Working with chainsaws

How to cut down a tree using a chainsaw safely

Cutting down a tree, or felling a tree, with a chainsaw takes careful planning. It is dangerous and should be left to the professionals. However, if the tree is short and small, you may want to tackle it yourself. Keep safety in mind regardless of the tree size. Watch the following video to learn how to cut down a tree with safety techniques in mind.

How to to fell a tree using a chainsaw

When using a chainsaw to cut down a tree, it is important that you plan it carefully. Trees must be felled safely and in the direction that you want them to fall. The most important decision in tree felling is deciding whether there are major obstacles in the area (overhead lines, houses, roads, buildings, nearby tree branches and trunks, etc.). You want the falling tree to hit the ground unobstructed.

Most trees have a natural direction of fall. This is affected by the tree’s lean, the shape of the branches and snow-covered branches. If you are unsure of the tree lean, move a little away from the tree.

To a certain extent, it is possible to force a tree to fall against its natural direction of fall, but this is always at a cost of increasing the risk and of the extra physical exertion needed. It requires knowledge, skills and experience together with the right felling support tools. Trees with weak timber, such as dead or decayed trees, should always be felled in the easiest direction.

Watch our chainsaw training videos series as we guide you on how to notch and hinge a tree for directional felling. Remember, always use chainsaw safety gear like chaps, helmets, hearing and eye protection when operating a chainsaw. Safety first!

Watch more chainsaw training videos Select the best chainsaw for you View Husqvarna chainsaw models

Related articles

  • 562XP - EU, Spainish Image
    Working with chainsaws

    Stay safe and warm – the chainsaw accessories you need to get started

    When it comes to safety clothing and equipment, different rules and regulations apply in different countries. But no matter where you are, this list of items will enhance your safety when working with chainsaws.

  • Working with chainsaws part 1
    Working with chainsaws

    How to get your chainsaw started

    Believe it or not, but “how do I start a chainsaw?” is a common question (or at least a frequent Google search) amongst chainsaw users. In this guide we’ve put together some tips on how to get your saw ready to perform.

  • 550 XP
    Working with chainsaws

    6 steps to successful tree felling

    When felling trees, the correct working techniques are essential. Not only to create a safe working environment, but also to be more effective when working.