What not to do when cutting down a tree

What not to do when cutting down a tree

In plenty of previous articles, we’ve spoken about how to cut down a tree with a chainsaw, however in this article, we’ll be talking about what not to do. Whilst there is a lot to remember in terms of what to do, there is also a lot to remember in terms of what not to do. Most of the time, knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do. And this doesn’t just apply to chainsaws but to anything in life.

Today, TalkAboutTrees.org will be talking about the five most important things to keep in mind so you know what not to do when cutting down a tree.

What not to do when cutting down a tree

Neglect Safety

The first thing that you need to avoid at all costs is neglecting safety. Safety is always extremely important particularly when you you’re working with powerful tools that could easily cause a fatal injury.

The blades on this beast are sharp, and if you’re not careful, you could get a nasty cut. So make sure to wear gloves. These gloves need to be thick enough to not hurt you if a running blade does touch them. However, no gloves are sharp enough to protect you completely, so you still need to move you hands asap if they do touch.

And since you’ll have sawdust flying in your face, you will also need to make sure that you have goggles on to protect your eyes. Saw dust in the eyes can be deeply unpleasant, and in worst case scenarios can even cause blindness.

Cut horizontally all the way through

When you watch a typical film, or cartoon of a tree being cut down, the process is simple. You just turn on your chainsaw, and cut a horizontal line all the way through. Once you’ve done this, the tree will fall away from you, and it’s job done.

However, the real world is not a movie or a cartoon. This is an ineffective and dangerous method of cutting down a tree. When you do it this way, you will have zero control of when the tree will fall to the ground. This means that your chances of getting out of the way in time are reduced. It also means that you have no control where the tree falls. It might fall on you, or it might fall onto buildings, wires or other trees.

Cutting a tree down properly means cutting a notch on one side, and then cutting above the notch from the other side.

not to do when cutting down a tree

Push a tree

The third thing that you should never ever do when you’re cutting down a tree is push it. If you’re cutting a tree down properly, it will fall down in the planned direction, all by itself. If you need to give it a push, you’ve done something wrong.

It can also be very dangerous.

When you push it, you will not have control about which direction it falls in. If it falls in the wrong place, it could very well end with you being underneath it.

If it’s a small tree, landing on you would cause you to have an injury, it could be a scratch or it could be a broken arm or leg. However, if it’s a bigger tree, then it could cause your life to end.

Although it very rarely happens, people dying from being crushed by trees is not unheard of.

Force it to fall in one direction

Before you start cutting down a tree, you need to have a fall path planned. However, you cannot always rely on this plan working out all of the time. There are certain factors that you might not notice which could cause the tree to fall differently. The tree might have thicker branches on one side, the ground might be uneven, and strong winds could change things.

Whatever you do, don’t fore the tree to fall in one direction. This could be very dangerous. There is no safe way to make a tree fall down in a particular direction.

If you follow the correct steps when cutting down a tree, there is a large chance that it will fall in your planned direction anyway. But if it doesn’t, just let it happen. There’s nothing you can do without jeopardising your safety.

And safety always needs to come first.

Forget to check fall path

And the fifth and final thing that you should not do is forget to check the fall path. Trees can be very big and very heavy things. As a result, when they fall, they have the power to cause a lot of destruction. If they fall on a building, that building will be crushed, and most of what’s inside will be destroyed. If you manage to not kill anyone, you will be owing somebody a lot of money.

You also need to check there are no electrical wires in the way. If you do, you could cut off electricity from people’s homes and communities. If you do this, I very much doubt that you’re going to be popular with the people who’s electricity you’ve taken.

People obviously need to be out of the way when a tree falls down. Buildings and wires can be replaced, people cannot. So getting people out of the way is the most important.

Here are 5 more things not to do when cutting down a tree.

  • Cut a tree which does not belong to you, without gaining the permission from the owner of the tree.
  • Being silly or trying to be funny when you’re cutting down a tree.
  • Park your car too close to the tree you’ll be cutting down.
  • Cut down a tree with somebody in it.
  • Holding your chainsaw wrong.

And those are 10 things that you should not do when you’re cutting down a tree. Following these rules will help ensure that you’re working as safely as you possibly can.

Even if you follow these rules, you should always work with caution in mind.

But don’t forget to enjoy the experience and when the job is done, enjoy either the product you make or the money you earn.

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Are Echo chainsaws any good?

Are Echo chainsaws any good?

