If you ever have a yearning to feel like Paul Bunyon, you should invest in a Peavey. It's a tool for maneuvering massive logs and because of the old-fashioned mechanical advantage it's about the most satisfying tool to use. They're technically called timberjacks, but Peavy is the "Kleenex" version (the company that everyone knows the tool by). But the nomenclature doesn't matter. Even if you call them "wood-handled, metal hooky thingies" you should still get one. If you're unfamiliar with the tool, you won't believe what you can do with them.
Getting back to the whole "name" thing, the stripped down version of the tool is actually called a cant hook and it's a sturdy handle with a massive, hinged fish hook attached to one end. To use it, open the hook hinge and put it around a log, then simply pull on the handle. The hook grabs the log and all of a sudden you have the strength of ten men and can roll the log with no problems (or well, a lot less problems than if you didn't have the hook.
But timberjacks add a piece and some cool functionality. On these there is a "T" shaped piece of metal opposite the hook that acts as a foot. So once the log is rolled, it goes up on the foot and is held. That way you can easily saw off sections and not worry about pinching the bar or accidentally sticking the chain into the dirt.
If I'm not making any sense at all, watch this video:
So for my current project, my neighbor Chris was been nice enough to let me use his Peavey and it's made my life about 1,000 times easier. Before he showed up with it, I was trying to monkey things around with a regular prybar and getting nowhere fast. The Peavey, because it actually grabs the log, gives way more control over what I'm doing and the fact that I can then use it to hold the log up off the ground is just great.
I highly recommend this tool to anyone doing substantial chainsaw work. The Peavey one costs about $80, which might seem like a lot, but a back strain costs a lot more. Some of the other brands are less expensive, but most are in the $50-$60 range at least.
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