In this day and age, most things we buy are either excessively complex, expensive or ineffective. More often than not, all three prevail. Though we wander through a technological miasma like lost lambs, still we search in vain to find those products that are simple to use and that solve a vexing problem. This ingenious tool does both, in spades.
I recently hired someone with a Fecon mulcher to shred up an acre of buckthorn, hollyhock, autumn olive and other invasives. I really thought this would solve our intractable invasives problem once and for all. No one mentioned, however, that the mulcher leaves the roots in tact and, worse yet, shreds all but the top half inch of the stumps. This guarantees that the invasives will grow back and, by leaving only a shredded crown barely above ground, removes any possible leverage for grubbing the stumps.
So, though I'd already been considering getting one for over a year, I ordered my Pullerbear a couple weeks ago. Like most people, I live a life rich in disappointment and regret, so it was with some trepidation that I unpacked the Pullerbear and took it outside for a test run. You'll be glad to know that, after about two minutes of use, my faith in humanity was fully restored. Three inch stumps, bearing almost nothing to grab above grade and anchored down with 6' long roots, practically leaped out of the ground. It took me longer to unpack the Pullerbear than it did to accomplish this small feat. I cannot overstate the profound joy this has brought me. It was all I could to do to keep from adorning myself with a sort of ritualistic necklace of slayed tree roots, caking my skin with terra firma and shouting a time honored battle cry whilst raising the Pullerbear above my head like a crazed warrior of the highlands.
As someone who has spent years destroying his body grubbing, digging and chopping, and as someone who takes inexplicable and unreasonable pride in unearthing stumps and rocks, this tool has brought me the kind of happiness that is (barely) rivaled by the birth of my children. I don't look forward to much these days, but from now on, I am sure I will awaken excited to remove stumps with the Pullerbear. My sincerest thanks for your contribution to the evolution and betterment of mankind.
I am looking for a good plant puller and the pullerbear looks like it might be a good product. I also usually like buying directly from small manufacturers because of the personal connection that often gets made. However, I am reluctant to make a purchase from a someone who is comfortable bullying and abusing anyone who has a problem with his products, who doesn't seem to care what he posts or how he demonstrates his disrespect for his customers because "there is no such thing as bad publicity." I am even reluctant to post this comment because I may become the target of Mr. Paisley's abuse but I think it's important to look at the business practices of a company I buy from and it appears to me that Pullerbear does not relate to its customers well.Company representative comment on August 25, 2017: On Aug 13, 2017 6:06 PM, Pullerbear Tree, Shrub, Brush and Weed Puller responded with:
This forum is for product reviews and "Poklar" is not a customer and has had no interactions with our company reps or our products.
On Aug 14, 2017 7:33 AM, Pullerbear Tree, Shrub, Brush and Weed Puller added:
It's unfortunate that this site allows unverified, anonymous users to post defamatory and uninformed comments. Poklar is not a customer of ours, has no other comments or threads and joined Dave's Garden moments prior to posting his/her negative "Product" review. Readers can take it for what it's worth. Life goes on...
Just so you know...you can't quit this site, all you can do is thank the positives and address the negatives.
On Aug 14, 2017 10:31 PM, Pullerbear Tree, Shrub, Brush and Weed Puller added:
Michael Jorgensen sent us this text on August 4th... "Can't tell you how much I love this thing, last month at my Washington home I must have pulled no less than 200 broom plants out, what a snap. Can't believe I haven't seen more or heard more about this amazing tool. Thanks again, you have saved me a lot of work and money."
...Thanks Michael, our pleasure.
On Aug 23, 2017 9:00 PM, Pullerbear Tree, Shrub, Brush and Weed Puller added:
I volunteer clearing over-gown parkland at one of our National Trust properties. We have a number of invasive plants that need to be managed â€“ usually by cutting and then applying a noxious herbicide to kill the roots. This past week, I took delivery of my Pro XL 321, and hey presto, this is a tool that does what it says it will. I like the ease with which it changes for different sized stems, and despite some of the plants having tap roots up to two feet long, none could resist the Pullerbear. I bought it to help with some woodland reserve that we will be moving to later in the year this also has its share of invasives, and these will be dealt with easily with this tool. If anyone asks from Bermuda if this deals with Mexican or Brazilian pepper, fiddlewood, sage, Chinese fan palms, Surinam cherry and other similar plants, the answer is an emphatic yes. Well done. A great tool, with my name on it as well!
