How to Limb a Fallen Tree With a Chain Saw

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Chain saws are high speed wood cutting tools that can help you make short work of some very big jobs like clearing out underbrush, cleaning up dead fall, cutting down undesirable trees and creating a stack of fire wood for the winter. Cutting the limbs off of trees that have been cut down or fallen naturally is a process called limbing. Like all procedures with a chain saw the mantra when limbing is "Safety First."


Step 1

Observe conditions surrounding the tree you are planning to limb. Clear the work area around the tree to ensure secure footing while cutting.

Step 2

Put on all appropriate safety gear including ear protection, safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses and hard hat. Move to the base of the felled tree. Stand on the opposite side of the limb you are preparing to cut, keeping the tree between you and the cutting chain. Start the chain saw.

Step 3

Over cut each freely hanging limb beginning at the base of the tree and work your way toward the top of the tree. Stop the chain saw frequently to clear away accumulated branches and debris that may threaten secure footing.

Step 4

Stop the chain saw. Move to the opposite side of the tree. Repeat Step 3.

Step 5

Cut the trunk into manageable sections using appropriate bucking methods. Stop the chain saw. Roll sections that still have large supporting branches connected until the branches are easily accessible. Start the chain saw. Limb the remaining supporting branches.

Tips and Warnings

Always leave the larger limbs beneath the felled tree for support. Always over cut free hanging limbs to prevent pinching of the chain bar. Be alert to branches that might be under pressure which might cause a spring back effect which could cause you to loose control of the chain saw. Work slowly and methodically. Always keep both hands on the chain saw. Always maintain secure footing. Limit pruning limbs on standing trees to shoulder height. Only limb trees that are fallen. Do not straddle the tree while you are cutting. Always stand on the opposite side of the limb you are cutting.

Things You'll Need

Chain saw, Hearing protection, Safety hat, Safety glasses or goggles, Heavy duty gloves, Safety shoes

About this Author

Mike Parker has been writing professionally for more than 15 years. His work has appeared in various print and online publications, including "Grassroots Music Magazine," "Christian Single Magazine," and He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in bible from Hardin-Simmons University.

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