If you have successfully and safely cut down a tree on your property with your own chainsaw, then it is time for you to move on to the next phase—limbing and bucking the downed tree, and doing both these things safely.
While this phase is likely considered by most to be the easy part of cutting down a tree, sound safety measures are still required to ensure everyone goes home in one piece. As described last week, when handling a chainsaw, you need a hard hat, ear and eye protection, steel-toe boots, chaps, work gloves, a chainsaw protective gear kit, and bar and chain oil.
Limbing the Tree
When the tree has successfully come down, it’s time to limb or remove the tree’s branches:
- Start at the tree’s base and work carefully. You can cut upward with the bar’s top side (called cutting with a pushing chain because the chain pushes the saw to you) or downward with the bar’s bottom side (called cutting with a pulling chain because the chain pulls the saw from you).
- Offsetting cuts, which are made by partly cutting on one of the limb’s sides and then entirely cutting through one or so inches nearer to the trunk, prevent binding in the chain.
- Limbs under tension—bent under and could spring back—can be saved for later when the tree is turned over to relieve tension.
- Underside limbs can be cut with enough working height.
- Large branches could be under incredible tension due to their weight, and they ought to be cut from the outside and working to the trunk.
Bucking the Tree
Once the limbs have been removed, the trunk now needs to be cut, which is called bucking.
- Search for spots where the wood could compress when cut, meaning two trunk sections could fall together, pinching (or binding) the chainsaw. To avoid this, cut one third of the way through the side where compression may happen. Then, completely cut through from the other side with a 1-inch offset cut. This technique is meant for preventing binding and provides more control. A wedge can even be used to keep the gap open, but ensure the chain does not make contact.
- Cut through much of the way for grounded logs before turning the logs and finishing the cuts to keep the blade from touching the ground.
- Cut from the bottom up for logs that are supported on one end before finishing the cut on top.
- Cut pieces into controllable sizes, stacking them elsewhere from your work area.
It’s also important to remember that calling a professional is never out of the question if you feel out of your depth—no matter the stage you’ve gotten to while cutting down your tree.
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