Eastside Tree Works is excited to announce we have purchased a 40-ton crane and now offer crane tree removals for Seattle and the entire Eastside from Woodinville to Fall City to Auburn.
The first step is determining placement of the crane so there are no overhead obstacles. There needs to be a clear path for the cut pieces to travel from the tree to the designated landing area on the ground. Once an area is selected, the crane will be set up and leveled.
Next, the crew plans the removal strategy which includes plotting each cut and lift. To do this, they must consider the weight of each cut piece as well as the angle and growth pattern of the tree. A big leaf maple with branches spreading out horizontally requires a much different plan than an evergreen with branches that have a vertical growth pattern.
The climber secures the cable around the tree and to the hook of the crane before rappelling down to the first cut line. Once secured, the climber starts cutting as the crane operator applies the right amount of tension so when the cut is complete, the boom lifts the piece up and away while carefully maneuvering it to the drop zone.
The ground crew stands ready to unhook the piece from the cable and signals the crane operator to return the hook for the next cut. The hooking and cutting process is repeated until the tree is completely removed.
Meanwhile, the ground crew cuts up the sections into smaller, more manageable pieces or loads the larger sections onto our grapple loader log truck.
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Owning and operating our own crane puts us in a select class of full-service tree companies who offer in-house crane removals for trees located in hard to reach areas.
Contact Eastside Tree for your no-obligation free estimate on a crane assisted removal or any tree service that we offer.
It’s crucial for the crane operator and crew to have a well thought out plan as well as clear communication throughout the removal so they can work together without incidence.
All Eastside operators, climbers and ground crew use SENA communication devices while on the job. These are headsets with a mic built into their helmets along with hearing protection.
They are on a closed system so everyone can talk to each other freely during a job, even if there’s excessive noise from saws, chippers or trucks. Of course, everyone is also familiar with standard crane removal hand signals too.
Proper operation of a crane requires precision and skill. Therefore, our crane operator and crew have attended crane school and received extensive independent tree-specific crane removal training.
As with any removal, safety of our employees and customers is a priority. That means no short cuts. Strict industry guidelines are always followed during all procedures and while operating any equipment.
“Jim, the estimator, has a lot of experience plus was prompt and professional. He also did not overset expectations. The crew came onsite sooner than expected which was a pleasant surprise. They were friendly, competent and efficient.
I also appreciated that Ricky called the next day to check on whether I was satisfied with the work. I plan to use Eastside exclusively for all my tree trimming work.”
-Janet C., Kirkland