What Is an Increment Borer?


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An increment borer is a tool used to evaluate different aspects of a tree, including age and sound. Increment borers may also be used to detect pollution, signs of decay, chemical penetration and wood density.

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Increment borers are available in various sizes, core diameters and lengths to evaluate a variety of trees and wood. They are made of carbide steel. A borer should be 75 percent the diameter of the tree to be bored. Maintaining a sharp borer is critical to taking quality samples from the tree to be evaluated.There are three basic parts to the borer: the extractor, the steel shaft and the handle.

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