roads within the autumn zone.

If you are a newbie and items are around, contact an experienced person to help you fall.

Choose A Direction:Choose A Direction

After surveying the surroundings and feeling confident that you will not cause structural damage (or injuries), you can now figure out the direction you want the tree to fall into.

If this tree is already leaning in one direction, it would be better to chop it off naturally.

So it is as if in the fall zone, there are no objects. 

When it descends, the fall zone is the region directly on the tree path.

In small to medium-sized trees, you can measure the height vertically, and then you can obtain the exact distance of the space covered when felled horizontally on the ground.

You will have to make your best approximation by looking for extremely large trees that are not measured.

Irrespective of the height, you may typically choose any direction to fall, assuming the tree does not lean in a given way.

Just be aware that it is easy or hard for you to finish the job when working in the autumn area.

For example, if the tree is near a creek, you cannot let it fall in that direction since it could be difficult to cut that part of the timber.

Steps To Follow:

Follow these methods to open a directional tree with the help of a chainsaw:

  • Identify the exact direction you would like the tree to fall into.
  • Find an area of reference for guiding you, and use the views on the top of your section to align the angle in the direction of the section you will cut.
  • Cut at an angle of around 60 degrees, with a depth of 20-25% of the tree’s diameter.
  • Make a horizontal undercut to the top. It would help if you now sliced a notch off the side of the tree in the direction of felling. 
  • Be sure that in the safety radius of a tree-felling zone, there are no humans or animals.
  • That’s the length of the tree that you fell at least two times.
  • The horizontal fall cut a few centimeters beyond the undercut level on the other side of the tree trunk. Cut a few centimeters before you reach the direction.
  • Moreover, it creates a hinge where the tree falls controlled.
  • Approximately 10% of the tree trunk diameter should be the width of the hinge.
  • To begin to fall, use a falling wedge as a lever.

Cutting Down Larger Trees:

The diameter of your tree trunk is affected in many ways by your chain saw cutting technique.

It would be best to use a plunge cut to make bigger trees with a diameter greater than the length of the chainsaw bar.

A rupture bar and a couple of wedges will also be necessary. These are instruments used to fell trees in the proper direction, preventing the trees from pinching the lamp when they are cutting or helping to unstuck the lap.

Identify the exact direction you would like the tree to fall into. Find an area of reference for guiding you, and use the views on the top of your section to align the angle in the direction of the section you will cut. 

Since the trunk of your trees is broader than your chainsaw bar, you must chop the directional notch on both sides. Cut at an angle of around 60 degrees, with a depth of 20-25% of the tree’s diameter.

Moving to the opposite side of the tree, make sure the cuts are aligned as nearly as possible so that the notch is even.

Make a horizontal undercut to the top. Again, make the horizontal undertones on both sides of the tree and line the two cuts to produce one straight underside if the tree is too thick.

It would help if you now sliced a notch off the side of the tree in the direction of felling.

Follow The Steps:
  • Be sure that in the safety radius of a tree-felling zone, there are no humans or animals.
  • That’s the length of the tree that you fell at least two times.
  • Cut the dip into the tree saw trunk behind the bottom portion of the neck of the chainsaw bar.
  • Avoid kickback.
  • Switch the chainsaw to the directed tone after placing the chainsaw point into the trunk of the tree.
  • Push the chainsaw bar into the tree under pressure.
  • Saw the chainsaw bar’s width away from the hinge.
  • You won’t sift in the hook if you spin around the chainsaw.
  • See the trunk attentively. If you’ve seen the center of the tree trunk, insert the fallen wedge.
  • So, that the trunk doesn’t pin the chainsaw and gets trapped in the tree.
  • Don’t try to pull out the chainsaw if the chainsaw bar is jammed in the tree trunk.
  • Stop the engine and work with the breaking bar or wedge until the chain is easy to remove.
  • Save until the chainsaw bar is parallel on the other side of the tree with the directed stitch.
  • You may have to pound the dropped wing in place to bring down the tree.
  • More than a wedge is sometimes necessary.
  • To work on the tree, use a breaker bar until it falls.

Make Your Route Clear:Cutting Down Larger Trees

You have to quickly – and at a fair distance – get away from it to protect your safety when you chop down a tree.

The optimum route you can take from the fall is at a 90-degree angle. So, it keeps you out of the falling zone and from the side of the trunk.

It would help if you made sure the area around the tree and your escape route is clear of debris and other obstacles before you start dropping your chainsaw.

You don’t want additional trees, fallen branches, pebbles, or other items to escape once the tree starts to fall.

