The Weed Wrench

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 The doomed oakyour 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 Getting The Jaws Aroundyour 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! Setting the Jaws  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 100_4773have 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 The final push downhomestead.  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.   The result

We highly recommend it!

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16 thoughts on “The Weed Wrench

    • Yes, they are very handy! I believe the Weed Wrench website even sells used ones! Thanks for stopping by. Vickie

    • Hey Ken – great to hear from you! Yes, it works really well! Would you like to come up to our property and try it out? We have a couple (hundred) of trees that need to be pulled! Hahaha! See you next month!

    • Absolutely, one of the best tools we have for preparing our land as a homestead. Best part about it is that it doesn’t need gas or oil or propane! Thanks for reading my blog, Wendy. I really appreciate it!

  1. What a cool tool! I wished I’d have had one of those when I lived on the farm in Michigan! Just stopping by from the Say it Saturday Linky Party. Thanks for sharing!

    • Anything that the jaws on the WeedWrench can grip is fair game! You can even get underground vining things (think blackberries) by just following up the root and pull with the Weed Wrench, then choke up further on the root and pull again! Sometimes the root breaks before you can get all of it out of the ground, and sometimes this will land you on your behind if you are putting all your weight into it! Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. I will see you tomorrow. Vickie

  2. Wow! I’ll have to share this with Dearest – we do a lot of back breaking work to remove unwanted trees – I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

    • Kathy – be sure to check out their website! There are a couple of videos that show you how it’s done. It’s surprising what I can do with it! I’m about 5’5″ and 132 pounds, give or take a little :), and I easily got the oak sapling in the picture. Pine and fir trees are even easier! Also, afer a good rain it is quite easy, but you may have to put a board or something under the pivot point if your ground is really soft. Thanks for having your blog hop – see you tomorrow! Vickie

  3. My wife has been anxious to get rid of our gorse for years. I’ve successfully been foot-dragging until this Thanksgiving weekend when we had beautiful weather and the grandkids were occupied. Knowing she wanted to do this, I rented a weed wrench from the City. I looked at it wondering if it would beat the pick and shovel method. I am truly impressed with it. It grips the root tightly and levers the roots loose. With a little tugging, out comes the root. I’ve tried removing gorse with a choke cable, but you’ve got to wrap the cable around the base which is not easy to do with gorse, then you’ve got to have a tractor to pull it out. Gorse is one of those plants with many roots. The weed wrench will pull one at a time. It’s easier than trying to wrestle a bunch at once. I didn’t make a ‘how to video’ but you can see the pile of gorse we pulled today.
    http://solarbeez.com/2013/11/29/how-we-spent-black-friday/

    • Good morning, Patrick! Thank you so much for letting me know how your work day went with a Weed Wrench! Don’t you just love them! I already took a trip over to your blog and I must say that I am very impressed! I already signed up to get your posts by e-mail! We are luck to have some native Orchard Mason Bees and want to begin natural beekeeping with honeybees also! I will be frequenting your blog in the future to gather more information as we start to build our hives. We also have lots of what I think were bumble bees, but have been told they are actually carpenter bees! Nonetheless – they look and sound like bumble bees and have thoroughly enjoyed my pole beans this past summer and fall! In fact, I am sure our abundance of beans was due to our bumble/carpenter bees! They were so gentle and never stung me, even though I was in the midst picking beans every other day! Funny story – One day I noticed that over the tomatoes there was a light auburn brownish colored bumble bee flying in a pattern back and forth over the tomatoes, back and forth, back and forth – for hours! The next day, there it was again! I googled and found out that it was a male and he had smelled the scent of a female at that spot and was just waiting for her to come back!!!! He was there for three days and then on the fourth – he must have found his female – because he was gone! 🙂
      Don’t you just love nature!

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