How To Cut Down A Tree

How To Cut Down A Tree

Is there a tree in your yard you want to cut
down? We’ll show you how to use a chain saw to
fell trees – those with a diameter less than the length of your saw’s cutting bar. Before you start, be sure you’re familiar
with the operation of your saw and follow all safety recommendations. For some tips,
check out our How to Use & Maintain a Chainsaw video. For larger trees, trees that are near a structure,
trees that you want to fell opposite of their lean, or any tree you feel uncomfortable tackling
– call a professional. Start by taking a good look at the area. Be
sure there are no structures, power lines, people or pets close to a radius the height
of the tree. Then pick a direction you want the tree to fall, and plan a clear escape
path – opposite the direction of the fall and at a 45-degree angle. Clear the area around the tree, and make sure
there are no loose branches overhead. With the tree on your left, make a 70-degree
cut on the side facing the direction you want the tree to fall. Use the felling sight on
the top of the saw as a guide. Cut to a depth of about a quarter of the tree’s diameter.
For the next cut, turn the saw sideways and cut horizontally to meet your first cut, creating
a notch. Be sure the cuts meet. For the felling cut, move to the opposite
side and make a horizontal cut slightly above the previous cut. Saw until you have enough room to insert a
wedge. Then finish the cut being sure not to touch the wedge with the blade. Don’t
cut through – leave about 10 percent of the width as a hinge. When the tree begins
to fall, move away down your escape path. Once the tree is down, remove the branches
– called limbing. Work carefully starting at the base.
You can cut downward – called a pulling chain – or cut upward – called a pushing
chain. Offsetting cuts keep the chain from binding. Limbs on the underside can be cut
if you have a good working height. Limbs under tension can be cut later when the tree can
be turned. Large branches can be under great tension
and should be cut starting from the outside, working toward the trunk. When you’ve removed the limbs it’s time
to cut the trunk – called bucking. Look for where the wood might compress as it’s
cut. Cut a third of the way through the side where compression might take place, then cut
a 1-in offset from the opposite side to keep the blade from binding and give you more control.
A wedge can also be used to hold the gap. For logs on the ground, cut through most of
the way, then turn the log and finish the cut so the blade doesn’t contact the ground.
For logs supported on one end, cut up from the bottom, then finish the cut on top. Cut the pieces into manageable sizes and stack
them away from the work area. By working carefully and safely, you’ll
successfully cut down that tree. Want more great ideas and how-to’s? Go to or just click to subscribe. Next, learn how to prune your hedges.

100 thoughts on “How To Cut Down A Tree

  1. never ever fell a tree at hip height, ever!!!!! always from the bottom , as close to the ground as possible.

  2. If your cutting a tree and you don’t know how to cut a tree down you shouldn’t be cutting down a tree

  3. Ive been cutting trees down for about 6 months now, i know that doesn’t sound like experience but I’m usually at it 5-6 hours at a time, I never cut the face cut like that. I usually go in the width of the bar then for the top cut starting a few inches higher nothing like how high they did in this video. & the back cut, 2 inches above from the face cut & I go all the way till the tree starts to fall, I don’t see the need of wedges when you can just cut 85% through the tree & it’ll fall

  4. Tree cutting is dangerous not so much because it could fall on top of you but also because when a tree snaps its an enormous amount of force behind that snap and if you happen to be standing in the wrong spot it can snap and kill you falling in the opposite direction. Look up the term (barber chair tree accident) here on YouTube. (Edit i did it for you)

    This is by no means the only way a tree can kill you there are several more

  5. I don't have the land, the tree to cut down or even the chain saw.. but this is so amazing and so satisfying to watch.. LOL

  6. I gotta cut down a tree …but I'm gonna burn it and be useful with wood …and the only reason I'm cutting it down is so that I can get my house in here and down my driveway with enough room to turn it in and put it where it's gonna go..

  7. A professional sawer would never make a 70 degree notch cut on the face , it wastes to much wood by the time your done , that's how it was when I was in the woods or you were sent packing , wood is money

  8. I was in a skilled trade for many years. One of the first things about projects outside of my trade was “Always ask the person that does it for a living.” The next thing was “Never ask the one trying to sell you something “ The last, stay even farther from someone that tells you, “ I saw it done once and it’s real easy” or “ I have a friend that knows how to do everything “
    People that do it for a living know what they’re talking about. Tree felling can be very dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. The rest of the ones that I mentioned will suddenly have some place to go when the tree has flattened part of your house or your garage. They may not say anything and just break into a run after you have taken out the power lines on the hottest/coldest day and they see the neighbors coming to see you and they’re carrying items like hot tar and clubs. ASK THE PROFESSIONAL

  9. Dont follow the instructions of this video it will get you hurt or killed. If you need a tree taken down call a professional.

  10. If you have to watch this video…
    You're really gonna miss your family.. or at least your fingers.
    Stick to paperwork, Poindexter. 😆

  11. Narrator: turn the log and finish the cut, ensure the "blade" doesnt touch the ground.
    Chainsaw Operator: (starts digging for potatoes)

  12. This is not the safety felling technique, leave about a third of the felling cut behind and form the break strip. Then you put a felling wedge in the cut, then the last third can be cut. This ensures the highest controllability when a tree falls.

  13. It's not a blade…………………. it's a chain, because you know, it's a chainsaw….. And what the chain rides on is called a BAR.

  14. I cut down trees then I use my electric bike and trailer to haul them back to the wood pile. If you have a solar panel you can charge it. The electric bike is free to go 50+ miles if you peddle a little bit… had them and they fold up and go in your trunk…

  15. This is the best video for this. All the other videos just too long and have a bunch of blabbering. Good job👍🏽

  16. So say I’m cutting into something soft and then I hit bones is there a good technique to keeping control of the saw while that happens? Also what do you do if the engine gets gummed up with red sticky liquid? Thanks for the help guys!

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