How to Cut a Hedge With a Chainsaw

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A chainsaw can cut a lot of materials quickly, but it may not be able to produce the most precise cuts. But if it is the only tool you have now and you need to use it for garden work, you can certainly use it to your advantage. 

In this guide, our professional landscapers will explain how to cut a hedge with a chainsaw.

Safety Measures to Follow Before Cutting

Cutting Hedges Using a Chainsaw: 4 Simple Steps

Step #1: Find and Gauge the Hedge

Inspect the hedge for any signs of wildlife, and try to pinpoint its exact location, if any are there.

checking hedge

Our experts recommended labeling the branches to be trimmed before actually beginning the cutting process.

Step #2: Clear the Area

You must clear the surrounding area if the bark is the primary focus.

Step #3: Begin Cutting

Before you start cutting, you need to assess the entire bark thickness of the hedge. Straight cuts are sufficient for smaller ones, while a curved one is required for a larger ones.

hedge trimming

Cutting Thin Hedges

Step #4: Cut the Branches

Before chopping down those branches, ensure no animals are hiding there. If that’s the case, you’ll want to eliminate it.

Use a chainsaw at an angle of 30 degrees and make quick cuts.

Hedge shaping requires accuracy. On larger ones, this may be less of a challenge, but it might a medium-sized one may easily break.

checking the hedge for animals

Additional Tips for Trimming a Hedge Using a Chainsaw

When chopping down trees or dense wood, a chainsaw is a top tool of choice. Conversely, hedges have many, many tiny branches. 

Since damaging the plant would be undesirable, this task calls for delicacy and gentle force.

person trimming hedge

Cutting Hedges in Half Using a Chainsaw

A chainsaw is an excellent instrument for thinning down a hedge, whether to construct a path through it or reduce its width. To cut it in half, make sure to do these:

To separate it in two to provide a convenient walkway:


Are chainsaws the best tool for cutting hedges?

A chainsaw’s lack of precision is offset by its effectiveness. You may use a chainsaw to make fine cuts if the operator maintains a steady hand. Using a chainsaw, you can chop a hedge into manageable chunks.

What are the differences between a hedge trimmer and a chainsaw?

In contrast to a powerful chainsaw, which is usually used to fell trees and in lumber, a hedge trimmer is designed specifically to form and prune the tips of a hedge.


Now that you know how to cut a hedge with a chainsaw, you can do your plant-trimming tasks quickly. But before anything, you should check the condition of one’s chainsaw, sharpen and cinch down the chain and follow all safety precautions for smooth fine work.

(You might also want to check out how to cut branches with a chainsaw.)

Robert Johnson is a woodworker who takes joy in sharing his passion for creating to the rest of the world. His brainchild, Sawinery, allowed him to do so as well as connect with other craftsmen. He has since built an enviable workshop for himself and an equally impressive online accomplishment: an extensive resource site serving old timers and novices alike.
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