How to use tree felling tools

The size of the tree determines which felling tools you need to use. For the smallest trees, you do not normally need felling tools. Hand force is enough, possibly with a long pole. The felling wedge provides greater felling force than the different types of breaking bar. In extreme cases, you can use a rope and winch, which is the safest and most powerful way to fell a tree.

Hand force

Only useful on very small trees without any backward lean. Provides limited felling force. By using a 5 m pole and pressing higher up from the ground you significantly increase leverage and the felling force. Maximum lifting height: Unlimited.

Foot breaking bar

The foot breaking bar is suitable for small trees when thinning. Insert the foot breaking bar before completing the felling cut. Stand with all your weight on the lever arm. The foot breaking bar is generally telescopic and can be carried in a holster on your logging belt.

Breaking bar

Comes in different handle lengths which provides varying amounts of felling force. Avoid breaking bars with a long handle for really thick trees and large backward leans, as this may require a lifting height that is greater than you can handle. Maximum lifting height: Approximately 2 cm.

Felling wedge

Felling wedges are best for medium to large trees. They are inserted before the felling cut is complete, and are knocked in with an axe or an impact breaking bar. Several wedges are sometimes needed. You may have accidentally cut into the wedge. It is therefore good to use wedges made of a soft material, such as plastic or aluminium, so that you do not risk damaging the chain.

Tree jack

A kind of mechanical jack that presses against the trunk. Provides a lot of felling force and is therefore a good choice for extensive felling work for medium-sized complex trees. Maximum lifting height: Unlimited.

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November 27, 2018

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