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Positive Tolbex
(1 review)
On Nov 5, 2021, Tolbex Troy, MI wrote:

Well, bad marketing or publicity scares lots of companies and they tend to hide the bad point and to highlight just the thing we want to hear.

Positive LindaBinMD
(1 review)
On Aug 24, 2015, LindaBinMD Hughesville, MD wrote:

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:

Iíve 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. Thereís still some wrangling involved for wider roots, but for smaller starts itís 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. Iím 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.
On Aug 24, 2015, Pullerbear Tree, Shrub, Brush and Weed Puller responded with:

"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.

Warmest regards,

Randy Paisley

Positive q95
(1 review)
On Oct 22, 2014, q95 Rochester, MN wrote:

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!


Positive ChasM
(1 review)
On Jul 1, 2013, ChasM Minneapolis, MN wrote:

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.

Positive Spike41
(1 review)
On Jul 6, 2009, Spike41 Ladysmith B.C.,
Canada wrote:

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.

Sincerely John Parker