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Safety Test for 2016 ART Spiderjack 3

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, April 18, 2017

ART have announced a 'Safety Test' for owners of Spiderjack 3 devices produced in 2016 with a serial number beginning 25.16… 

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Big Launcher vs Big Shot - NZ Gear Test

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, April 13, 2017


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Shizll Easy Balancer put to the test

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, April 08, 2017

Sam Turner, Lead Climber with Waitakere Tree Services has used the new Shizll Easy Balancer since the beginning of the year. Here are Sam's thoughts:  

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Two more 'firsts' for New Zealand tree climbers

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, March 30, 2017


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Mark Chisholm hosts arb event in Auckland

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, March 25, 2017


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Can the Petzl Zillon and ART Positioner be used in single-leg mode?

Richard Tregoweth, Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A technical question arose at the recent Wellington Regional TCC, leaving the Petzl Zillon and ART Positioner work positioning lanyards owners a little perplexed. 

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Safety recall for Rock Exotica Enforcer

Richard Tregoweth, Saturday, December 17, 2016

Rock Exotica has issued a product recall for the Enforcer load cell. The swivel eye on some Enforcers may not be secure and in certain conditions might unscrew. Modifications to the device will improve the security of the swivel eye. 

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SpiderJack 3 and RopeGuide TwinLine: an update with Hubert Kowalewski

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Hubert Kowalewski, owner of Advanced Ropeclimbing Technology, or ART for short recently announced the development of the SpiderJack 3 and RopeGuide TwinLine. Unfortunately, the launch date for delivery has changed several times, causing some concern with ART enthusiasts. Hubert talked with Treetools about the delays and provided some background to the improved features of the new devices. 

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Reverse thinking: top of the tree rigging friction

Richard Tregoweth, Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Top of the tree friction tools are relatively new to arboriculture. David Driver of X-Rigging fame introduced the concept, and Kevin Bingham further expanded the idea with the Rig'n Wrench (DMM Pinto Rig attached to a Rope Wrench used for light rigging). 

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Taranaki Open Tree Climbing Competition – fun-for-all

Richard Tregoweth, Thursday, January 21, 2016

At the end of the day Michael Mortensen, a tree climber from over Bay of Plenty way, swung open the bin door and clambering onto the back of a conveniently parked truck. A loud whistle caught the attention of the climbers, gathered for the prize giving.  

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