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What Tools Does A Tree Surgeon Use

Tree surgeons, also known as arborists, are professionals who specialize in the care and maintenance of trees. They are trained in the art and science of tree care, and use a wide range of tools to perform their work. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the tools that tree surgeons use to maintain healthy and beautiful trees.

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Pruning Tools

Pruning is an essential part of tree maintenance, and tree surgeons use a variety of tools to prune trees effectively. Pruning saws, loppers, and pruning shears are some of the most commonly used tools. Pruning saws are used for cutting larger branches, while loppers and pruning shears are used for smaller branches.

Climbing Tools

Tree surgeons often need to climb trees to perform their work. Climbing tools such as harnesses, ropes, and spikes are used to help them climb safely. Harnesses are used to keep the tree surgeon securely attached to the tree, while ropes are used to support their weight and help them move around the tree. Spikes are used to help them climb the tree by providing traction on the bark.


Chainsaws are perhaps the most important tool in a tree surgeon’s arsenal. They are used for cutting large branches and even entire trees. Chainsaws come in different sizes and types, including gas-powered, electric, and battery-operated. The type of chainsaw used depends on the size of the job and the tree species.

Chainsaws are also use for hedge trimming services which many tree surgeon companies, like ourselves offer.

Wood Chippers

After a tree has been pruned or removed, the branches and other debris need to be disposed of properly. Wood chippers are used to shred the branches and turn them into wood chips, which can be used for landscaping, gardening, and other purposes.

Stump Grinders

When a tree is removed, the stump needs to be ground down to prevent regrowth and to make the area safe for other activities. Stump grinders are used to grind down the stump, leaving a flat and level surface.

Pole Saws

Pole saws are used for pruning high branches that cannot be reached with a regular pruning saw. They consist of a long pole with a saw blade attached to the end. Pole saws can be operated manually or with a motor, depending on the size of the job.

Leaf Blowers

Leaf blowers are used to clear leaves, debris, and other materials from the ground after a tree has been pruned or removed. They can be handheld or backpack-mounted, and are typically powered by gas or electricity.

Safety Gear

Tree surgeons work with heavy equipment and operate at great heights, so safety gear is essential. Hard hats, safety glasses, ear protection, and work gloves are some of the safety gear that tree surgeons use to protect themselves while on the job.

Ropes and Pulleys

Ropes and pulleys are used to help tree surgeons safely move large branches and logs while they are being cut down or pruned. They are also used to support the weight of the tree surgeon while they are working.

Insecticide Sprayers

Tree surgeons may need to apply insecticides to protect trees from pests and diseases. Insecticide sprayers are used to apply the insecticides to the trees in a controlled and safe manner.

Soil Testing Equipment

Tree surgeons often need to test the soil to ensure that it is healthy and can support the growth of trees. Soil testing equipment, such as pH meters and soil samplers, are used to test the soil and determine its composition.

Aerial Lifts

Aerial lifts are used to reach high branches or to perform tree surgery work at great heights. They can be operated by a tree surgeon or a trained professional and are typically used for large-scale tree care projects. Aerial lifts come in different sizes and types, including bucket trucks and cherry pickers.

Tree Braces and Cables

Tree braces and cables are used to support weak or damaged trees. They help prevent the tree from splitting or breaking during high winds or other adverse weather conditions. Braces and cables are typically made of steel or other strong materials and are attached to the tree using bolts.

Root Excavators

Root excavators are used to dig up the roots of a tree to inspect them for damage or disease or to remove the stump. They can also be used to remove roots that are causing damage to a building or other structures. Root excavators are typically operated by a trained professional and can be dangerous if not used properly.

Portable Generators

Portable generators are used to power equipment and tools in areas where there is no electrical power source. They can be used to power chainsaws, wood chippers, and other equipment, allowing tree surgeons to work in remote or off-grid locations.


In conclusion, tree surgeons use a wide range of tools to maintain healthy and beautiful trees. Pruning tools, climbing tools, chainsaws, wood chippers, stump grinders, pole saws, leaf blowers, safety gear, ropes and pulleys, insecticide sprayers, soil testing equipment, aerial lifts, tree braces and cables, root excavators, and portable generators are some of the tools that they use on a regular basis. Tree surgery is a skilled profession that requires a high level of training and expertise, and the tools used by tree surgeons reflect the complex and specialized nature of their work. If you need tree care services, it is important to choose a qualified and experienced tree surgeon who has the right tools and equipment for the job.

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