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Here’s another one from the email pile: the JackJaw. Funny name aside, it looks pretty slick. As you pull on the handle, the mechanism tightens up two jaws to grab and pull stakes or posts with a lot more force than you can generate on your own. (The maker claims that 200 lbs. of force on the handle translates into a whopping 4,200 lbs. of gripping force and 1,800 lbs. of “breakout” force.) A large steel base plate stabilizes the whole thing.

They offer a ton of models, each designed for a specific application like concrete stakes, flat stakes, utility grid rods, tent stake, sign posts, and so on. They’re not exactly priced for DIYers, though: They start at around $300 and run as high as $550. They also offer replacement jaw sets and handles.

About the video: Yes, I think it’s funny, too. It could be about six minutes shorter and I can do without the didgeridoo music. But I posted it because it does show the tool in use, and that’s a lot better than me trying to describe it to you in detail.

The JackJaw [Corporate]

 

12 Responses to An Easy Way To Pull Stakes And Posts

  1. Toolhearty says:

    Yay. Four minutes into the video and they find a tripod to put the camera on.

  2. fred says:

    Can always try a chain and your excavator or backhoe – but here is another manual tool :

    http://www.hi-lift.com/post-popper/index.html

  3. Dave says:

    When you know, for instance, this one:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icicle_hitch
    and a little about leverage, you’d be amazed at what you can accomplish with a little rope and a prybar.

  4. Rick says:

    The 48″ 3 1/2 Ton Farm Jack for Harborfreight costs $45.00 and a short piece of chain is all you need.

  5. Gil says:

    I’m with Rick. A farm jack and choke chain is far simpler, and you can use it for other crap.

  6. dm says:

    the carnie’s world will never be the same.

  7. Mike says:

    Yes, a farm jack and chain might be simpler but not necessarily quicker. Definitely a consideration on some of the large tents that have dozens of stakes. And these sites don’t always have a backhoe, bobcat or forklift to do the job either. A farm jack and chain might not be easier either. Ever try holding the chain in place on a stake and the jack, while balancing the jack and trying to apply tension?

  8. Eric says:

    Don’t buy a harbor freight farm jack unless your doing very light work with it. They are dangerous enough without using a cheaply made one to amplify the danger factor. A real hi-lift jack isn’t that much more money.

  9. Brau says:

    Jeez that’s a bad video. 7 minutes to show what should have taken a mere minute. By the end I had lost any intrigue and was beginning to pick it apart for the odd way it forces the user to stand, along with the unwieldy “adapter” (which really should be called an extension).

    I do like the design but an adjustable length handle or foot bar seems to be needed and a pickle fork at the bottom would be preferred over that easily lost adapter.

  10. Mr. Man says:

    Oh how I miss the days of filled with rusty logging chain and broken bumper jacks..

    @ dm

    everyone knows carnies use elephants…

  11. Keith says:

    But I don’t work for a circus!

    Honestly, we use a t-post puller similar to the one in the second comment by Fred. They work quite well for $35.

  12. o1d_dude says:

    What Keith said.

    We just use a t-post puller to remove the posts we install at any of our functions. We use orange crowd control fencing to keep the spectators out of harm’s way and at the end of the day, we have to remove the posts before we leave the venue. The T-post puller is very inexpensive and simple to use.

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