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Dangers Of DIY Tree Removal

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If you are planning on tree removal, it may be because your tree has started to rot. You should cut down corroded trees sooner rather than later. However, since DIY tree removal is a risky affair, you need to hire an experienced tree removal expert. Here are the main risks of DIY tree removal.

Misuse of a Chainsaw

One of the pieces of equipment used for tree removal is a chainsaw. Chainsaw handling requires training and experience. It's crucial to consider the weight distribution, cutting angles, and how to insert the bar into the tree.

One of the most significant risks of handling a chainsaw is kickback. This is when the chainsaw jerks back toward you. It can be hard to determine how the chainsaw will move when it encounters an obstacle. Therefore, any careless mistake when handling a chainsaw can lead to serious injuries.

Ladder-Related Accidents

If you have to use a ladder to reach the limbs of a tree, it means the tree is too large. Climbing a ladder with a chainsaw exposes you to the risk of losing control of the equipment and injuring yourself. You could also lose balance on the ladder and fall.

Placing a ladder on uneven ground can also result in an accident. For instance, large branches will over-leverage you if you aren't at the proper height. Ensure that the ladder's height isn't too far from the branch you want to cut off. If the branch rises above the ladder after cutting it off, it will push you off the ladder.


When trees grow, they can approach the power lines. The electric utility firm in your area may trim the trees to prevent them from reaching the lines. However, they may accidentally overlook the branches on your property that are likely to touch the electric wires leading to your home.

Some risks of cutting branches near your power lines include fires, power outages, and electrocution. An experienced tree removal company can cautiously remove branches before they touch the power lines. Furthermore, they have protective clothing and will avoid injury or death from electrocution. 

Miscalculation of Important Factors

A trained arborist can accurately determine where a tree will fall based on their experience. An arborist will calculate important factors like angles and height before tree removal.

If you fail to make the correct determinations and a tree falls before you had anticipated, you could injure yourself or anyone near the area. Furthermore, if you are wrong about the height of a branch or the place where a tree will collapse, you might end up damaging your or your neighbor's property.

Contact a tree removal service for more information.