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Arborists and The Equipment They Use

Other than just having vast experience and knowledge on how to care for trees, arborists also have many types of specialised equipment at their disposal. This arborist equipment is useful for completing difficult tree-related tasks and removals safely. When a tree needs to be removed in Kelowna, it is always a good idea to get the help of an ISA Certified Arborist.

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Working at Heights

To safely work at heights and climb trees, arborists employ a range of specialised tools. The most important piece of equipment for an arborist is a climbing harness. Climbing harnesses evenly distribute the weight of an arborist while they climb and support their bodies as they ascend trees. Harnesses also provide fall restraint or fall arrest protection. The climbing harness is accompanied by lanyards, the lanyards are used to secure the climber to the tree and add an extra measure of security. Lanyards that are both adjustable and fixed in length can be among them.


Arborists use ropes to navigate the tree canopy as well as to climb and descend trees. Often, strong, long-lasting materials like nylon or polyester are used to create these ropes. Arborists climb trees more quickly and safely by using tools known as ascenders and descenders. These tools provide the ability to go up and down the rope. There are different types of ropes that arborists have to be familiar with. There are ropes specific to climbing, but there are also ropes to help down trees, raise and lower tools, and move and control tree limbs and branches. Ropes are essential to allow arborists to safely work in tall trees.

Climbing Spikes

To also assist with climbing trees, arborists use climbing spikes, commonly referred to as spurs or gaffs: The climber uses these metal spikes, which are fastened to their boots, to ascend the tree trunk. While climbing, the arborists will dig their spurs into the tree trunk and push themselves up the tree using their legs.


Arborists have special training inorder to use their specialised equipment to climb trees. Because of their ability to ascend and descend tall trees, getting help from an arborist to safely deal with care of  tall trees is essential.

Cutting and Pruning Tools

It may go without saying, but an arborist will often need to prune or chop down a tree for a variety of reasons. Overgrown limbs and damaged, ill, or dead branches usually need to be cut. These trimming and cutting tasks necessitate the use of specialised cutting tools.


Professional arborists or tree care experts use an arborist’s chainsaw, a chainsaw that has been expressly developed for cutting trees or branches. Chainsaws used by arborists are often lighter and smaller than normal commercial-grade chainsaws, making them simpler to handle and operate while working at heights.

Arborists can rapidly and simply cut through heavy branches and limbs with these chainsaws because of their high chain speed, power, efficiency, and cutting capacity. In comparison to standard chainsaws, arborist chainsaws frequently have thinner guide bars and chains, which makes them less clumsy and lowers the risk of kickback. Anti-vibration technology may be included in them as well to lessen operator fatigue during prolonged operation.

Moreover, arborist chainsaws are made with heavy-duty construction to endure the rigours of tree care operations and are extremely dependable and durable. In order to avoid mishaps and injuries, they also incorporate cutting-edge safety measures like chain brakes and handguards.

Pruning Saws & Pole Saws

Specialised hand saws known as pruning saws are made for cutting tiny to medium-sized branches. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and tooth patterns to fit various types of wood. They also have straight or curved blades.

Branches that are out of reach—either because they are too high or too far away—are cut with pole saws. Pole saws have long telescoping handles that help arborists reach branches that are up to 20 feet in the air.

Hand Shears, Loppers & Hedge Shears

Hand pruners are tiny, portable instruments for cutting foliage, twigs, and small branches. These can be used for precision cutting in confined locations and are available in a variety of sizes and designs, including bypass, anvil, and ratchet.

Loppers are used to chop larger branches and are similar to hand pruners but have longer handles. They can be used to cut branches up to several inches in diameter and come in a variety of sizes and designs.

To cut and shape hedges and other kinds of topiary, use hedge shears. With their long, straight blades and serrated edges, they are able to cut precisely. For splitting timber or felling small trees, axes and hatchets are utilised. They are available in a range of shapes and sizes and are versatile cutters.

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Truck mounted Power Equipment

Truck-mounted equipment is frequently used by arborists to help with tree care and maintenance duties.

A piece of equipment used to help with working at heights is aerial lifts. Aerial lifts can be used to access and work on trees at heights of up to 100 feet or more. They are frequently placed on trucks and are perfect for trimming or removing trees from difficult-to-reach places.


To help remove large or dangerous trees, arborists use mobile boom cranes. The crane can lift the tree and its limbs away from structures and other hazards. Using cranes for difficult tree removal makes the work safer and simpler.

Brush Chippers

Brush chippers are used to break down large pieces of wood and branches. With chippers, tree limbs and branches are reduced to small chips that can be disposed of or repurposed as mulch. Arborists frequently employ truck-mounted chippers to swiftly and effectively process enormous volumes of detritus. Brush chipping equipment can be very large, so mounting it on trucks or trailers makes it possible to transport it to a work site.

Stump Grinders

After a tree has been cut down, stumps are left behind. The remaining stumps can be ground down using a machine called a stump grinder. Arborists frequently use stump grinders to rapidly and effectively remove huge stumps. A large, powered rotating cutting disc on the front of the stump grinder chips away the wood of the stump until it has been redone into mulch.

Water trucks

To keep trees healthy in hot and dry weather, arborists may also use truck-mounted water tanks. Water trucks are essential in places without access to water sources during the hot summers in Kelowna. The mobility of the water trucks is used to water trees and plants in these challenging locations.

Why Use Action Tree Service

When working with big or dangerous trees, arborists can operate more effectively and safely with truck-mounted power equipment. The arborists at Action Tree Service in Kelowna have specialised training and knowledge to correctly operate this equipment.