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The use of proper tree trimming equipment is necessary for the successful trimming and removal of trees. The equipment the tree trimmer chooses to use is dependent upon the type of job he is performing. Tree trimming equipment includes a safety harness, climbing rope, chainsaw, pole saw and chipper, or chip truck.
The most important piece of tree trimming equipment, whether the climber is performing a large or small job, is the safety harness. The harness ensures the safety of the climber if he should fall. The most common safety harness is also known as a climbing saddle. The saddle has nylon straps that fit securely around the climber's waist and thighs, and an anchor in which to attach a rope with a carabiner.
Climbing rope is used to enable the trimmer to climb the tree safely and efficiently. It also attaches to the carabiner on the safety harness, holding the trimmer in the tree, which lessens the risk of injury should he fall. A quality climbing rope is an important addition to a climber's tree trimming equipment.
In order to get the job done, a tree trimmer needs his chainsaw. These come in a variety of sizes to accommodate small and industrial size jobs. A small chainsaw weighs about 8 pounds (3.6 kg) and comes equipped with a 14 inch (35.56 cm) or 16 inch (40.64 cm) guide bar. Small chainsaws are great for removing limbs and doing trim work. A large chainsaw can range in bar size from 18 inches (45.72 cm) to 60 inches (152.4 cm) with a weight range of 10 pounds (4.5 kg) to 16 pounds (7.25 kg). Large chains saws are necessary for large limb and tree removals.
Pole saws are basically small chainsaws on an extension pole. This increases the tree trimmer's reach up to an additional 12 feet (3.6 meters). Pole saws are available in gas and electric powered motors. They are relatively lightweight, allowing them to be used for an extended period of time without excessive arm strain.
A chipper is used to chip branches and and brush into bark size pieces for resale or easier disposal. Chippers come in two styles for personal or industrial use. A personal size chipper is small and compact, meaning it can be towed behind a truck for small jobs. A chip truck is recommended for industrial size jobs, as the brush can be chipped directly into the back of the truck, allowing for easy to transport and clean up. Chip trucks are manufactured by Ford, Chevrolet, Freight-liner, GMC and International.
@browncoat - Hiring a professional is no guarantee that the work done to your trees will be good. Or maybe I should put that differently. Paying someone doesn't mean you'll get a professional.
Tree trimming doesn't have to be that hard, depending on what you want to do. Research can get you a long way.
But if you need to hire someone, particularly for dangerous work, make sure to ask around and get someone who does good tree landscaping and can communicate with their clients. When my parents went to get a small passage cut in their trees for a telephone wire they ended up missing a few trees which was not the intention.
But, once they are gone, they take forever to grow back, so be sure you either know what you are doing, or find someone you can rely on to do it for you.
In my opinion the most important piece of tree trimming equipment is a professional tree trimmer. Every time I thought to myself, it's just a few branches, I can do it myself, it has ended up being an absolute mess.
The only tree trimming I allow myself to do is a few small buds off the decorative trees we have in the front lawn. If they get away from me, I call a professional, because the one time I tried to shape them myself, I left a hole in the front of one that still hasn't gone away.
Of course I never really learn my lesson, but at least my local arborist gets a good living wage out of my backyard.