Wear the Right Safety Gear
Safety isn't a throwaway word when it comes to felling trees and running chain saws. You must take it seriously. There are a few absolutely essential safety gear items you need to wear for any chain saw work:
- A logger's helmet to protect you from falling branches, a major cause of logging injuries.
- Earmuffs and a face screen protect your ears and eyes.
- Safety glasses to keep the dust out.
- Kevlar chaps, which will stop a chain instantly should you happen to drop the bar against your leg.
Buy Felling Wedges
Two plastic felling wedges will prevent your saw from getting pinched during a cut. You can find these at any outdoor power equipment store that carries chain saws.
Estimate the Felling Zone
Trees are taller than you think and reach farther on the ground than you'd expect. You can estimate where a tree will fall by using the “ax handle trick.” Hold an ax handle at arm's length, close one eye, and back away from or move toward the tree until the top of the ax is even with the treetop and the bottom is even with the base. Your feet should be about where the treetop will rest after falling. It's just an estimate, though, so allow extra room if there's something it might fall on!