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winchman
01-14-2014, 11:36 PM
Like this:
http://www.drpower.com/productimages/image.axd/i.29752/w.515/h.515/brush+grubber+xtreme_r.jpg

Would that be any better than wrapping a choker chain around the sapling?

LKeithR
01-14-2014, 11:47 PM
...Would that be any better than wrapping a choker chain around the sapling?

Can't imagine how it would be any better--more likely to slip, in fact. Just another "gadget" designed to "lighten" your wallet...

gambler
01-14-2014, 11:54 PM
Ive tried doing it with chains, they start to ride up under load as the tree bends. I think it might work better.

C_lazy_F_Guns
01-15-2014, 12:42 AM
Properly rigged chain works well. Not a choker but go around at least twice and dead hook it short so none of the loops can get bigger. I’m sure this would be a lot faster and being similar to a plate clamp for lifting steel I bet will hold better than you’d think.

Black Forest
01-15-2014, 01:11 AM
Pulling saplings is difficult because your chain doesn't have a lot of place to grip the trunk. I haven't used the device in the picture but I can see it might have a lot of benefit because of the teeth on the jaws. We use chains that are specially made for gripping the tree trunk. The chain links are made from square material instead of round. Helps for sure but not ideal.

WhatTheFlux!
01-15-2014, 01:28 AM
What is the advantage of this as opposed to just chainsaw-murdering it?

lakeside53
01-15-2014, 01:57 AM
You get the roots. Many trees will grow back with vengeance from a flush cut stump.

mike4
01-15-2014, 03:17 AM
get an excavator with a ripper tyne on the boom it will take about five minutes per sapling and can even tear up the roots .

If you cut them off with a chainsaw apply some strong glyphosphate directly on to the stump , may have to repeat several times but they will die.

Michael

Rosco-P
01-15-2014, 08:53 AM
What diameter are the saplings? A weed wrench works well on scrubby growth up to about 2" Easy to make/copy once you've seen one and entirely man powered.

firbikrhd1
01-15-2014, 09:20 AM
You get the roots. Many trees will grow back with vengeance from a flush cut stump.
Tordon will solve that problem.

Abner
01-15-2014, 10:51 AM
I think a cable choker or a chain with a grab hook will work fine. The problem(s) come once you get the tree to lay over.

It doesn't show how long the spikes are.
We don't know how thick the bark is.
We don't know how big of trees and species.
My experience pulling 15" 50-60' Alders including the stumps - pulling it over is easier than pulling it out, but it can be done.

What are you going to pull it with?

Ian B
01-15-2014, 11:04 AM
You're planning pulling the trees out with the drawbar of a tractor, or a winch? If that device slips off under load, it would give you an awfully hard smack in the back of the head! At least loop a safety chain around the tree, hooked to the 2 handles.

I use a chain with a steel ring on one end. Wrap the chain 2 or 3 times around the tree, run the end through the ring and it tightens up without slipping. I either use a tractor, or pull it with the arm of my Atlas excavator (16 tons) - even 12" diameter trees just pop out.

Ian

lwalker
01-15-2014, 11:15 AM
Yeah, I googled Weed Wrench (http://www.weedwrench.com/weedwrench/#nogo). That guy is seriously pissed off about something


What diameter are the saplings? A weed wrench works well on scrubby growth up to about 2" Easy to make/copy once you've seen one and entirely man powered.

928gene928
01-15-2014, 11:30 AM
I think the best solution is using a wire rope sling, using two wraps and a choker.

Rosco-P
01-15-2014, 11:51 AM
Looking a the device in the original post, it seems to be little more than a pallet puller. Greater success would probably be achieved if you pulled the trees up and over using a truck rim.

krutch
01-15-2014, 01:50 PM
We used a wire cable to pull multiflora rose bushes on the property when we first bought the place. Made a loop around the bush and used a F-20 Farmall tractor for power. Cleared off 20 acres that way. Can't say how large any saplings were we pulled as that was more than 40 years ago and I was a kid and didn't notice those details.

paulsv
01-15-2014, 02:03 PM
I have one, and am very satisfied with it. I was amazed at how well it held. I have used it on several 2" to 4" saplings, and on the roots of two climbing rose bushes that were 4 or 5 inches in diameter. I've never had it slip yet.

duckman
01-15-2014, 05:37 PM
I also have one and love it , I welded a hook onto my bucket with about 2' of chain on the grabber , lift , then rock tractor back and forth while lifting tada done. Prongs are about 3/4" long 6 of them mounted on swivel pads , the harder you pull the tighter it gets.