How to Cut Down a Tree
Cutting down a tree is really easy. It may seem intimidating, but in reality it's just as easy as cutting a piece of pie. In order to cut down a tree, you must have a saw or a chainsaw that is in good working condition. Test it out on something smaller or make sure it works before you start!
To begin with, you MUST always wear a pair of safety glasses as well as a good pair of working gloves. This is for your protection. You also have to have a tree to cut down. If this tree is too big (i.e. it is more than 60 inches in diamter or so or you are having difficulty with it) seek proffessional help.
Next, fire up the chain saw if that is what you are using. Slowly and carefully approach the tree that you plan to take down and start at the bottom. You want to start cutting away from yourself and be about two feet off the ground. Also, you want to be next to the tree, not behind it from where you are cutting from. Ease your saw as if you were slicing butter and carefully keep cutting until you start to hear the tree creak and moan. When this happens, stop! Make sure that no one is around you, then continue cutting.
Here is where it gets a little dicey. Make sure that the tree has enough room to fall; it will fall in the direction that you are cutting in. Keep cutting until the tree starts to fall forwards and then get out of the way! Do not go underneath the tree at any point to check on your progress as the tree may fall on top of you. The tree should fall to the ground. And that is how you cut a tree down!
This may be how he cuts a tree down, but the method described is rather unsafe. No mention of face cut, back cut, hinge wood, wearing chaps and hard hat, etc. And if the saw chain isn't sharp to start with, it most certainly will not be like slicing butter.
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