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|Q.||Hello, I was watching tree trimmers cutting limbs over my power lines (nothing I would do) at my house, and they were using a throw weight on a throw line. The technique they used was holding a line slack between their hands, then pulling their hands apart, and the throw weight with the line went shooting out 50' or more to the branch they wanted to secure. It took them a few tries to get the right limb, but each time they just pulled their hands apart and that line went shooting out like a bullet. I have plenty of dead trees on my property and would like to purchase from you a throw weight and throw line, but I'm hoping that you could explain how they shot out the line the way they did. Is it common practice for arborists to use this technique? Do I need something else in addition to the weight and throw line to do this? Thanks, Bill|
|A.||There are two great sources for throw line techniques. The most complete would be item # 18724, "Jerry Beranek's Working Climber - Series One" which dedicates an entire DVD of the 3 included on throw line techniques. The second would be the "Tree Climbers Companion" which a great little book which will give you the the basics of most climbing techniques and equipment, item # 17371. It is possible the climbers used something like the Big Shot, item 21430, which is a sling shot made specifically for throw lines.|
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|Posted by: Bill B from MI on 11/13/2009|