How to cut down a tree w/a chainsaw

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  1. Madame

    Madame Well-Known Member Supporter

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    http://forestry.about.com/od/chainsaws/ss/fell_tree.htm

    An illustrated, step-by-step guide to felling trees as demonstrated by an Oregon logger. This site also contains links to information on chainsaw safety and maintenance. Note: generates some pop-ups. The author is a professional forester.
     
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    fordson major construction and Garden b Supporter

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    pretty good site . even with as many years felling and bucking i still have lots to learn!you must respect that weight of wood and the fact that it can swing like a baseball bat.even with all the info on the site best to start small and work your way up.
     

  3. mamajohnson

    mamajohnson Knitting Rocks! Supporter

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    wow! we could have used this a couple of years ago, when we started clearing trees... It was not easy to learn to drop a 50 foot tree by ourselves....
    still good information to have!
    great link, thnx.
     
  4. Rick

    Rick Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Excellent!

    Here's what I learned.

    Make the 2 cuts of the notch closer to each other. I had been cutting notches with 6 to 8 inches of bark on a 10 inch tree. Cut the notch deep into the tree. I had been cutting my notches only about halfway into the tree.
    Much better to leave as little tree as is safe for the final cut.

    Thanks for the site!
     
  5. BaronsMom

    BaronsMom Well-Known Member

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    I had a guy come in my office the other day with a carpenter ant question. He was describing how he was cutting down a large, old dying maple tree and struck something hard that busted up his chainsaw.

    Turns out somewhere along the line, someone poured cement down the center of the tree to fill where it was hollowed out by ants. Amazing how sturdy a tree is when the trunk is filled with cement! (and the tree still had carpenter ants in it - of course it did!) :bash:

    Might challenge the "felling trees" site
     
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    WHAT EVER YOU DO , DON'T ASK ROCKPILE TO TEACH YOU!!! :haha: :haha:
     
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    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

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    Foxtrapper, that is an EXCELLENT link for beginners. I'd recommend that all who have little or no experience in felling trees bookmark this link.