Thanks and best regards, Jonathan Clipper ordered through Joshua Bate Trading, Bermuda.
On Aug 23, 2017 9:01 PM, Pullerbear Tree, Shrub, Brush and Weed Puller added:
Just wanted to drop you a line and say that I LOVE THIS TOOL Used it today for the first time and removed a huge patch of scotchbroom I had been trying to eradicate for the last year by using my stihl saws etc. The pullerbear is my new goto tool for removing invasives and scotchbroom.
Just wanted to say Thank You for creating such an awesome tool. You guys / gals rock!
On Aug 23, 2017 9:03 PM, Pullerbear Tree, Shrub, Brush and Weed Puller added:
I'm so excited about this product of yours and I've forwarded your website on to a few trail building buddies of mine. It's going to be a great tool and just what I was looking for!
Banner Elk, NC.
On Aug 23, 2017 9:04 PM, Pullerbear Tree, Shrub, Brush and Weed Puller added:
I just received my Pullerbear Pro XL and put it to work on countless, short buckthorn stumps. I am really impressed. I chose your product because I needed a puller that gripped short stumps. I've cut our
buckthorn for years with brush cutters and brush mowers which obviously leave a stump. I thought I would try the Pullerbear to achieve a more permanent solution. Buckthorn have a shallow root system so they are no match for the Pullerbear.
I only have about 100,000 stumps to go (slight exaggeration.)
Thanks for a great product
On Aug 23, 2017 9:06 PM, Pullerbear Tree, Shrub, Brush and Weed Puller added:
I just ordered my second Pullerbear.
Please add Marie Evans to my order for the Pullerbear Cub XL
I ordered your Pullerbear Pro a couple of years ago. It is fantastic. I have cleared numerous volunteer trees from my yard and fenceline and from another property with small maple trees everywhere. I decided we needed a smaller one for some cramped spaces and shrubby weeds. Can't wait for my new Pullerbear.
Best tool ever.
On Aug 24, 2017 9:15 AM, Pullerbear Tree, Shrub, Brush and Weed Puller added:
August 23, 2017
The tool came a couple days ago, and it's terrific!
On Aug 25, 2017 11:23 PM, Pullerbear Tree, Shrub, Brush and Weed Puller added:
August 25, 2017
I picked up my pullerbear on Thursday. As you thought, it did arrive that day. I had long ago picked out the first sapling it would be used on and intended to take it for its trial run that first day, but I got caught up doing lots of other things and didn't fit it in. So, Friday morning, I took it down and photographed before and after. It was a somewhat small beech sapling. It loosened on the initial try, but once I could see where the root was running, I got it in a better position to yank it out. Time: maybe 30 seconds, tops.
On my way back up to the cabin to get ready to leave for work, I decided to give my new pullerbear another test and latched onto a large sapling (close to fully opened, so about 3") and about 20' tall. I wouldn't have been able to budge it by hand (in fact, although I'm an expert sapling-puller, I wouldn't have even tried something that size). Well, I pulled and worked it a bit and within a minute, it was completely out. Then I took the little sapling beside it too (maybe 5 seconds), before heading back up the hill.
To say the least, I am fully convinced that I have made a wise purchase. I thank you very much for a superb product.
LindaBinMD Hughesville, MD (1 review) August 24, 2015
Posted on February 9, 2015, updated August 24, 2015
Posted on February 2, 2015, updated February 9, 2015 On February 9th, 2015, LindaBinMD added the following:
I’ve used my Pullerbear for two weekends now. My heavily wooded property is full of scrawny American hornbeams as understory to larger oaks and beeches. Before, I could hack out one or two unwanted saplings using a deep spade and mattock, but the process was extremely time-consuming. Worse yet, both my wrists (carpel tunnel) and arms (tennis elbow) would throb afterwards due to the jarring impact of hitting the ground.
Using the Pullerbear is great. There’s still some wrangling involved for wider roots, but for smaller starts it’s just like using a lever. The spindly trunks are held fast in the grip and the whole thing pops out of the ground by pulling down on the metal arm. I probably cleared 80 baby trees, allowing more mature trees to access sunlight and develop healthier canopies. I’m not a young woman anymore, so this new system is a vast improvement. I have four more acres to go, but look forward to greater access throughout my woods and greater plant diversity.
