How To Cut Down A Tree
How To Cut Down A Tree

Is there a tree in your yard you want to cut
down? We’ll show you how to use a chain saw to
fell trees – those with a diameter less than the length of your saw’s cutting bar. Before you start, be sure you’re familiar
with the operation of your saw and follow all safety recommendations. For some tips,
check out our How to Use & Maintain a Chainsaw video. For larger trees, trees that are near a structure,
trees that you want to fell opposite of their lean, or any tree you feel uncomfortable tackling
– call a professional. Start by taking a good look at the area. Be
sure there are no structures, power lines, people or pets close to a radius the height
of the tree. Then pick a direction you want the tree to fall, and plan a clear escape
path – opposite the direction of the fall and at a 45-degree angle. Clear the area around the tree, and make sure
there are no loose branches overhead. With the tree on your left, make a 70-degree
cut on the side facing the direction you want the tree to fall. Use the felling sight on
the top of the saw as a guide. Cut to a depth of about a quarter of the tree’s diameter.
For the next cut, turn the saw sideways and cut horizontally to meet your first cut, creating
a notch. Be sure the cuts meet. For the felling cut, move to the opposite
side and make a horizontal cut slightly above the previous cut. Saw until you have enough room to insert a
wedge. Then finish the cut being sure not to touch the wedge with the blade. Don’t
cut through – leave about 10 percent of the width as a hinge. When the tree begins
to fall, move away down your escape path. Once the tree is down, remove the branches
– called limbing. Work carefully starting at the base.
You can cut downward – called a pulling chain – or cut upward – called a pushing
chain. Offsetting cuts keep the chain from binding. Limbs on the underside can be cut
if you have a good working height. Limbs under tension can be cut later when the tree can
be turned. Large branches can be under great tension
and should be cut starting from the outside, working toward the trunk. When you’ve removed the limbs it’s time
to cut the trunk – called bucking. Look for where the wood might compress as it’s
cut. Cut a third of the way through the side where compression might take place, then cut
a 1-in offset from the opposite side to keep the blade from binding and give you more control.
A wedge can also be used to hold the gap. For logs on the ground, cut through most of
the way, then turn the log and finish the cut so the blade doesn’t contact the ground.
For logs supported on one end, cut up from the bottom, then finish the cut on top. Cut the pieces into manageable sizes and stack
them away from the work area. By working carefully and safely, you’ll
successfully cut down that tree. Want more great ideas and how-to’s? Go to or just click to subscribe. Next, learn how to prune your hedges.

100 thoughts on “How To Cut Down A Tree”

  1. Nxtingz Gta says:

    Best advice just call a professional tree service company

  2. Panda_Cat 95 says:

    The moment you realize people cut down bird houses to make bird houses

  3. supply497 says:

    Am I the only one who finds this satisfying

  4. Nathzach says:

    Stop breaking nature you evil cutters

  5. b Cahoon says:

    Its not a blade it's a bar and chan it is not a skill saw and the Chan is Wot cuts the wood

  6. OTB MDL says:

    Deforestation alert

  7. Weston Comstock says:

    There is no blade on a chainsaw!

  8. Ramadan Arnanààà8 m7u9r0 says:

    e gg juopttgjjj7u80gyyþsd

  9. Al3x N0ble says:

    that was a nice healthy tree and you cut it down😭😭😭😭

  10. Benja Neil says:

    Just use a m134 minigun.

  11. Justin Thomas says:

    never ever fell a tree at hip height, ever!!!!! always from the bottom , as close to the ground as possible.

  12. Dog says:

    Im going to test this at my local park

  13. Jason_af_21 says:

    Global warming is coming because of that

  14. Clark Magnuson says:


  15. -CaTs- says:

    Poor tree 🙁

  16. Nilpgreg Slasher says:

    If your cutting a tree and you don’t know how to cut a tree down you shouldn’t be cutting down a tree

  17. Sean Cummings says:

    This is best left to professionals period

  18. Aiden says:

    Cuts down palm tree, destroying my neighbors backyard

  19. Oh yeah yeahh says:

    Why r u doin this? (Not being a hater) trees are important

  20. Caleb and Daniel CHICKEN NUGGETS says:

    According to mincraft physics all you have to do is punch it

  21. LudZip says:

    Why am I here

  22. TreveX says:


  23. Derek Rudkin says:

    Ive been cutting trees down for about 6 months now, i know that doesn’t sound like experience but I’m usually at it 5-6 hours at a time, I never cut the face cut like that. I usually go in the width of the bar then for the top cut starting a few inches higher nothing like how high they did in this video. & the back cut, 2 inches above from the face cut & I go all the way till the tree starts to fall, I don’t see the need of wedges when you can just cut 85% through the tree & it’ll fall

