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Woodchuck Timberjack? Any good?

Post in 'The Gear' started by scooby074, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. scooby074

    scooby074 Feeling the Heat

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    Are the woodchuck timberjacks any good? Im thinking about one to try and keep my cutting off the ground and save pinching my bar.

    Price is decent at $89.00 http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=70242&cat=51&ap=1

    I like the fact it has 2 feet, but wonder just how strong those feet are?

    Id like a Logrite ideally, but given my ongoing struggle to get my new Logrite Hookaroon (still waiting... 3 months later) I dont want to go through that again.

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  2. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    I think there have been numerous posts about this tool . . . have you tried a search to see if anything comes up . . . if not I suspect folks who use them or have tried them will be along shortly to post their feelings.
  3. scooby074

    scooby074 Feeling the Heat

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    I did a google search and read a few threads over on Arborist. They seem to be well liked, however some are recommending the Logrite over the Woodchuck. I had hoped to get the opinions of some of the regulars here.
  4. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

    I have used the LogRite version and it works well but constantly moving the tool after 2-3 cuts gets old. Also pretty limted to how much you can lift, works great for 18" and under however. For most of what I cut, cutting 7/8ths of the way thru and rolling the log works better/faster than anything else.
  5. thetooth

    thetooth Member

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    I have the Woodchuck quad . It is very well made and works well . Bailey's has the model you are looking at on sale for $79.00
  6. scooby074

    scooby074 Feeling the Heat

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    Do you find it frustrating, moving it multiple times? Or can you set it once in the centre of the log and cut in from both ends? The reason I liked the woodchuck was because with the 2 wide feet, it looked like you could get away with a single setup and cut a whole log...

    Baileys is out of the question for me. They are foolish on their shipping last time I called. (small item, $30 shipping, $30 brokerage) and they wont use USPS which saves a considerable amount when shipping to canada.
  7. Clarkbug

    Clarkbug Minister of Fire

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    I have the Woodchuck, and I really like it. Originally shipped without the feet, and one call to Woodchuck got them to my door next day with an apology letter. Great customer service.

    I use it mostly like a cant hook for rolling logs off of my pile, and the feet are good to use as an extra lever in that regard. The feet are pretty helpful for holding logs up out of the muck, and I have used it to hold an entire stick up without moving. Its not perfect, but it has been enough for me to keep my chain (mostly) out of the dirt.

    Some people prefer just a cant hook or the logrite, but it really depends on what your use for it will be. I give it a thumbs up!
  8. thetooth

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    You do have to move it some to cut up a log . I do like it better then trying to roll the log to cut it up . My back defiantly felt better after a day of using it .
  9. scooby074

    scooby074 Feeling the Heat

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    Picked up one of the woodchuck lifts... Im not sure its for me. For one it didnt seem to bite into and prevent the log from rolling while cutting. Im strongly considering returning it. Ill give it another day's work to see, but as of right now, im not that impressed.
  10. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    I had a useless wood jack that was in one of the barns for many years and it took considerable talking and prodding just to get rid of the worthless thing. Finally, I found success and a neighbor took it. Good ridance is my feeling.

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