Preparation is very important when felling trees with a chainsaw. If you plan to roll over and what kind of forestry equipment you bring in, you will not only create a safer working environment but also ease the post-tipping work. First, determine if there are any large obstructions in the work area, such as power […]
Preparation is very important when felling trees with a chainsaw. If you plan to roll over and what kind of forestry equipment you bring in, you will not only create a safer working environment but also ease the post-tipping work. First, determine if there are any large obstructions in the work area, such as power lines, roads or buildings. Post warning signs if you know that a road or people are passing through the work area.
Examine the tree and determine the direction of the felling. What do the branches look like and how do they grow? Also, consider the wind direction. If you are unsure of the natural falling direction of the tree, move a little away from the tree and check it with a plumb line (see info box for details). Clean the area around the desired tilting direction. Also, create an escape area for yourself by clearing the 45-degree area behind the tree.
After clearing the area, post the warning signs and determine your tipping direction and your escape direction. Check that there is enough fuel for your job. Then prune any branches and knots that you may encounter when making the felling cut. The safest way to prune is to work with the pull chain (lower part of the bar) from top to bottom.
After the tree is cleared of knots up to shoulder level, a felling cut is made. The joint should have the correct dimensions and equal thickness, and a tilting wedge or a breaking guide should be placed before the tree is assembled into the guide. Which technique you use will depend on the tree size, slope and the size of your saw. We have compiled information on different techniques so that you can see which method is suitable for you, depending on your situation. / add link to “working with saws” /
If you see that the lumber is discolored or soft, or the underside of the trunk appears swollen or distorted, you need to be very careful. This indicates that the wood is rotting and the wood fibers are weak. When this happens, tip the tree in its natural direction of felling and, if unsure, use a winch. The rot usually decreases to the upper parts of the tree, so you can choose to overturn the tree with a log of additional height.
There are various felling tools you can choose from when felling trees. The size of the tree will dictate the type of forestry equipment you need. You don’t need forestry equipment for the smallest trees. A long stake will suffice, as well as hand strength. The tipping wedge provides a greater tipping force compared to different crushing guides. You can use a rope and winch in harsh conditions; this is the safest and most powerful tilting method. See the information box for more information on the different tools.