When it comes to chainsaws, there’s no shortage of brands and models on the market. And different brands will specialise in different types of chainsaws, for example, there might be some that do best at larger chainsaws for cutting down big trees, whereas other companies do better at smaller chainsaws that are better at cutting off branches.

There are also 2 main types of chainsaws, the type that runs on gas, and the type that runs on electricity.

In this article, TalkAboutTrees.org will be looking at one brand in particular, Echo. We’ll be looking at some of their best and worst chainsaws, as well as their history and philosophy.

Are Echo chainsaws any good

Their story

Echo was founded over 60 years ago in Japan when they started making hand-help crop dusters. Since then, they’ve grown into create all sorts of tools to make our lives easier, including chainsaws.

They started making chainsaws in 1963, with their first one being the CS-80. Although it was great for the time, it’s not quite as environmentally friendly or efficient as their chainsaws today. Their first light weight chainsaw didn’t come out until 1971; the CS-302.

And in 1981, they started releasing chainsaws with twin cylinders.

Since then, they’ve continued to create new and amazing chainsaws.

Now let’s take a quick look at why Echo claims to be so brilliant.

According to their website, Echo have an extremely simple philosophy, to create professional quality tools that meet the demands of the user. They pride themselves on having engineers who are know what it is that people want in their products, and who will then use their knowledge and expertise to turn those ideas into a reality.

They are never afraid to think outside of the box and use the latest materials and technology to always be improving their products. At the factories, the robots and humans work hand in hand to create nothing less than the best.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular chainsaws that Echo do.


Echo CS-271T

First on the list we have the CS-271T.

This particular one comes with a 12″ bar, making it great for light to medium work such as cutting down smaller trees, or cutting off branches. It even comes with a built in “air-precleaner”, this means that the filter will get clogged less often. And as with most modern chainsaws, it has a chain tensioner on the side to make tightening and loosening the chain much easier.

However, it is not particularly affordable, and it’s not great for heavy duty work.


Echo CS-310

Secondly, we have the CS-310.

This saw also prides itself on being lightweight, and having great balance which will also give the user the feeling of maximum control. And it’s starter will always start within no more than 3 pulls. If your branches are up to 8″, you’ll have no problem. If they’re any larger, it will still be able to cut them with relative ease.

However, the only downside to this saw is that it isn’t very good at all for cutting down larger trees.


Echo CS-352

Our third saw on this list is the CS-352. It comes with either a 14 or 16″ bar.

Thanks to the i-30 quick start system, this chainsaw will even work when you pull the starting chord slowly. And at 8.8lb, it’s certainly not a particularly heavy saw. And if you’re new to chainsaws, this one has an anti-vibration handle which will make it easier to use, as well as reducing fatigue in the user.

The only downside is that the chain that it comes with might not last as long as some of the chains on other chainsaws.


Echo CS-400

And the final chainsaw on this list is the CS-400. It has an 18″ bar.

The engine on the beast is very powerful, enabling you to cut through even the hardest of woods with ease. It also has the i-30 system which makes starting it easier. It’s weight is slightly over 10lbs. So it’s not feather, but it’s not bad at all considering how powerful it is. And it even comes with engine oil.

A few downsides though are that you need to get the ratio of fuel to lubricant just right, otherwise, it won’t be able to reach it’s ultimate capacity. And there have also been a few reports of this saw seizing.


My general verdict of Echo chainsaws is that whilst they do make a few models that can just about tackle some of the bigger jobs, the majority of their saws are made for smaller tasks such as cutting off branches. However, if you’re looking for something lightweight to help you to perform such a task, then Echo would be one to keep in mind.

Whilst none of them are quite as mind blowing as their website might have you believe, all of them are relatively easy to use and do a good enough job.

Value for money

For most of us however, how good a chainsaw is isn’t the only thing that matters. We also want to make the most out of our hard earned money.

So, how much does the typical Echo cost, and is it going to be worth the money?

Depending on which model you buy, they can retail for between $300 to $500. This is about what you would expect to pay for a chainsaw. So overall, it’s fair to say that they’re okay when it comes to value for money.


Echo are a Japanese tool manufacturer who have their own line of chainsaws. They started off over 60 years ago, and even today, are still going strong. As time goes on, the quality of their chainsaws keeps on growing as they become more powerful and easier to use.

However, they are not some god sent that knock all of the competition out of the park.

But if you’re looking for an easy to use, and reliable chainsaw, then I wouldn’t blame you if you brought yourself a chainsaw from them.

But if you didn’t, then I wouldn’t blame you either.

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