How to limb

Once the tree is on the ground you can start limbing. This can be a dangerous job if not done properly. You should constantly watch the position of the bar tip to avoid contacting a hidden branch with the kickback sector of the tip.

As always you should keep a grip round the front handle with your left thumb and apply full throttle before you start cutting. Once again, plan your work and always try to think one step ahead.

1. Correct working height and working position

When you limb a tree you should stand on the left side of the trunk. The starting position is with your feet apart, back straight and the saw resting on the trunk. If the tree is resting on the stump and branches, or on a log or rock, it will be at a good working height so you can work safely and comfortably.

Work from the root end towards the tip. Always keep the trunk as a barrier between you and the saw as you work your way along the tree.

2. How to limb broad-leaf trees

A. Branches on the side of the trunk can be cut downwards with the chain pulling. Let the body of the saw rest against the trunk and rotate the bar in a lever motion towards the branch.

B. You can cut branches that stand up vertically from the top of the trunk with the saw lying on its side, either with the chain pulling or pushing. Use your thumb to control the throttle.

C. If thicker branches are pressing against the ground you may need to cut them from below with the chain pushing, to prevent the bar and chain from being pinched. First make a shallow cut in the top to prevent the branch from splitting. Watch out in case it springs up when you cut through.

D. With really thick or uneven branches it is easier to cut them bit by bit into manageable lengths. First make a cut in the underside before you cut off a length from above. There is a considerable risk of kickback during limbing.

3. Conifers

Conifers, which often have thinner, more numerous branches than broad-leaf trees, can be limbed using a pulling and pushing chain alternately. Let the saw slide along the trunk to take the strain off your arms and back. When you are working with a pushing chain on the same side as you are standing, you can support the saw with your left leg. But always keep the saw on the other side of the trunk when you move your feet.

4. Limbing the underside of the trunk

When you have limbed the trunk right to its tip you should turn the trunk and limb the underside. Try to roll the trunk over onto a rock, stump or log to give a comfortable working height.