Root-Collar Excavation: Don’t Blow It

TCI Magazine was on site in Smithfield, Rhode Island, in October 2022 to capture a root-collar excavation performed by Stanley Tree Service Inc., a dual-accredited, 33-year TCIA member company based in Smithfield. Jarod Shaw and Will Wolf were there to excavate the roots of a Bradford pear tree, which had been the victim of mulch […]

Integrating a Grapple Crane into Your Operation

The owners of five tree care companies that employ grapple cranes in their operations offered advice on successfully integrating this specialized equipment during the Grapple Crane Panel Discussion at TCI EXPO in Indianapolis, Indiana, in November 2021. Joseph B. Pipitone, owner of Top Notch Tree Care, an eight-year TCIA member company based in Kingsley, Pennsylvania, […]

Two Aerial-Lift Rescue Methods

As an industry, we, collectively, agree that more time should be dedicated to aerial-rescue training, especially scenarios involving tree climbers. But how much time is dedicated to emergency situations involving an arborist aloft in an aerial-lift bucket or platform? Here are a couple of options that could be incorporated into an aerial-lift training session for […]

Not for Nothing, but Knots Come in Very Useful

This information was excerpted from the newly revised Best Practices for Rigging in Arboriculture manual, which will be available this November. There are many good knot books available. Knots at Work: A Field Guide for the Modern Arborist by Jeff Jepson, is a detailed and affordable resource. Rigging knots The most important criteria of any […]

Integrating a Grapple Crane Into a Tree Care Business

This article looks at a few of the topics that will be addressed during a panel discussion, “Grapple-Saw Business,” at TCI EXPO in Indianapolis this November. The two-hour educational session will host grapple-saw owners from four different-sized tree companies who give their insights on integrating grapple-saw cranes into tree care operations. The goal of the […]

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