I have worked with tree tubes for more than 20 years, but every year I learn something new. That's why I love it so much.
Pre-threaded tree tube ties is a largely manual process that adds to the cost of production. Some forestry contractor customers had always told me that tree tubes with pre-threaded ties could be installed 20 to 30% faster than those whose ties need to be threaded in the field. One contractor had pin-pointed the difference to 22%!
For a long time I didn't believe them. I thought that there was very little difference in installation time between tree tubes with pre-threaded ties and those without. And if there was little to no difference in installation time, then pre-threading ties at the factory was an unnecessary added cost, right?
Wrong!! I did some time trials myself. Pre-threaded versus un-threaded, 100 tubes each. The time difference between the two? You guessed it: 22%. I learned a couple of big lessons in that field. #1: always listen to the guys in the field who install thousands upon thousand of tree tubes per year.
#2: Always offer the best treeshelter on the market, at the most reasonable prices. You might pay a little more for a tree tube with pre-threaded ties, but when comparing prices be sure to balances that slightly higher prices against the 22% savings in field labor you will realize!