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cobra - worldwide

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The cobra -System


cobra is a dynamic tree support system specially designed
to be flexible and shock-absorbing. The system was conceived
in response to functional insights and scientific research
results. Based on these findings, the cobra system has been
perfected for successful use, down to the smallest detail.
Developed with practical scientific support for practical use, cobra has contributed to preserving
valuable trees inexpensively and safely. Precise
knowledge of a tree's vital needs played a decisive
role in design of the system. If the tree is to strengthen itself, a shock-absorbing unit, which can be integrated with a cable, will support compensating
growth by means of a defined, low-resistance oscillation. But even without the shock absorber, the
system is fully functional and flexible enough to
absorb and reduce impacts caused by oscillation.
Scientific control studies have shown the longevity
of the cobra system. Its strength decrease (under
2% per year) is recognized as acceptable by
scientists in the field. As a result, the system, if
installed according to specifications, should not
require replacement for at least twelve years.

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(German tree care standards), it is considered a single-component system because the traction is provided by a single, uninterrupted component.

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The cobra Variants - Assembly


The cobra crown stabilization system has been designed for
uncomplicated and safe use, which simplifies work procedures.
cobra plus 2 t

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Material: Monofilament polypropylene hollow cable, 14 mm, tensile strength 3.45 metric tons*,
ductile yield 7.5 % per metric ton
Creep behavior in tensile strength: Strength decrease in the range of < 2 % per year
Application:
a) As dynamic breaking-bracing system for branches up to 40 cm
b) As load-bracing system for branches up to 30 cm
(according to ZTV Baumpflege = German tree care standard)
Useful life: 15 years
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cobra plus 4 t

Material: Monofilament polypropylene hollow cable, 22 mm; tensile strength 6.1 metric tons*;
ductile yield 4.2% per metric ton
Creep behavior in tensile strength: Strength decrease in the range of < 2 % per year
Application:
a) As dynamic breaking-bracing system for branches from 40 to 60 cm
b) As static breaking-bracing system for branches up to 40 cm
c) As load-bracing system for branches from 30 to 40 cm.
(according to ZTV Baumpflege = German tree care standard)
Connecting crown with close surrounding trees
Useful life: 15 years

cobra 8 t

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Material: Monofilament polypropylene hollow cable, 28 mm; tensile strength 11.35 metric tons*;
ductile yield 2% per metric ton
Creep behavior in tensile strength: Strength decrease in the range of < 2 % per year
Application:
a) As dynamic breaking-bracing system for branches from 60 to 80 cm
b) As static breaking-bracing system for branches from 40 to 60 cm
c) As load-bracing system for branches from 40 to 60 cm.
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cobra ultrastatic

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cobra ultrastatic
Material: Dyneema hollow cable; 10 mm; tensile strength 9 metric tons**; ductile yield
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Special braid for quick splicing
Application:
a) As static breaking-bracing system for branches up to 40 cm
b) As load-bracing system for branches from 30 to 40 cm
8 times lighter than steel
* Important because crown stabilization is not the tensile strength of the individual components but instead is the carrying
capacity of the system as a whole. Any redirection of rope leads to a decrease in strength. With Cobra, neither quick splice
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** The collapse load is not the important factor with the use of Cobra Ultrastatic. Instead, it is the restraint of movement; as
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cobra Assembly
Practical tips on operation and measurements,
as well as training schedules.
The dynamic bracing
system reduces sudden
stress, thus preventing
branches from breaking
during storms and hurricanes. The static loadbracing system prevents
the branch from falling if
it breaks (see ZTV Baumpflege).

In the case of a loadbracing system, the height


is not as important as
ensuring that the cables are
as vertical as possible.

Assembly position
load-bracing system.

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Note: shock absorber


not used here

Optimum effectiveness
can be achieved by installing the bracing system 2 / 3rds the height of
the stem above the
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Assembly position
Bracing system

Triangular cabling system

Box cabling system

The ring bracing system


is usually sufficient.
A diagonal support need
be added only when
stems must be further
secured (for example,
V-forked branches), possibly without a shock absorber.

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Distance + 4 m (amount needed for assembly)

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70184 Stuttgart / Germany

Phone: (+49 711) 23 56 61


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