During my second weekend of use, I went after sassafras that I had cut earlier at the ground level: big mistake as this just causes multiple trunks through coppicing. Sassafras trees have extensive roots, but also a primary tap that meanders. I used the pullerbear to grab onto the roots after I had dug around the stump and eventually extricated a vast majority of the root system. I have not permanently installed a board at the clamping edge so that I can get into dug out spaces, thinking I would have less access if the board was permanently attached. I use a board to brace the lever action as the soil gets loose and friable after the initial pulls.
I just wish I had found this tool sooner. It is well worth the cost and the four week waiting for the shipment from Canada. It took longer to be delivered via snail mail than the time needed to manufacture. On August 24th, 2015, LindaBinMD added the following:
I now also have the smaller "Blackberry" Pullerbear, but the "teeth" of the part that grips onto the base of the plant are the same size as my longer Pullerbear. Young blackberries and brambles slide through, or worse yet, severe at the base. But, it is significantly lighter: the "mouth" appears to be the exact same size as the one I already have, just with a shorter handle. I end up carrying both when I plan to thin an area simply to have a choice; using the smaller version when I can and switching to the heavier version when the smaller one is ineffective. Still wish I had found this product sooner, as some areas where I still wish to cull, the trees are now too big for the grip. But removing the many scrawny trees that are destined to fail makes such a positive impact in terms of visibility and access to sunlight.Company representative comment on February 25, 2015: On Feb 25, 2015 10:08 AM, Pullerbear Tree, Shrub, Brush and Weed Puller responded with:
Hello Linda, thank you for the review of your Pullerbear experience. There is just one thing I would like to address and that is the delivery time of the Pullerbears. We have a very good problem in that the more publicity we get the more orders we receive, thus increased volume. We have, however, expanded our production capabilities and have cut the delivery time in half. Thank you so much for taking the time to post your comments and, again, for giving a Pullerbear a home.
I live in Rochester, Minnesota. Our new home sits on a lot that is 100' wide by 140' deep. The back 40' is into a woods that is fairly heavily infested with buckthorn that ranges from inches tall and smaller than a pencil in diameter to 6" in diamater and 15-20' tall. The vast majority is 2-8' tall and 1/4" to 1.5" in diameter.
I picked up a PullerBear and its a wonderful tool. A friend of mine had a Weed Wrench, which is no longer being sold, and loved it. I did try an experiment with hand pulling & digging up with a shovel, and that seemed like it wasn't going to work with the volume that I had to deal with. So, since he liked his pulling tool, I decided I needed one. I think the PullerBear is a better product too!
The tool is well made and will last. Its much tougher than both the buckthorn and I! It works well. I've not attached a board for the bottom yet, and do find myself in some soft spots. So, I just kick a 2" x 6" x 10" scrap piece of wood around when I need it (about 1/4 of the time, or less).
Years ago, about 22 (I'm in my late 40's), I had twice as much land to clear of "willow" type sapplings of about 4' - 8' tall and probably 3/4" average diameter. I used a shovel and it worked OK. That worked for a few reasons, mostly I didn't have/know about this type of tool and the willow was not well rooted (soft ground). That was a heck of a job, but I don't think (and its not my aging) that I could have tackled the buckthorn with just a shovel.
I have a fair amount of less than 2' tall & very small diameter buckthorn. I may try to chemically treat it. If that doesn't work, I may get a smaller PullerBear and crawl around on my knees and rip that out. I think I'll wait until spring when new growth happens.
For the larger pieces, I'm treating them with Tordon RTU. I just picked up some Garlon 4 Ultra that I'm going to use 1 part Garlon to 5 parts diesel fuel, to treat the female buckthorn that is immediately adjacent to the property and also treat the smallest buckthorn. I hope it works! Send me any ideas/suggestions that you may have!
Posted on August 29, 2013, updated September 1, 2013
Before you buy a Pullerbear (or any other similar tool) read the warranty.
After I purchased a Pullerbear (Grip XL) on 11 June 2013, I received a E-Mail from Bradi Paisley thanking me for my purchase and stating in all caps that “BENDING ANY PART OF A PULLERBEAR IS NOT COVERED BY THIS WARRANTY – IF YOU THINK YOU CAN BEND OR BREAK ANY PART OF A PULLERBEAR – PLEASE DON'T BUY ONE!”
