How to cut down a small tree with no saw

How to cut down a small tree with no saw

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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