Storm felled tree, laying down

When cutting uprooted fallen trees, there is a risk of falling forwards. Windfalls with large, uprooted trees must never be cut at the butt end first since these trees could kick over in your direction.


Start by limbing the tree so you can easily see if the trunk is under tension.


Then measure the length of the first log from the top and cut the log there. Alternatively, cut as far as the “butt off” so the roots cannot kick up.


Now use a tractor with a grapple loader or winch to tip back the uprooted tree with high stump.

Images Working with chainsaws, part 2

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June 21, 2022

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