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    I want to buy the correct gear to hoist myself up a tree to remove branches.

    Can't afford quote given by professional.

    Please advise what gear I need.

    I will do this with help from someone else, i.e safety rope.

    I have done a small amount of climbing where I was basically told what to do.

    Cheers Kev

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    Either put up with the tree as it is or save your money and wait.

    Save some more money.

    Wait.

    Save some more money.

    Then:

    Spend your money on the professional arborist before you either:

    a) Fall and hurt yourself.

    or

    b) Cut you head off with the chainsaw.

    .

    I dont imagine for a minute anybody will be sodaft as to advise you on DIY tree surgery...

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    Kevin, provided you have plenty of common sense, climb the tree, preferably safely using a harness and maybe slinging braches to clip runners on the way up (if your mate knows how to lead belay), get a good safe branch above you and sling it and tie in, and then cut off whatever branch beneath you want off. Make sure it doesent damage anythign when it lands, and make sure its not going to swing massively and hit your friend (would be good if he was well out the way and you were above the branch coming off so it cant hit either of you, oh, you dont want it catchign your rope either so make sure it is well clear. If thats the case its pretty simple.

    If its more complicated, you may need to rig ropes onto branches that are coming off but you seriously risk screwing up trying this yourself.

    Personally, I would do the same as you and do what I can myself before paying a fortune, but do make sure you think of every possible outcome of your actions and make sure none of them are gonna do any harm.

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    I'd go with Bluto's advice mate.

    Sorry Smeg but Kev said "I have done a small amount of climbing where I was basically told what to do".

    This is hardly as statement of competence.

    Talking about"preferably safely using a harness and maybe slinging branches to clip runners on the way up (if your mate knows how to lead belay), get a good safe branch above you and sling it and tie in". Means something to you, but absolutely diddly squat to a novice.

    If you have to take advice fromthe Interneton tree surgery- Then sorry mate but you really shouldn't be doing it. Get a professional.


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    if you injure yourself and then you are of work for weeks and weeks, is that more expensive than getting the right person in to do the job?

    if you go trying to climb a tree with a chainsaw you are most likely to unintentionally chop your legs, hands or head with it with it.

    some equipment you may need if doing it yourself could be hired

    I recommend you get a competant person in to do the job, and get some more quotes.


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    How high is the tree?

    If you DIY I would use a hand saw rather than a chain saw for safety.

    Better to get a specialist....

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    Go for the expert.

    DIY could leave the tree in a dangerous state. Unbalanced or open to rot.

    Plus it will be dificult to do a good job on a bigger branch with a handsaw.

    I would be surprised if you could hire a tophandle chainsaw (the correct saw for climbing work) without producing the needed certification.

    It takes 6 days to get trained and assessed to use a chainsaw with both feet on the ground! Then the learning continues with every tree.

    It also takes a good while to pick up the skills of a rock climber.

    Attempting a job like this without the necessary skills in either area is a recipe for disaster.

    BTW the climbing techniques used by a professional tree surgeon are not the same as rock climbing techniques and involve substantial training and assessment.

    Save up and get the job done properly and more importantly, safely!


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    Rent a giraffe.

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    That'd work too!
    ;~))

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    How about asking neighbours to share the cost? If they won't, tell them you're going to have a drunken tree felling party with your matesand i'm sure the neighbourswould be happy to pay a share to protect their property!

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    I don't have a huge amount of experience in rock climbing, mainly absailing to date but I did manage to get a few slings and a rope together to do some tree toping in the past. I think once your very careful and have some common sense and follow Smegs guidance above you should be fine. Maybe you should tie a rope on to the branches you're cutting down so a man on the groundcan guide them to a safe landing place.

    Dave.

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    > I want to buy the correct gear to hoist myself up a tree to remove branches.

    Appropriate safety equipment will probably cost more than it will to pay a tree surgeon...

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    Teach yourself Tree Surgery VideoHope it goes well

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    What was the quote?

    I've totted up a rough costing for the basic kit to climb / cut branches off - comes in at about£1400.
    Does not include costs of removing from site, chipping, a big saw to cut the stem up, life insurance, time off to get over the toll a couple of days tree work takes on the human body!

    Probably cheaper, safer, quicker and more fun to watch the pro's do it with a beer in your hand!.

    Round here a mid size Oak with no real targets (ie in a garden ) underneath wouldcost about £560.

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    A mate of mine needed sometree work doing (competent tree climber - uses chainsaws professionally at ground level) so went for the diy route.

    fell from tree, chainsaw (still running) landed 2" from his left ear and dug into ground by a good 12" - called the tree surgeon next day!

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    I'm going to report this thread to the moderator. It clearly needs an 18 Certificate, I'm feeling quite swimey after that last post!!!

    ;-)

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    I always wanted to be a tree surgeon, but i could'nt stand the sight of sap.

    get a professional.

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    "get a professional."

    Aye, Doyle and Bodie will have it down in a jiffy.

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    I thought mine was bad enough Mike

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    .

    A few years ago, I attended a 35 year old male who had decided to cut off some tree branches in a half assed DIY "save myself some money" way.

    He had hired a petrol chainsaw and had used a ladder to reach the branches subject of his attention. We arrived to find him lying face down on the ground with the chainsaw under him. We turned him over and found that most of his forehead was missing and he was beyond our help.

    His "mate" who witnessed it explained the "mechanism of injury" to us. The ladder was a little short of his reach and he was standing on the top couple of rungs and was reaching up to trim off the side shooting branches before cutting off the offending branch, by making sweeping movements with the chainsaw. He over balanced and the saw missed it's target and fell toward the trunk with him following it. It hit the tree and bounced back into his face as he fell forward. The end of the saw, still rotating entered his skull to the full depth of the teeth.

    He was probably dead before he hit the ground.

    Get a professional in!!

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