Double-Block Rigging a Hanging Pine

Tree workers all along the Eastern Seaboard for years to come will remember the October 2019 nor’easter. Dubbed a “bomb cyclone,” it set records as the strongest October storm ever in the Boston area, and plunged hundreds of thousands of people into the dark, toppling trees and wreaking havoc across New England. This storm hadn’t […]

A Crane Removal in Southern California

While no crane operation should be considered “run of the mill,” tree workers in Southern California know that arborists in other parts of the country may yawn at the thought of reading about another crane removal. Rest assured, this article is not so much about the crane operation that David’s Tree Service undertook in February […]

Ins & Outs, Ups & Downs of Rigging Rope

Rope may seem simple, but close inspection reveals it is complex in its construction as well as in its application and use. This is especially true with ropes for climbing and rigging in tree work. This article will look at the selection and use of rigging rope. Universally, manufacturers say that selection of a rigging […]

Let’s Talk Rigging

Tree-removal rigging may be the least-understood discipline in all of tree care, yet it is one of the most called upon in our daily tasks. Some of the first jobs ever completed in the history of arboriculture involved removing dangerous trees before they failed. I would also argue that it is the most dangerous part […]

When do you retire rigging rope?

I once told Don Blair I thought I could tell when to retire a line that had always been used in natural crotches by the visible wear, but I asked, “How do you know when to retire a line that has only been used with a block and a lowering device?” Kind of at a […]

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