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Climbing and Rigging

This ArborPod™ series offers videos that can help an arborist identify parts of a line; select and use the appropriate knots; and learn about other equipment, resources, and techniques valuable in a variety of climbing and rigging scenarios.

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NameReleasedDescriptionAudio FileCEU Quiz
Mismatch Cut & Drop Cut February 23, 2018 This Climbing and Rigging Podcast has two parts: 1. Rip demonstrates how a mismatch cut can help to remove a branch that’s too big to handle on your own, but too small to set up rigging by using a mismatch cut. 2. Rip and Ken show some of the cautions about using a classic drop cut for removing a large limb. Play

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Hinge Cut & Lifting Cut January 26, 2018 This Climbing and Rigging Podcast has two parts: 1. Ken demonstrates how to use a face notch to cause a limb to swing in a desired direction after cutting. 2. Ken and Rip show how to use a face notch to lift a limb during rigging operations. Play

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Chain Saw Safety in the Tree December 22, 2017 Rip and Ken discuss basic chain saw safety while in a tree. The accompanying quiz covers this episode plus the episodes Making a Felling Plan, Working the Felling Plan, Felling with Forward Lean, Limbing, and Bucking. (A,T,L,Bp) Play

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Bucking November 22, 2017 Rip demonstrates different bucking techniques in the tree removal process to safely cut a tree trunk into shorter, manageable sections. Play

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Limbing October 27, 2017 Ken demonstrates how to properly cut different tree limbs from a fallen tree so that you avoid injury yourself and your equipment. Play

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Felling with Forward Lean September 22, 2017 Rip and Ken tackle dropping a large oak with heavy forward lean demonstrating the bore cut technique to help avoid a classic barber-chair situation. Play

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Working the Felling Plan August 25, 2017 Ken Palmer takes chainsaw in hand and puts the felling plan from the last episode to work dropping a huge oak. Play

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Making a Felling Plan July 28, 2017 Ken and Rip prepare to drop a large oak tree, going through a five step process in making a felling plan. Play

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Notches part 2 June 23, 2017 In this second podcast on cutting the proper notch when felling a tree or chunking out pieces of stem, Ken and Rip examine depth of cuts, and the advantages of an open faced notch. The accompanying quiz covers this episode plus the episodes; Chainsaw Field Maintenance, Chainsaw Bar Maintenance, Chainsaw Chain Maintenance, Chainsaw Chain Sharpening, and Notches part 1(A,T,L,Bp) Play

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Notches part 1 May 26, 2017 Ken and Rip are back in the field with chainsaws in hand demonstrating the most efficient, and safe ways, to notch a stem when dropping a tree. Play

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Chainsaw Chain Sharpening April 28, 2017 Keeping the business end of a chainsaw in good shape means more efficient cutting and less chance for equipment failure. Rip Tompkins runs through some do's and don'ts for sharpening the chain. Play

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Chainsaw Chain Maintenance March 24, 2017 Rip Tompkins runs through tips on keeping the chainsaw chain in top condition. Play

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