Different techniques for the felling cut

When sawing the felling cut, it is important to remember two things: The hinge should have a uniform thickness with the right dimension, and that you insert a felling wedge or breaking bar before the tree can pinch the guide bar. There are a number of different techniques for making a safe felling cut. The technique you should use depends, among other things, on the tree size and slope, and how big your chainsaw is.

If the tree is decayed

Rot mainly attacks older and damaged trees. Be careful if the tree trunk is damaged or if the tree looks diseased. If the lower part of the trunk has an abnormal swelling, this may be an indication that the wood is decayed. For firs the trunk is often resinous. When you start cutting into the tree, you should observe caution if the sawdust is discoloured.

If the timber is discoloured and soft, you should be very careful. Wood fibres are weakened when the tree is infested with rot. The felling direction can be affected and compromise your safety. Fell in the natural direction of fall if possible. Use a winch if you are unsure. Rot infestation usually subsides higher up in the tree, so one option might be to fell the tree with an extra high stump.