May 25, 2022 4 min read
Pulling stakes are a usually risky job for a person to pull off.
According to the BLS, about 53.5% of all worker injuries are to the back and neck. This is almost always because of lifting injuries, and pulling a stake from the ground (no matter the material) is no exception.
The perfect way to do this difficult task is to employ a stake puller.
Instead of answering only, “what is a stake puller,” it’s more beneficial to go over some popular types of stake pullers while we’re at it.
Stakes are meant to go in the ground and not come out, so you need a pretty robust tool to remove them. Sometimes they’re just in the way or placed improperly, after all. Without the right tool to pull them out of the ground, it can prove difficult and dangerous.
There are concrete stake pullers, tent-stake pullers, stake pullers for steel rods, flat-bottomed stake pullers, and even ones with cams on the bottom.
Most stake pullers are named after what they remove, making it easy. Some even have a 16-to-1 mechanical advantage, making you 16 times stronger than you would be by yourself.
No matter the material, whether it’s wood, concrete, or steel in the form of U-channels, signposts, or tubes, there’s a stake puller to match your needs.
Most of the stake puller devices you’ll see use simple leverage. Don’t let the simplicity of the method fool you, some stake pullers are masterfully designed for maximum leverage while making them lightweight and easy to use.
For most stake pullers, what really changes is the size of the mouth of the puller or the shape. As you pull toward you and down, the stake puller redirects the force upward.
For example, on rebar stake pullers, the mouth is usually circular and bites into the steel as you pull down. Lifting back up on the lever handle disengages the bite and lowers the mouth back to the initial position, ready for another pull.
In general, the motion requires little effort and works on all but soft earth-like sand. In which case, you’ll have to use some wood or sheet metal up to the task to distribute the force.
All-in-all, it’s less expensive or complicated than hiring a bobcat or other heavy machinery to pull a simple stake out of the ground.
JackJaw® 200 Concrete Stake Puller easily pulls ¾” and 7/8” form stakes used in concrete applications, “T” posts, and string line stakes. This taller model (29” tall) allows you to pull stakes without bending over. JackJaw® concrete stake pullers pull stakes straight up out of the ground without bending them or breaking the fresh concrete, even when the stake is flush with the top of the form. A 50lb push on the handle generates a massive 1050lbs of gripping force and a 450lb upward breakout force on the stake.
JackJaw® 301 Tent Stake Puller is a popular model that can safely remove 3/4 to 1 1/4 inch tent stakes or rebar from any surface. One of the advantages of a stake puller like this is that it can lift stakes without bending them, and it doesn't damage the asphalt or any other surface on which the stake is placed. A 600-pound downward force on the handle produces a 1600-pound upward force, as well as a 3200-pound gripping force on the concrete in this model. When pouring concrete during a job, a stake puller is used.
JackJaw® 201 Wide Flat Stake Puller easily pulls wide flat stakes used in concrete applications. This taller model (29” tall) allows you to pull stakes without bending over. JackJaw® wide flat stake pullers pull stakes straight up out of the ground without bending them or breaking the fresh concrete, even when the stake is flush with the top of the form.
JackJaw® 250 Wood Stake Puller and post puller offers a quick and healthy solution for the removal of wood stakes and posts. The JackJaw®250 easily pulls wood stakes from 1” x 1” to 2" x 4" used in concrete, construction, and farming applications.
JackJaw® 302 Tent Stake Puller, with an adjustable base, is the fast, easy and safe way to pull 3/4" to 1 1/4" tent stakes or rebar. This tent stake puller prevents bending the stakes and damage to asphalt by pulling stakes straight out of any surface.
JackJaw® 308 Small Tent Stake Puller is the fast, easy and safe way to pull small (3/16" to 1") tent stakes, rebar, or ground rods. Looking for an efficient tool to aid in the removal of ground rods, rebar or small tent stakes?
JackJaw® 350 Wood Stake Puller offers a quick and healthy solution for the removal of wood posts and stakes. The JackJaw®350 easily pulls wood stakes from 1” x 1” to 2" x 4" used in concrete, construction, and farming applications.
Stake pullers will save your back or the backs of your laborers. Enjoy quick and easy stake removal. Not only that, but it’s quite entertaining to watch.
JackJaw® pullers are manufactured by Construction Accessories, Inc. in Waynesville, Ohio.
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