Aluminum habitat hook?

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  1. Weezy

    Weezy Member

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    Anyone use the aluminum extendable habitat hook? How is the durability compared to the steel hook?
    I have a extendable steel hook but left it in the woods last summer and cannot locate it. I really need a hook for some travel corridors I'm cutting.
    The steel hook took a ton of abuse and I could always bend it back to shape, but was awkward to use fully extended because it's top heavy.
    Just wondering if I need to baby the aluminum hook or should buy another steel one.
     
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    I'll admit my ignorance, what's a habitat hook? I've got a few fiberglass pole saws that I use for a hook.
     
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    Never used one, but I think 7075 Aluminum would be a better option... It might cost more for the consumer, but would have fewer corrosion issues.
     
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    Corrosion is not much of a issue. More concerned about a situation where I might have to let a tree fall on it and it bends. The round steel tubing was easy to bend back. The aluminum is square tube.
     
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    If you bent a steel one, you don't want an aluminum one.
     
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    Baileys online has a Logosol Smart-Pusher pole that pushes trees over for $239. If that's more than you are looking to spend, go to home depot and get a fiberglass pole saw with a hook for about $35.
     
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    e53fd06551dae09eb66ac2b0ed6528f8.jpg http://www.nationscreations.net/habitat-hooks.html

    Extendable Habitat Hook Features
    - Extendable design extends to nearly 13 feet to provide more leverage on trees

    - 3 length adjustments (7', 10', and 13')

    - Length adjustments made easy by using the double sided solid push button (very durable)

    - T handle is made from high strength DOM tubing

    - ATV grips are added for comfort

    - Weighs just over 9lbs

    - Affordable and well built
     
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    I bought the nation's aluminum extendable hook. Been working great so far.
     
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    The woods ate my steel hook, i still can't find it even though it's painted orange.
     
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    Maybe someone else found it and borrowed it...
     
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    Possible, but I don't think anyone around there would know what it was for or think it has any value. But you never know.
     
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    Here's an el cheapo one I made to test out this weekend. Less than $20. I used tee's at both joints so i could add additional pieces to change the shape/structure of it in the future if needed.[​IMG]

    Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
     
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    You're going to need some teeth on it. Maybe 3-4 bolts through it, where it contacts the tree, or else it'll just slip down the tree. I used a stiff old anchor line and a forked stick. Loop the rope, work it up the tree with the stick 10_12', tighten up the loop and pull. If time is of the essence, get the hook. I'll have one next winter. It's got to be a lot more efficient.
     
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    IMO, pulling a tree (even a small tree) down upon myself is not wise. Although I have been know for even greater stupidity. But for me, a habitat hook is mostly for pushing, like Zeek pointed out, it needs some teeth.
     

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