The Pullerbear (Grip XL) has two major problems:
1. The jaws will shear off small plants.
2. The tool bends easy.
Anything smaller that ¾ inch has a tendency to shear off instead to being pulled. I was able to pull out the roots on only about 20% of my attempts. Look at the jaw details on their homepage and you can see why.
When the jaw is open fully the front jaw brace will bend when trying to pull larger items. I’m 62 years old, weight 190 lbs, and recently retired from an office job. I did not put my full weight on the Pullerbear and I bent it. I DID NOT use a extension pipe or cheater.
ProQuo Services Canada did offer to refund the cost of the Pullerbear ONLY. The US Postal wanted sixty dollars ($60.00) to ship it to Canada and refused to ship until I had the entire tool in a box (it's 54 inches from end to end). After I obtained a suitable box, ProQuo Services withdrew it's offer stating that they assumed that I got all for my work done. I own a 160 acres farm in eastern Kansas. My brush control work will not be done until I'm 6 feet down.
I would gladly accept a FULL refund from ProQuo Services or accept a replacement (if they add additional support to the front jaw brace).
LARRY LEMONOn September 1st, 2013, LDLemon added the following:
I would like to provide followup comments to my posting on 29 August 2013.
The Pullerbear.com home page as of 1 September 2013 clearly states: “Lifetime Structural Warranty”. I guess that is true are long as Mr. Paisley does not consider you to be "over weight". Mr. Paisley do you know how tall I am?
The Pullerbear.com FAQ page under “Is there a warranty?” states that: “We welcome the return of any Pullerbear that is defective or fails to do what we claim it will do”. I guess that is true as long as Mr. Paisley does not consider you a “terrorists or extortionists”. My secondary point is that as part of their accommodating customer service they will also send you E-Mail(s) with numerous personal attacks.
The tubular steel I bent fits inside a larger tubular steel tube (with tight clearance). Once that smaller tube is bent the tool becomes useless. It was bent out, not down – as a result of the powerful jaw bite he is so proud of. I would estimate it only took about 150 pounds of downward pressure to bend the jaw out.
Mr. Palmer also states that a fellow in Connecticut returned one that was bent to hell then later he states that “we have yet to have even one returned to us”. Which is it?
What we do agree on is:
The “official” warrant is not provided until after the purchase.
If you think you can bend or break any part of a Pullerbear – Please don't buy one.
ProQuo Services will not cover any bending or breaking of any parts.
I was duped (Mr. Palmer words – not mine) into buying there product.
Owner of one broke Pullerbear Company representative comment on September 1, 2013: On Aug 31, 2013 6:14 PM, Pullerbear Tree, Shrub, Brush and Weed Puller responded with:
Larry Lemon was offered a refund for the purchase price of his Pullerbear of $149.99. We shipped it to him free of charge. He bent it and notified us, of that, on August 5th. Even though, as he states in his synopsis that, we do not warranty any bending of the tool. The tools are made with Grade A U.S.A. and Canadian made steel and the part that Mr Lemon bent is the thickest walled 1" by 1" tubular steel available. His issue should be with the steel manufacturer not with us as we have no control over the tensile strength of U.S. and Canadian made steel. That's why we warranty the craftsmanship not the materials. It's clear by Mr. Lemon's comments that he has no issues with the craftsmanship just the steel and the all to powerful bite of the jaws of his Pullerbear.
That brings me to his other point regarding the jaws of his Pullerbear... the Pullerbears, by far and away, have the most aggressive, non-slip, deepest biting jaws and teeth of any other "tree" puller in the world and if you attempt to pull celery-like plants with the Pullerbear it probably will bite them off. The picture he refers to on our home page shows the Pullerbear pulling a "tree", not celery.
Mr. Lemon, clearly, investigated our product prior to purchasing it, he knew of the warranty as it pertained to bending, as we sent him an email, the same day he purchased it, with the warranty information included and in bold type that we do not warranty the bending of any part of the tool, and he still went ahead with the purchase. We are very accommodating company and when a customer makes a mistake with their tool we have provided free replacement parts as a result even though we state in our warranty that bending is not covered. The following is the very first message Mr. Lemon sent to us on August 5th...
