Our newest purchase is a 72-foot Aerial Lift. This self-propelled lift has tracks on it similar to our miniature skid steer to better distribute the weight which reduces wear and tear on a yard as we drive through. The lift can fit through a 3-foot fence opening, and travel across uneven surfaces to reach trees in the far corners of a yard. We utilize this lift to increase safety for your property and for our crew. This also drastically decreases the time it would take to climb a tree for removal, which in turn alleviates some of the cost for the homeowner.
Sometimes bucket trucks and scissor lifts just can't make it to a tree, but we don't mind climbing when we need to! As always, safety is our number one concern, especially when climbing. We strive to adhere to the requirements listed in the ANSI Z133 Safety Standard regarding aboriculture safety.
In certain situations, a tree can be felled whole from the ground, decreasing not only the time it would take to get the tree on the ground, but also offering a safer alternative depending on the state of the tree. For example, an extremely dead tree or hollow tree might fall apart if we attempt to take it down in sections. In some cases, when it is perfectly safe, we may discuss the possibility of felling a whole tree to save time and decrease the cost for the homeowner.
As hard as cutting down or pruning a tree can be, that's only half of the work. Cleaning a tree up from a location that is hard to access with large equipment can be a very physical process. To alleviate some of the physical demands of cleaning tree debris up we utilize a miniature skid steer whenever possible.
This video shows a job where multiple pine trees were felled whole in a backyard across sod and then cleaned up utilizing the miniature skid steer.
Below are pictures where our miniature skid steer was utilized in cleaning up a large pine tree that was located in a backyard. We laid out plywood in the high traffic areas where the miniature skid steer would need to pivot to get the material through a gate to eliminate the possibility of tearing up the sod. Even after making 20+ trips and carrying heavy logs over the areas where plywood was not laid out, you can clearly see in the last few pictures that the sod was virtually unaffected by the skid steer clean up process.
In short, utilizing a miniature skid steer like ours has positive benefits for both Classic City Arborists and our customers. We benefit from not having to be as physical which reduces the risk of injury and the customer benefits from saving some money due to the decreased time spent on the job.
While it may be difficult to see, the tree we are removing is located in the backyard behind a fence and tall shrubs. There was no access to backyard except through a small gate and stairs. We decided to use our brains instead of our backs and created a zip line using a taller tree located further in the backyard as an anchor and a 200-foot rope coupled with the tension power of the miniature skid steer.
Sometimes, due to safety concerns, it is better to hang a whole tree. The tree to be removed is rigged to another tree using ropes and a Good Rigging Control System (GRCS). The tree is held in a vertical hanging position by a neighboring tree so that lower sections of the tree can be cut away piece by piece. Once the tree is a reasonable size, it can be lowered down do the ground.
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24