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Arborist Rope Splicing Tools

Splicing arborist ropes is a fun and useful skill which allows you to make your own customer rope tools. 12-strand and double braid ropes are easily spliced with the appropriate tubular aluminum fids and fid pushers. Splicing 16-strand ropes requires a bit more effort, and that's where tools like the Brion Toss splice wand really shine.

We have created complete rope splicing kits for both 16-strand and double braid ropes. Check out our rope clearance page for discounted rope perfect for splicing project. You'll find free rope splicing instructions for Samson arborist ropes available to download.

Arborist Splicing Tools

Samson Tubular Aluminum Splicing Fids

1/4"
spl203
5/16"
spl204
3/8"
spl205
7/16"
spl206
1/2"
spl207
9/16"
spl208
5/8"
spl209
3/4"
spl210
7/8"
spl211
1"
spl212

These fids are designed to splice all Samson ropes according to their splicing instructions. Measurements are determined in “fid-lengths”, so you will want to purchase the splicing fid that corresponds to the rope diameter you are splicing. You will also want the appropriate fid pusher.

Samson 1 1/4” Aluminum Splicing Fid

Samson 1 1/4” Aluminum Splicing Fid

spl213
Arborist Splicing Tools

Samson Fid Pushers

Small (1/4" - 1/2")
spl201
Large (9/16" - 1")
spl202

Samson fid pushers are used in rope splicing to push the tubular fids attached to the rope through the rope to complete the bury, and also can be used to help extract core fibers when beginning the splice. Choose the size of fid pusher corresponding to the rope diameter you want to splice. Made in the USA by Samson Ropes for use with their rope splicing instructions.

Samson Splicing Kit

spl214

Chock full of useful splicing tools. Contains one small pusher, one each of 1/4”, 5/16”, 3/8”, 7/16”, and 1/2” aluminum fids, and instructions for splicing class I double-braid ropes according to the Samson instructions. A great way to save money if you want to splice a wide range of ropes from 1/4” to 1/2”. The splicing tools in this kit will be useful for splicing 12-strands like Tenex as well, up to 1/2” in diameter. We recommend picking up the Splicing Manual for full instructions.

Samson Fids & Pushers Kit (7/16” to 3/4”)

SPL230

This kit provides the fids and pushers needed to splice common climbing and rigging lines used in tree work. Includes Samson Small and Large Pushers, 7/16”, 1/2”, 5/8”, and 3/4” fids. These tools allow you to splice according Samson's proven rope splicing methods. You will want to also pick up some masking tape and a sharpie for marking strands.

Order this kit for the fids and pushers you need to splice the most commonly-used lines in arboriculture, and then head on over to our Samson rope splicing instructions page to download and print the free instructions you need to get started splicing, or buy the complete set of Samson rope splicing instructions in the durable Samson Splicing Manual below.

Samson Splicing Kit

Samson Splice Training Kit

spl216

Contains everything needed to learn to splice double-braid ropes; including pusher, fid, instructions, and 2 lengths of double braid practice rope.

Samson Splicing Manual

Samson Splicing Manual

boo158

This new, durable manual features user-friendly directions for the latest splicing techniques. A full-color Samson rope identification chart features 52 different ropes and their corresponding construction and class designation. 158 pages of 30 different splices grouped by 7 types of rope constructions. Laminated, fold-out cover. 159 pages, spiral bound, b&w illustrations.

Samson Splicing Kit

New England Ropes Splicing Kit

spl901

Comes with instructions and two specialized tools for splicing New England ropes according to their method.

Selma Splicing Fids (set of 5)

Samson Selma Splicing Fids (set of 5)

# SPL231

Polished stainless steel fids have a unique design with a catch on the inside, which grabs the strand and removes the need to tape the rope to the fid. These Norwegian-designed fids are popular around the word for splicing marine lines, and will work great on hollow braid 12-strand, double-braid, and 3-strand ropes.

This set of 5 Selma fids contains fids with inside diameters of 4.0, 5.5, 7.5, 10.0, and 13.0 mm. Each fid fits inside the next larger fid, making storage convenient and compact.

