/ which tree pulling tools? #21
I made an inverted `T` frame out of a scaffold pole and some bottom link pin I got off Ebay. I had some hedging to pull up that had been established for 30 years plus. The way my system works with my little Iseki tractor, I lower the draught arms, and reverse to get as close to the base of the hedging as I could. Then I wrap the chain around all the stem trunks, and feed the end of the chain through the `D` shackle, and pull it as tight as I could get it. The chain is then wrapped one turn around the bottom bar of the `T` frame, and a link of the chain locked between the two pins I welded on the bar. Back on the tractor, and lift the arms. This method pulled up about half of my hedging with no problems. To help with the stubborn ones I used to reverse at the same time as lifting. Also by slowly going forward whilst lifting, would make some of the most stubborn critters let go. A word of caution though, some times my front wheels of my tractor would lift off the ground when lifting, even though I have a FEL, and more so if lifting and going forward. Another thing I found was the first chain I had, used to keep breaking when working hard. It got shorter and shorter until I had to go to my shed for another chain. The fresh chain looked exactly the same, same size, but the fresh chain has never looked like breaking. Lesson learnt, some chains are rubbish. My thinking was, that I didn`t want to spend a lot of money on a puller, that might be used for a while and then spend the rest of its life rusting in the shed. Also, my little Iseki only weighs just over half a ton, there would be no point fitting a big unit on it.