Crosscutting trees which have compressive stress from the bottom should be done by following this technique.


  1. Start with the undercut up to about 1/3rd of the trunk diameter, or until the guide bar tends to pinch.
  2. Now cut from the top to meet the first cut.

If the trunk is thicker than the guide bar length

  1. Start by crosscutting the opposite side of the trunk.
  2. Pull the saw towards you and cut a little from the top.
  3. Now crosscut from the underside, up to about 1/3rd of the trunk diameter. Make a bore if the trunk is lying on the ground.
  4. Finish with a top cut.
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    Limbing thick branches

    A different work technique is used for limbing thick branches than that used for thin branches. This applies to leaf trees and other trees with thick, extensive branches. The working technique often matches the technique used for crosscutting. In order to avoid splitting and the guide bar pinching, it is important that you use the correct technique and sequence.

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    Consider the crosscutting carefully, especially for larger logs. An incorrect work technique can be dangerous and cause the trunk to split or the guide bar to become pinched. First assess the tension in the trunk. Make it a habit to look at how the trunk reacts to being cut. You may have misjudged the tension.