How to cut down a tree?
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Sometimes a tree becomes dangerous, sick or injured. In this case, cut the tree. Tree felling is not always easy, yet it is important to do it to avoid accidents or epidemics.
Depending on the height of the tree, felling can be a very dangerous task. Always be safe. Here are some tips for doing this.
Tree felling: precautions to take
To cut down a tree, you need a chain saw, a hard hat, thick gloves and a cut-resistant garment.
Look at the inclination of the tree to calculate the natural angle of its fall. Forcing a tree to fall on the wrong side is dangerous. Then make sure to clear the space where your tree must fall. It is better to have a safety radius of 2 times the size of the tree.
Tree felling: preparing the work
Before starting to cut the trunk, remove the tree from all its low branches, dangerous at the time of the fall. The more your tree is a bare trunk, the safer you will be. Be careful, never use a chainsaw beyond the height of your shoulders. For this, use a ladder or stepladder.
Steps to fell a tree
To start the work, stand on the side, shoulder against the trunk to be stable, and the chainsaw to the place of the fall. Start notching with the blade parallel to you. Work in bevels: cut from top to bottom, up to about a quarter of the trunk, then from the bottom to the top.
Bypass the tree and make the felling cut, opposite to the first one. For this, cut at the height of the tip of your frontal cut and stop about 3 cm before the tip.
Felling the tree: watch out for the fall
Put away your chainsaw. Place a steel lever in the felling slot and lift it to tilt the trunk forward. As soon as the trunk begins to fall away because you can not predict the bounce trajectory of the tree.