  24. Owen & Katie's Vlog says:

    He is not doing it right you should make a 45 degree angle

  25. Owen & Katie's Vlog says:

    This is why i shop at Home Depot

  26. couldnotthinkofa name says:

    I watched something that I will never do…

  27. Invalid uzername says:

    Tree cutting is dangerous not so much because it could fall on top of you but also because when a tree snaps its an enormous amount of force behind that snap and if you happen to be standing in the wrong spot it can snap and kill you falling in the opposite direction. Look up the term (barber chair tree accident) here on YouTube. (Edit i did it for you)

    This is by no means the only way a tree can kill you there are several more

  28. Adamant_Soro says:

    Is that chainsaw enchanted?

  29. Mr. Clean says:


  30. BurningPillow says:

    Screw you nature!

  31. I love RTS •-• says:

    who's angry? Tree activist

  32. _malekala_ says:

    I hate cuting down trees. Think of it as a person. To me it's like murdering a person .

  33. Christian Tambellini says:

    then move to the opposite side !

  34. debonoo says:

    Die Schweden schneiden ihre Bäume aber hoch ab….

  35. Mike Andrews says:

    That how a lawyer would cut it

  36. ツMCK_Littcha says:

    all of the trees in this video were all cut to make a single CVS receipt

  37. nicholas allen says:

    Don’t go downhill of a falling tree gravity always wins

  38. Willow Hales says:

    cutting down trees is not fair on the environment

  39. Mikey Start says:

    Don’t cut down trees 🌲 we need them and your destroying animals habitats

  40. *-h j-* says:

    i don’t even own a chainsaw neither want to cut down a tree… why am i watching this?

  41. DRINK ME 2 says:

    0:06 to fell trees?

  42. richelle reynolds says:

    Risky Business Lowe's

  43. Pereza1016 Gaming says:

    I thought I had to punch it repeatedly

  44. Lee아엘 says:


  45. George Lavallee says:

    Extension hose for Craftsman Chipper Vac

  46. stoner27th says:

    I don't have the land, the tree to cut down or even the chain saw.. but this is so amazing and so satisfying to watch.. LOL

  47. pamtnman pamtnman says:

    pretty nice (valuable) sugar maple turned into firewood there

  48. Mighty Peanut Gaming says:

    And destroy 95% of the environment by 2020!

  49. I’m Black says:

    My diamond axe will work just fine

  50. Man says:

    Why am I watching this

  51. Rahul Choudhary says:

    And u r harming the environment

  52. Mike From YT says:

    It is the same as deforestation

  53. ρєριтσ иιєl says:

    3:17 thank you!

    Do you know what i mean?

  54. knevith1 says:

    This video is gonna get some overachiever killed…😳.

  55. salvatore fancello says:

    Esi scuola per chi non lo sa il mestiere ma chi Losa li e più facile di come l'insegniano sicuro

  56. Stevee Wonders says:

    Even with somebody there, that tree still didn't make a sound. Odd.

  57. Lickey Cauldron says:

    Its fall not fell it hasnt fell yet

  58. Earth godzilla no for real I’m a god says:

    Mincraft is fighting back on this saying all u got to do is punch it

  59. Danger for free fire WTF says:

    Hi man i am mandy i don no how to the tree you teeg me thanks man

  60. Asiqul Grz says:

    I hate this vido.
    Do not cut the tree.
    This a badthink.
    I hate

  61. Jerry Nunya says:

    How to cut a tree down…. first you get a real chainsaw. STIHL is the only way to go lol

  62. Ryans sawmill says:


  63. LightGesture says:

    Learned something here. I like the staggered cut. Makes total sense now that I think of it! Thanks.

  64. Mr Henn says:

    what did that tree ever do to you

  65. Shane Thomas says:

    I gotta cut down a tree …but I'm gonna burn it and be useful with wood …and the only reason I'm cutting it down is so that I can get my house in here and down my driveway with enough room to turn it in and put it where it's gonna go..

