How-To's & Guides
Crosscutting - Compressive stress from the top
Crosscutting trees which have compressive stress from the top should be done by following this technique.
- Start by making a cut from the topside. The depth of the cut should be about 1/3rd of the diameter of the trunk, or before the trunk tends to pinch the guide bar.
- Now cut from the bottom to meet the first cut.
If the trunk is thicker than the bar length
- Start by crosscutting the opposite side of the trunk.
- Pull the saw towards you and crosscut from the top, up to about 1/3rd of the trunk diameter.
- Now crosscut from the bottom. If the trunk is lying on the ground, make a bore to avoid sawing stones.
- Continue with undercutting towards the centre of the trunk.
NOTE: Observe how the trunk reacts. This method reduces the risk of the guide bar pinching.
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