Tree growers prefer a clean cut 3/4 inch away from the tree trunk. Not to close to have a open wound on the tree trunk & and not too long for the tree to heal around the cut off branch. A saw like PXD Scott can be tethered inside your fanny pack, and tethered on each end of the saw is best. Great upper body work out. The wood handle saw I used would get thru a 16 inch down log. Have not located a replacement with the big spaced out teeth like I prefer. The wood handles will brake over time.