How to cut down a tree with a chainsaw

How to cut down a tree with a chainsaw

 Cutting down a tree is the only way that you will be able to turn that tree into a lovely table or cabinet. And the best way to do that is with a chainsaw.

In this article, will be talking about how to cut down a tree using a chainsaw. We’ll be exploring the correct techniques that you should be using to get it done as smoothly as possible, as well as making sure you do it safely. When it’s all finished, you will have an enormous sense of pride, and be able to look at your timber knowing that you were the one who cut it down.

How to cut down a tree with a chainsaw

Step One

Before you get cutting, you need to get all of your safety stuff sorted. This means protecting both yourself and those around you. Make sure you wear all the protective gear such as gloves and goggles. But you also need to make sure that wherever the tree falls, it will not hurt anyone or damage anything. So make sure there are no buildings, wires or people in any pathway that the tree might fall. Once you’re certain that everything is safe, it’s almost time for you to get cutting. But still, be careful!

Step Two

Before you turn on your saw, you’ll need to ensure that you have it all planned out, you need to try and figure out what direction the tree will be falling in. This way you can do minimal damage to the other trees so that you can either cut them down another time, or let somebody else have the joy of cutting them down.

However, you need to be prepared for if this fails. If the tree falls down in an unplanned direction, you will need to know what to do in this situation. That’s all part of safety.

Step Three

At the bottom of the tree, you may very well find a bit of mess. This will need to be cleared up before you will be able to cut this tree down with the maximum safety. Items such as rocks can easily be picked up, and moved out of the way. However, if it’s a bush, then you might need to to to get our your gardening tools and cut it up so that you can move it out of the way. This will now mean that you can stand close enough to the tree to cut it down safely.

Step Four

Now it’s time to get your chainsaw revving, and make the first cut. Make sure to be careful as chainsaws can be incredibly dangerous machines that have the potential to cause serious damage. The first cut that you need to make should go through about ¼ of the diameter of the tree, and it should be cut at an upward angle of about 70 degrees. Then take your chainsaw out, and prepare to make the next cut, if you’re feeling tired, then make sure to take a break. Tiredness is a very common cause of injury. Tired people should not be cutting trees.

Step Five

Once you’ve rested, and you’re reading to get cutting again, it’s time for you to make the second cut. This cut will need to come from above the first one, and go down diagonally until you have reached the first cut. When this happens, the wedge which you have created should fall straight out. If you’ve done it properly, you should now have a small wedge in the tree. This is going to be the point that gets weak when the tree comes to falling down. And once again, if you’re feeling tired, you need to take a break.

Step Six

If you’re cutting down a tree, of course, you will want it come down. But you want it to come down when you want it to come down, not before. Having said that, if it does fall before you expect, you need to know what to do in this situation and have a plan B in place.

But to make sure it falls in the direction that you want it to, you will need to insert a wedge into the wedge in the tree you’ve just made. Usually, this wedge will be made out of plastic. It will help the tree stay up until it’s time for it to fall.

Step Seven

To make the final cut, you will need to move yourself to the other side of the tree. At this other side, you will need to cut in a horizontal straight line. Make sure you do it just above the wedge, taking extra care not to cut through the wedge itself. Doing this is going to make where the wedge is so weak that it will not be able to support the tree, and as a result fall down, in the pathway that you had planned at the beginning. Just make sure you’re out of the way when it does fall down.

Step Eight

When the tree on the ground, you might think it’s time for you to put your chainsaw away. However, this is not the case at all. You need to use your saw to cut off the branches. As with the other cuts, when you cut off the branches, you will need to make sure that you keep safety in mind and do everything you can to not hurt yourself.

By the time you’re finished, you should be left with a branchless tree on the ground. And that will be the job done!

And that’s how you cut down a tree using a chainsaw. Before you get started make sure you have all the right safety gear on, and nothing will get damaged, even if it falls in a different direction than you had planned.

You will then need to clear the area so that you can get close enough to the tree.

The first cut should be about 70 degrees about ¼ of the diameter of the tree. You should then make another cut from above. Then insert the wedge, go to the other side, and finish the job. As soon as you’ve cut off all the branches, it’s job done.