Your security always has to come first.

Tear Down Low Branches:

You’ll want to remove those limbs before you fall from the tree if the tree you cut has some branches that are shoulder height or lower.

By removing these branches, you will have the freedom to operate the chainsaw on the tree more simply.

It also helps remove any near timber which might bounce off the ground and fly back to you.

A piece of excellent safety advice here is to work at an angle between the tree trunk and the seam after the lower branches are removed.

Never cut anything over your shoulders, too.

Moreover, it is a catastrophe formula and can lead to significant injury since, at these levels, you are not well controlled.  

If tiny branches or supports development in the lower section of the tree trunk, remove them with your chainsaw. Use a pulling chain to remove branches or limbs.

Cut the bottom edge of the chainsaw and apply a downward stroke. Work in a corner between the tree trunk and the chainsaw.

Do not cut tree limbs higher than your shoulders since the use of a chainsaw is risky.

How To Cut Down A Tree?Cut Down A Tree

You have three alternatives when it comes to decomposing a tree with a chainsaw.

And each of them makes a so-called “nothing” with three cuttings.

Personal preference is the sort of notch you select to fell a tree.

Each way of notching achieves the same effect.

So select the one that seems most reasonable to you and test each kind in different trees over time, so you may find the one you want the best.

Face Cuts:

The first two sections to be learned are the facial cuts for falling a tree with a chainsaw.

There are two face cuts.

On the side of the tree, the knot is created, facing the direction you wish.

A comfortable head is approximately 24 inches from the ground to make facial incisions.

And you want to watch the tree’s diameter at a depth of roughly 20-25%.

On the right side of the trunk, take in the facial cuts. Make facial cuts on the left if you are left-handed.

You can select between three kinds of facial cuts:

  • Open Face Notch: This is a broad cut, ideally 90°C, but can be as little as 70°C.
  • Classical notch: This is an angle cut of 45°. The upper section is downwind, whereas the lower section is flat.
  • Humbolt Notch: This cut is the opposite of the traditional amount. The top portion of the incision is flat, and the under part is upwards at an angle, which creates an upside-down angle of 45 degrees.

Back Cut:

You may cut the back with your chainsaw once you have cut the front notch.

The back cut separates the tree from the stump and produces a pendulum to fall from the tree.

The back cut breadth is approximately 10 percent of the tree trunk’s diameter.

Therefore, if you are a couple of inches from the notch, stop cutting.

On the opposite side of the notch is the rear cut and the precise amount depends on your type of notch:

  • Open face notch: You must cut the rear of the notch at the same height as the corner of the notch. 
  • Conventional notch: at least 1 inch over the bottom cut of the rear cut.
  • Humbolt Notch: You should cut it at least 1 centimeter above the top cut. 

The tree may begin to fall once you have chopped the back with your chainsaw.

If that is so, be calm and keep your eyes fast on the tree.

You’ll want to utilize a fallen wedge if the tree is still standing for the tree to start falling.

The dropped knot works as a lever, which allows the tree to push in the proper direction.

Insert the wedge in the rear and tap the hammer until the tree falls.

Limbing The Tree:Limbing The Tree

You must remove the branches after the tree is fallen. That’s what is known as limbing.

The pulling and pushing chain: You can trim down the bottom of the bar through this method.

Moreover, it is a pulling chain cut since the chain draws the screw away from you. Or, using the top of the bar, you may cut upwards. 

Offsetting cuts: You cut partially on one side of the limb and cut totally by an inch or so near to the trunk. Make sure the chain does not bind.

Limbs on the bottom: If you have a decent working height, stems on the base can be reduced.

Tension loops: loops bent beneath the tree, which can spring backward.

You can cut these later if you turn the tree and relieve the strain.

Large branches: large branches may be subjected to tremendous stress and cut from the outside into the trunk.

If During The Fall The Tree Is Lodged:

Sometimes when it’s on the way down, a tree might be trapped or caught in another tree.

If this happens, then aid from an experienced logger is the greatest thing you can do.

It might offer many hazards by using the chainsaw to try to cut the trapped wood or tree in it. So ideally, without expert guidance, you don’t try this sort of stuff.

Strip out the area so that everyone who goes by knows about the potential risk of a tree falling if you have to leave the tree to seek assistance.

As usual, when it comes to chopping down trees, safety is the main thing. 

It would help if you never neglected the tree when it is lodged or caught in another on the way down the tree.

Get an expert individual’s aid.

If you need to leave the tree to ask for assistance, remove the area so that the passengers know the risk.