Aerial Lifts and Equipment Rental for Trimming Trees Safely


Lift Rental Used For Tree Trimming

Trimming Trees Safely and Properly

It’s the perfect time to set your targets on any annoyingly spreading trees that need to know their place. Whether they’re starting to poke into power lines or tip-toe over your property line, the best time to trim them down to size is late Winter. However, like many people you may not start to think about doing yard work until the weather breaks in the beginning of spring. Naturally, there are no leaves in the way, which makes the work much cleaner and the clippings much neater. In late winter trees and plants are dormant, so removing outlying branches does minimal damage to the tree’s health as a whole.

Now, you could hire an experienced landscaper or arborist to do the trimming for you, but odds are you aren’t reading up on the subject just so you can pay someone else to do it. If you’re researching the do it yourself route, the first piece of equipment you’ll want is an aerial lift, which can be rented from a number of construction equipment rental sources. This can come in a few forms – some lifts are mounted on a truck, also called bucket lifts, while others are self-propelled. The truck mounted lifts are usually more stout and can generally extend to greater heights, so verify what piece of equipment best matches your needs before investing in a rental.

So you have a boom lift and you’re staring eye to eye with your lumber monstrosity…it’s time to use your rental equipment and trim your tree. You might think that you can just go crazy with a chainsaw and be done with it, but to protect your health and the health of the tree, trimming must be done in a precise and calculated way. The goal is to protect the trunk of the tree – any damage to this can critically damage the tree. For any limb you want to trim from the tree, locate the “stem collar.” Basically, near the area where every branch meets the trunk, there’s a lip of tissue called the stem collar that grows out and makes a little ridge. Any cutting you do needs to be on the branch side of this collar. Cutting in this way will allow the tree to heal the cut quickly.

Once you’ve located the stem collar, a simple three-step cutting procedure will ensure that you get a clean cut and prevent cracks from traveling back to the trunk. First, cut a small, triangle-shaped notch from the underside of the branch just outside the stem collar. Then, move down the branch a little and cut through the branch from top to bottom. The notch you cut first will prevent any cracks or fractures from running down the entire branch to the trunk. Once the branch has been trimmed, cut the remaining stub as close to the stem collar as you safely can. Simply repeat this process for all offending branches and presto, your wooden friend will look much more presentable.

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17 comments
James Lisbon
James Lisbon

From what I understand, pruning and trimming trees can help them to grow healthier.  My uncle used to work for a tree service business and did a lot of work to help care for trees.  It might be interesting to talk to him and see what kind of advice he could have when it comes to caring for trees.

hedleyfulton83
hedleyfulton83

Cutting down trees seems like a really scary thing to do. This is definitely a job that you need the right equipment for. I have always been afraid of heights so something like this would be really scary for me to do. This is one job that I think I am going to have to leave to the professionals.


kearalit314
kearalit314

It might actually be pretty nice to try and rent an aerial lift like this in the next few weeks or so.  A few of the trees around my yard have gotten out of control, and I really need to trim them back a lot.  I'm sure that having a lift would make it a lot easier for me to do that.  I'd just need to figure out how to actually use it first.


Marcus Morgan
Marcus Morgan

We have a park that needs there tree's trimmed. So we are looking to rent an aerial lift so we can get all of them trimmed. I have never had to rent one before, so I am making sure I do my research before I make any decisions.

jwaynebest
jwaynebest

One of my friends was thinking about buying a scissor lift. He's been asking around for pricing and quality. It seems to me that these kind of equipment may be costly. I heard that if you search hard you can have more options in terms of price and even quality.


JamesSimon1
JamesSimon1

I saw some of these guys cutting down some branches the other day. There were quite a few cars driving on the street and I wondered if they had obtained the proper permissions to cut. I worried that there would be some kind of accident. I didn't get to stick around, but it reminded me that there are a few trees on my property that could probably stand to be trimmed.


JordanJohnson2
JordanJohnson2

I didn't realize that ordinary people could rent lifts like this. My father has always been relay good about trimming the excessively long limbs on his tree, but he hasn't been able to fully prune it. With this he'll finally get the tree to look the way he wants it to. I might rent it for him as a surprise birthday gift. 

JamesClarkson
JamesClarkson

@JordanJohnson2 It is great that we can access lifting equipment to ensure our health and safety. It is very important to have your trees pruned regularly to prevent overgrowth. If you let trees grow too quickly you will likely have a number of problems, such as interfering with power lines.


reginamariepeterson
reginamariepeterson

I have seen these before and wondered if people used them for cutting trees. I have a lot of trees in my 3 acre backyard that I really need to trim and I want to do it on my own.

James Lisbon
James Lisbon

Matthew, the part where you mentioned cutting a groove into the limb to prevent cracking was interesting because I didn't know that.   I remember that my grandparents had a tree in their front yard trimmed so that it could grow better.  Now that I think about it, I am not sure if they used a rental service or if they called someone to do it.  It might be interesting to talk to them and see what the process is and how someone could go about taking care of their trees.

eugened314
eugened314

I should have rented one of those lifts last summer. There is a medium-sized tree in my backyard that grows with startling vigor. It needs to be trimmed every year, or it becomes a hazard to my home. I thought I could get the job done by climbing the tree, and I ended up with a broken leg.

sfreddson2156
sfreddson2156

Getting a rig like this may seem like overkill, but it's much better than the alternatives. Having the right equipment for the job makes it so much safer. I think it's worth using a bucket lift like this for just about any professional tree trimming job—everything is just so much faster and more efficient with the right equipment. Thanks for sharing these tips!

JamesSimon1
JamesSimon1

I find it really scary to remove trees by myself. Honestly, I don't want to end up being one of those videos online. Heaven knows there are enough examples of people making fools of themselves by crashing trees through their own roofs. I think that it would be much simpler just to get someone with experience and equipment to do it for me. That would probably end up being a much safer and more stress-free option.

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JamesClarkson
JamesClarkson

If you are going to trim trees, it is very important to have the proper equipment to ensure you do the job right. Many trees are able to grow to immense heights, which pose a number of challenges when it comes to trimming them. I would have a licensed professional help me; the last thing I want is to have a giant oak fall on my house!


bryanflake1984
bryanflake1984

I have a tree that is really tall and spreads out over the road.  The power lines look like they are close to coming in contact with the tree.  If I don't cut the branches now; they'll certainly connect to the power lines this spring.


Chainsaw India
Chainsaw India

There are different types of tree cutting techniques which are widely practiced at most of the countries.

1. Crown lifting - lower branches removal

2. Dead wooding - Dead branches removal

3. Crown thining

4. Pollarding

5. Height reduction of a tree

Although the sole purpose is to trim a tree, these techniques are used for different types of purposes.