4 tools used for tree removal

If you're thinking about do-it-yourself tree removal in the near future, make sure you have the appropriate tools to complete the job in a safe manner. Inexperienced homeowners should hire a professional tree service for large-tree removal.

1. Axes

Axes are one of the oldest and most trusted tools for removing trees due to their sharpness and ease of use. Axes have a small handle, so they're easy to grip and maneuver. Double-sided axes are great for cutting down trees, and pick axes can help pry tree roots from the soil. If you already have an axe, and it has become dull due to a lack of use, sharpen it with a long mill file.

2. Crosscut saws

Crosscut saws require two people because each end of the saw has a handle. Each person should stand on one side of the tree and hold it at a 45 degree angle before sawing. Crosscut saws come in varying lengths, so choose the length correlates with the tree diameter you will be removing.

3. Chainsaws

Chainsaws run on either electricity and gas, and are one of the most powerful devices you can use for tree removal. Gas-powered chainsaws are recommended for felling trees, while electric chainsaws are mostly used for pruning trees and shrubbery. Chainsaws have sharp metal edges that rotate on a chain around a guide bar that's attached to a sprocket. Chainsaws are extremely dangerous so make sure you read the manufacturer's operating instructions, and wear appropriate safety gear.

4. Stump Grinders

After you've successfully cut down the tree, you'll need to remove its stump. Stumps can be difficult to remove since tree roots run deep beneath the soil. Fortunately, stump grinding equipment has rotating teeth that can quickly and easily dispose of a stump and its roots. A self-propelled grinder is more suited for taking care of a small- to medium-sized tree. If your tree is larger, you can attach a tow-behind grinder to your vehicle.

For more information, visit the Angie's List Guide to Tree Services.

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