Tree Felling Tips For Beginners

If you have never cut down a tree with your chainsaw before, you may see it as a highly dangerous and daunting task.

While there can be no denying that there are plenty of hazards associated with cutting down a tree, they are easily avoided providing that you take the proper safety precautions and use the chainsaw in the correct way.

Use this guide to ensure that you are properly prepared for using a chainsaw and that you are well briefed on how to do so:



Once you are ready to begin using your chainsaw, it is important that you plan out every move that you are going to make beforehand.

Examine the area and get a clear picture in your mind of where the tree is going to land – it is always best if you envision the tree falling at all points of the compass, as this allows you to determine the safest way for you to cut it down.

Once you have determined where the tree will fall, place a marker on the ground to help you get your angle right. Now, you can plan a safe escape route.

It is highly important that, once you have cut through the tree, you and your chainsaw can get well out of the way as quickly as possible. If possible, plan your escape route at a 45-degree angle to the way it will fall.

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When it comes to actually using your chainsaw, you will need to use it to create a ‘hinge’ by cutting a face notch. This notch should be completed in the form of a 70 degree wide opening on the side of the tree, facing in the direction that it is going to fall.

Your chainsaw will be fitted with felling sights (a painted line of the side of the chainsaw that is at a 90-degree angle to the guide bar) that will help you to achieve this.

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You can then use your chainsaw to make a bore cut by moving around to the back of the tree (so that you are facing the direction that it is going to fall) and making a cut that is in line with the middle of the hinge.


Keep cutting with the chainsaw until you meet the hinge; gravity will cause the tree to fall over. As soon as you feel this is happening, use your escape route to leave the area.

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