How many actual line clearance trimmers on site

paul phalloides

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To say everyone at asplundh is a lazy trimmer or incompetent is a very bold statement. I've seen a private guy weld a bucket knuckle fast to open secondaries because he was in a hurry and a davey tree bucket (with ISA sticker on the box) tear down a three phase because he forgot to cradle the boom after dumping. You can't critique and entire line of work because some of the guys in that field are lazy. Like bradirt said above me "quality work is a personal choice." Your going to find bad apples in every orchard.


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Amen Paul! I've been in utility line clearance for 16 years and have been disrespected by "real" tree guys for every single one of em. Fact of the matter is, I'm better trained and more educated than most of the "real" tree workers I know- I just don't choose to talk smack-I prefer to let my work speak for itself.


I know it’s and old tread but I am new to the forum, I been doing lin clearence for the last two years I love this job but I hate that they don’t let me climb SRT, one time I was using the zigzag and one guy saw me and he wanted to send me back to the he hotel, he said mechanical knots are not acceptable doing lone clearence nice, I went to work in Reno and I seen a few guys using hitch climber pulleys, rope wrench’s and even the rope runner, maybe here in Michigan the big bosses wanted to stay old school, I had the chance to stay en Reno but I’d don’t Nevada, I’d rather stay old school here in Michigan.


Well after two & a half decades of never having interest in doing anything related to line clearance or electricity, yesterday was my second day on board an outfit as a card carrying member of IBEW.... Planning a family & needing solid income & health insurance was finally enough to get me to cross over! Alaska is a different type of place though so my role & scope of work is going to be fairly unique as I'm starting to truly glean my normal "face in crowd" good but not superstar climbing skills, are considered top notch up here and in my outfit specifically, I'm being looked at in awe over my efficiency & technique so far... feels kind of nice to be honest, finally lol... new chapters new paths :)


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I have years of experience as an Arborist, but only in the last 90 days doing line work in Calif. Don't know how other places do it but our work orders spell out what we do to the trees with little regard to the property owner. If the work order says top it below the lines its gets topped. If it says side trim to the trunk that's what we do. Most guys spike up every tree. I spikeless climb and SRT so I rarely spike a tree.
I think sometime if they redirected growth or took out a whole lead it would be better in the long run. Most these trees have been done for years with a bucket and to climb them is a pain.the canopy is a solid mass of growth. Most the trees are full of rot and fungus from the abuse they've gotten.
Here in Calif PG&E is being blamed for many major wildfires an it's a priority to clear those lines before more property damage or loss of life happen. Arborist practices are not at the forefront.
I'm not sure what the debate here is about but here in Calif. They'll bring the sheriff to your house if they want to top your tree and you say no.


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I know that duke power don't play. They want the cuts right and it to b done safe. They take time each day for a safety meeting.