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Pole Gaffs or Tree Gaffs for the novice???

Discussion in 'Arborist 101' started by PlatinumGroup-CHASE, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. PlatinumGroup-CHASE

    PlatinumGroup-CHASE ArboristSite Lurker

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    Hello everyone! So i plan on leaving the ground soon and start climbing with gaffs (oldschool i guess). My question is Pole or Tree Gaffs. I work in Northern New Jersey and Southern New York, so its a lot of Maples, Poplar, Tulip, Cottonwood, Pines, Oak and Black Spruce. Im a little confused on the differences in gaffs and read lots of mixed stuff on each type. Any help would be really appreciated. Also, I'll only be climbing twice a week, so how important is upgrading saddle and spurs from a basic Wesspur Beginner kit?
     
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    Get tree gaffs. You might not like pole gaffs in pine. The only thing I don't like about tree gaffs is I can't sink them in hardwood, which is mostly what I climb. You get used to it though.
     
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    Thanks! Any particular brand?
     
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    I use Buckingham steel replaceable tree gaffs with aluminum caddy pads. Seems alot of people love the gekos and edlrid too. They are pricey though. Get the best you can afford with the best pads. Good pads are key.
     
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    X2 on the caddy pads. Really night and day from the L shaped ones.
     

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