What is your favorite wood gathering tool?

lfunk11

Member
Jan 8, 2010
116
Morgantown, WV
Other than chainsaws and power equipment. I bought a hookaroon (I thought it was called a pickaroon?) this year. I have no idea why I never got one earlier. I literally get a little frantic when I don't have it nearby when moving wood around or reaching into the truck to bring rounds closer. What other fun tools am I missing out on?
 
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Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
17,996
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
Mingo marker. Every round is 16” long.

peavey for Rolling logs after cutting 2/3 through. As I get older, rolling the 3-4’ diameter 14’ long logs is more likely to hurt me so use the roller bar!

Never used a hookeroon.
 

ZZ Tom

Burning Hunk
Feb 3, 2014
109
SL,UT
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A couple years ago I bought a hand truck. I will often cut logs to length in an area where I can't get my pickup to like somebody's backyard. I also work alone most of the time. The hand truck lets me get them out without carrying them, lifting them into a wheelbarrow or bent over rolling them.
This year I bought some ramps from Harbor Freight. When the rounds are too heavy to lift into the truck, just roll em on up. The wife bought me a cant hook for my birthday. Shall be a lot easier to roll the logs for bucking.
 
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lfunk11

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Jan 8, 2010
116
Morgantown, WV
Tractor and Timberjack I have found the most useful. Wife drags em out of the forest to clearing I can burn the branches. Timberjack so I don't get dirt in the chainsaw. We had Cat Choker made up at place that services logging industry. https://www.westechrigging.com/wire-rope-logging-chokers.html
Yeah, I think I need a timberjack. I sort of knew about this but I always just rolled the logs by hand. This desk jockey's back is worth the price of a timberjack.
 
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peakbagger

Minister of Fire
Jul 11, 2008
5,633
Northern NH
My gas powered capstan winch and snatch blocks is bit of a PITA to set up but its real handy for getting logs moved to my landing. Given the terrain its either that or cutting the logs into rounds and throwing them.
 

TreePointer

Minister of Fire
Sep 22, 2010
3,108
PA
Pickeroon by far is my favorite firewood hand tool.

If you need to have measured firewood lengths, the Firewood-Buddy is another favorite. It's a fiberglass rod with a magnet on one end.
 
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John Galt

Member
Oct 22, 2019
64
W Montana
Mingo marker. Every round is 16” long.

peavey for Rolling logs after cutting 2/3 through. As I get older, rolling the 3-4’ diameter 14’ long logs is more likely to hurt me so use the roller bar!

Never used a hookeroon.
Is that Mingo Marker ok to use with a Cat?
 

David.Ervin

Feeling the Heat
Jan 17, 2014
276
O-H
Bobcat 463! Bring some chains and a strap if something needs drug out, carry the rounds to a more convenient splitting place, push over dead standing trees, park wherever you want...
 

St. Coemgen

Feeling the Heat
Feb 4, 2016
273
Hungary
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I assume you mean an "inanimate tool" and not a wood gatherer like my wife.... Because I would prefer my wife... :)

In the inanimate tool "only" case... a tractor (boring .. try to make love to a tractor) .

 

Nealm66

Feeling the Heat
Sep 25, 2020
264
Western Washington
I think my dump bed trailer is going to be my favorite for me. It’s a bigger gooseneck model and I’ve used it on some tree jobs. Not sure how much I can put unit but it’s way better than the old pickup with side racks
 

EbS-P

Feeling the Heat
Jan 19, 2019
381
SE North Carolina
I like my pulp hook. Kind of like a hookaroon but different ergonomics. Handle is perpendicular to the plane of the hook. Use mostly to move anything that I would have gripped with my hand, ie splits and small logs . I can throw pieces pretty far without much effort.

Forester New England Pulp Hook
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,775
Downeast Maine
Hookaroon/pickaroon is my favorite. I hate bending over to pick up firewood.
 
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johneh

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
3,125
Eastern Ontario
Back in the 80s, we had a matched set of heavy horses
They skidded out our logs. Left no mess just walking trails
Of course, that was before ATVs and the such were used in the bush
 
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Nealm66

Feeling the Heat
Sep 25, 2020
264
Western Washington
Back in the 80s, we had a matched set of heavy horses
They skidded out our logs. Left no mess just walking trails
Of course, that was before ATVs and the such were used in the bush
that’s really cool. An old guy told me they used a big vine maple for the tree to keep the pull even
 

Osage

Burning Hunk
Nov 3, 2011
242
kansas
Some tall side boards are pretty handy, for those who partake in the "scrounger lifestyle."
Is that an old Jeep? If so, not a better fit when out in the woods.
 

firefighterjake

Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
19,222
Unity/Bangor, Maine
ATV and trailer . . . allows me to get in close to the downed wood.
 
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Dataman

Minister of Fire
Sep 10, 2018
834
Newport, Wa
I just drag em out with cable. Lots easier than with bucket. Tried this years ago. We can get 4-5 trees at a time dragging em. Whole 75 ft of tree. We leave branches on so it does not tear up things on the ground so much. Besides if that chain breaks or gives way your looking at getting hurt or damage equipment. Cable with Logging Choker is easier, faster and lots safer. https://www.westechrigging.com/wire-rope-logging-chokers.html
 

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