The Tools and Equipment of Tree Care Professionals
You may ask: if I want my tree cut down, why do I need to know how it comes down? I just want it gone!
Or, you may be concerned about how tree removal will impact your yard. Will anything be destroyed in the process? What impact will all those heavy machines have on your newly paved driveway or manicured lawn?
As a homeowner with trees, you need to become very familiar with the tree care professional and the tools and equipment used for tree work in your yard.
Insist on written tools and equipment specifications in the proposal and contract. This will give you and idea of who is using professional-grade equipment.
Ask your sales arborist about personal protective equipment, or PPE. This should include hard hats, safety glasses, ear protection, and chain saw chaps. Insist on the proper use of PPE on your property. Anyone working without it is not a professional.
If pruning work is to be performed, then ask the arborist about the cutting edges on his saws and pruners. How recently were they sharpened? Have the pruning tools been properly decontaminated and cleaned prior to use on your property? If not cleaned thoroughly, tools can carry disease between trees.
Although the tools do not make the arborist, you can tell a lot about the professional that you hire by learning about their tools and equipment. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, because choosing the right tree care company is a very important decision.