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Husqvarna enters the market
Simeon Balsam and Gary Masey-McMenamin
We all know the name Husqvarna for chainsaws and garden machinery. However, last September at the APF show the company was showcasing something different. It was the first glimpse of a new direction it’s taking!
With a strategic partnership in place, Husqvarna is now offering climbing gear for arborists. The range is the brand’s first step into broadening its offering for arborists and tree professionals who face the most frequent and demanding tasks. The new climbing gear complements Husqvarna’s professional chainsaw range by offering high-quality equipment designed to meet the various needs of those who are climbing and rigging.
Let’s get into it. If you’re going to enter a market, why not partner with one of the biggest brands, in this case ARB Teufelberger? The Drenaline and Tachyon are the ropes Husqvarna has adopted for its climbing lines, perfect for SRS and MRS (stationary rope system/moving rope system) and with a neat new colour scheme. It is also offering equipment ranging from positioning lanyards to friction savers, multi-slings, bags and throw cubes, to mention just some, all following a similar colour scheme to the ropes and harness. A lot of the hardware is DMM so you know these products are not lacking quality! This is because Teufelberger already offers DMM hardware on many of its products.
Harness: a closer look
There is no disguising the fact this is a treeMOTION Pro with some cool colouring schemes and a neat double bridge perfect for UK arb and two-line working. The treeMOTION has been widely used by arborists for years and we don’t see this changing unless something similar or better enters the market. One difference is noticeable compared to the OG harness (original treeMOTION): the hardware on the side is replaceable. Why? We know DMM is not making the hardware for this harness any more, and this may mean the hardware may need replacing due to wear as materials have changed.
Here in the western world, we are able to get arborist products at a touch of a button with a huge range available to us. With Husqvarna having over 20,000 dealers worldwide, it’s a nice thought that people who were never able to get their hands on high-quality arborists’ gear may have this option now.
What next? Our guess is as good as yours, but with an R&D department bigger than most brands in arb, it would be interesting if Husqvarna could utilise this and look to create its own concepts in this forever-evolving world. It’s a solid foundation. We look forward to seeing how the company goes forward over the next few years.
Summer is here: stay hydrated!
If I had told you this time last year that here in the UK we were going to hit 40-degree-plus temperatures in the summer, would you have believed me? Probably not, but that’s exactly what happened.
Last summer was a scorcher and as climate change does its thing, the UK seems to get hotter and hotter. I know that ideally we have to drink more water, even though most of us drink Red Bull, Monster and anything else we can buy. That being said, do we drink enough?
There are those super-efficient individuals on site who stop all the time to drink water from their large measuring bottle that tells them how much they should be drinking – and some scientists recommend up to 3.7 litres a day. If you’re like me, you may fall into the other category. We find ourselves skipping breaks and not drinking enough throughout the day, focusing on getting the job done, and if we’re lucky, a nice cold pint down the pub at the end of the day.
Now, we’ve all heard of Reecoil – the company is known for its extra-long ‘coiled’ chainsaw lanyard. You either love them or hate them. The innovation came straight out of Australia from Dan and now he has a new product: the Audax 1500 Hydration Harness.
This is an all-in-one chest harness, suspenders and hydration pack. You can fill it with water or add some flavour if you prefer. Climbing SRT or SRS, this acts as a chest harness tendering point. And if you’re feeling thirsty, flick a switch and drink. It’s that easy, up a tree or on the ground. It’s insulated, hard wearing and changes your life in this industry. I never knew how much my body actually wanted to drink until I had it on tap. I don’t have to stop and get a bottle sent up to me. I can carry on climbing and be hydrated, and not end up with a mid-day headache like I used to.
One of its other cool features is that it shares the load of a chainsaw and stops your harness from being pulled unevenly. Now, I have climbed with an MS881 and that is not exactly comfy on the hips, but the Audax is a game-changer and it’s adaptable to all harnesses.
If you want to be efficient and focused on the job with one kit that has many purposes then this is a great purchase for you. I use mine more than I thought I would and it does help me keep hydrated.
Expect to see a few extras coming out soon. As the harness has a molly webbing design the options are endless. Keep an eye out for a trauma kit attachment and heavy-duty suspenders. Guys in Canopy Climbing Collective have woven an in-built knee ascender system which works well.
Staying hydrated is a huge thing for tree surgeons and being able to do this without breaking work flow is even better. We think Dan from Reecoil filled a gap worldwide with this product and we love it!
ST6P HD: an old-school twist
I think it’s fair to say that in most cases when we talk about a particular product its predecessor was better.
