Best harness, spikes, and rope?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by recycledsole, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
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    if you are going to be buying online, ShelterTree.com has a pretty good site. It doesn't have all the glitz and glam most sites have but they have great prices and definitely the best service your going to find from a catalog company. I'm not just parcial because they are in my area, I have purchased from others. But Shelter Tree has the best turn around times and customer service. If you click on the link for any of the ropes it will give you the tensile strength. They carry a wide variety of harnesses, their site only shows the most common models, but they can and will order anything from their manufacturers for you.

    I don't know what exactly you are looking for for answers? What are your actual questions? Pretty much everything you need for climbing has to meet ANSI standards. So there isn't a huge difference in quality between manufactures and models of harnesses, ropes, climbers, carabiners, etc. It really all comes down to personal preference. Different ropes will work differently, my personal preference on the ropes varies depending on what I am doing. If I will be doing a lot of work in the tree, for example pruning where I'm walking out on limbs, and using a split tail, then I prefer to use either Newengland Ropes' Hi-Vee or Ultra Ve as they are not too tightly wooven. I find my climbing nots get a better grip with this rope. If I will be doing a lot of foot locking and using a pressik loop, then I'll use Sampson Rope's Blue Streak. It is more tightly woven and has a kind of waxxy feal to it, I find the pressik slides up it a little eassier. I also like this rope when using a descender, as it slides more easily through, making for a smoother descent. It also tends to work better with mechanical ascenders as well. The looser weeve of the Hi-Vee tends to get gaught in descenders and pull alittle bit. All of my split tails and lanyards using mechanical ascenders, I prefer the Hi-Ve, when using a chainsaw in the tree I prefer a wire core lanyard.

    Like I said in my other post and above in this one, so much of what you are asking is personal preference. You don't want to see the price of my climbers. I think I have about $650 into them, but they couldn't get anymore comfortable. They are titanium, so they weigh very little, The upper pad is heavily padded velcrow and spreads the force over about 7-8 if my leg. I also have boot plates that go on them for when I'm removing trees all day. Instead of the climber sitting in the arch of your boot, you stand on a plate which spreads your weight over your whole boot, the same as standing.

    Any questions feel free to post em or pm me. But I must reiterate how important it is that you have the propper training.
     
  2. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    thank you guys. I am looking for training and dont want to start out just from knowledge ive found on the net.

    country: i will do srt and drt depending on the situation. thanks for your reccomendation.
    rsk: thanks for your input. i saw the portawrap it looks good. i think you must have a helper? what kind of climbing line do you use?

    greenia: thanks. what is the difference between double strand and 16 strand?
     
  3. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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  4. CountryCare

    CountryCare LawnSite Member
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    The ropes really are depending on what you like, I have had True Blue (12 Strand) and now I have lava (double braid) My double braid is smoother, the double eye bites better and loosens up easier when needed. My True Blue lost all glossyness(not the word i want) and is very hairy after a year of use with and without a friction saver.


    Green, What for spikes do you have? I have been looking for a good pair.
     
  5. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
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    My spikes are buckingham, the model made of titanium. They are great if you are going to be in the all day, so lite you don't even notice they are there
     
  6. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
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    yah you need a helper with a porta wrap, but I wouldn't try to take down a tree without one. I almost always have someone with me, very seldom do i do any jobs alone, i would much rather pay someone 12-15 dollars per hour to just hold a ladder when clean gutters or hold a rope or whatever then try and do everything myself and not be as safe. I don't actually use any rope for climbing and haven't taken down many trees that I needed to climb, because I am not a tree service yet. Its not that i'm climbing tree's with no rope, I'm just not climbing at all yet. pretty much everything is a notch a drop situation or if its really going the other way i'll thrown a line in it to make sure it goes the right way. I really don't want to get into climbing at all. I'll probably buy a bucket truck when i think my landscaping business operates smooth without me being in the field every day.
     
  7. pacifichedge

    pacifichedge LawnSite Member
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    i have a weaver belt that i love and i use about 150 feet of true blue climbing rope with a good set of klien spurs.
     
  8. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    thank you guys
     

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