Best harness, spikes, and rope?

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

  1. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,274

    I am looking to know what is the best harness, spikes and rope. I am wondering if anyone would care to reccomend? Static rope only needs to be 120' - 150'. If possible you can include a high quality- budget alternative.
    thank you very much for any help you can provide :)
  2. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    I have a climbing belt brand new it's a small if you want it.
  3. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    It's probably none of my business...but this concerns me from a safety standpoint. Being a tree climber isn't something you just jump into. It's something you need to be apprentice type thing, not the kind of thing you just start doing. I don't know if you've climbed before, but your questions make me think you're not very familiar with it. There are all sorts of techniques that you really need to be shown and practice under the watchful eye of someone with experience. I had an opportunity to learn to climb when I was a groundman for a friend of mine and learned some basics, but decided I'd rather be on the ground, lol.
  4. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    I agree, it's a lot harder than it looks, and very very physically challenging. Don't ever try to do it by yourself, there are technics(sp) involved that need to be taught by a professional.
  5. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    I agree with the posts above. I entered this industry as an Arborist. I went to a vocational high school for Arboriculture. It is definitely something what should be trained by someone with experience. My impression from your post is that you have no experience and are not receiving training from anybody, as you would probably ask them these simple question.

    I will answer some of your questions, climbing spikes I prefer Buckingham. Harnesses, I prefer Weaver, one particular harness in particular, but Buckingham is definitely the most common harness manufacturer. It comes down to personal preference. I know a number of guys who swear buy the same Buckingham model with the single but stap. I hate it and find it crushes my boys. They get into my Weaver with separate leg straps and they hate it and some say it cuts of circulation to their legs. The best thing to do is not buy your harness from a website or catalog, go to a local distributor who has models you can try on, particularly one who has a robe suspended from the ceiling, so that you can see how the harness works and feels with body thrusting and foot locking techniques. What is also important is how it feels when using the different D rings with a split tail, lanyards, presic loops, etc... This may not seem like a big deal, but these side D rings allow for better body placement when making cuts. I would much rather give up a little comfort when ascending or descending to have a little more comfort and security when making cuts.

    All that said I strongly recomend havng someone with experience do the work and not try to attempt learning it on your own. Also check with your insurance, as most general liability for landscaping does not cover climbing, working on latters over a certain number of feet, or felling trees over a certain height.
  6. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,274

    thanks for the response
    i appreciate your concerns. i am looking to get trained. i have climbed before also. thanks
  7. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,274

    I have been looking at the various gear websites, but cant find any info that I can understand the differences on other than size, breaking strength, and weight
  8. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    What kinda differences are you looking for?
  9. CountryCare

    CountryCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Your request for gear baffles me, Are you doing removals or trims? Lanyard? I see you want static rope, are you going SRT? Do you have any gear?

    My Gear
    150' Lava
    32" Double Eye Split Tail
    Versatile Deluxe Harness
    2in1 Lanyard (name escapes me atm)
    Vertex Vent Helmet
    Hitch Climber Pulley
    Misc Carabiners
  10. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,504 go here and order a catalog. but you really wanna try stuff on. I use the 5/8th stable braid samson rope for rigging. I have a porta wrap III for a lowering device, 150 of 3mm throw line with a 12oz bean bag attached, I plan on buy a sling shot to really launch that into trees better. I don't a lot of tree work yet, so i'm slowly acquiring the supplies i need.

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