Step 3: Cut a Wedge

The wedge is what determines what direction the tree will fall in. It compromises the integrity of the tree. The direction that the wedge is facing is where the tree will land.

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.
<p>Nice safety tips. You raise some good points that should not be overlooked. We also have a good article you may wish to check out: <a href="http://www.epictreecare.co.uk/guide-to-straight-tree-felling/" rel="nofollow">Tree Felling Guide</a></p>
<p>Great tips for proper protective gear while cutting a tree down. I also have a great resource to share on felling a tree: <a href="http://www.graftingardeners.co.uk/straight-felling-a-tree-safely/" rel="nofollow">http://www.graftingardeners.co.uk/straight-felling-a-tree-safely/</a></p>
<p>Thanks for tips! Anyone ready to cut down first tree, they must take in to account all the safety procedures to ensure that tree cutting activity is as safe to them and others as possible. Moreover need pay attention strong winds could make the tree fall in a direction other than that which was intended</p>
<p>Thanks for tips! Anyone ready to cut down first tree, they must take in to account all the safety procedures to ensure that tree cutting activity is as safe to them and others as possible. Moreover need pay attention strong winds could make the tree fall in a direction other than that which was intended</p>
<p>I thought cutting tree is easy until I actually tried it. Then I realized I better learn some tricks before I try it again. I'm going to get the safety equipment you listed, I don't want to injure myself again! Or call a specialist to do it, that actually may be safer and faster. http://www.allseasontreeservicealberta.ca/</p>
<p>I guess it's pretty dangerous to cut down a tree if you don't have all the right equipment. I think at this point it would be a lot safer for me to get a tree removal company to help me, because it sounds pretty dangerous. I don't want any dangerous injuries just because I tried to remove a tree. <a href="http://www.thearboristsurrey.ca" rel="nofollow">http://www.thearboristsurrey.ca </a></p>
<p>I've been pretty nervous about this one tree we have to cut down. It doesn't look like it'll be too hard, but I just don't want anyone to get hurt. It's just about leaning on our house and if we make the wrong move it'll probably fall on it. We're considering hiring a professional, but we're short on money right now. Any suggestions on what we should do?</p><p> &lt;a href='http://www.kiwitreelopping.com.au' &gt;http://www.kiwitreelopping.com.au&lt;/a&gt;</p>
<p>quite agree with what you say. never do this without proper safety gear if you value your wellbeing. also never work on your own.</p>
<p>Would this be doable with a handsaw. My douglas fir is about 10in dia at the base. I don't have a chainsaw and am not afraid of hacking at it with a manual saw for half a morning if need be. To me that is easier than figuring out where to get a chainsaw and how to use it. </p>
<p>I had no idea that some many factors were involved with tree removal. I used to think that you pay by the hour, but now I know that you have to pay for a company to remove it based on their size and state of well-being. It is definitely worth it to pay though, because I have heard about many tree trimming accidents. <br><br>http://www.jandjtreecare.com/services/tree-removal/ </p>
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<p>How much experience with a chainsaw do you need before it's safe for you to cut down a tree? Is it good to practice first? I'm hesitant to do my own tree removal, because I am not experience with this type of thing at all.</p><p>Thanks,</p><p>Sophia Liam http://www.northshoretreeservices.com </p>
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This guy is definitely a Champion haha. he makes <a href="http://shadywoodtreeexperts.com" rel="nofollow">tree trimming </a> look like its gonna be super easy. But i think i would just rather someone else do it.
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I really liked this post. It was really informative. However, I prefer to hire professionals for things like this. I am currently looking for <a href="http://www.arborcare.com" rel="nofollow">tree service in Calgary</a>. Does anyone know somebody that I could call?
Wow, congrats on felling that tree. I know that is something I could not do on my own. I will certainly be calling in a professional <a href="http://www.arborcare.com" rel="nofollow">tree service in Calgary</a>. Great post.
This looks like some great <a href="http://www.arborcare.com" rel="nofollow">tree service in calgary</a>? Or where is this located? I love working with a chainsaw. They are so much more efficient.
I like this tutorial. It is clear and straight forward. I always say when in doubt call a <a href="http://www.smittystreeservice.net" rel="nofollow">chicago tree service</a> to do it for you. Better safe than sorry I always say.
This is great information about how to chop down a tree. We have had many trees in our front room. But my favorite one is beginning to come to an end. It is getting a little wobbly and might have to come down soon. M y parents have looked into <a href="http://www.highlandtree.ca" rel="nofollow">tree trimming service</a> and what they can do. But we think there isn't much. So thanks for sharing this information. It is great!
After reading all these comments, I think the safety pants are a really good idea. Also, the advice to always fell a tree with someone else there is a really smart idea. But the best idea is to hire a professional to do the <a href="http://Tipoftheark.com">tree removal</a>. Especially if you know nothing about felling trees. It's definitely not for beginners, and one instructable isn't going to be enough to do it safely.
what i would really like to see is a good instructable about how to remove the trunk and root ball easily after you get the tree down for those of us who cant afford a big trunk grinder or pros to come and tear it out for us
We generally just leave the trunks, as our trees normally get cut down because of safety. For this one, we just cut it as close to the ground as possible. You could also buy some stump remover. You drill into the stump, pour in the chemical and it eats it away.
Thanks, just knowing there is such a thing as stump remover! Grinding out stumps is expensive!