I bought the Pullerbear based on the reviews I read on the internet.
I plan on leaving the following review on 12 August 2013 to the various websites I used.
Sorry but I was not happy with the product.
This was our response, 13 hours later, on August the 6th because he made no mention of wanting a replacement part...
Return it to us and we will refund the purchase.
Ship via courier to 2741 Gibson Place, Shawnigan Lake, BC, Canada V0R 2W0
You will notice the specific instructions given to Mr. Lemon regarding shipping and it was to be via courier. No mention of USPS. Couriers aren't as fussy and are usually less expensive. Also, we've shipped over 10,000 Pullerbears and not one of them was in a box.
It took him over 3 weeks to reply to our offer which would have been plenty of time for him to finish up what ever land clearing project he had bought his Pullerbear for. We have had a scam, similar to this, pulled on us just once before by a fellow in Connecticut and we aren't going to get burned again. That guy took a picture of the Pullerbear when it looked relatively new and by the time we got it back it was beat to hell. We don't consider that a return, it went into our We Were Scammed File.
We have sold over 10,000 units in the US, Canada and around the world and we have yet to have even one returned to us. We are very good at building them and even better at customer service,, but when a customer "plans" (not "going to", but "plans") to leave a negative comment by a certain date (August 12th) it implies that his "plan" could change if ?????? He is an extortionist and we don't negotiate with terrorists or extortionists.
So we're taking this Lemon and we're making lemonade!
Thanks Larry and there is no way a 62 year old, out of shape, over weight, former office worker bent a Pullerbear all by himself. You tried to hard to convince us how weak you are. And one more thing Larry... the reviews you read on the internet regarding the Pullerbears are not our reviews, they are the reviews of satisfied customers. They "duped" you in to buying our product, not us.
Shaking my head,
Owner of ProQuo Services Canada Ltd and the craftsman who made Larry Lemon's Pullerbear.
On Sep 1, 2013 8:32 AM, Pullerbear Tree, Shrub, Brush and Weed Puller added:On Sep 1, 2013 8:42 AM, Pullerbear Tree, Shrub, Brush and Weed Puller added:
Update to Larry Lemon's response to our rebuttal...
"I was duped (Mr. Palmer words – not mine) into buying there product."
Who is Mr. Palmer? Can I suggest that you actually review what you send before you post it?
I was going to respond to several of your inaccuracies, but once I saw that you can't even get my name right... What's the point?
We track where our customers come from and since you posted your original message it has generated a half dozen sales.
I've used a Pullerbear Grip XL for a year now. I bought a new home that has a large woods full of buckthorn. The Pullerbear has been fantastic. I'll fault my own muscles before I fault the Pullerbear. It has excellent, solid construction. I rarely have a problem with the jaws slipping on the trunk (maybe one of every 40 trees). There are times when the surrounding soil is soft, & the Pullerbear base sinks in so that I can't get good leverage to pull the tree. I've found that I can toss a large rock or branch under the base to get around that (plus, you can bolt a larger base to it if you want to - they have bolt holes for that - I just choose not to). I've lent it to a friend, who just placed an order for the Pullerbear Pro. I'm considering getting the smallest one so I can clear the 2-4' buckthorn saplings (I go through leather gloves pretty fast pulling them by hand, although feeling the roots give _is_ pretty satisfying!). In short - I HIGHLY recommend the Pullerbear.
BorisBauer Easley, SC (7 reviews) October 31, 2010
You get what you pay for is the usual comment and this applies to the Pullerbear. I have compared smaller brush removal versions of the Pullerbear, WeedWrench, and Extractigator. With no exception, the Pullerbear was the least effective. Because of personal experience, I rather suspect Pullerbear reviews.Company representative comment on October 31, 2010: On Oct 31, 2010 10:45 AM, Pullerbear Tree, Shrub, Brush and Weed Puller responded with:
Finally, Boris Bauer has finally mustered up the courage to post his diatribe in a forum we can respond to. Mr. Boris Bauer usually posts his comments about our tools on other pages where we can't respond. Now that he has given us the means to respond.... he is a shill - (definition:A shill is a person who helps another person or organization to sell goods or services without disclosing that he or she has a close relationship with the seller. The shill pretends to have no association with the seller/group and gives onlookers the impression that he or she is an enthusiastic independent customer. )
Mr. Boris Bauer bought one of our tools a couple of years ago and immediately upon receiving it he began his work as a shill. We do have to give him some credit for actually purchasing a product prior to negatively ranting about it. Most shills don't go to that much trouble.
