Your back cut on that tree should be higher than the front wedge cut. That allows the hinge to fall toward the wedge cut. Otherwise, it could fall toward your back cut and pinch your saw. You were lucky that the tree was leaning toward the wedge cut. Think of it in terms of gravity. The tree wants to fall toward the lower of the two cuts.
This Sandy storm kicked our butts. Thankfully we were prepared and all are safe. Getting to do alot of work with the chain saw.
Homestead looks great, Can’t wait to see the cleared pasture.
Ed – that is true but this tree was on such an acute angle that I chose to back cut it lower to avoid splintering and unpredictability. It didn’t work out as well as I’d like as it stayed put a little too well.
Sorry to hear about the damage from Sandy. Hope none of it is too bad.