How to Cut Down a Tree with a Chainsaw

Trees are essential to a healthy environment, but too much of them sometimes disrupt your home from normal operations. This includes the time that you want to beautify your garden. In this case, you need to know how to cut down a tree with a chainsaw.

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Among other tools used for cutting down trees, a chainsaw is the better option than a regular axe or other kinds of saws. It has a motorized feature for cutting down trees or pieces of wood that can save your energy and time.

The idea might be new to you, but you can cut down your tree in your backyard. You just have to keep in mind certain tips in choosing the right chainsaws for your needs.

Choosing the Right Type of Chainsaw

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Here are the other factors needed to consider in picking your chainsaws:

1) Know the kind of power needed to finish your task. There are many types of chainsaws based on power sources.

  • Gasoline-Powered Chainsaws. These types are available from heavy-duty cutting to light-trimming.
  • Electric Chainsaws. They are plugged in outlets and usually quieter because of the absence of a gas engine. Electric chainsaws are better used for light tasks such as trimming.
  • Cordless Electric Chainsaws. These chainsaws have the qualities of a gasoline-powered chainsaw with its mobility. It also has the battery life of an electric chainsaw.

2) Know the kind of work you need to do because it determines the size and length of blade you need to use. Different types of work include:

  • Light cutting. For pruning and trimming, it is best to use an electric chainsaw and a light duty 8 to 16-inch bar.
  • Small size tree cutting. For tree limbs removal, it is best to choose medium duty 16 to 18-inch bar.
  • Medium tree cutting. In removing storm debris, it is high recommended to use high duty 18 to 20-inch bars or professional 20 to 24-inch bars.
  • Large tree cutting. For firewood cutting, the best option is a professional 20 to 24-inch bar.

3) Know the type of wood you need to work with.

4) Know the weight of chainsaws that you can handle.

5) Know if there are anti-vibration features as vibration causes too much fatigue.

6) Consider the automatic oiler feature to lubricate parts of your chainsaw.

7) Do not forget your chain brakes as they prevent your blades from being torn apart on high impacts.

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Safety Measures Before Cutting Down Your Trees with a Chainsaw

Now that you know how to choose your chainsaw, you also need to keep in mind these  security measures before cutting down trees. If religiously followed, there are lower chances of accidents.

  1. Check for the location of trees if adjacent to other trees, homes, roads, or power lines.
  2. Determine the direction of a felled tree. Consider the size of a tree and the current leaning direction of it. Also, prepare for the guidance of an unexpected wind during cutting.
  3. Clear the area before cutting down a tree. Remove tree limbs, fallen branches, and other objects that can prevent you from moving freely.
  4. Secure permits from local authorities if needed.
  5. Wear safety gears such as logger’s helmet, earmuffs, face screen, and Kevlar chaps for leg protection.

Safe Execution of Cutting Down Trees with a Chainsaw

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You already have your chainsaw and have your area prepared. Now is the time to perform the task of cutting down your trees in a perfectly and safely. Here are some reminders.

1) Create a V-shaped notch. This results from a top and bottom cut. The top cut is usually done horizontally up to 80% of the tree’s diameter. The bottom cut starts with an upward cut that should create at least a 70-degree notch.

2) Do not just create a V-shaped notch, but aim for a perfectly matched face cut, which is the removable part from the top and bottom cut. The sides should be evenly cut so the tree can fall in the right direction.

3) Finish with a back cut. The back cut starts from the same level of the opposite side of the notch. With a horizontal direction and parallel to the face, slowly cut up to the 1/10 of the diameter of the tree.

You should be positioned at the back to be always ready when the tree starts to fall. Always keep an eye for the possible movement of the tree.

4) You should know your direction when a tree falls, which is 45 degrees from your cutting position. Never place yourself directly behind a falling tree or turn your back from it. Instead, stand 20 feet away or find a standing tree to guard you.

5) Cut your tree into logs by starting from a downhill position moving up. Place yourself above the logs to avoid being hit if they accidentally rolled down.


That’s it! Congratulations on your first cut. Even if you know how to cut a tree using a chainsaw, it is still best to ask other experts and professionals. This is true especially when performing this task with bigger and heavier trees. Safety is your number one friend that you must never forget.