I cannot tell you the number of times I have been ask about my tree felling techniques. What my go are to moves, what do I do every time, do I ever worry about making a mistake. Ask any tree feller and they will tell you the same thing. After a few trees, a few years, you will be able to fell a tree without really thinking about it, just like clockwork.
I have been doing it for so long that after looking at the tree within in three minutes I know how to cut and where to cut to have it fall where I want it. Of course, that comes with experience, for those who do not have my experience but still would like to fell a tree like a professional here are my go to tips.
Whenever I first approach a tree, I take notice of my surroundings and figure out the best direction to have the tree fall into. I note the size of the tree and the amount of space that is available on the property. Also, make sure to note any obstacles that may be in the way, such as bushes, play sets, pools, and these type of things. Once a path can be, determine for the best possible outcome for the tree to land then I go on to my next tip.
Then I have one of my people attached a rope to the top part of the tree. For felling a tree, I prefer and use a double braided rigging rope but I know a few people that prefer a solid braided rigging rope. Either one will get the job done.
After rigging the rope, it is time to decide where to make the hinge cut. With my trusty chainsaw, I cut a wedge that looks like an upside down number seven. Making sure to keep it perpendicular to the area for the tree to fall. After I cut the upside down number seven then the people with the rope will tighten it, ensuring that the tree do not tumble forward.
Now that the hinge has been cut, go behind the tree and make what has called the back cut. Be mindful not to cut too deep. Whenever I make a back cut, I always stop a few inches shy of meeting the hinge cut that has been made into to tree.
This is the last step until the great “timber” moment. I will signal to the people holding the rope to pull in the direction we had already determine for the tree to fall. They will pull at just the right moment, directing the tree to fall into the perfect path. If I were to signal too soon or if the people miss the signal, the rope could snap and we will all be in trouble. The tree will fall at whatever way it is leaning or the weakest point. In addition, that may not be the direction that I want it to go. Nevertheless, if we are working together this risk is greatly eliminated.
That just about it, my steps in felling a tree. I also am a mean pruner. I can prune with the best of them. My tree pruning services are, in my opinion, the best in three counties.
I hope this helps all those young tree men and women in their tree felling adventures.