Expecting the Unexpected
One end of the chain was securely fastened around the tree, and the other end to the bumper of a full-sized truck revving its engine as smoke billowed from the exhaust. If ever there were a man vs. nature competition, this was it.
The intention was for the truck to influence the direction of the falling tree into the fall-zone away from the house nearby. However, the stubborn, old cottonwood had other plans.
The tires on the truck began to spin, but the tree just wouldn’t budge. The driver punched the gas pedal to the floor once again.
Then, mother nature intervened via gale force winds and the behemoth began its descent to the ground in slow-motion, directly onto the cab of the truck. Luckily, nobody was injured in the incident.
This is just one of the many tree removal horror stories that have accumulated over the years regarding individuals attempting this feat on their own. Just like so many other chores in life, there is a right way, a wrong way and the smart way of completing said tasks.
The Smart Way
Failing to heed the smart way regarding tree removal will often result it trees toppling over and smashing cars, roofs and garages. The sound of breaking glass—or even worse, broken bones—are ones you certainly don’t want to hear when you are attempting to remove a tree from your property.
Since cutting down and removing mature trees can be hazardous, it should only be handled by those properly trained professionals with equipment necessary to complete the job. If there comes a time when you to attempt tree removal yourself, then there are some general guidelines that you should adhere to such as maintaining the proper equipment.
Here are just a few of the basic tools required to safely and effectively remove a tree:
- Chainsaw – Consider models with at least a 20 inch bar in order to effectively penetrate most trees.
- Test Rope – 1000 LB test rope is typically recommended for tree removal.
- Safety Equipment – From knee-high safety boots to protect your leg in the event of the saw kicking back, to safety glasses to prevent debris from injuring your eyes, don’t ever become complacent in regard to wearing safety equipment.