Warning: Attempting this instructible is dangerous and not recommended. Numerous points contained here within are incorrect and should not be attempted. <br>Attempt at your own risk.
It can be really tricky <a href="http://www.actiontreeserviceinc.ca/">removing trees</a>. My husband has had more than a few close calls when cutting down trees. You really need to know what you're doing.
Dear Mr. Weissensteinburg,<br><br>I knew nothing before this about the dangers involved in &quot;tree felling&quot;. From the comments I've read above, it seems that you have taught us a lot from what you have left out of your article, rather than from what you have written!<br><br>Granted you might be a &quot;pro&quot; for whom trees are second nature, but when you're instructing, it should show your professionalism by going to the &quot;grass roots&quot; or &quot;basics&quot;.<br><br>
There are so many things wrong with this instructable.&nbsp; I have no idea why homeowners always want to make an angled back cut. This is WRONG.&nbsp; I&nbsp;climb prune and remove trees everyday, I use a chainsaw on a daily basis and what you have done is Horribly wrong.&nbsp; First of all you should never do this in shorts, you need to wear chaps hearing protection and boots in addition to your safety glasses and gloves.&nbsp; NO ONE SHOULD ATTEMPT THE INSTRUCTIONS HERE, THEY ARE WRONG AND YOU CAN KILL YOUR SELF OR OTHERS!!!! HIRE A PROFESSIONAL, ITS CHEAPER THAN A FUNERAL!!!!<br />
Thanks for pointing this out. I work at a saw shop and I dont even test saws with out chaps, glasses/steel toes and gloves, let alone when im falling trees. Never drop trees alone people.
Look in the background i dont think your neighbors are too happy with you :P lol
I love chainsaws And would like to add that (in the interests of safety) they should not be used while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or in poor light. L
Lemonie, you're back!
If anyone is considering felling a tree and has any questions or even the slightest amount of doubt in their ability. I would either A - look up any info you can until you're comfortable, or B - get a professional to do it. Here in British Columbia, Loggers that fell trees actually have to get certified. So obviously there is a bit more to it then cutting a wedge and a back cut. Possibly mention in the instructable about "kickback" and what it is and how to prevent it. I work at a Stihl dealer and have seen a few guys with pictures after their kickback incident. Also you should use the chainbreak whenever you're not going to be cutting or when you're walking around with the unit running. The chains are extremely sharp. There was one guy who touched his leg with the chainsaw while it was idling. Didn't notice till he got in the house, leg felt warm and wet, poured the blood out of his boot and went to the hospital. On a lighter note. good general instrucable and if anyone wants to see some cool videos. check youtube for tree felling or falling tree etc etc. There are some MONSTERS that come down.
Thanks. I didn't delve too deeply into general chainsaw safety and operation, as this instructable deals more with the actual felling of a tree, and assumes previous knowledge of the use of a chainsaw. I'll add something about needing proper knowledge, though. I wouldn't want anybody oversimplifying the process and making a mistake,
I like your effort, and the overall instructable are well written. But your instructions are faulty from start to end. You will kill your self or some other if you don't take safety serious. Falling trees and chainsaw are not toys and can be deadly if not handled right. very, very, very bad idea to cut down a tree without any Safety. Please remove this instructable, or make a BIG remark that this is the way NOT TO CUT DOWN TREE. /Thomas
Instead of simply telling me that it's wrong, why don't you tell me what you think should be different?
You have to thing more about safety. Specially personal protective wear.<br/>The most imported thing are <strong>protection pants</strong>. 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.<br/><br/><strong>Helmet</strong>, 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.<br/><br/><strong>Safety boots</strong>. 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.<br/><br/><strong>Ear protection, </strong>chainsaw are very noisy you will lose your hearing if your don't ware ear protection. Most helmets have build in hearing protectors.<br/><br/><strong>Gloves and eye protection.</strong> 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.<br/><br/>/Thomas<br/>
Do you mind if I just copy and paste what you wrote into the supplies page? With due credit, of course. Thanks for the tips.
That is fine, glad to help. An glad you did not injure your self. /Thomas
I seriously hope there won't be a tree hugger comment. There will be one inevetibly though... Ah well.
We only cut down the trees that need to be cut. This one was close to their house and was rotting. The neighbor's was already dead, and when we sold them, all of those trees were growing way too close to our driveway.
Yeah we had to cut down the branch of a tree because it was hanging over our driveway.<br/>Dead trees make good firewood. Since they are dead, they dont't absorb moisture and are dry...<br/>=good firewood.<br/>
I really like this, it is pretty informative. Perhaps you could add a note: Trees generally fall in the direction you want, however if a tree is already leaning or has a lot of branches on one side it is more prone to fall that way. Otherwise, 4/5
Thanks, i'll add something about the weight of the branches.
I'd suggest a few more pieces of safety equipment:<br/><br/>- Helmet with face shield and hearing protection<br/>- Leg chaps and long pants<br/>- Steel toed boots<br/><br/>More info here, <a rel="nofollow" href="http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/naturalresources/images/2487f01.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/naturalresources/DD2487.html&usg=__tiDSTQRjwG8fmwUDMYHIwqbD98w=&h=240&w=350&sz=12&hl=en&start=5&sig2=ZC-IlQwXu2xHs3e9mQqt0Q&um=1&tbnid=d79OoO7ubsy4PM:&tbnh=82&tbnw=120&ei=KytXSZrsDJnAMeb8_NoP&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dchainsaw%2Baccidents%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DN">safety gear</a><br/><br/>
Look at dem nosy neighbors..

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