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  • Remove Bushes and Stumps the Easy Way with a Farm Jack (AKA Hi-Lift Jack)

    Excellent: Use of a blanket/s (or an old piece of carpet) as a damper to reduce the chance of injury should the cable or chain break, While I am familiar with the safety measure I did not think to include it.. I still would be cautious with the use of a Spare Tire.. for the reasons previously listed. I will toss a blanket on the next time I do it thank you.Brings to mind a saying,"All of us are smarter than any of us"This really is a pretty neat site..

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  • Remove Bushes and Stumps the Easy Way with a Farm Jack (AKA Hi-Lift Jack)

    I like the above technique when you cannot get a straight line pull with a vehicle.If you can there is another option.Materials needed.Good Condition Tow Chain15 or 16 inch rim without the tire.You only need to clear a small section so you can reach the lowest place on the bush.(The more you leave of the bush the better) Wrap the chain around 3-4 times and place the hook as close to the wrap as possible insuring it is catching the entire chain (don't just stick the end of the hook in a loop).Use a piece of Parachute cord to secure the hook in place to prevent it from coming loose,Now lay out the chain in a straight line to your truck/tow hitch attach it and with a parachute cord tie it in place.Place the Chain over the Rim and push it as close as you can to the bush.Now insure everyone ...see more »I like the above technique when you cannot get a straight line pull with a vehicle.If you can there is another option.Materials needed.Good Condition Tow Chain15 or 16 inch rim without the tire.You only need to clear a small section so you can reach the lowest place on the bush.(The more you leave of the bush the better) Wrap the chain around 3-4 times and place the hook as close to the wrap as possible insuring it is catching the entire chain (don't just stick the end of the hook in a loop).Use a piece of Parachute cord to secure the hook in place to prevent it from coming loose,Now lay out the chain in a straight line to your truck/tow hitch attach it and with a parachute cord tie it in place.Place the Chain over the Rim and push it as close as you can to the bush.Now insure everyone are at least 3 times the distance of your chain away on the side from the vehicle not standing in front or behind.Have someone watching the bush and signaling you.Get in your vehicle.. take up the slack.. You only need to pull it a foot or so to break the roots free so there is no reason to move more than a a few feet. Bump your gas pedal and bounce the bush out.It may take a bit to get the hang of it.. But it works quite well once you get the hang of it.Lots of LucksW

    Yes the rims purpose is to function as a pulley and pull up like the Jack. So it has to be set upright or in a position to roll..I had rims laying around. I would not use a tire (such as a spare) the type of stresses induced (in a narrow area of the tire) are not of the type a tire is designed to resist and I see no sense in taking any safety related chances it might damage the tire in a way I cannot see.Because I have an engineering background I am a bit more safety oriented perhaps.. That is why I said bump not jam on the gas and race across the street.There are always dangers when using significant forces and people need to be careful and act reasonably.. Be it with a Jack a Truck and a Chain or anything else. Plant root systems are designed to find water and resist wind roughly pa...see more »Yes the rims purpose is to function as a pulley and pull up like the Jack. So it has to be set upright or in a position to roll..I had rims laying around. I would not use a tire (such as a spare) the type of stresses induced (in a narrow area of the tire) are not of the type a tire is designed to resist and I see no sense in taking any safety related chances it might damage the tire in a way I cannot see.Because I have an engineering background I am a bit more safety oriented perhaps.. That is why I said bump not jam on the gas and race across the street.There are always dangers when using significant forces and people need to be careful and act reasonably.. Be it with a Jack a Truck and a Chain or anything else. Plant root systems are designed to find water and resist wind roughly parallel to the surface so their ability to resist vertical forces is limited. You know I tried to get something like the Brush Grubber.. It was a chain with spikes to grab the the brush limbs and a ring to cinch up tight.. I could not find one locally and there all around $100 or more online.I have found it takes a bit more time to get a solid bite into the base of the bush than I think it would with something like the specifically designed devices referenced above.. But then again I saved the $$ and the technique works..Be safe and have fun..

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