Planning the Felling to Cut Down a Tree Safely

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Learn how to plan the process of a fell and how to safely cut down a tree in this free how-to video on felling trees. View Video Transcript

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George A. Finn III

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Hi! I am Drew Finn here for Expert We are going to discuss how to cut down a tree safely today. This video is brought to you by Black Dog Video. You can visit it on Obviously you know where you are going to fell a tree and what the tree naturally wants to fall by itself and whether you have to encourage it to go one way or another. We will show you trees felling; both types of trees today. One that will obviously go the direction we want it to and another one we are going to encourage with a cable. Now we are going to explain how the notching would work. What we do is cut a notch in here in the direction facing the direction we want the tree to fell. The notch will be V-shaped and once it is cut, if you put a square on here, it’s going to point the direction the tree should fell. Now, this tree is leaning this way. We are going to notch it that way. So, it might end up sort of in this location but that is a general area we are going. Now this particular tree, there is some rock down below where it had been damaged one time. We are not going to cut notch into that because that adds too many variables. We will cut it a little higher. I usually cut the trees right near the ground. But in this case for safety we are going to cut it higher and then we are going to fell it. We can cut the bottom off later. When you have a bottom of a tree that has partially rotted unless you really know what you are doing, you could get into a lot of trouble with that. So, we are going to notch it. You don’t want to notch more than a third of the way into the tree and so that’s the notch in the direction. Then we are going to cut the back, the felling cut. When we cut through, I cut it in a slight angle. You want to come in right above where the notch is… for the best fell. You never want to cut below the notch. We have the notch in here. It will come in an angle about like this.