If you have a tree that you want to be removed from your property, you are going to need to make sure that you have the right equipment to remove the tree. Here is some of the basic equipment you'll need on hand before you can remove a tree on your own:
The first thing that you are going to need is a chainsaw. Any tree that is more than a few inches in diameter is going to require a chainsaw and not just a handsaw to remove. You are going to want to make sure that the chainsaw has a nice long bar length that is long enough to cut into the trunk and through the tree. You are probably going to want a bar length that is at least a foot and a half or so for most average sized trees, and longer than that for really wide trees.
Also, make sure that your saw has enough horsepower. To safely cut down the tree, you are going to want to be able to make clean and quick cuts. You should be left feeling like you are hacking up the tree because of the slow speed of the chainsaw.
#2 Test Rope
Second, you are going to need a test rope. A test rope is an important piece of equipment. You can tie the rope around the tree and anchor the rope to help direct the direction that the tree falls in. You can also use the rope to assist you with climbing up the tree if you plan on cutting it down from the top down. Just make sure that you know how to make strong and safe notes with the rope. That is going to be essential if you want to use the rope safely.
#3 Leg Protection
Third, you need to make sure that your legs are protected. When you are cutting with a chainsaw through a tree, you don't know what you will encounter. If you run into a knot in the tree, that could cause the chainsaw to bump back. Or, if you lose your grip on the chainsaw, you don't want it to come back and hit you. The best way to ensure that you are safe when using a chainsaw to cut a tree is by putting on leg protection that will help keep you safe, should anything happen to cause your chainsaw to be misdirected. This will protect you from getting cut up.
#4 Safety Gear
You are going to need additional safety gear as well. Chainsaws can be really loud and can do a real number on your hearing, so be sure to wear noise canceling headphones or earplugs to protect your hearing. When you cut with a chainsaw, dust is going to be flying everywhere. The last place you want it to get is into your eyes, so be sure to wear enclosed goggles that provide protection on all sides for your eyes. You don't want to breathe in that dust either, so be sure to wear a face mask as well.
It is also a smart idea to wear a hard hat when you are cutting down a tree, in order to protect your head should a branch fall in a direction you were not expecting.
Contact a company like Jonny's Tree & Landscaping Co., LLC for more information and assistance.