An Insider’s Look at the Tools of the Tree Care Industry


Vancouver tree service experts give you a peek inside their toolbox. 

Even in times when money is tight, it’s always a better choice to hire a professional to do a job. Why should tree care be any different? A common misconception about the tree care industry is that there are no standards of training, however, this is incorrect. A good tree health care company is run by a trained professional called an “arborist” that is held to international standards of tree care. Along with the training and experience, the tools that arborists use to help them complete jobs make them true professionals of the tree care industry. 

Here is a quick list of tools that arborists use to perform their duties when there is absolutely no margin for error. 

Tree Removal Equipment

Arborists are most known for removing trees. Tree removal can be an incredibly dangerous job. Not only is the work done high off the ground, but it is also usually done near power lines, structures or other trees that cannot be damaged. 

To remove trees with such tight tolerances, they need the best equipment available to help them safely complete the task.

Some of the tools they use for tree removal are: 

  • Bucket trucks
  • Lifts
  • Rope and rigging
  • Sharp chainsaws
  • Slings
  • Pulleys
  • Hard hats

By using their training to know how to make precise cuts along with this equipment, a tree care crew can take apart a tree piece by piece and safely lower it to the ground. After that, powerful shredders and grinders can be used to remove the debris and the stump so the area can be quickly repurposed. 

Tree Trimming and Pruning Tools

While arborists are known for their skills in tree removal, they also perform many functions that are vital to the healthy growth of local trees and shrubs. One of the most important aspects of tree health care is periodic tree pruning and trimming. Trimming trees removes dangerous growth that encroaches on power lines and structures. It also serves to rebalance trees that have lost large amounts of growth due to weather-related events. 

Tree pruning, on the other hand, focuses on shaping a tree and promoting strong growth. Under the watchful eye of an arborist, tree pruning removes weak growth and suckers that rob nutrients from more vigorous branches. The result is a stronger and more beautiful tree that is less susceptible to health problems. 

Some of the tools that are used to trim and prune are:

  • Hand-held loppers
  • Hedge trimmers
  • Small power saws
  • Hand saws
  • Shredders for removing green waste 

Tree Risk Assessments 

The greatest tool an arborist may have is their training. While trees add value to a property, they can also be a liability. To help determine how big of a threat a tree may be, arborists use a standardized tree risk assessment process to figure it out. 

During the process, the arborist will determine the health of a tree by looking for dead spots in the trunk of the tree or main branches. These dead spots can greatly weaken the tree and increase the likelihood that it will fail catastrophically. 

An arborist goes through the tree risk assessment process to determine if the tree may be saved or if it should be removed. 

About VI Tree Service

VI Tree Service has been putting its tools to work for Vancouver for over 50 years. Their professional and experienced crews are run by certified arborists. Call (844) 884-8733 today for routine or emergency service.