Good gear, Shit gear?
Wanted to start this in Reg's "message to young climbers" thread, but felt it should probably be it's own post.
I'm a bit outside of the norm when it comes to tree work. Came straight from being a salesman at a Kubota/John Deere/Stihl dealer. Did that for a bit over a year, in which time I fell in love with chainsaws, then fell in love with watching climbers, to climbing now, and love every minute, even the truly shitty jobs because I know that job will be over soon, and you never know how awesome the next one may be.
Already getting off topic. So the question I'd like to ask is, what gear do you feel is worth my money? We're a pretty small company "I'm assuming, chipper truck, dump truck, bucket truck, 2 chippers, 2 bobcats", the owner used to climb, but is getting up there in age and hasn't kept up with the times as far as equipment goes. Only one other climber, who is great, but isn't really passionate about it, he's been climbing since he was 13 "his father does tree work" and to him it's just a job and he also doesn't really keep up with new techniques/technology. For my gear advice, I usually turn to the internet, but there isn't really a dedicated thread to telling what gear is worth my time/money, and what gear isn't.
As of right now, my personal gear consists of.
-petzl sequoia harness
-120' arbormaster rope
-120' tachyon rope
-150' 9/16 rigging rope
-stihl ms201t c-m
-silky zubat handsaw
-silky zubat stick saw
-stein x2 spurs "still use bosses old bashlins though, more comfy"
-arbpro clip'n'step boots
-timberland logger boots
-split tail climbing system
-adjustable cambium saver for DRT climbing
-petzl hand ascender
-singling tree rope wrench "just got, like more than climbing with the rig"
-couple of micropulleys
-numerous assorted biners
-assortment of dyneema loops, varying sizes
-companies port-a-wrap, arborist block, rigging pulleys, fiddle blocks
Is there a glaring omission in my kit that you personally could not live without? What do I currently have that you would never purchase? I live in the midwest, St. Louis, generally the biggest trees I climb I'm about 60' up. Just want to be told specifically what gear to stay away from, don't really have a mentor is that aspect of the job.
Also, just an fyi, I live a very minimalist lifestyle, and am very anti-materialistic in all things, with the exception of tree gear. For some reason it just rubs me the right way.
maasdam rope puller with at least 150ft of 3 strand rope, large sling and some connectors, I like shackles.
Yeah, maasdam would be nice, just been using the fiddleblocks so far and have worked well for me, only 5:1 I think though. Sure I'll run into a situation where I'll need one, and the company has a bunch of slings/shackles/etc, small through big stuff for crane use. Thanks for the reply, will definitely add a puller to my HOLY FUCK NEW GEAR I'M SO EXCITED!! list of things to pick up.
Gibbs for the rig line ... Big time saver on pull work and sky lines.
I'm a rigging nut. Most of my money has been spent on rigging gear up to now. My climbing gear was something I got by with for a long time, mainly because I was able to get into the tree and get the job done.
My rigging gear is up to par now. I've finally got everything I need and want. So...it's on to improving the climbing gear.
A few things I think you'd truly enjoy and appreciate on a daily basis.
Rig and Ring Large....retrievable rigging point.
T-Rex adjustable Ring sling. Awesome redirect tool when rigging into the GRCS......but useful for many things.
The ART lanyard positioner with swivel. What a difference! I can't even describe how much I love that thing.
My TreeMotion saddle is also a huge improvement......but I don't know if it would be any better than what you've got.
I have a few things that I've purchased that I feel were a waste of time and money, but nothing too expensive. I love my Samson Vortex climbing rope, but its diameter is too large to make it work well with the friction savers I own. I've gone back to using the tried and true Safety Blue, due to the smaller diameter. which works great with the friction savers.
The very best tool I own is my little Kubota B2920 tractor. I also like my old Bandit 200+ 12" chipper. And one more thing....the Husqvarna 562XP. Just love that saw.
Looks like a good kit. Not a fan of the rig myself.
I'm a rigging nut.
... when rigging into the GRCS. , ..... Forgot to mention the Winch , yep the GRCS , handy it is!
You have good tools, enough to do most any job. Are your knowledge and skills on that level? Get to know that RW and faze out your dependency on DdRT. There is much more to tree work than removals. Study all aspects of trees to understand what can and cannot be done.
I'd love a GRCS, don't really have a couple grand to spend on something like that right now though, lol. Am seriously looking at the ART lanyard Candoarms recommended though, I'm getting really tired of always having to use two hands to adjust my current one, which is a basic 2-in-1 with a prusik.
I hesitated to buy the the ART lanyard positioner. I have to give credit to a fellow arborist in Fargo (Travis Hagen) for leaning on me long enough to force me to finally break down. One of the best purchases I've ever made. Maybe the best ever. You will love it or your money back. I'll buy it from you at full price if you don't like it. Enough said.