I have mentioned our Weed Wrench in previous posts and found that there is a lot of interest in this great device. My husband discovered this tool one day about six years ago when he was researching the best way to pull out some small trees and large bushes on our property.
First things first: I am telling you truthfully that we are not being compensated for this post in any way by the Weed Wrench company or anyone who sells the Weed Wrench. It’s just that we like the device so much that I thought I would share it with you and show you exactly how it works!
The first thing you do is select your small tree or large bush to be removed. This oak is in the way of widening the road, so it will have to go. I have removed trees with thicker trunks than this one, but I chose this one for ease of showing you how it’s done. Once you have chosen your tree, make sure that there is a clear enough area around the base of the tree to get the jaws of the Weed Wrench around it. Lean forward a bit on the Weed Wrench and this opens up the jaws to it’s fullest. Ours opens it’s jaws about 2-1/2 inches. Now, with your foot on the front of the Weed Wrench, holding the jaws in place, start to pull back on the lever. You only need to pull a bit to cause the lever to clamp the jaws shut onto the base of the tree. Make sure you get a tight clamp at this point or you might just strip the tree of bark instead of pulling up the entire tree! Now, using your muscle and/or weight, pull back on the Weed Wrench using the horizontal bar in the back as a pivot. Be careful at this point because there have been times when I have had a stubborn root and the tree will snap before the root will let go, sending me onto my kiester! But, no harm, no foul. By the time the handle is near the ground the root will have broken free or is at least loosened. With especially long roots you may have to reattach the Weed Wrench and go through the entire process again. There it is – it’s that simple! No stumps left over to trip on or re-grow! The best part is that there is absolutely no digging! Just the clean removal of an entire tree. This works just as well on bushes but requires a bit of a different technique. When removing a bush the Weed Wrench can have a bit of trouble getting around the entire base of the bush, so a series of clamp and pull motions may be necessary. It’s also possible that you may need to trim a bush of some outer branches first so that the Weed Wrench can get a good grip with it’s jaws. But once the Weed Wrench jaws are engaged around a trunk, it’s usually a done deal!
This tool has been invaluable for Ray and I while widening our original road and cutting in another road on our future homestead. While Ray is chainsawing the larger trees and branches, I go behind and get the smaller trees and bushes. With this kind of teamwork, we get the job done in half the time! The only complaint I have about this tool is it’s weight. Holy Cow this thing is heavy! But, it’s heavy because it’s built to last forever!
So, there it is. One of our favorite tools. If you would like to look at their website (not sure if you can buy these in stores) you can go to http://www.weedwrench.com/weedwrench. There you can watch a video and also see the different sizes of Weed Wrenches available.
We highly recommend it!
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