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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, 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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When it comes to cutting down a tree, there is one method that is far more popular than the others. And that method is cutting it down with a chainsaw. It’s quick, easy, and efficient. However, there are plenty of other methods to getting a tree cut down, although almost none of them are quite as good.

However, there are reasons why you might want to keep the chainsaw in the shed, and get out your axe, bow saw, or handsaw. Perhaps you want to reduce your carbon footprint, or perhaps you’re doing it for the exercise. You might even want to get closer to nature.

Whatever your reason you have for leaving the machine on the shelf, it’s still important to keep safety in mind. Although these tools are not powered, they are still sharp, and can cause significant pain if they end up cutting you.

Splinters can still still get your eyes and cause irritation, for this reason, it’s important that you still remember to wear goggles.

Also, according to, the tree might fall down, and if it lands on you, that could hurt a bit. So it’s important to plan at least two escape paths so that you can get out of the way when it comes to falling down.


How to cut down a small tree with no saw

The first method that we’ll be discussing today is the axe. Not only is it a classic of many classic American horror films, but it’s also one of the oldest methods there is of cutting down a tree. It’s a very simple tool, as it’s just a sharp piece of metal on the end of a stick.

To cut down a tree with an axe, what you’ll first want to do is hit the tree with the axe, making sue to hit the same spot until you’re about halfway through the tree. Be careful here because you’re lunging a sharp object into a tree so you could get hurt.

Once the tree is about halfway cut, you’ll need to go round the other side and cut just above the cut that you have just made on the other side. By doing this, you will ensure that your tree will fall down, and hopefully follow the path that you have just planned. When it does fall down, make sure to follow through with the plan, and get out of the way. And that’s how you cut a tree down using an axe.

Bow Saw

Bow Saw cutting tree

Another non-motorised method of cutting down a tree is with a bow saw. A bow saw is a type of saw that is shaped like an archery bow, but instead of a string that pulls back, you have a serrated blade. Due to the weak strength of this saw, it would not be appropriate for cutting down larger trees or trees made of stronger wood.

The first step you need to take when cutting down a tree with this kind of saw is to create a wedge. To do this, cut across about ¼ of the way through the tree. Then, about half a metre below the cut, cut up to the first cut in a diagonal line.

After that move yourself to the other side of the tree, And cut across about ½ an inch above the top of the wedge. This will weaken the tree to the point where it will fall down.

When it does, you’ll need to get out of the way in order to stop yourself from being squashed by the falling tree.

Once the tree has fallen, the bow saw will be fantastic at cutting off the branches. If that’s something you’d like to do.

Hand Saw

Hand Saw cutting tree

And the final method of cutting down a tree without a chainsaw is to use a handsaw. The handsaw is what probably pops into your head when you hear the word “saw”. It’s a very simple contraption but it does the job well enough, though not always quickly enough.

Like with the bow saw, the first step is going to be to create a wedge in the tree. Cut a horizontal line about ¼ of the way through the tree. Then about half a metre below that cut, do another diagonal cut that leads up to the first one.

Then move to the other side of the tree and cut towards the top of the wedge, about ½ an inch above it. Doing this will cause the tree to become incredibly weak around the wedge, which in turn will cause it to fall down. And when it does, as with all the other saws, you’ll need to get out of the way in order to stop the tree from landing on you. When it’s fallen to the ground, the handsaw will also be a brilliant tool for cutting off the branches.

And those are the top three methods for cutting down a tree without a chainsaw.


I believe it’s important for me to say this now. If you’re in a rush and need to get a tree cut down quickly, then use a chainsaw.

However, if you’re just doing it as a hobby, then why would you even need to rush?

We are currently living in an age where global warming is becoming more and more of a threat, and doing things manually can be one way of reducing your carbon footprint.

It’s also better if you’re cutting down trees for your physical health. It will be harder, but that’s the whole point.

Whilst most of the time, it would be better to cut down your trees using a chainsaw, there are plenty of exceptions to this rule.

But regardless as to how you do it, you need to keep safety in mind. Sharp blades can cause nasty cuts, and saw dust can still get into your eyes.

The three most popular methods are the axe, the bow saw, and the handsaw.

The axe is basically just a sharp piece of metal on the end of the stick. The bow saw is shaped like an archery bow. And the Handsaw is just a typical saw.

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