Tips For DIY Tree Removal With The Rights Tools And Knowledge

On October 16, 2018 by Preeti

DIY Tree Removal

Trees are particularly dangerous and the winter as this is when the worst weather hits and they are most likely to fall. But, a tree that is old, diseased or damaged can be a threat at any time.

The most obvious thing to do if you have a tree that needs removing is to contact a local service offering tree removal in Sydney.

But, you may feel that you can complete DIY tree removal. For that you’ll need the right tools and a little knowledge:

The Right Tools

You may not need all of these tools, but you should have them all available in case you do; it will make the tree felling process much more straightforward.

  • Safety Gear

The most important part of the process is having a good pair of safety goggles, helmet, gloves, and some sturdy boots; preferably steel toe capped.

It can save your life if the feeling goes wrong. Don’t forget to wear clothing over all of your body.

  • Chainsaw

You’re going to need a good quality petrol chainsaw to cut your tree. Using a handsaw is too time to consume; you’ll potentially run out of time to get out of the way of the falling tree.

  • Axe

You’re going to need to create a notch and insert a felling wedge; a long-handled axe is essential as part of this process.

  • Felling Wedge

The felling wedge helps to ensure your cut doesn’t become pinched; prevent your chainsaw from doing its job.

Bring The Tree Down

The first thing you need to do is decide in which direction you want the tree to fall. You’ll then need to make sure you have good access to the tree from the other direction and that there are at least two access routes that you can escape down if needed.

You can assess the falling distance by walking back from the tree with your axe held out in front of you. When the top of the axe is in line with the top of the tree and the bottom of the axe in line with the root of the tree; you have where the top if the tree will land.

Cut a notch into your tree. The groove will help to ensure the tree falls in the direction you want. Put the notch on the side where it is supposed to drop. It should be one-fifth of the trunk’s diameter.

The notch should come out quickly, but you should always cut from the side; just in case it starts to fall straight away.

You can then start cutting into the tree on the other side of the notch. As soon as you’ve cut deep enough get the wedges in place but don’t withdraw the chainsaw; just put the chain break on.

Once the cut meets the back of the notch, your tree should fall in the direction you want. But, it would help if you always had a look out behind you ready to tell you to walk away from a branch or the tree falling.

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