First time I tried using a pulp hook I didn't like them. The young and stupid in me could bend down and pick up a piece of wood much faster. Now that I'm not so young anymore I have found that it is very nice to be able to pick up a piece of wood without bending over. They are also great for pulling cuts out of the woods. Makes wood retreival much easier. Wack one into a log and instant handle. You can drag out the piece of wood without needing to grip the log.