June 14, 2016
A compact track lift from Teupen can help tree care professionals do more than reduce time and costs on a job. It can also reduce the physical toll on climbers. Just ask a professional arborist.
"During my career I've climbed almost 1,600 trees with a harness and spikes," says John Booth. "I've used all the climbing assist tools out there, every one. Even so, the risk, the natural abuse and the wear and tear on my body were unacceptable, and the exertion and exhaustion were getting to me. I owed it to myself to invest in a compact lift. And I'm happy to say I haven't climbed a tree since."
Booth recently purchased Teupen's CANOPY® Series TC69A model for his company, Creative Tree Solutions, based in Atlanta, Georgia. He had operated other tree care equipment over the years, from bucket trucks to competitors' compact lifts. But once he took a Teupen machine for a test drive, he knew he'd found the ideal solution.
"I needed a safer, more efficient and more user-friendly method to access the canopy for trees-trims and removals," he explains. "I saw a Teupen lift in a magazine ad, and that was enough to spark my interest. Now I have access to 75 feet of canopy and the ability to navigate the narrowest of commercially produced gates. Best of all, riding in the two-man basket completely eliminates the wear and tear of climbing."
Booth has made the most of his Teupen lift for a variety of projects working around utility lines, reaching high limbs and rolling through fence gates as narrow as 36 inches. "I can work longer hours and it feels like less, because the physical strain is greatly reduced and I can be more productive with every minute," he says. "For example, setting rigging lines is no longer a trial-and-error exercise in patience. Now I simply swing over to a limb via the 360-degree turntable design, and boom, I'm there."
Such precision is a major differentiator for Booth. He says his experience with bucket trucks is very different than operating a Teupen lift. "With a bucket truck, you usually have to park on the sidewalk and hope that the reach is sufficient. My Teupen lift allows me to get right next to the tree, so I maximize 90-95% of its reach. It's just a smarter way to work."
Booth says he's not the only one impressed by his recent acquisition. "I get an audience wherever I go," he explains. "Homeowners, contractors and property managers stop and stare, and give compliments and ask questions about my machine. They're amazed by its easy access, high reach and low weight it can do the job within a surprisingly small footprint."
Naturally, the proper training was essential to Booth's ability to hit the ground running. He says his Teupen account representative provided not only comprehensive training, but outstanding support after the sale. "The response time is excellent and my questions are answered immediately," he says.
Booth adds that efficiency is the real value of a Teupen compact track lift. "It's lighter than a Bobcat, more effective than any bucket truck, and cheaper than a bucket truck as well," he says. "With Teupen, you simply get more bang for the buck."
Comments like John Booth's are very gratifying to everyone at Teupen, because we work hard to give our tree care clients the tools they need to do their jobs safely, efficiently and cost-effectively. To learn more about the compact aerial lifts designed specifically for superior tree care performance, please get in touch with us today.