Useful Tips To Cut Down Trees Safely

If you are planning to cut down trees in your property, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:

Wear the safety gear

When it comes to operating chain saws and felling trees, safety is extremely important. You should take everything seriously. Basically, there are a couple of essential safety items that you should wear when cutting down trees. These include:

  • A helmet to keep you safe from falling branches, one of the most common logging injuries
  • Safety glasses to protect against dust
  • A face screen and earmuffs protect your eyes and ears
  • Kevlar chaps to stop a chain when you drop the bar on your leg

Estimate the right felling area

In general, trees are often taller than you expect and can reach further on the ground. When you are estimating on felling a plant, you would use the axe handle technique. Hold a small axe handle at the length of your arm, close one of your eyes, then move toward or back away from the tree till the bottom of the axe stays even with the base and its top stays even with the treetop. The feet should stand where the treetop would lie after falling. Keep in mind that this is just an overall estimate, so you should allow some extra room.

Clear the cutting zone

Even if you are certain which direction the tree will fall, you are still not well prepared to cut it down. Instead, it is essential to cut away all brushes around its trunk and clear 2 escape routes on the sides of the tree where it won’t fall. They should be located around 45 degrees far from each other and in the opposite direction. This will ensure you can have a place to escape when the tree is falling.

Size up

Before cutting down, it is important to study the tree carefully. You should avoid cutting it down when you notice:

  • Dead branches which are attached but broken or are broken off and backed by other branches. You are about to knock a loose branch might make it fall on your body.
  • It is clearly heavily filed with other brands on a single side or leaning in a direction. In these cases, the tree would fall in that direction in spite of your efforts.
  • There are power lines, fences, buildings, or other structures that you care in the felling area. In this case, it is better to call a professional for better handling.

Use wedges for a big tree

If you are going to cut down a plant which has a diameter of more than 45 centimetres, then it is advisable to use a wedge. This small unit will keep your saw from being punched inside the cut when the tree gets leaned back, thus ensuring your safety and preventing the tree from falling on you. You can purchase a wedge in the local shop or do it on your own. Need assistance? Contact!