anyone used a chain saw to top a tree?
Posted on 2011-09-20
I have a tree to cut down. The guy across the street has cut trees before, topped them, etc. with ladders, without ladders, climbing, etc.
There is a nearby cable line that is about 33 feet from the base of the tree.
The tree is right beside the house.
We discussed the wedge that would be cut on the side, pointing in the direction of where we want the tree to land.
Then the hinge that would be left.
I read that the wedge should be 1/3 into the tree, and a 45 degree angled wedge.
Then on the other side, cut down, at a 45 degree angle, about 2 inches above the wedge.
The guy says the whole thing will fall down, parallel to the ground.
How can this be if there is a wedge?
Or if he is unable to complete the cut?
He plans to stand on the edge of my roof and make the final cut to top the tree.
He swears the top can not touch the wire.
If the top of the tree to be cut is close to, or longer than, 33 feet, how can it miss the wire that is 33 feet away?