How to Cut Down a Tree Safely

On March 30, 2017 by Himanshu

Taking down a tree successfully and securely requires some necessary steps. To cut down a tree safely you need to have a plan, think of safety and have an escape route. Below are some useful tips to cutting down a tree without having to run into any issue.

Get a Safety Gear

Get a Safety Gear
Getting a safety gear is the first move you need to make when it comes to cutting down a tree. Safety must be taken very seriously. Some of this safety gears that are essential to be used when you need to cut down a tree.

You need a helmet that would protect you from some falling branches while you take down the tree because this is the primary causes of injuries while cutting trees, safety glasses to prevent dust from getting into your eye, an earmuff to protect your ears and eyes and Kevlar chaps to protect your legs from logs.

Choose the Best Log Splitter

Choose the Best Log Splitter
You need to determine the kind of log splitter to use by the size of the tree you intend to split. If you are going to cut down a tree that is so thick, then you need to choose the best log splitter to make sure you are on the safer end.

Choosing the best log splitter does not really take much thinking. You just have to determine how much it weighs; if it would be easier to handle and how to maintain it. There are diverse kinds of log splitters such as the ones powered by gas, electricity and the manual, and then there are also the three point log splitter and the skid steer log splitter.

Make an Estimate of Your Fell Zone

Make an Estimate of Your Fell Zone
When you are about to fell taller trees, you need to make sure there are no obstacles around them or even overhead wires. You can an estimate of where exactly the tree would land after its being cut down by using the “ax handle style.”

To use the “ax handle style,” you have to hold the ax handle a little bit distant from you, close one of your eyes, and move closer to the tree until the treetop is equal to the bottom of the tree. Put your feet close to the point where the treetop will land. This is an estimate so give a little more space if there is something around it can fall on!

Establishment of Lean

Establishment of Lean
You need to establish the lean of the tree in the position you would like to place it. You need to find the center at which this tree is facing. To establish the lean, you have to look at the treetop and make its both side and the find it center then plum it into the ground. From about 90 degrees you need to see where this tree leans towards.

Escape Route

Escape Route

You need to move away for about 15 ft away from the lean point of the tree, while you still control your movement and make sure there are no branches or dangerous objects lying around.

Sometimes things don’t really go as planned so you need to take extra precautions by movingas far and fast as you canfrom the tree before it reaches the ground.

Create a Hinge and Face Notch

Create a Hinge and Face Notch
To createa hingeon a tree, you have to make a notch in the tree of about 70-degrees, and it must be facing the lean point of the tree. The facenotch takes about 80% of the tree’s diameter.

You need to cut the tree from the top and beneath creating a 70-degree notch in the tree.The hinge is about 10% of the tree’s diameter right behind the notch.

Establish a Cut fromthe Back ofthe Tree

Establish a Cut fromthe Back ofthe Tree
The back cut needs to be made right at the corner of the notch or slightly above it. The back cut could either be a plunge cut or bore cut with the use of the wedge. Before the fall you need to be sure that you have already planned your escape route correctly.

In conclusion,make your way to the escape route you planned and then analyze the result if the tree felling was successful and according to plan. But with the use of these basic steps above, cutting down that tree would be a lot easier.

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