How Cranes Make Tree Removal Safer
December 29, 2020
Using cranes for tree removal is a fast-growing practice. For years, many tree companies have kept machinery to a minimum — using only a chainsaw and a ladder — but now, crane removal is surging in popularity. Cranes streamline the tree removal process, making it safer, faster, and more efficient, and the benefits are manifold for both the client and the tree company.
Cranes Can Easily Remove Trees in Tight Spaces
Your typical visual of tree removal probably includes notching and felling a tree. Still, in residential areas and other developed spaces, this practice can cause damage to surrounding trees and property. If you use a crane instead, you can lift the tree out of tight spaces without risking damage to any surrounding areas.
Typically, the tree is cut down piece by piece and lifted out one by one, then moved to a drop zone or another location to be run through the chipper where it is turned to mulch.
Cranes Can Remove Damaged and Unstable Trees
Trees with structural damage and instability can be especially challenging to remove. Common causes of tree damage include:
- Storm damage
- Pest infestations, such as termites or spotted lanternflies
- Tree death
When a tree is too damaged to climb or use the branches for support, cranes offer additional reach while mitigating a damaged limb’s risk of falling on a person or nearby property.
Crane Operation Requires Specialized Training
Cranes are heavy machinery, and as such, there is great potential for severe injury and property damage if misused. In fact, setting up the crane and ensuring that it’s used properly can often take more time than tree removal.
Tree removal by a crane can mitigate many of the safety hazards of conventional tree removal, but that doesn’t mean it’s without risk. The climber and crane operated must have regular communication by hand signals and radio headsets to ensure they are on the same page.
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