Working on Trees in Kapiti

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Farmers and homeowners alike in Kapiti need to call on professional arborists, for normal tree maintenance operations, for clearance operations after storm damage and for tree removal prior to other developments. There are a number of quality arborist companies in Kapiti, and the very best way to find one of these operators is to simply type arborist Kapiti into Google search.

If the landowner needs urgent work done after storm damage, then it is highly likely that the storm damage is more widespread and all the arborists in the region are very busy. It is probable that arborists from other areas will come in temporarily to help with the workload, and it is absolutely inevitable that prices will be higher, delays will be longer and the work quality will be lower then in normal times. This is simply a fact of human nature.

Apart from storm damage the choice of arborists in Kapiti means that landowners can do some prior research to make certain the operator they deal with is fully qualified and has good references. Arborist as a career is highly specialised, and focuses very carefully on a high degree of skill and fitness, relentless concentration on safety at all times and super efficient operation using the best equipment for the job. Even to the casual observer the difference will be stark between an amateur and professional arborist in clear-felling a grove of trees for example, as the professional team will operate seamlessly with a very small number of people but working at a very high rate.

The very best teams of arborists for clear felling of trees will be simply two highly qualified and skilled chainsaw operators and one highly qualified and skilled Digger Grabber operator. The 2 chainsaw operators are a small enough team that each can keep a careful watch on the other and help out the other where necessary, but otherwise they can operate independently. The digger grabber operator will be working around the two chainsaw operators clearing the branches and the tree trunks as they drop, and grabbing a tree and bracing it to make sure it falls in the correct direction when necessary.

The end result is that the highly skilled chainsaw operators with a really good chainsaw can fell a tree in less than a minute, and be moving on to the next tree while the digger grabber is moving the first tree into a pile. Sometimes for very tall trees and difficult situations it’s necessary for a chainsaw operator to climb the tree, and for this they use a system of ropes and pulleys and obviously a safety harness. Sometimes the second chainsaw operator is needed simply as a safety spotter, but mostly the operators can work by themselves at a great height up in the tree.

After the grove of trees has been clear failed then it is the job of the digger grabber operator to feed the logs and branches and the scrub into a very powerful wood chipper, which fires all the wood chips in a massive stream into the back of a large covered truck. The wood chipper is obviously very dangerous as the operator tends to stand back at least 20 m, and a digger grabber operator is operating from a distance with his very long digger arm while protected by his armour plated cabin.

Modern tools for the Home Handyman

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There has been a revolution in power tools for the home handyman over the last few years,  brought on principally because of the massive developments in lithium ion batteries,  but also because of the massive manufacturing capability of China.

It is possible for the home handyman to be able to build high quality fencing, decking, wooden garden beds and wooden garden furniture using a small  set of power tools, and none of these need to be from high end manufacturers.

The home handyman will definitely need a good skill saw, but he or she does not need to pay more than $50 or $60 for this. A good tungsten carbide tipped blade is essential. The handyman will also need a good battery powered drill and a good battery powered impact driver, and it is probably better to try and get a good brand, but it is not necessary to spend a lot of money. The handyman will also want to have a good set of drill bits and screw bits.

Other tools that are vital are a decent set square, level, a good tape measure, a good string line, a good pair of hands clamps and a good builders pencil. It’s also possible to pick up a cheap but effective electric plane, which is good for smoothing down the square  edges of garden planter boxes and furniture etc. A hammer is also necessary, but in almost all cases the hammer will only be used to tap timber for adjustment purposes, as the modern impact driver pretty well replaces the need to hammer in any nails.

A very handy piece of furniture for the home handyman is a solid picnic table, as these can be used in conjunction with the hand clamps as a very solid workbench in order to cut up timber. With the modern skill saw and using the hand clamps to grip the work, and as long as the blade is relatively new and very sharp, then it is possible to cut any timber as accurately and as clearly as with a modern drop saw. However it is probably preferable to use a drop saw for cutting up decking,  as it is fast and very accurate and provides a very neat finish simply because the end of the cut is at the bottom of the timber because the cut is vertical.

The impact driver is the only way to go when assembling planter boxes and the framing for any fencing and decking, as it is very accurate and fast to use, the screws themselves are very cheap, and the fixing itself is very strong and therefore only a few screws are needed. With a good set of power tools and supporting equipment, projects such as building a deck or building  garden planter boxes or furniture can be completed much faster and with a lot more fun than previously, leaving a lot more time to accurately layout the work before starting construction.