  66. shailesh upadhyay says:

    Pagal bewakoof tree ko Katna bhi nahi chahiye aur tu uska video Bana raha hai😤😡🤬🤬😠

  67. web says:

    That was a really nice maple they cut down. Couldn't find a rotten boxelder or green ash somewhere???

  68. Soft Raccoon says:

    it's midnight

  69. Sam Schneider says:

    A professional sawer would never make a 70 degree notch cut on the face , it wastes to much wood by the time your done , that's how it was when I was in the woods or you were sent packing , wood is money

  70. -Kar_Lo- 23 says:

    what tree cutters do is hurting the earth

  71. Amr Bilbessi says:


  72. Tahoor 2005 says:

    Like to stop tree abuse

  73. Vincent None says:

    I was in a skilled trade for many years. One of the first things about projects outside of my trade was “Always ask the person that does it for a living.” The next thing was “Never ask the one trying to sell you something “ The last, stay even farther from someone that tells you, “ I saw it done once and it’s real easy” or “ I have a friend that knows how to do everything “
    People that do it for a living know what they’re talking about. Tree felling can be very dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. The rest of the ones that I mentioned will suddenly have some place to go when the tree has flattened part of your house or your garage. They may not say anything and just break into a run after you have taken out the power lines on the hottest/coldest day and they see the neighbors coming to see you and they’re carrying items like hot tar and clubs. ASK THE PROFESSIONAL

  74. ross jonnes says:

    This video is very important for all chainsaw user for keeping safe himself.

  75. Craig Gubser says:

    Dont follow the instructions of this video it will get you hurt or killed. If you need a tree taken down call a professional.

  76. Samuel I says:

    If you have to watch this video…
    You're really gonna miss your family.. or at least your fingers.
    Stick to paperwork, Poindexter. 😆

  77. William says:

    Narrator: turn the log and finish the cut, ensure the "blade" doesnt touch the ground.
    Chainsaw Operator: (starts digging for potatoes)

  78. ChrisMcRat says:

    This is not the safety felling technique, leave about a third of the felling cut behind and form the break strip. Then you put a felling wedge in the cut, then the last third can be cut. This ensures the highest controllability when a tree falls.

  79. Danial Pham says:

    Make sure you replant at least one tree too for every one that you cut :>

  80. aiden 21lte says:

    Is it fine if you plant them back

  81. marissa devio says:

    Earth is dying cause of you

  82. Evan G says:

    This video is awesome… viewer dies trying…

  83. nic jones says:

    It's not a blade…………………. it's a chain, because you know, it's a chainsaw….. And what the chain rides on is called a BAR.

  84. Baba Yaga says:

    If your watching this don't run a chainsaw,i just saved you a arm and a leg

  85. Carl Hanley says:


  86. Mike Thompson says:


  87. Hot Wings says:

    why am i watching this? im a kid and don't have a chainsaw

  88. theslayer 6600 says:

    Well guys 1.1 mill people are cutting down trees bye bye oxygen

  89. Daniel Thompson says:

    Looks like the tree rolled onto him at 0:07 .. rip

  90. Sophia Knoztak says:

    I cut down trees then I use my electric bike and trailer to haul them back to the wood pile. If you have a solar panel you can charge it. The electric bike is free to go 50+ miles if you peddle a little bit… had them and they fold up and go in your trunk…

  91. i LOVE ANIMALS says:

    Nice vid!

  92. Kenn's Instagram At: i000 says:

    This is the best video for this. All the other videos just too long and have a bunch of blabbering. Good job👍🏽

  93. Frost says:

    So say I’m cutting into something soft and then I hit bones is there a good technique to keeping control of the saw while that happens? Also what do you do if the engine gets gummed up with red sticky liquid? Thanks for the help guys!

  94. Anonymous says:


  95. Aya - kun says:

    In my world, trees float when we destroy it.

  96. Jason says:

    That poor tree

  97. Ben Hodge says:

    Thanks lowes!
    And youtube
    For helping me show dad how i magically know stuff

  98. Javan Dell says:

    If you live on a large acre, just burn the tree down – LOL

  99. The Raging Walrus says:

    the moment you realize theyre doing it wrong lul

  100. David Kelsey says:

    Dumbest instructions ive ever seen.

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