Tips for felling with a crosscut

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Tips for felling with a crosscut

Postby DucksinOR » March 3rd, 2017, 5:06 pm

I am thinking of taking down 7 trees that are shading my garden this spring. They are Ponderosa Pine around 1 1/2 to 2 feet in diameter (there is also a 4' diameter Giant Sequoia but I am going to get help with that; I don't have a big enough saw). I've done some tree falling, but only with large pruning saws and nothing over 12 inches in diameter. I've watched some videos on Youtube and read Saws that Sing. Are there other resources I should be aware of? Any tips or suggestions?

I have most of the tools I need except for felling wedges and lubricant. What do you guys use?

Any other info would be great.

Thank you,
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Re: Tips for felling with a crosscut

Postby Jim_Thode » March 3rd, 2017, 8:32 pm


Here is a recent video I did on crosscut falling. Not really a training video but may give you some ideas.

The USFS training manual covers crosscut falling starting on page 80: ... dpi300.pdf

The Crosscut Sawyer Video covers crosscut falling, This 43 minute video is a companion to the Forest Service "Chain Saw and Crosscut Saw Training Course." ... re=related

The Sawyers - A 70 year old sawing training film, Shows good sawing techniques for the crosscut saw.

And, maybe the most useful is to watch many of the "tree falling fails" videos to see what can go wrong.

That should keep you busy for a while.
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