April 2019

  1. The Ultimate Tree Care Equipment Guide

    The tree care industry is an important part of our world. Arborists and other tree care professionals dedicate their lives to keeping people and homes safe, planting trees, and caring for trees to allow them to thrive and preserve nature for the next generation. But that doesn’t mean that tree care is a “walk in the park”. It’s a dangerous job and the equipment that tree care professionals use can be the difference between a job well done and a terrible or even fatal accident. This week our Gear Experts® are going to outline the must-have equipment for every tree care professional.

    Harness


     

    Spending all day climbing trees is by no means easy. Having a comfortable harness can help make the job a little bit easier, though. A harness is one of the most important gear choices you will make. Not only will you be wearing it for most of the day, but it is where all of your other gear comes together to keep you safe and productive on the job. Some things to look for when choosing your tree care harness include padding, back support, D-rings and connection loops, and shoulder straps.

    Padding can truly be the difference between comfort and misery. Having padding strategically placed in areas like leg supports and shoulder straps can have a huge impact on productivity. Back supports can come in handy, too. Working at-height isn’t exactly gentle on the back. A high-quality back support helps you push through to get the job done. Depending on what type of work you will be doing, how much gear you need to take with you, and whether you need additional support, additional D-rings, connection points, and shoulder straps are all things to consider.

    Pulleys


     

    Pulleys can be useful for a variety of tree care projects. The type of pulley and the capabilities that it has will depend on what you are trying to accomplish. However, some things to look for when picking a pulley will include the weight, max rope size, sheave, and if it is a single or double pulley.

    When you are spending all day climbing trees, the last thing you want to have to deal with is a bunch of heavy equipment weighing you down and tiring you out. If you don’t need a huge pulley that is made of a heavy material saving the weight will be well worth it in the long run. Now imagine getting to the job site, getting everything set up, and realizing that the pulley you need to complete the job doesn’t work with the rope you brought. That is why it is important to consider max rope size when selecting a pulley.

    The sheave is the grooved wheel that is mounted inside the pulley that holds the rope in place. A sheave spins on an axle or bearing inside the frame of the pulley. The reason why it is important to pay attention to the sheave is that they come in a number of different shapes which are designed for different styles of ropes and wires. Whether or not the pulley is a single or double just depends on what you will be using the pulley for.

    Rope, Rope Devices, and Hitch Cords


     

    Pulleys and a harness aren’t very effective without rope. Not only does rope protect you from hitting the ground in the event of a fall, but it can also serve a range of other purposes. Those purposes can be amplified with rope devices and accessories. Things like ascenders, fall arresters, throw bags, rigging plates, swivels, and a whole slew of different devices can help you achieve your rope’s full potential.

    Saws


     

    A saw (whether handheld or mechanical) is pretty much required when it comes to tree care because cutting down or trimming a tree with your bare hands isn’t easy (trust us… we tried). The type of saw that will be best for the job will depend on what you are doing. For example, if you are pruning trees, a hand saw might be more effective. On the flipside, if you are cutting at the base of the tree, a chainsaw will be more effective.

    If you’ve got questions about tree care or finding the right equipment to get the job done, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Click here to see our full selection of tree care gear

    Arborist Saddle Comparison: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    If you haven’t already checked out Gear Up with Gear Experts, our podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction, it is available for download! You can find it on all major podcast listening platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, + your favorite podcatcher of choice. And, you can head on over to gearexperts.com to follow us on social media, check out our detailed show notes, and sign up for updates.

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  2. Product Spotlight: Ty-Flot Quick Switch

    Injuries and fatalities resulting from dropped tools are a growing concern in all at-height industries. Many general contractors and tower owners are now requiring tools to be tethered while on the job site. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down the Quick Switch from Ty-Flot and how it can make tool tethering easier while on the job.

    Growing Concerns


     

    Before we break down the kit, we want to address some of the concerns about dropped objects. As we mentioned above, many GCs, tower owners, and other companies are requiring tool tethering on job sites. That’s because, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 50,000 “struck by falling object” OSHA reports are submitted every year. Not only is the person holding the tool at risk, but the people below, pedestrians outside the job site, equipment, and lost time are all at risk when tool tethering is not used.

    ISEA/ANSI 121 Dropped Objects Prevention Standard


     

    The ISEA/ANSI 121 Dropped Objects Prevention Standard was released in July of 2018 with the mission of setting safety requirements for the testing of at-height tool tethering equipment. While this standard does not require the use of tool tethers, it does ensure that as long as the tethering equipment you purchase has the ISEA/ANSI 121 badge, you can be sure that the tethers can handle the job. For more information about the Dropped Objects Prevention Standard, click here to check out our blog post.

    Ty-Flot Quick Switch


     

    The Ty-Flot Quick Switch is one of the most innovative solutions for 100% tool tie-off. This line of tool tethering equipment will ensure that you can stay safe on the job without sacrificing productivity. It's expert design allows you to retain the freedom to move your hands freely while working at height.

    Dock and Switch


     

    Keeping the ability for you to use your hands freely while still having 100% tool tie-off can be achieved thanks to Ty-Flot’s unique dock and switch system. There is a clip attached to the tool tether. The clip can be attached to the doc on a bolt bag or other Quick Ship attachment point or via the Quick Switch Wrist Straps. When the tether clip is attached to a dock it cannot be removed unless it is attached to another dock (see the video below for more information on how to dock the lanyard correctly).

    Fully Contained


     

    The Ty-Flot Quick Switch system has another unique feature: it’s always contained on your wrist. Unlike other tool tethering systems, the Quick Switch has been designed with mobility in mind. Staying contained on your wrist provides other benefits as well. It greatly reduces the swing motion when a tool is dropped and it makes sharing tools with co-workers much easier – while still maintaining 100% tie-off.