We have offered Mr. Boris Bauer a full refund including the shipping costs to return it to us and he has refused. It seems Boris Bauer can't part with his Pullerbear Cub.
Sorry for the somewhat annoying full name references to Mr. Boris Bauer, but the more times we mention his full name - Mr. Boris Bauer - the easier it is for Google robots to pick it up and index it. Hopefully, one day when someone is vetting Mr. Boris Bauer they will read this and be aware of who and what he is. Unfortunately, sellers don't usually check out potential customers prior to selling them something but if you are one - DON'T SELL ANYTHING TO MR. BORIS BAUER.
Of course, Mr. Boris Bauer being a shill is just our opinion, but you be the judge. He bought one of our tools, says it is worthless and then refuses a 100% refund.
Thanks Mr. Boris Bauer - now get back to pulling your rhodos you shill!
Spike41 Ladysmith B.C., Canada (1 review) July 6, 2009
Rented the largest PULLER BEAR to pull some cedar trees around a sundeck for my friend. We were amazed how fast we got the trees out ( roots and all ) I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOOL for any one with plants or shrubs they want to get rid of.
Well, after considering the three choices for a tree puller, the Weed Wrench, Extractigator and the Pullerbear, I decided on the Pullerbear based mostly on the price ($109.99 delivered). The others couldn't even come close on the price. Well I received the Pullerbear last week and put it to the test on my buckthorn and it by far exceeded my expectations. I cleared an area faster than if I had went in with a chainsaw. I've never used a WW but I have used an Extractigator and the difference between that and the Pullerbear is huge. If I had to grade the aspects of each tool the Pullerbear is first in - ease of use, price, shipping costs, ability and workmanship. Thanks guys for making a tool that has just made my life easier.
Note from the Garden Watchdog editors: It is the policy of the Watchdog that companies may not pose as their own customer in order to leave feedback. The rating, written by a representative of this company was changed from positive to neutral so that it would not affect the overall rating given by customers.
Company representative comment on October 31, 2010: On Jul 6, 2009 11:15 AM, Pullerbear Tree, Shrub, Brush and Weed Puller responded with:
This comment was a cut and paste from one of our customers.
On Jul 6, 2009 7:50 PM, Pullerbear Tree, Shrub, Brush and Weed Puller added:
This customers feedback was posted as, what we feel was, an appropriate response to an erroneus reference to our tool on this website. A member of this website made reference to a comparison he made between our tool and other competitor's tools. That comparison is an inequitable one and is analogous to comparing an apple to an orange. This erroneous reference has been brought to the attention of the editors but their position is that there is nothing they can do about it. There is nothing in the posting that indicates the poster had compared our smallest tool to the competitors larger tools. This is misleading for users of this website and a disservice to our product. To review the feedback we posted from one of our customers and others go to http://www.pullerbear.com/feedback.html or to see the actual comparison of these tools with information gleaned from each of the manufacturers own websites - go to http://www.pullerbear.com/compare.html
Also, I asked that our product be deleted from Dave's Garden and was told that it is against the law in the U.S. to delete an account. Yeah right! Beware of this if you were considering joining this site.
The erroneous poster didn't leave any feedback on our page because he knew we would have been able to refute his so called comparison and as it stands right now there isn't anything we can do about it other than to post on our own feedback and then explain why we did it. It's a long way to go but the end justifies the means.
On Oct 31, 2010 10:59 AM, Pullerbear Tree, Shrub, Brush and Weed Puller added:
UPDATE!!!! The shill finally posted his comments on our page and now we get to tell you who he is... Mr. Boris Bauer of South Carolina (our Where in the World customer page log --- 1- Pullerbear Cub - Boris Bauer -Berea High School - South Carolina U.S. .....Rhododendrons, Azaleas---
Mr. Boris Bauer is still a proud owner of a Pullerbear Cub and has refused all of our attempts to completely and fully refund his money including the cost of shipping the tool back to us. Mr. Boris Bauer's comments are not worth the pixels or the computer screen they are printed on.