How to Cut Tree Limbs Using a Chainsaw
Once you have felled a tree, you must cut it up by removing branches and cutting segments into pieces of a manageable size. Here are some tips for how to limb a tree using a chainsaw:
- The main thing you want to avoid when limbing or crosscutting a tree using a chainsaw is kick back, the upward and backward motion that happens when the top of the chainsaw bar nose comes into contact with a tree or other surface while the chainsaw is fully engaged. Kick back can cause injury because it is possible to lose control of the chainsaw when one happens.
- Knowing how kick back occurs and working calmly and methodically will help you avoid a kick back.
- It is best to work at hip height with the chainsaw close to your body, feet apart.
- Stand to the left of the tree trunk and work from the base of the tree upwards toward the tree top, removing limbs as you go.
- Work with both a pulling chain and pushing chain.
- If possible, rest the chainsaw on your hip or on the tree trunk as you saw.
- Only move from where you are standing when the tree trunk is between yourself and the chainsaw bar.
- You want to maintain your stable footing while you are cutting anything.
- You can cut branches on the upper side of the tree trunk by laying the chainsaw on its side.
- Cut limbs from the underside of the tree trunk at the same time if you have a good working height.
- Saw branches from the proper angle depending on how the branches are tensioned. Otherwise the chainsaw could get stuck in the tree.
- Roll the tree over to access branches on the underside of the tree if the tree is lying directly on the ground. Do not attempt to cut branches on the ground to avoid the risk of kick back.