Claw for pulling weed / tree roots?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by AlohaMowing, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. AlohaMowing

    AlohaMowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    In my area we have guinea grass that grows in clumps that can be up to a couple feet in diameter. Each blade of this grass is about 3/8" diameter and they can grow to 12' tall. I sometimes can wrap a chain with a slip hook around a clump and pull the entire clump out, but not always.

    We also have a constant problem with weed trees that sprout everywhere due to mynas scattering seeds. When these have a trunk 3-4" diameter I can use the chain to pull them, but smaller than that the trunk will break leaving behind roots that then sprout.

    I need some kind of claw that can be attached to a chain and will dig into the root system, like a boat's anchor digs into the sea bottom, and then pull out the entire root structure. Ideally there would be 2 claws separated 4 - 6" so it could straddle the small weed tree trunks. It needs to be pretty strong for the load I would put on it. I would pull either with my tractor or using a comealong. It needs to be pullable by the chain because often it is impossible to get the tractor closer than 10 or 15'.

    I have been unable to find anything for sale, and would prefer not to attempt to construct this myself if something is commercially available at a modest price.

    Anyone know of such a thing?
     
  2. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Silver Member
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    Northern tool has exactly what u are talking about. Not sure if there is one on the islands.
     
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  3. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Silver Member
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    So does forestry supplier in MS and they will ship anywhere.
     
  4. OP
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    AlohaMowing

    AlohaMowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks. The closest I see at those sites is a product called a Brush Grubber which is designed to grab the weeds or tree above ground, and does not dig out the roots. Perhaps I missed something on the sites, but I am still looking.
     
  5. sehitchman

    sehitchman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How about a (ATV Chisel Plow)
     
  6. OP
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    AlohaMowing

    AlohaMowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thought about that, but cannot always get the tractor that close to what I am trying to pull so I'm looking for something that can be attached to a chain and pulled from a distance.

    If I cannot find a ready made I am thinking of taking 2 wrecking bars and welding something on the straight end to attach a short length of chain between them, and then I could hook the long pull-chain to that short chain, spread the bars to a convenient width, and pull. I see a wrecking bar made by Stanley with a curve that wraps around farther than most -- probably about a 135 degree bend, so it should tend to dig into the root structure.
     
  7. sehitchman

    sehitchman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What about an old school soil Harrow. I have one made from an I-beam and it uses railroad spikes attached with U-Bolts, similar to what you see on baseball diamonds. You could also cut down ripper, but the problem is getting penetration when dragging remotely.
     
  8. sehitchman

    sehitchman LawnSite Bronze Member
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  9. sehitchman

    sehitchman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Or, get a BCS tractor, it would fit anywhere, and tons of attachments that will do what you're looking for.
     

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