    Features


     

    The short tether reduces the risk of snagging and fatigue which is common in elastic tool tethers that are longer and attached to your belt. This increases the useful life of the tool tether and helps keep your replacement costs down. Don’t let the small size fool you, though, because this tool tether can hold up to 6 pounds. It’s compatible with Ty-Flot’s entire line of tool collars and any other tool collars available on the market.

    Click here to see Ty-Flot Quick Switch Products

    Click here to see our full selection of Ty-Flot tool tethering gear

    Click here to see all of our tool tethering gear

    Click here for more information on the ISEA/ANSI 121 Dropped Objects Prevention Standard

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Ty-Flot Quick Switch: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    If you haven’t already checked out Gear Up with Gear Experts, our podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction, it is available for download! You can find it on all major podcast listening platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, + your favorite podcatcher of choice. And, you can head on over to gearexperts.com to follow us on social media, check out our detailed show notes, and sign up for updates.

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  3. Product Spotlight: Petzl I'D

    When it comes to safely lowering yourself down a rope, a descender is one of the most valuable tools in your arsenal. But, as with most things in this world, there are a ton of different choices and knowing which one will best fit your applications can be difficult. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down the Petzl I’D Self-Breaking Rope Descender.

    Designed for Ease of Use


     

    The Petzl I’D has been expertly designed by Petzl for ease of use. With very little effort you can lower a load safely to the ground in a smooth, controlled fashion. This can make situations, like rescues, where a rough descent could cause potential dangers easier for everyone involved. Not to mention it can make part of the everyday job easier, too.

    Features


     

    The Petzl I’D has been jam-packed with valuable features including anti-panic, anti-error, locking mechanisms, and a multi-function handle.

    Anti-Panic

    The anti-panic function helps ensure that if the operator starts to descend too fast, they won’t lose control. Essentially if the operator pulls the handle too hard the brakes kick in and automatically stop the descent.

    Anti-Error

    Unfortunately, sometimes certain situations (like rescues) can cause high stress which can lead to equipment being rigged incorrectly. With the anti-error function of the Petzl I’D you don’t have to worry about costly mistakes being made during high-stress situations. The Petzl I’D has been designed with an anti-error function that renders the device useless unless the rope has been inserted the correct way. While the anti-error function can reduce the risk of accidents caused by high-stress situations, it is highly recommended that each member of your crew obtains training on both the equipment being used and the possible situations they will encounter while on the job.

    Locked

    The Petzl I’D features a moving side plate – which is how the rope is inserted into the device. Petzl has also designed a way to lock the side plate with a screw. This allows the devices to be integrated into evacuation kits.

    Multi-Function

    With ease of use in mind, the Petzl I’D features a multi-function handle that unlocks the rope and controls the descent with one hand. This one hand control allows the user to always keep a free hand on the end of the rope for added control and security.

    Sizes & Specs


     

    The Petzl I’D comes in two different sizes: the Petzl I’D D200S0 Small Self-Breaking Rope Descender and the Petzl I’D D200L0 Large Self-Breaking Rope Descender. Both descenders have been tested and certified to meet EN 341 Class A, CE EN 12841 type C, ANSI Z359.4, NFPA 1983 Technical Use, and EAC.

    The small Petzl I’D (D200S0) is for ropes between 10mm (.39”) and 11.5mm (.45”) in diameter. The large Petzl I’D (D200L0) is intended for ropes between 11.5mm (.45”) and 13mm (.51”) in diameter.

    Click here to see our selection of Petzl I’D Self-Breaking Rope Descenders

    Click here to see our selection of Petzl Gear

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Petzl I’D: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® is available via your podcast listening platform of choice and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up for alerts, head on over to gearexperts.com.

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  4. Tower Consumables

    At GME Supply our mission is to keep you safe and productive on the job. But we don’t stop there. We also pride ourselves in having the know-how and capabilities to provide you with all of the equipment to perform your job not only safely, but effectively. This week our Gear Experts® are going to talk about our full selection of tower consumables.

    Izzy Industries


     

    GME Supply has teamed up with our friends at Izzy Industries to provide an entire line of tower consumables. Izzy Industries is a family owned and operated manufacturer of telecom electrical supply products that are dedicated to innovation in this rapidly growing industry. Izzy’s product lines include cable components, hardware, and weatherproofing gear.

    Tower Consumables


     

    Like we mentioned before, we’ve made a promise to help keep you safe and productive on the job. Part of that promise includes the equipment that you need to do the job once you reach the top of the tower. We’ve teamed up with Izzy so that you can know that you’ve got access to top-quality parts to use.

    Our selection of Izzy products includes Zip Ties, Compression Lugs, End Caps, and Heat Shrink, plus anything else that you could need while at the top of a tower.

    In Stock & Ready to Ship


     

    We understand that when it comes to tower consumables, you don’t always know what you need until a few days before you start the job. That’s why we keep most consumables in stock and ready to ship same day. Simply look for this Quick Ship Label to know if we’ve got the consumables you need in stock. For more details about what Quick Ship means and more information on our shipping policies, click here.

    If you’ve got any questions about our selection of tower consumables, or if you’re looking for something specific, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our selection of tower consumables.

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Tower Consumables: The Video


     

    Gear Up with Gear Experts: The Podcast


     

    We're also proud to announce Gear Up with Gear Experts® - A podcast dedicated to at-height, industry, and construction. Gear Up with Gear Experts® is available via your podcast listening platform of choice and in each episode, the hosts (Alex Giddings & John Medina) bring in a gear expert or industry leader to talk about gear, gear safety, tips, and tricks. To find out more about the show and sign up for alerts, head on over to gearexperts.com.

     

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