Equipment & Technology

The Versatility and Safe Use of Knuckleboom Cranes in Tree Care

In recent years, knuckleboom cranes have increased in popularity in the tree care industry. And for good reason. They can increase production. They can be customized to meet each individual company’s needs. They also can increase efficiency and safety on job sites. But they must be used properly to be safe. In this article, we’ll […]

Looking at the Elements that Make Up a Rigging System

In this article, we’ll take some foundational rigging concepts and reintroduce them from a new perspective. Some of this information is well known and almost common knowledge, but some of it, I find, gets missed in early training or overlooked in the daily grind. Some of it could help us avoid the abuse we sometimes […]

What’s New & Improved in Climbing Ascenders and Friction Tools

When it comes to getting in and out of trees safely and efficiently, today’s climbers have more options than ever. And when it comes to ascenders and friction tools, there are some innovative devices out there that recently hit the market, having been introduced by arborist equipment companies in early 2019. We contacted a number […]

Climbing Gear: The More You Know, the Less You Need

It is a wonderful time in the tree care industry for the climbing arborist. It seems every couple of months there is a new piece of equipment that comes on the market. It can give the climbing-arborist gear junkies a rush of gear adrenaline and at the same time fill safety coordinators with anxiety. Does […]

Dual-Stationary-Rope Work Positioning for Pruning or Removal

My name is Macintosh Swan, and I have a lot of climbing gear. I preface this discussion – of climbing with two systems in sync – with that statement. If we are talking drawbacks to dual-stationary-rope systems (DSRS), I think the volume of gear required would be at the top of the list. In my […]

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