Thursday, July 12, 2007

stump versus truck

any guys out there who can agree with me that pulling tree trunks and bushes out of the ground with a truck is really fun? for some reason it's just so satisfying when your doing landscaping and stuff. spend 2 hours digging it out with a shovel...or....hook a good quality rope up to the trailer hitch, throw er in low 4 wheel drive, and pull her right out. i know it's totally redneck, but whatever, it's fun.

it's actually very strategic too. you see it's all about leverage. your rope has gotta have leverage on the tree. if it doesn't, then the rope will simply slide off and break free. your tires have to have leverage too. if you have 4WD and all 4 wheels on pavement, you have all the leverage you need. if the stump has really good leverage (deep roots), then chances are, something is going to break before the 4WD tires start spinning on pavement. my dad in law actually snapped a 5,000 pound capacity tow rope on one stump!!! but if your tires are in dirt or grass, all your leverage basically goes out the window! your pretty much screwed if you have a stubborn stump with the tires in the dirt. you can see how it quickly becomes a game between the stump, the man, the rope, the tires, etc etc etc.

let the games begin!


Blogger Paige Kearin said...

Hmmm... I am continually amazed at the power of testosterone. (Ok, I see how this could be fun for guys)

7/13/2007 12:40 AM  
Blogger Tim Halberg said...


I remember one of my neighbors doing this in the dirt... well, he overcame the lack of traction by utilize interia. Really fun to watch really.

7/20/2007 9:39 PM  

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