Do you know what equipment used to cut down trees?
Many think that cutting a tree is as easy as taking a saw, cutting and yelling: “Timber!” But that only happens in cartoons. In real life, to cut a tree you need tools and safety equipment to do the job well.
If this is the first time you dare to cut a tree by yourself, at least you need to know the basic toolkit needed to do it. Today you’ll learn much more than that.
List of Equipment Used to Cut Down Trees
When cutting a tree, you need specialized equipment for safety, pruning and cutting. Today there are hundreds of different gadgets that promise to make the job easier. However, to cut any tree you only need these essential equipments:
- Auditive protectors
- Face mask
- Rope or sling
- Pole saw
- Chainsaw (for all kind of trees).
- Hand saw or bow saw (for small to medium trees).
Pieces of Equipment in Details
Well, here details of most common and important equipment used to cut down trees. If you like to know few more, you can read this part.
By far, a chainsaw is the best tool to cut a tree in record time. You don’t need to make much effort and you won’t end up with your hands full of blisters at the end of the process. You only need strong arms to keep it stable and follow some basic safety measures to use it.
As the name implies, a chainsaw uses a chain with teeth to cut wood. Its main parts are the engine, the cutting chain and the guide bar. Depending on the power source, the motor can be mechanical or electrical.
In the first case, the chainsaw needs lubricants in the engine and the chain to operate smoothly. With electric motors, the chain is the only element that needs lubrication.
To correctly choose the size and power of the machine, it’s necessary to know the hardness of the wood and the diameter of the trunk. For hardwood trees such as maple, oak or mahogany, it’s necessary to use high-power chainsaws to obtain a clean cut.
A hand saw is a tool usually used to cut wood and is formed by a handle and a trapezoid-shaped serrated steel blade.
To cut, the operator positions the teeth on the surface to be cut and begins to exert pressure with back and forth motion. The wear produced by the teeth on the wood is what causes the cutting effect.
A bow saw uses the same principle of a hand saw, but is more compact and lightweight. The trapezoidal steel blade is replaced in this case with a rectangular and narrow serrated blade, attached to a metal frame through screws.
Once the teeth wear out, the serrated blade can be replaced by a new one, which makes it a practical and reusable tool.
Sometimes, before cutting the trunk, it’s necessary to cut-off the branches to prevent accidents and major damage. When branches aren’t too large and are at an accessible height, pruning shears can be used.
Pruning shears are formed by two steel leafs with the shape of a parrot beak attached to a common axis and connected to two long bars to increase the cutting force.
The tips of the bars are covered with an anti-slip material for better adhesion with both hands.
A pole saw is essentially a small chainsaw attached to a long pole to reach too high branches. Usually, pole saws use gasoline-powered mechanical engines, because an electric motor would need a too long cable in this case.
Cutting a tree can be very easy or too complicated depending on the tools you use. Obviously, high performance equipment require a large expense, but every penny you spend will be worth it.
There are innumerable brands and models available in the market. Depending on the complexity of the case, you must choose the most appropriate equipment for you.