We all talk about the 200T being the best-ever toppy and that the 201s and anything going forward will not be better or even in the same class. The same goes for the 060 compared to the 661. Most people believe that as regulation and standards take over, machines are designed to have sell-by dates and not last the course of time.
When sub-750kg became a thing, all manufacturers in the chipper market began ditching what made a machine strong and resorting to using lighter materials, materials that wouldn’t last! Yes, the new-era chippers were a game-changer but they were definitely missing the earlier robustness. We had chassis recalls and other things going wrong – things that should have never been changed.
During Covid, though, everything changed. Tow licences were lifted and we could now tow over 750kg in the UK!
Först took this as an opportunity to put back all it had had to remove. The New ST6PHD (HD = heavy duty) comes with a beefed-up chassis, a larger jockey wheel that I doubt anyone could bend and a steel bonnet and shell. Everything just seems better built (old-school twist) but with the modern look.
Yes, it weights 135kg more than the original machine but with the abuse these machines get daily, this is just what’s needed. It would be nice to see other manufacturers doing something similar.
I had great fun with this for a week. It won’t disappoint!
Let’s talk T-shirts
Arboriculture – caring for and cultivating trees – has been around for centuries, dating as far back as the Neolithic period.
Many of the cultivation techniques were adopted by ancient Greeks and Romans and remained unmodified for centuries. However, it’s only in the past 200 years that a real passion for the practice has developed. With this, the industry has seen evolution in equipment, tools and best practice as more advances have been made into the science of trees and why we do what we do.
With the industry developing all the time, it’s nice to see brands are also evolving and bringing out products specifically for arborists. Clothing for arborists has not always been specific and there has not always been a lot to choose from. However, now there are more options than ever for arborists to find something to suit their needs. Whether it’s a new technical work T-shirt or a lifestyle design reflecting your love of trees, there’s something for everyone! Here we are going to look at a few of the brands making products specifically for arborists in 2023.
Bear Valley ExoRanger.
Stein X25 Ventout.
Let’s start with work T-shirts. We all know the feeling of getting up early in the morning, tired from the previous day but eager to get back out there and do what we love. What could be better than throwing on a technical T-shirt specifically designed for our line of work and geared for all our active needs?
Bear Valley is an example of a brand which is targeting the industry with its technical work gear and apparel. Its T-shirts feature a high stretch and strong polyester and nylon blend offering a slim fit but allowing a full range of motion, making them perfect for climbers or ground staff. They also feature vented sides which allow for more temperature regulation and vapour escape, keeping you cool on those hot days. When the wind blows, wearing one of these is a blast of fresh air, literally!
Here’s what Bear Valley says about why Sam started the company: ‘When Sam Davies was studying arboriculture at Sparsholt College in 2014, he realized that there was a serious lack of clothing options in the industry. As an arborist, clothing can be a huge issue, affecting not only comfort but also safety and performance. While working on the saw and climbing trees, Sam found that the wrong clothing could hold him back or even be dangerous. That’s when he had an idea.
‘“The first port of call is what everyone wears, day in day out,” Sam explains. “No matter who you are, you’re going to have to wear a tee.” With this in mind, he set out to create a tee that would meet the unique needs of arborists. And so, in 2015, the first ExoRanger arborist tee was born, and with it, the company Bear Valley.
‘The ExoRanger quickly became a cult hit among arborists, who praised its durability, breathability, and safety features. With reinforced seams and high-quality materials, the tee was built to withstand the rigours of tree work. But it wasn’t just about toughness; Sam also wanted the tee to be comfortable and practical. The ExoRanger tee features a tailored fit, moisture-wicking fabric, and even a pocket for a phone or radio.’
Since its launch, Bear Valley has continued to innovate and expand its clothing line. Today, it offers a range of products designed specifically for arborists, from hoodies to chainsaw trousers, but the ExoRanger tee remains its flagship product, and for good reason. Arborists across the world swear by the tee, citing its versatility and reliability.
Another example of a brand making specific workwear T-shirts is Stein Worldwide. With the ever-changing techniques and requirements of the industry, Stein has tried to keep up with a range of products suited to our needs. We all need a high-visibility vest or T-shirt, even if it’s not something we wear every day. We’ve all come into a scenario where wearing hi-viz is essential, whether it’s working on roadsides, near railways, next to other machinery or whatever the situation. The Stein X25 Ventout is hi-viz, breathable and rapid-drying – a perfect basic work tee. The half zip and collar are nice touches that allow for extra ventilation and keep sawdust and dirt out!
