Before felling any trees, find out which environmental regulations apply and make sure that you have the necessary permits. When you’ve decided to fell a tree you should think about what you can do to prevent accidents. Take note of everything that could affect safety: are there any roads, overhead lines or buildings nearby?
If so and you are a beginner, you should leave the job to someone with more experience. If you know that people often pass through the area, you should set out warning signs. Assess the tree and take notes of the various factors that could affect the felling:
Factors that can affect the felling.
Stand by the tree and decide exactly which direction you want it to fall in. Choose a feature from the surroundings as a guide. Clear obstructive undergrowth from around the tree; remove branches and other obstacles on the ground. On both sides of the tree you should be able to walk unobstructed and an angle away from the falling tree and remain there at a safe distance. The general idea of directional felling is that you first saw a directional notch, which determines which direction the tree will fall. The directional notch can be made in a variety of ways.
Felling a tree: “The opened directional notch.”
How you use the saw when felling is decided in part by the thickness of the tree.
First, let’s look at what you do when the bar is longer than the diameter of the
Making the felling cut.
Best practices when using a chainsaw.
If you are not used to using a chainsaw, we recommend that you first get acquainted with the saw by practicing a while on a suitable log. There are some basic rules for using a chainsaw:
Felling larger trees.
Now let’s look at what you do with a larger tree. Just like before you create a good working environment, you might need to remove some of the branches from the bottom of the trunk.
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