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Re: Any good "log tongs"
« Reply #20 on: February 03, 2023, 02:06:39 PM »
Do you guys find the paint you're using to stay on choker chains ok?  I've already managed to waste precious time searching around for where I laid mine a couple times.  I've got blue marking paint-it's the right shade-but probably not a durable paint.

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« Reply #21 on: February 03, 2023, 02:42:28 PM »
If anybody that has used or has railroad switch tie tongs they can tell you how good they work
They work great for switch ties and when using both hands. Not so great for logs if wanting to move with one hand. Also much heavier to carry along with, and do not fit into a scabbard or holster. just sayin... bottom line, "not so good".  ;D
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Re: Any good "log tongs"
« Reply #22 on: February 04, 2023, 10:00:48 PM »
Here's the wrap-up;. Sent the very nice looking but nonfunctional Fiskars back and ordered a Husqvarna off eBay.  I thought I was getting new, but it showed up as used, but fine condition.  Oddly, it too seemed like it would likely not work, in that hinge action is stiff, not loose or dangling.

Tried it out though in my plantation thinning yesterday and it does close on the size stuff I'm dealing with.  I don't know if I got the bigger one or the 8-incher, probably the latter, but seems fine.

Later down the road, subsequent thinnings will be fewer, larger trees, and this thing won't matter, but for now, should help a bit.
The action will loosen up after you have used it a bit. I occasionally hit mine with a shot of WD40 or some silicon lube till they loosened up a bit.

To find what size you have, measure the distance between the tips when fully opened. Also, you probably will have a tough time fitting two hands on the handle of the 8" model. THe 12" has a bit longer handle.

You may need to sharpen the tips on occasion if you are regularly grabbing harder, smooth-barked species (like Beech). I probably only have to touch mine up once every couple years or so, but it will vary depending on how heavily you use them.
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Re: Any good "log tongs"
« Reply #23 on: February 04, 2023, 11:43:55 PM »
Hi John.  Used em a bunch today.  Seems like I'll tend to pick up an end of one of these larch poles with grabber and then use grabber plus other hand to move stick..  It helps out.  It's just to position long pieces for snaking out of plantation situation.   The rate these trees are growing at, by next thinning all will be beyond the size where such an item will have much use, I think.

By then though, all the thousands of pine and spruce will be ready for thinning.  I'll still be able to use it there.💪
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Re: Any good "log tongs"
« Reply #24 on: February 05, 2023, 12:13:28 AM »
If anybody that has used or has railroad switch tie tongs they can tell you how good they work
They work great for switch ties and when using both hands. Not so great for logs if wanting to move with one hand. Also much heavier to carry along with, and do not fit into a scabbard or holster. just sayin... bottom line, "not so good".  ;D
I was looking at it from a two hand perspective. I know what they can do. Ive got two of them and I can pull some big boy logs. Definitely agree about using one hand with them wouldnt work so good. I suppose the one hand model would be good for hand pulling little stuff. But if thats the case you might as well move by hand.
Like I said for moving bigger logs Ill put the tie tongs up against anything! I can pull big boy logs by pulling myself or two people. Or standing in one place reaching forward and pulling the log in place. At various locations on the log for leverage.

Plus they are strong enough I could throw a chain on them and pull with a machine if I was feelings like a runt

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Re: Any good "log tongs"
« Reply #25 on: February 05, 2023, 12:24:43 AM »
Actually a good idea for you if you want the best of both worlds would be to get a pair like Logrite has and you could use your machine with chain, or winching, or take a short chain and small T pipe with hook and pull by hand alone or with two people

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Re: Any good "log tongs"
« Reply #26 on: February 05, 2023, 12:31:00 AM »
As far as the one hand models go it looks unhandy and awkward to use the way you pull with the handle. Especially if you loose your grip. 

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Re: Any good "log tongs"
« Reply #27 on: February 05, 2023, 12:33:50 AM »
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But if thats the case you might as well move by hand.

