Helicopter, air saw to be used for tree trimming

By KBJR News 1

Helicopter, air saw to be used for tree trimming

August 27, 2012 Updated Aug 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM CDT

De Pere, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) -- A helicopter, air saw will be used to trim trees along the Arrowhead-Weston transmission line corridor that runs from Wausau, Wisconsin to near Duluth.

The process will capture efficiencies along the transmission line corridor.

“The 220-mile length of this transmission line corridor allows us to capture efficiencies with the aerial saw, especially in areas of rugged terrain that are difficult to access with ground crews,” says Jerry Rhode, maintenance engineer for American Transmission Co. in De Pere.

Rhode adds that the helicopter and air saw can perform trimming in a few hours when ground-based crew might take several days to accomplish the same amount of work.

ATC performs routine vegetation management on its more than 9,440 miles of transmission lines in five-year cycles.