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]