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Tools Used By A Tree Removal Company

Cutting down a tree is usually a job best left to the pros. This is especially true for big plants, trees around structures, rotten trees, or whether you just don’t feel up to the task. If you’re working with a tiny tree and are secure in your abilities, though, you might be able to handle it yourself.

Tree removing companies possess the knowledge and expertise required to undertake a broad variety of activities associated with tree conservation and treatment. They are prepared to prune, hack, and trim trees of all types. However, they cannot do all of this without the proper equipment. Arborists are equipped with a variety of instruments, from basic hand tools to state-of-the-art machinery. Arborists may bring their experience of tree care to use using these methods. Their education and qualifications allow them to provide superior tree services. 

Keep reading and learn more about the tree trimming and cutting tools that a tree removal firm uses to make their job easier whilst maintaining the highest level of protection.

Types Of Tools Used By Tree Removal Companies


Climbing massive trees, cutting down big cut branches safely to the ground, and moving power tools and heavy machinery up and down, to and from the operator high up in the canopy both need rigging equipment. The following are a few examples of rigging tools:


Climbing spurs, also known as gaffs, are metal spikes mounted to the climber’s boots that enable them to stab through the branch, assisting in climbing and manoeuvring. Since climbing spurs leave tiny holes (wounds) in the tree bark, they can never be used during tree removal.


Arborist blocks are designed to withstand shock loading, which occurs when a load free-falls for a brief moment before being trapped by the block. This puts a lot more strain on the hardware than just dropping it. Arborist blocks feature expanded cheek plates to secure ropes and an upper sheave for attaching a rigging sling securely. Pulleys on the other hand are not designed to withstand shock loading and lack the functionality needed for tree rigging.


Winches are used to help guide the descent of a tree when it is cut down, as well as to tear down a dead tree. A winch may also be used to pull a half-fallen tree free from the roots of nearby trees. The scale of the winch the arborist needs will be determined by the size of the trees the company will be working with.


The harness is the climber’s most important piece of equipment. Arborists use various climbing techniques, but regardless of the technique, they always wear a harness to ensure their safety. It serves as a point of connection for all of the climber’s other equipment.


A rope is used in rigging to lower and raise tools, as well as for ascents and descents for the climber when needed. Ropes are also used to pull trees. Based on the job it’s intended for, a tree pulling rope has little stretch and sufficient tensile strength to avoid breakage. climber’s other equipment.

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A cutting tool is one of the main tools used by a tree removal professional when removing a tree. In addition to tree removal, cutting tools are ideal for tree pruning, stump grinding, and tree removal.


Due to their sharpness and ease of use, axes are one of the oldest and most trusted tools for removing trees. Axes have a small handle that makes them simple to hold and manoeuvre. Pickaxes can help pry tree roots from the soil, and double-sided axes are great for cutting down trees. If you already have an axe, sharpen it with a long mill file if it has become dull due to lack of use.


Loppers are a perfect tool to have on hand because they make cutting smaller branches and twigs much easier without having to use a much larger tool or piece of equipment. They are made up of two handles that move like scissors and have very sharp blades on the tool’s head that can easily cut through wood.

The handles are always long and require two hands to work in order to ensure that you have complete control over your equipment and avoid accidents. Some newer loppers have improvements that make them easier to use and increase the cutting force.


A hatchet is basically a smaller version of a cutting axe. Hatchets are used to hack down small trees and cut down tree branches. It isn’t as effective as a chopping axe at cutting through larger trees, but it’s still a useful tool to have. Splitting wood is one of the most practical applications for a hatchet like this.



Chainsaws are one of the most effective tree-cutting tools available, and they can be powered by electricity or gas. Electric chainsaws are mostly used for pruning trees and shrubbery, while gas-powered chainsaws are recommended for felling trees. Sharp metal edges rotate on a chain around a guide bar fixed to a sprocket in chainsaws.

Stump Grinders

You’ll need to remove the tree’s stub after you’ve successfully cut it down. Since tree roots run deep under the soil, stumps can be difficult to extract. Stump grinding equipment, on the other hand, has rotating teeth that can rapidly and easily remove a stump and its roots. A self-propelled tree grinder is better suited for small to medium-sized trees. 


Tree crown removal, on the other hand, typically involves tree trimming, which is a great alternative to tree cutting. Tree trimming is a popular form of tree pruning that involves reducing tree sizes in order to keep them in the shape desired by the owner. Tree trimming can also be used to reduce the size of a tree if you want it to look neater and tidier without damaging it.

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Pruning Shears

Shears are used for simple, clean cuts on bushes or thin tree twigs pruning 

Pruning shears, also known as hand pruners, are ideal for cutting small twigs with diameters of up to 1 inch. Look for bypass pruning shears to help with small, live branches. The tool, which looks like a pair of scissors, is useful for cutting twigs at odd angles.


Hand saws are the best tool to use for most branches over 1 inch in diameter. These have razor-sharp teeth and can sever branches up to 4 inches in diameter. Chain saws can be used to cut through thicker branches, but they must be used with special safety equipment. Chain saws are better suited to cutting up dead branches that have already been pruned from trees.

Pole Pruners

Pole pruners are especially useful for tree trimming because reaching the top branches of towering trees from the ground or a low ladder step is difficult. Pole pruners have long handles that are often detachable or foldable for storage. Gardeners pull a rope or chain near the bottom of the handles to activate the snipping shears at the top, where the high tree branches rest.

Hand Pruners

Hand pruners are much smaller tools that are useful for pruning your trees’ smaller limbs and twigs. Arborists can easily put the pruners in their pocket and climb up a ladder because they are so light and easy to use with just one hand, making them a safer option than trying to take alternative tools up a tree for use. 


They’re usually strong enough to prune even hard branches nearly an inch in diameter. Pruning shears are distinguished from other tree-trimming tools by their short handle and extremely strong blades.

Limb Loppers

Similar to hand shears, but with longer handles and larger blades. Longer handles provide more leverage when working with larger branches. Most loppers can cut branches up to two inches in diameter with ease. For easy-to-reach branches that are too thick or difficult to reach with shears, use loppers.


When hiring a tree service company make sure they have all of the necessary equipment that Arborists use to do the job safely and effectively. Better if the company can provide a written itemization of every tool and piece of equipment they use. This is why, before hiring professionals, it is always a good idea to ask for certification.

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