Tools of the Trade: Essential Tree Service Gear

When it comes to working with trees, the gear isn’t as straightforward as some people might think. The average property owner knows about ladders, gloves, pruning shears, saws, and that’s about it. They have no idea the kinds of interesting tools arborists like the ones that work for PPM Tree Service & Arbor Care, LLC use regularly. Tree service gear is more high tech than one may think!

Following are some of the fascinating equipment available:

Chainsaw Chaps Chainsaw chaps are like a coat of armor for an arborist.

Most people who use a chainsaw throw on a pair of gloves and hopefully a little light eye protection. Arborists work with chainsaws regularly, so we know the potential hazards of these powerful tools, considering they can throw all kinds of debris. The chaps go over a chainsaw operator’s pants, like a layer of armor. They’re usually a bright color like orange or yellow, boosting safety further.

Throw Lines 

To get a rope into the upper portions of a tree before climbing it, arborists use this specialized line. Most are lightweight and thin, plus are made of polyethylene for excellent durability. Throw lines also don’t stretch much, making them perfect for pulling through branches without many issues.

Line Launcher 

Speaking of throw lines, arborists don’t usually throw them into trees. Instead, they use a line launcher. Some use springs or rubber bands, while others are air-powered for shooting a throw line into the upper reaches of a tree. These devices look kind of like an extended garden hose attachment and are a lot of fun to see in action.

Inspection Drill  

Determining the health of a tree’s wood can be difficult, but an inspection drill helps an arborist do so accurately. The device, which looks like a metal rail a few feet long, measures the resistance exerted as the drill penetrates the wood’s core. Some print the info on wax strips, while others have a digital display.

Tree Root Barrier 

If you’ve ever seen what tree roots do to sidewalks, driveways, home foundations, and more, you can appreciate the magic of a tree root barrier. These barriers act as stops for tree roots, redirecting them from hardscaping, but without harming the tree roots. Some contain an herbicide to keep roots from growing in a specific direction.

Integrated Communication System 

Being able to communicate with other arborists at the job site clearly is essential, but sometimes you’re too far apart to yell. These systems integrate with safety helmets and include a least one earpiece plus a microphone, so even when your hands are busy, you can still speak.


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