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Figure 10 - Trigger Lockout and Trigger
7. Guide saw using light pressure. Do not force
saw. The motor will overload and can burn out.
It will do the job better and safer at the rate for
which it was intended.
Remove saw from a cut with saw running
at full speed. Stop saw by releasing trigger.
Make sure chain has
stopped before setting
Practice until you can maintain a steady, even
• Avoid kickback. Kickback can re-
sult in severe injury or death. See
Kickback, page 5, to avoid risk of
Do not fell a tree without ample skill
or expert help.
• Keep children, animals, and bystand-
ers away from area when felling a
If two or more persons perform buck-
ing and felling operations at the same
time, provide ample distance between
operations. Provide distance of at
least twice the height of tree being
FELLING A TREE
(Cutting Down a Tree)
WARNING: When felling a tree, be
aware of your surroundings. Do not
endanger any person, strike utility lines,
or cause property damage. If tree strikes
utility lines, contact utility company at
Felling is the process of cutting down a tree. Make
sure your footing is ﬁrm. Keep feet apart. Divide
your weight evenly on both feet. Follow directions
below to fell a tree.
BEFORE FELLING A TREE
1. Before felling, inspect tree. Make sure there
are no dead limbs or branches that may fall
on you. Study natural lean of tree, location of
larger branches, and wind direction. This will
help you judge which way tree will fall.
Clear work area around tree.
3. Plan and clear a retreat path before felling.
e retreat path opposite to planned direction
of fall of tree and at 45° angle
(see Figure 11 ).
Figure 11 - Retreat Path From Tree
Remove dirt, stones, loose bark, nails, staples,
and wire from tree where you will make felling
5. Stay on uphill side when felling tree. Tree
could roll or slide downhill after falling.