I was thinking about the treeMOTION after what I wrote the other day about colour coding.
I am always amazed by the number of treeMOTIONs I see when I am at a tree care event. It would appear that back when we were working on the harness design we got certain things right. Of course, when you are involved in such a project, you believe in what you are doing – or else you would have to ask yourself the question why exactly you were doing it – , yet ultimately it is the market and the end user that do the final validation of a concept.
Having said that, back in 2008 when we launched the harness, I would have never thought it would stand the test of time so well. Looking at it today, it remains a highly functional, well-adapted piece of kit that does what it is supposed to do really well. Admittedly not for every shape and size of body, but still a surprising number of people buy into the design philosophy behind the treeMOTION.
The other thing I was expecting was for it to be copied wholesale in a matter of a couple of years. Here again, that has not been the case. Maybe certain aspects were taken on board by other manufacturers, but that is a normal process where the way pieces of equipment are designed co-evolves in sync – until someone comes along and does something radically different.
The philosophy behind the features that make the treeMOTION distinctively different have proven to be well suited to tree work: the load distribution, easy customization, the front hardware configuration, replaceable wear parts or the colour coding.
As I said above, ultimately it is the people out there using the harness for their daily work who validate a concept, so I would like to take the opportunity to send out a big thank you to everybody who over the years has climbed a treeMOTION.