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#1 posted 02-17-2012 12:01 AM

Stand under the tree and look overhead at the umbrella to see where the center of the mass is – if it’s not in line with the trunk, the tree will want to fall in that direction. If it’s in a direction you don’t want it to fall in, then pick up a felling wedge at HD or Lowes or Tractor supply. When you cut far enough into the trunk on your back cut, pound that wede in with a hammer or mallet to drive the tree where you want it to go. You don’t need to make a hinge cut 2/3 of the trees diameter, that’s overkill. A huge tree will stand upright on a 1 inch hinge, and won’t fall until you drive that wedge (look on youtube for ‘Game of Logging’ or for the proper procedure). If you are near an outlet or have access to a generator I would get a small electric chainsaw. You can cut up the wood with it afterwards for firewood or dinky turning blanks. Give yourself an escape path at a 45 degree angle BACK from the falling tree.

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