Before getting down to business, assemble the tools and gear that you’ll need. At the very minimum, you will need the following equipment:
- Protective Gear – People get injured while felling trees all the time. Reduce the risk by wearing Kevlar leg coverings, a hard hat, steel toe boots, heavy-duty gloves and goggles.
- First Aid Kit – In case something goes awry, have medical supplies readily available.
- Chainsaw – Make sure the chainsaw has a sharp chain, a full tank of oil and gas and that it works properly.
Tree Cutting & Felling Tips | Cutting Down a Tree – Tree Removal
Examine the Tree First: 4 Questions to Consider Before Cutting a Tree
You’ll have an easier time cutting a tree if you’ve taken a good, hard look at it. Answer these questions before you start:
- Does it lean in one direction or another?
- Are there dead or broken branches?
- Is there a clear area where it can safely fall without damaging anything?
- Are branches from a nearby tree in the way?
While you’re at it, figure out a quick and easy escape route. If things don’t go as planned, you need to be able to get as far away from the tree as quickly as possible. Ideally, you should try to run behind another tree if the tree you are cutting doesn’t fall like it should.