• Overcut through 1/3 of the diameter of the
• Roll the log over and finish with a second
• Watch for logs with a compression
prevent the saw from pinching.
lustration for cutting logs with a compres-
your first cut is always on the
compression side of the log. (Refer to the
illustration below for your first and second
• Your first cut should extend
1/3 of the
diameter of the log.
Using a log for support
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2 nd Cut
Using a support stand
LIMBING AND PRUNING
Be alert for and guard
Do not allow the moving
chain to contact any other branches or ob-
jects at the nose of the guide bar when limb-
ing or pruning. Allowing such contact can re-
sult in serious injury.
Never climb into a tree
to limb or prune.
Do not stand on ladders,
platforms, a log, or in any position which can
cause you to lose your balance or control of
• Work slowly, keeping both hands firmly
gripped on the saw. Maintain secure foot-
ing and balance.
• Watch out for springpoles.
Slender material may catch the saw chain
and be whipped toward you or pull you off
• Be alert for springback.
Watch out for
branches that are bent or under pressure.
Avoid being struck by the branch or the
saw when the tension in the wood fibers is
• Keep a clearwork
branches out of the way to avoid tripping
then can limbing be done safely and prop-
• Leave the larger limbs underneath
felled tree to support the tree as you work.
• Start at base of the felled tree and work to-
ward the top, cutting branches and limbs.
Remove small limbs with one cut.
• Keep the tree between you and the chain.
Cut from the side of the tree opposite the
branch you are cutting.
• Remove larger, supporting branches with
• Always use an overcut to cut small and
freely hanging limbs.
cause limbs to fall and pinch saw.
Limit pruning to limbs
height or below.
Do not cut if
branches are higher than your shoulde_ Get
a professional to do the job.
• Make your first cut 1/3 of the way through
the bottom of the limb.
• Next make a 2nd cut all the way through
the limb. Then cut a third overcut leaving
a 1 to2 inch collarfrom thetrunkofthe