This instructable is meant to help you cut down a tree safely and correctly, but chain saws and falling trees are inherently dangerous. Practice caution whenever attempting to cut down a tree. Do it at your own risk. You alone are responsible for any damage that results from a tree removal gone wrong.
This instructable also assumes previous knowledge about the use and safety practices associated with chainsaws. If you do not know how to properly handle a chainsaw, either learn from an experienced operator or hire a professional to cut your tree down.
Step 1: Supplies
- At least one chainsaw, it's nice to have two (more on that later)
- Gloves, preferably leather
- Safety Glasses (you really do need these, my dad had to go to the ER once from a splinter of wood in his eye)
- Leg protection
- Ear protection
"The most imported thing are protection pants. Always ware them when using chainsaw. Cutting wood can be unpredictable, if the saw slips into your legs it can be deadly. The safety pants stops the chain before it cuts into you.
Helmet, my helmet have saved me from falling branches more than ones. When you start to cut, dead and dry branches from the top of the tree can get lose and fall to the ground. When your concentrated on the saw you don't see the falling danger. And if it is a big branch it can cause serious injury.
Safety boots. freshcut wood are very heavy, if you get the log over your feet if will crush it. Next it will also protect your feet and toes from the chainsaw.
Ear protection, chainsaw are very noisy you will lose your hearing if your don't ware ear protection. Most helmets have build in hearing protectors.
Gloves and eye protection. This you already have, that's good. If you use helmet most of them have a face screen that protect the face and eyes. Plus it will not get misty in bad weather like glasses."
Step 2: Plan the Fall
Pay attention to the surrounding ground. If it's on a hill, be sure to keep everything downhill clear from people. Also plan an escape route that you can quickly use to leave as the tree starts falling. Be aware that if there are more branches on one side of the tree, it will tend to fall in that direction, try not to force it to fall in another direction.
If you don't feel comfortable that you can safely land it, have a professional tree service do it instead.
You also need to have a plan for the wood. That might mean firewood, selling the logs, or just letting it decay in your backyard. The thinnest branches either need to be put out for yard waste pickup (if your community does that) or piled somewhere to rot.
Step 3: Cut a Wedge
First cut in a downwards direction about halfway into the tree. Your next cut should be perpendicular to the tree, and lastly upwards. Remove pieces of the wedge as you can. If you were to cut upwards first or second, your chainsaw would likely get stuck under the weight of the tree.
Step 4: Fall the Tree
Step 5: Clean the Tree
If you're using it for firewood:
- We cut the trunk into log sized lengths and then then leave them for about a year to dry out. Later on we use a chisel and hammer to split them.
- In the past when we've sold trees, they required 9 foot logs, do whatever your lumberyard asks.
- Cut it into smaller pieces that you can then roll over to your curb. They may or may not require the brush to be bundled.
Tip 2: Watch out for the large pieces when you're cutting them. If the section you're cutting is raised, your saw may get caught between them as you cut. This is why it's helpful to have an extra saw...to help free the first.
Step 6: Transporting Wood
Once you have the wood taken care of, you're all done. Congratulations...you're a lumber jack!