However, we aren’t at work all the time. And when you’re not at work, how do you like to dress? I doubt many of us are into high fashion or anything like that. Most of us would rather have simple, down-to-earth stuff. For so long there have not been a lot of options for us as arborists to wear lifestyle clothing that reflects what we love made by brands who are passionate about arboriculture too. Noticing a gap in the market and evolving with the ever-changing industry, newer brands like Dendroid, Arb Fiction and Apeman have started to give us a range of lifestyle apparel which is appealing to everyone.
Here’s what some of the brands have to say about why they started and what they have achieved.
Dendroid Clothing ‘was established in 2015 by arborists who recognised the lack of lifestyle clothing for tree workers. We are on a mission to help Tree People stand out as proud members of their community – whether they’re climbing to the top of a huge oak or enjoying an evening at the pub. We believe that by creating clothing that is both stylish and eco-friendly, we can help to raise awareness about the importance of protecting trees whilst honouring those who work with them. Our love for nature is at the heart of everything we do, and we believe that our clothing can help inspire others to care for our planet. We are Dendroid, we are Tree People.’
Opting for a slightly different approach to design but still rooted within arboriculture, here’s what Colm from Arb Fiction has to say about the brand: ‘It was primarily started from a hobby with arb-related art on stickers. I never thought that it would generate so much traction and continue, too. The goals and aims are always changing. We started with merchandise then custom merchandise for brands, as well as working with brands on projects to customise products. With Arb Fiction products now sold in 23 retailers globally, we want to move to the next stage with arbfiction.com where our products are being sold direct to the consumer from the webshop. The webshop will also host the animated Arb Fiction talk show and also some Arb Fiction arb chat forums.Our aim now is to build relationships and a community. We are super pumped.’
Whether work-related or lifestyle, it’s nice to see that there are plenty of T-shirt options available for arborists in 2023. I hope to see more brands emerging and more products available as our industry grows and evolves with the times.
This article was taken from Issue 201 Summer 2023 of the ARB Magazine, which is available to view free to members by simply logging in to the website and viewing your profile area.
The International Schools' Assessment (ISA) is designed for students in Grades 3–10 in international schools, and schools with an international focus. The program offers assessments for Mathematical Literacy, Scientific Literacy, Reading and Writing.What's the difference between an arborist and an arboriculturalist? ›
Essentially, they are the masters of tree management. Well, it's a trick question, because an arboriculturalist is actually the same as an arborist. In reality though, the answer to the question of which you will need, is both.What Arboriculturist means? ›
As an arboriculturist, you'll cultivate and manage trees, hedgerows and shrubs. The work is undertaken in both rural and urban settings and includes all aspects of felling, preserving, planting and protecting trees, sometimes using heavy equipment.How many ISA certified arborist are there in the world? ›
As an organization, we have conferred almost 50,000 certifications worldwide including our ISA Certified Arborist ®, Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist®, ISA Aerial Lift Specialist®, ISA Municipal Specialist®, ISA Utility Specialists® and ISA Board Certified Master Arborist®.How hard is it to pass the ISA arborist exam? ›
To answer the question, yes, the ISA-certified exam can be difficult but achievable with exemplary dedication and preparation. If you're passionate about being an arborist and want to take your career to the next level, I recommend you take this exam and become certified.What score do you need to pass ISA test? ›
To obtain ISA certification, you must achieve the required pass- ing score for the examination. The current passing score is 76 percent. Please note that when a job task analysis of the exam is performed, the overall passing score is subject to change.
While ZipRecruiter is seeing salaries as high as $76,869 and as low as $23,012, the majority of Arborist salaries currently range between $39,169 (25th percentile) to $56,795 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $68,546 annually in California.What is the highest level of arborist? ›
The ISA Board Certified Master Arborist® credential is the highest level of certification offered by ISA. This credential recognizes ISA Certified Arborists® who have reached the pinnacle of their profession.What is silviculturist vs arborist? ›
Generally, an arborist focuses on individual trees, while someone who manages the health of entire forests is called a silviculturist.What is a synonym for arboriculturist? ›
Definitions of arboriculturist. someone trained in forestry. synonyms: forester, tree farmer. type of: farmer, granger, husbandman, sodbuster.
