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Attaching cable to trees

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by landlites, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. landlites

    landlites LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    John Deere Landscapes sells these Tree Clips. Quick and easy to use with a coated deck screw. Much better than staples, eyebolts, or zip ties. I bought a box of 100 for about $13 and change.

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  2. trailboss

    trailboss LawnSite Member
    Messages: 206

    We have been using those for about a year - with a stainless square drive screw and really like them. They are a million times better than the staples and/or zip ties that we used to use. Thumbs Up
  3. Rainman7

    Rainman7 LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 291

    I like em. Do you have a part# or name?
  4. nikster78

    nikster78 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    We stick with the T75 staple gun by Arrow. Its just so much quicker when repelling down a 30'-75' tree. This also allows us to schedule a routine maintenance and bulb changes about a year or so after the job has been completed. Certain customers may elect to purchase our annual maintenance plan which can include anything from the re attachment of wire in trees to bulb change outs. Something to fall back on when work is slow.
  5. SmartWaterApps

    SmartWaterApps Inactive
    Messages: 37

    Those are really nice! I haven't seen them up in Canada, but I'll have to call around since they are standing your tests.
  6. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    Nice to see new and innovative products coming to market. I will stay with the Arrow T59 Staple system though. In our relatively slow growing forests the staples stay attached to the outer bark layer and literally grow outwards with the tree. In most applications there is no need to re-wire and re-staple the tree. (installation into young, immature and fast growing species requires annual follow up.)

    The Arrow T59 staple system is fast, effective, convenient, discreet and cost effective at about $0.04 each.
  7. Tomwilllight

    Tomwilllight LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    This is interesting. I'll place an order today and report my reaction to the "tree clips." It's too bad the photo above is so out-of-focus. It's almost impossible to figure out what is going on.

    Frankly, I find the use of staples questionable and much prefer SS screws because they can be easily backed out as need to accommodate the tree's growth. Mr. Solecki and I have discussed this on occasion and I know he's convinced that Canadian trees do much better with staples than the trees I've observed "south of the border".

    I'm always interested in any advances in our efforts to installing lighting equipment on living surfaces that avoid irreparable & unnecessary damage to those plants.

  8. drewguy

    drewguy LawnSite Member
    from D.C.
    Messages: 42

    Wondering on this too--haven't been able to locate them online.
  9. Tomwilllight

    Tomwilllight LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    No, I haven't found anything.

    My google search first hit brought me back to this forum and the second took me to a JD web site for accessories. A search for Tree Clip there produced nothing.

    I also e-mailed my local JD Distributor and have heard nothing... yet.

    Does anyone have any additional information on these clips? Could it be they are test marketing them in Florida before releasing them nationwide?

  10. Rotor_Tool

    Rotor_Tool LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 349

    Is this a screw mounted zip tie? I can't tell what the "clip" mechanism is from the pic.

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