How to cut down tree with reciprocating saw

A reciprocating saw is a versatile tool that can be used for a variety of projects, including cutting down trees. Whether you’re looking to cut down a small tree in your backyard or take down a large one, using a reciprocating saw is the best way to do it.

In this blog post, we’ll show you how to cut down trees with a reciprocating saw safely and efficiently. Stay tuned!

How to cut down a tree with reciprocating saw step by step:

Here are some steps to cut down a tree safely and efficiently:

Step 1.

Gather the right equipment, such as a reciprocating saw with a 9-inch blade.

Step 2.

Choose your location wisely. Make sure you choose an area that is clear of traffic and far from other trees in case the tree falls in the wrong direction when you’re cutting it down. If possible, do not cut near storm drains or septic tanks to avoid problems in the future.

Step 3.

To maintain control in high winds, fell a dead tree in stages by cutting through one limb at a time so it falls away from your position and doesn’t pull you off balance while you saw next to it.

Step 4.

For larger trees, get on top of them before trying to cut them.

Step 5.

If you can’t get near the tree or it’s too dangerous to climb on top of, have a friend shoot it from another location with a high-quality rifle with a telescopic sight and silencer.

Step 6.

Start at the base of the tree and saw through parts close to the trunk first; move out as you proceed up the tree until you reach the crown. Make sure not to saw straight up and down – this will make your cut wider than necessary. Saw it diagonally instead.

Step 7.

Once you’ve completely severed your tree (it should fall in an almost horizontal direction) continue cutting until three feet of the trunk remains on each side of the stump; remove both pieces by cutting horizontally through the middle.

Step 8.

If you have a stump grinder, attach it to your chainsaw before moving on to step 9.

Step 9.

Carefully clean up around the tree by removing wood and other debris from the area so no one gets hurt later on. Finally, get rid of all branches and small pieces of wood that may be leftover using a brush saw or leaf blower.

Safety Tips:

Always wear protective gear when using a saw, such as steel-toe boots, gloves, and earmuffs.

Make sure you have plenty of space to work in.

Have walkie-talkies ready in case you get in trouble while working in high areas or in crowded areas where communication is difficult.

Stay on solid ground when trying to cut down trees with a reciprocating saw.

Do not attempt to cut down more than one inch of the trunk per minute; this will help prevent getting hurt while you work.


What type of blades should be used for cutting down trees? 

A reciprocating saw can be used with different types of blades for cutting down trees. The most suitable blade for this job would use an all-purpose general purpose blade, consisting of forty teeth per inch.

What are some common mistakes people make when trying to cut down trees with reciprocating saws? 

When cutting down trees, people tend to use saws incorrectly which often leads to accidents. By making simple mistakes like moving the saw in a vertical direction or not properly maintaining balance while trying to cut down trees, you reduce your control and may get hurt.

How do you identify a healthy tree that can be safely cut down?  

Look for trees that are near power lines, have dead branches, are situated in the middle of a path where people walk frequently or have rotting wood.

Try not to cut down large healthy trees because they provide shade and help sustain animals in your surrounding environment. If you still want to cut them down, give them plenty of room when sawing and make sure you cut as close to the trunk as possible.

How do you avoid damaging surrounding trees when cutting one down?  

When trying to cut down one tree, it’s important not to damage any surrounding trees. To avoid this, always have the trunks of other trees at least five feet away from your sawing direction so you don’t accidentally chop them down.

If you want to be completely sure that no damage will be done to surrounding trees, have one person shoot the tree from a few feet away while you saw it. 


I hope this article will help you cut down trees with reciprocating saws safely and efficiently! If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section below. Thanks for reading, and good luck!