Authors: Howell Tractor and Equipment Digital Team, Under the Direction of Michael Morton
Tree removal without the proper equipment can be dangerous, but it doesn’t have to be. At Howell Tractor and Equipment, we know that as a tree removal professional, you remove many trees and stumps throughout the year. Various precautions and measures are put into place to protect professionals like you from hurting themselves on the job or making a mistake with the equipment. Using the Sennebogen 718 Material Handler, you are guaranteed maximum safety, optimum comfort, and the ability to move and stack tree sections and branches very quickly.
Tip #1: Invest in the right tree removal equipment
Whether it’s a major tree removal or taking care of an easy stump, never begin a project without the proper equipment. Near power lines or on forest paths, the Sennebogen 718 Material Handler can grab, cut, move, and stack tree sections and branches quickly and effectively. The machine itself is equipped with a 119-kW diesel engine and a special boom with a telescopic stick. This easily covers a working area of 13 m, thanks to lifting capacities of up to 1.7 tons with full outreach. Also, even heavy logs can be safely manipulated. A robust undercarriage with reinforced axles and forestry tires ensures a stable stance and optimum maneuverability even in terrain.
Not only should you ensure you have the right tree removal equipment to get the job done effectively, but to ensure safety as well. The Sennebogen 718 Material Handler has an ergonomic Maxcab operator cab with a sliding door and can be elevated by 2.7 m for an optimum overview of the work area. The extended boom also makes it possible to process material from a safe distance.
“In the Tree Care Industry, the 718 shares the reliability and productivity that all Sennebogen machines are known for, and adds the safest and quickest way to perform arborist jobs; especially in urban and utility work,” stated Ryan Kolb, Marketing Manager at Sennebogen.
Tip #2: Inspect the tree before starting the project
We understand that a tree is a hazard if it obstructs the routine activities of people such as blocking motorists’ vision, raising sidewalks, or interfering with utilities or signs. It is imperative that arborists, landscapers, and grounds maintenance personnel are able to recognize that a particular tree presents a real hazard. Before starting a tree removal project, it’s important to inspect the tree to ensure that removal is necessary. Trees are complex organisms, and they should be examined by an arborist to make the final diagnosis.
According to Bartlett Tree Experts, during an inspection, an arborist can check the overall health of the trees, look for signs of pest and disease infestations, identify any structural problems, and determine soil requirements.
Tip #3: Ensure proper preparation to minimize set-up challenges
Similar to ensuring you have the proper equipment for tree removal, it’s important to ensure the proper course of action is put into place prior to beginning the tree removal project. For instance, crane-assisted tree removal still requires riggers to safely set up the crane, which involves a number of safety measures to prevent an incident during operations. According to Sennebogen, these traditional rigging operations and time-consuming safety procedures that must be followed with cranes are largely eliminated with a Sennebogen 718. Production can increase by five to ten times existing rates, especially when you consider eliminating the time-consuming task of setting up a conventional crane. Additionally, in sensitive terrains, turf tires can be mounted on the 718 to reduce its ground disturbance.
When using a crane to assist with tree removal, it is limited within its defined reach and lifting capabilities. The Sennebogen 718 can quickly deploy its outriggers for a stable platform, remove trees safely, and transition into a new location in a matter of minutes. Therefore, ensuring proper preparation is put in place can allow for increasing production and productivity on the jobsite.
According to Ryan Kolb, Marketing Manager at Sennebogen, “The Sennebogen Tree Care family of machines provides professional arborists, right of way clearing contractors, and utility contractors the safest way possible to cut trees. It allows a single operator to cut and trim trees in tight situations to work in a safe environment without climbing or using a hand-held chainsaw.”
Tip #4: Be aware of your surroundings
Too many accidents have occurred as people remove trees unaware of their surroundings and without using the proper equipment. To be on the safe side, it’s imperative to take your time and study your surroundings. While using a Sennebogen 718 Material Handler, the operator remains safe in the cab. However, there may be stones, cords, rocks, roots, or other factors that can impact your tree removal process. Inspect your working area and fix any factors that might negatively impact your project.
At Howell Tractor and Equipment, we pride ourselves on around the clock professional service. We are committed to providing quality equipment that ensures safety and reliability. Overall, the Sennebogen 718 Material Handler provides maximum safety and efficiency when carrying out tree care and landscape maintenance.