The practice of arboriculture includes cultural techniques such as selection, planting, training, fertilization, pest and pathogen control, pruning, shaping, and removal.What do you call an expert in trees? ›
Arborists are professionals who care for trees and other woody plants. There are two types of professional arborists: certified and consulting. Certified arborists are equipped to offer planting, pruning, transplanting, fertilizing, monitoring and treatment for insects and diseases and tree removal.Who are the best arborists in the world? ›
Kiah Martin is one of the highest ranked arborists in the world and her track record speaks for itself. She has been recognised and won numerous prizes both in the International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC), the Asia Pacific Tree Climbing Championship (APTCC) and the Australian Tree Climbing Championship (ATCC).Who is the youngest master arborist? ›
Cincy Parks Staff Jacob Edwards is the Youngest Master Arborist!Is there an ISA equivalent in USA? ›
There is a similar structure in the U.S., namely the Roth IRA, which has similar benefits to an ISA. All contributions grow free from income and capital gains tax and in addition, there are no taxes or penalties if you want to take out the capital you have put in (excluding income and gains).How physically demanding is arborist? ›
Much of an arborist's work is physically demanding, and most of it is done outdoors. Arborists work throughout the year, though their busiest time is in the spring and summer. Tasks done at this time include fertilizing, pruning, and prevention spraying.What happens if you fail ISA exam? ›
Retaking the Examination
If you do not pass the exam, you will receive a failure notification and details for retaking the exam. You may re-enroll by logging into MyISA on the ISA website and returning to the Enroll to Take Exam web page.
Overall, ISA membership grew a total of 3.6 percent, growing from 22,988 to 23,805.How long does it take to get ISA exam results? ›
When can I expect my exam results? Computer-based exams provide result notification immediately upon completion of the exam. Within four to six weeks, your results will be posted on your online account with ISA (you can login here) and mailed to the address we have in your account. Your results are confidential.What state pays arborists the most? ›
Hourly rates for arborists in the US typically range between $14 and $27 an hour. The average arborist salary is $54,109 in California, $47,874 in Hawaii, and $47,531 in Rhode Island.
- Broomfield, CO. $23.31 per hour. 8 salaries reported.
- Brighton, MI. $22.81 per hour. 9 salaries reported.
- Denver, CO. $22.58 per hour. 29 salaries reported.
- Wilmington, DE. $22.57 per hour. 5 salaries reported.
- Lincoln, NE. $22.38 per hour. ...
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Board-Certified Master Arborist (BCMA) Certification.How many board certified master arborists are there in the world? ›
To date there are about 300 BCMAs worldwide, and 26,000 Certified Arborists.Where do most arborist work? ›
Where Does an Arborist Work? Arborists work for municipalities, power companies, arborist firms, and large companies that do contract work for municipal governments and power companies. After gaining experience, some start their own landscaping businesses.Is a forester the same as an arborist? ›
Arborists specialize in individual tree care, often in urban or suburban settings. Foresters use tree measurements, landowner goals, and knowledge of forests to develop plans to care for your woods over time.What is the difference between certified and consulting arborist? ›
What is the difference between a Certified Arborist and a Consulting Arborist? The difference between a Certified Arborist and a Consulting Arborist resides with the organization that issues the title. Certified Arborists are accredited through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).Does an arborist cares for forests? ›
Arborists generally focus on the health and safety of individual plants and trees, rather than managing forests or harvesting wood (silviculture or forestry). An arborist's scope of work is therefore distinct from that of either a forester or a logger.What is a synonym for psychophysiologic? ›
synonyms: neuropsychology, physiological psychology.What is another name for tree trimming? ›
“Pruning.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/pruning.
synonyms for tellurians
On this page you'll find 6 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to tellurians, such as: humankind, man, person, tellurian, woman, and earth dweller.
Good Arboricultural Practice means the proper planting and care of Trees in accordance with the standards set by the International Society of Arboriculture.What does West Coast arborists do with the lumber they harvest? ›
We are salvaging a number of trees lost during storms, disease, or normal senescence and recycling this wood into useable urban lumber.
There are four different pruning cut types:
1. Cut to the edge of the collar when one is visible (upper illustration). 2. If there is no visible collar, begin where the top of the branch makes an abrupt turn toward the trunk and cut outside an imaginary line drawn parallel to the trunk (center).
An arborist (Tree Doctor), tree surgeon, or (less commonly) arboriculturist, is a professional in the practice of arboriculture, which is the cultivation, management, and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants in dendrology and horticulture.What do you call a man who cuts down trees? ›
Word forms: woodcutters plural. countable noun. A woodcutter is someone who cuts down trees or who chops wood as their job.What does ISA stand for in tree service? ›
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is a nonprofit organization that promotes the professional practice of arboriculture and fosters a greater global appreciation for the benefits of trees.What personality traits do arborists have? ›
- 1) Be Practical. ...
- 2) Good Level of Fitness. ...