Not so true. Picking up a small diameter "log" (3-8") by one hand to move it or drag it a few feet is not very possible, but a completely different game with a one-hand log tong that is being discussed in this thread. Much better control and much easier on the back. And a real benefit is when there is snow and mud on the wood, as the tongs keep the gloves much drier.
There is of course a limit to the size of material that can be moved both by hand as well as with the one-handed log tongs. The tongs' limit is much bigger than by hand.
Even moving branches that are locked into each other are easier to snake out with the tongs. Picking and tossing firewood bolts can also be done with the tongs, and with much less bending down so far to reach the wood.  

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« Reply #28 on: February 05, 2023, 12:36:54 AM »
You got some good points Beenthere! I might have to get a pair of the one handed ones! Plus Im the type of guy that cant stand bending over or working off the ground and will take a portable pop up table anywhere to do work that could be done on a table instead of the ground 

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« Reply #29 on: February 05, 2023, 12:51:27 AM »
Hey Beenthere! Great video you shared!! Definitely look handy! And compact for sure. 

Now who makes the best one?? Anybody have the log ox one ?

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« Reply #30 on: February 05, 2023, 12:54:55 AM »
Have also the hooks connected with the water hose (shown in light green) and find them very useful to pick up the 18" firewood for setting on the splitter. 
For tossing wood with the tongs, I turn them 180 and find they release the wood better than the "wrist flicking" shown in the video. 
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Re: Any good "log tongs"
« Reply #31 on: February 05, 2023, 12:58:02 AM »
Beenthere what ones do you have?

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Re: Any good "log tongs"
« Reply #32 on: February 05, 2023, 02:12:22 AM »
For moving bigger stuff, I've got an old can't hook.  It's ancient but works ok, handle's a little short.  Might make one-have nice 5-ft or so piece of oval pipe, and the steel swivel bracket from an aluminum storm door hydraulic cylinder mech, just need to figure out what to make the actual hook part out of.

Or maybe just get a nice logrite one sometime.  It seems I've got it covered for now.  
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Re: Any good "log tongs"
« Reply #33 on: February 06, 2023, 10:46:18 PM »
Anybody have the log ox one ?


I tried a friends log ox 3 in 1 tool: tongs, Cant Hook and timber jack. I did not like it. The tongs were longer, which meant a bit less bending over than my Husqvarna tongs (but the Husqvarna tongs are already a lot less bending than using your hands). The extra length is a disadvantage for things like putting log rounds up on my splitter (25" working height). I also found them awkward to use in the woods, and definitely not something I could put in a belt holster (which for me means I'd constantly be leaving them somewhere in the woods, then have to waste time retracing my steps to find them.) Some folks really like them, but they are not for me. I prefer the tongs like the Husqvarna and a dedicated LogRite Peavey for when I need to do that kind of work.
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« Reply #34 on: February 07, 2023, 12:20:51 AM »
Anybody know, what kind of steel that is in tongs like the Husqvarna, Fiskars, etc?  Talking the actual hook part.
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« Reply #35 on: February 11, 2023, 10:34:47 PM »
Beenthere what ones do you have?
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« Reply #36 on: February 11, 2023, 11:05:23 PM »
Very nice! Im definitely going to get a set of them 👍
I did notice the good ones like yours Beenthere are made in Sweden have that type of hinge system like Ochsenkopf and the Oregon ones that look to be made by them in Sweden. Ochsenkopf Yellow ones and red for Oregon ones. Thats the ones I plan on getting. They do make two sizes. 

Also in the videos Ive seen it was unanimous that everyone preferred that hinge system over all others from grabbing to releasing logs to branches of all sizes

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Re: Any good "log tongs"
« Reply #37 on: February 11, 2023, 11:08:31 PM »
Ordered these from Woodmizer after I saw MM's post, they should work well on a good number of smallish ironwood trees that need to be thinned out. Made in U.S.A. and built stout, they will get a workout...



 

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« Reply #38 on: February 11, 2023, 11:28:26 PM »
Looks like a pretty handy system upnut 👍


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