Yale Wire Basket Fid

Yale Wire Basket Fid

spl906

This new fid from Yale is designed to make splicing 12-strand hollow braids like Tenex and Amsteel Blue a snap. The wire basket on the fid works just like a Chinese finger trap: use your fingers to bunch up the wire basket, then slide the rope end in and pull. The basket closes on the rope, allowing you to easily complete the splice and bury. When done, simply bunch up the wire, and remove the rope. A great time-saver for anyone splicing 12-strand hollow braids up to 5/8” diameter.

Splicing Wand

Small (3/16" - 3/8")
spl101
Medium (5/16" - 1/2")
spl102
Arborist (5/16" - 1/2")
spl103
Large (3/8" - 3/4")
spl104
XL (3/4"+)
spl105

The Brion Toss Splice Wand makes splicing braided rope much easier than it is with conventional tools. Slide the tool into the rope, grab the end you want with the snare, and slide the tool out. Tool of choice for professionals. Instructions included with each unit.

Note: Arborist wand is extra-long (42”) to more easily perform splices on arborist ropes.

Brion Toss Splicing Tools

Point Hudson “Phid” (fid)

Small (5/16" - 5/8")
spl110
Large (3/4" - 1 1/8")
spl111

Splicing 3-strand rope has never been easier. Point hudson splicing phid for 3 strand rope from Brion Toss. This special fid makes a smaller hole in the rope than ordinary fids, for a fairer splice with no hockles or sliced yarns. Round and polished with no sharp edges, easier to enter, even into hard-lay rope. An absolute must for splicing Samson Tree Master!

Brion Toss Splicing Tools

Marling Spike

spl109

Traditional steel splicing tool helps separate strands while splicing. Insert the tool into the braid to lever it open. Can also be used to work apart tightened knots. 11” long.

Brion Toss Splicing Tools

Japanese Marling Spike

spl108

Smaller and more compact than the steel marling spike, this Japanese style marlin will be useful to many splicers. Sturdy 6” spike of best quality Japanese tool steel. Duck bill point for smooth insertion. White oak handle.

Sailmaker Needle

Sailmaker’ Needles

Small (2.75")
spl904
Large (3.5")
spl905

For whip-stitching a splice.

24-Strand Needle

24-Strand Splicing Needle

spl915

Hand-sewing needle for use in splicing 24-strand lines. 2.25" length.

Sailmaker Palm

Sailmaker’s Palm

Right Hand
spl902
Left Hand
spl903

Leather palm slips over the hand and puts the metal socket in the middle of the palm, so that this can protect the hand when the palm is used to push needles through a splice. Right and left hand versions.

Waxed Whipping Twine

Waxed Whipping Twine

3 lb. Roll
rop325
100' Hank
rop321

For whip-stitching a splice. Available in a 3 lb. roll, or in 100’ hanks.

Rope Thimbles

Round Plastic Rope Thimbles

1/2"
spl301
5/8"
spl302

Thimbles preserve more of the breaking strength of a rope when used with a knot or an eye splice by maintaining a large bend radius and protecting the rope.

Rope Thimbles

Teardrop Plastic Rope Thimbles

1/2"
spl303
5/8"
spl304
3/4"
spl305

Thimbles preserve more of the breaking strength of a rope when used with a knot or an eye splice by maintaining a large bend radius and protecting the rope.

Plastic Hi-Wall Thimble

Plastic Hi-Wall Thimble

7/16" - 1/2"
spl314

This plastic thimble has high sides to help it stay in place inside a spliced eye, with open edges to allow removal (tools required) after splicing if needed. Fits rope from 7/16" to 1/2". Not recommended for heavy-duty needs/rigging applications.

Rope Thimbles

Teardrop Metal Rope Thimbles

1/2"
spl306
5/8"
spl307
3/4"
spl308

Thimbles preserve more of the breaking strength of a rope when used with a knot or an eye splice by maintaining a large bend radius and protecting the rope.

DMM Steel Thimbles

DMM Steel Thimbles

6mm
spl913
8mm
spl914

Thimbles preserve more of the breaking strength of a rope when used with a knot or an eye splice by maintaining a large bend radius and protecting the rope. These steel thimbles from DMM are compatible with wire or textile ropes, have open-sided rope channels to allow for easy rope inspection.

Bulk Rope for Splicing

You may also want to check out our clearance rope or our full selection of arborist ropes.

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