Roughneck High Carbon Steel Swivel Skidding Tongs - 17 1/2in. Jaw Opening
Spend a little more
This product will require another set
Of hands to keep it on the log etc until you have tension. I'm mostly by myself, so knowing what I now know, I would spend a little more and get the ones that have a spring to keep it in place so I can effectively work without assistance. If you have a work partner this one works well. On another note...I was very pleased with how quickly I received it after ordering. Standard ground. Good job NT.
July 31, 2014
Works better than expected
After reading other reviews I was expecting this to not work so well on smaller logs. Have used it on logs ranging from 7 to 16 inches and it cinches up very nicely. Heavy duty, well built tool. Am very pleased with both the product and the price from Northern Tool.
July 12, 2014
Roughneck 17.5" Swivel Skidding Tongs
The tongs are extremely well made, but they wont grip small, 8"-12" diameter (or less) logs, or railroad ties, at all. The prongs that are supposed to bore into the wood and grip the log are at the wrong angle to penetrate the wood unless the tongs are close to their full opening width. So, they are useless for moving the small trees, and RR ties, that I wanted to move. They hold @ 15" + logs great, but I couldn't ever get them to work on logs smaller than that. IF they had a spring, or old inner tube for a rubber band, to hold them closed, you might be able to drag small stuff, but not the way they come from the store. I really need to return them.
May 20, 2014
Good tongs for light to med. logs. Used several times works great.
May 15, 2014
Solid skidding tongs that move mad logs
We have used these log tongs to drag tons of logs to our truck, and then lift them into the bed, though they say not to lift with them.
They are also used to allow our tractor to drag logs out of our log pile for bucking, We have maxed them out many times and they just dig in and hold on.
After at least (more than) ten years of heavy use, they have only mild chipping of the paint at the tips of the sharp points, and no chipping elsewhere. We sometimes think about taking off the hook and just using the ring, but we use the hook at times too.
We wouldn't ever want to be without these.
February 4, 2014
Perfect for the use in which it was intended-----use with the tractors 3 point hitch to lift the front of the log slightly off the ground, and it works perfect
February 4, 2014