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Tree Cutting With A Porta Wrap

Tree Cutting With A Porta Wrap

Updated: Feb 27

Tree cutting is a skilled profession that requires specialized equipment to ensure that the job is done safely and efficiently. One piece of equipment that is essential for tree cutting professionals is the Porta Wrap device, which we use here at Rope Access Technical Services.

What is a Porta Wrap device?

A Porta Wrap device is a type of friction device used in tree cutting operations. It is a small, portable tool that is used to control the descent of tree limbs and branches when they are being cut down. The device is designed to create friction on the rope or cable that is attached to the tree limb, which helps to slow down the descent and prevent the limb from falling too quickly or out of control.

Here you can see the rope being wrapped around the main barrel, called a bollard. By increasing the number of wraps around the bollard you will in turn increase the friction used.

How does it work?

The Porta Wrap device works by creating friction on the rope or cable that is attached to the tree limb. The device consists of two metal plates that are separated by a small gap. The rope or cable is threaded through the gap, which creates friction as the rope or cable is pulled through. The amount of friction can be adjusted by changing the angle of the plates, which allows the device to be used for a wide range of tree cutting operations.

Why is it useful for tree cutting?

The Porta Wrap device is useful for tree cutting for several reasons. First, it provides a level of control that is difficult to achieve with other tools. By creating friction on the rope or cable, the device allows the tree cutting professional to slow down the descent of the limb and guide it to a safe landing spot. This can help to prevent damage to nearby structures, as well as ensure the safety of anyone working in the area. Porta Wrap is also effective to anchor ropes for tight lines, it can be utelised as a progress capture for a mechanical advantage or to anchor a guy line or zipline.

Second, the Porta Wrap device is portable and easy to set up. This makes it ideal for use in remote locations where larger equipment may be difficult to transport. Additionally, the device can be used with a variety of different types of rope and cable, which makes it versatile and adaptable to different tree cutting scenarios.

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