- 3) Comfortable With Heights. ...
- 4) Be Sensible. ...
- 5) Team Player. ...
- 6) Be A Great Communicator. ...
- 7) A Love For Wildlife. ...
- 8) A Keen Interest in Plants.
The largest forestry company in the world is Oji Paper Company, with a revenue of $13.1 billion and an net income of $820.3 million. As of 2022, the global forestry and logging industry has a market size of $981.76 billion.Who is the oldest climbing arborist? ›
Norman continued to climb trees until the age of 82 and was recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records as the “Worlds' Oldest Arborist” that year.
What exactly is an Arborist? An arborist is a trained professional who specializes in the care of trees. They are experts in the science of tree biology and have the knowledge and skills to provide proper tree care.How do I find an arborist in my area? ›
The Find an Arborist tool can help you locate an arborist in your area. The Verify a Credential tool enables you to confirm whether an arborist has an ISA credential.Can a US citizen open an ISA? ›
The more common type of investment ISA, a Stocks and Shares ISA, is more complicated for US citizens or Green Card Holders. The UK does not tax these ISAs, but the US does tax these and taxes them more harshly than a regular investment account.Will my ISA accounts be taxed when I go to live in the US? ›
Stocks and Shares ISAs. ISAs come in various flavors, but the most common schemes are cash ISAs or stocks and shares ISAs. For US taxation purposes, the cash ISAs are treated as a normal foreign bank account with interest subject to tax at ordinary rates.Do I pay tax on a ISA? ›
You pay no Income Tax on the interest or dividends you receive from an ISA and any profits from investments are free of Capital Gains Tax.Is the ISA test important for college? ›
The test was administered to gauge the school's overall proficiency in scientific classes like biology, chemistry, and physics. Unlike other assessments, like the SAT or ACT, the ISA score of a student can not be used by said student for college applications.How many questions are on the ISA exam? ›
The Certified Arborist exam contains 200 multiple-choice questions, and you will have 3.5 hours to complete the exam. The questions are split into ten domains. Each domain contains multiple tasks, and each task contains a set of knowledge-based and skills-based areas.What does ISA certified stand for? ›
What Does ISA Certification Mean? The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is a worldwide nonprofit organization that promotes the professional practice of arboriculture and fosters a greater global appreciation for trees.What test do most colleges require? ›
If the colleges you're applying to require standardized test scores, however, the two main test scores they'll look at are your SAT and your ACT scores.What happens if you don't study for the SAT? ›
Although it's possible that you will earn a higher score without studying, even if you are a strong student, you will likely score slightly below the average SAT score of 1051. The SAT was designed to create a bell curve where the average score falls around 1000-1050 each year.
Differences between SAT and SAT Subject Tests
Colleges use SAT (and ACT) scores to make admissions decisions and award scholarships. College use SAT Subject Test scores for admissions and course placement. Selective colleges may require or recommend you take 1 or more Subject Tests.
Note: Exam eligibility requirements: 3 yrs experience in arboriculture, or a 2 yr degree in arboriculture and 2 yrs of experience, or a 4 yr degree in a related field and 1 year practical experience. Other professionals wishing to become a Certified Arborist. Anyone re-taking the certified arborist exam.What is an ISA certified arborist? ›
Earning an ISA Credential is a voluntary activity that demonstrates you have the knowledge and skills to properly care for trees, as well as a high level of dedication to your profession and your community.How do I become an arborist in California? ›
- Complete the formal education. ...
- Apply for the state license. ...
- Acquire on-job training. ...
- Understand the safety guidelines associated with an arborist's profession. ...
- Get your International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certification. ...
- Work independently or start an arborist business.
Illinois administers a federally required science assessment to all students in fifth, eighth, and eleventh grade.How long is the Illinois Science assessment? ›
ILLINOIS SCIENCE ASSESSMENT (ISA)
The assessment is given on one day with most students completing the assessment in one hour. The ISA is designed to reflect classroom experiences.
The ISA Board Certified Master Arborist® credential is the highest level of certification offered by ISA. This credential recognizes ISA Certified Arborists® who have reached the pinnacle of their profession.What is ISA Level 1 certification? ›
ISA Surf Level 1 Instructor Course:
This course is designed for surf instructors that will be teaching learn-to-surf lessons for beginners and early intermediate level surfers. The ISA Surf Level 1 Certification is the industry standard for surf Instructors at quality surf schools around the world.
All ISA host institutions are accredited, authorized and/or recognized as a legitimate institution of higher learning. In most cases, the accrediting body is the ministry of education of the host institution's respective country.