Tent Peg Puller

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 19:51
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I went to the Victorian 4wd show today and found it a little disappointing.

However, I did spy a little ingenious device to remove tent pegs. It a few bits of welded bar that allow you to slip it under the tent peg and lever it out. Then pull them straight out. $12 for a bit of welded up steel may seem a little steep if you saw how crude it is, but I reckon it's a bargain. Just another liitle way to make camping easier.

That horrid task of trying to wrench out 15 tent pegs that have been belted into hard ground will now save this old bloke a lot of sweat.

It made the trip to the show well worthwhile.

Jim.
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Reply By: theshadows - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:31

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:31
err what happened to using the spare peg to pop all the others out?

shadow
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:41

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:41
Shadow,

I've tried that and it's just too bloody hard. This jigger allows you to put the point of it under the peg and lever it up by putting weight on the end of the bar.

Simple engineering. Its leverage allows you about a factor of five to one. Therefore if you can get 40 kg of your weight onto it you are applying 200 kg of lift to the peg. If you can lift 200 kg with a tent peg you are a better man than I. Also, pushing is far less strenuous on the human frame than pulling.

Works a treat.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:34

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:34
Was it this little number????

I have a steel "hook" with a handle I had made up that serves as a peg puller as well as a fire stoker .. and a myriad of other uses. Lives in the box right next to my bush saw and spare blades : )

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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:49

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:49
Jack,

That is exactly what I bought. Seems like I got a bargain at 6 quid.

Of course anyone handy with a welder and an angle grinder could make one for next to nothing.

The principle of pushing and using body weight, rather than pulling and using strength is a big advantage.

Mine will live next to the bush saw and chain saw :).

Cheers Mate,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Member - Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 21:30

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 21:30
Maaaaaate!!!

What's wrong with the simple claw hammer?

One end puts them in. The other end levers them out.

Works for me anyway.
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Reply By: AdrianLR - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:03

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:03
Spent half of the day there just getting ideas for storage systems, electrical setups an so on. Caught up with the ExplorOz group at 11 which was good to put faces to names. The show overall seemed a little quieter than previous years - maybe it needs to be over 40C!

The tent puller is simple & clever. There was another mob selling their version which was a rubber mallet with a cup hook screwed into the end of the handle (they were serious too).

Adrian
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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:30

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:30
A $6 Claw Hammer does the same job. They saw you coming LOL
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Follow Up By: Muddy 'doe (SA) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:39

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:39
I am with Willem here - I use my trusty claw hammer to shift the peg that first half an inch. After that it is a piece of cake.

Not only that, I can use the hammer to belt the pegs into the ground in the first place! How good is that? A multifunction device!

Sorry Jimbo - I know it probably works really well but to me it is just another thing to pack when the hammer does just as good a job.

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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:58

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:58
Gents,

I've tried a claw hammer ad nauseam. Principle is the same (leverage), but it's bloody hard to get the jaws of a claw hammer under a tent peg. It's designed to pull nails, not tent pegs. This little job has a pointed end (see Jack's photo) which slips under the exposed portion of the peg with ease, and then levers it out.

I'll show it to you at Murray Sunset, and if you can get a peg out as quick and with as little effort, with a claw hammer, I'll defer to your thoughts.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 05:03

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 05:03
I'm with you Willie, I can't see the fuss. I use my ball pein hammer I hit them in with - getting them out, hit em side ways a couple of different directions before you try to pull them.

The gadget man saw you coming Jim.
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Follow Up By: Glenn (VIC) - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 10:40

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 10:40
Jimbo, Murray Sunset is sand mate, so you won't need your new device...lol
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 13:29

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 13:29
Glenn, some people are gear freaks I fear.
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Reply By: Member - Geoff & Karen - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:31

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:31
Hi Jimbo
We brought one of them little gadgets about 12 months ago and if ever we lose it I will cry................makes life so much easier, it is brilliant.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:08

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:08
Karen,

It appears to be a simple, yet brilliant, device.

Your recommendation is encouraging.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Reply By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:51

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:51
Sorry I mssed you Jim, we were there from about 10.15 to about 1.30. We had to fly up to Mansfield to help out a friend. Had to have a laugh as we crossed over the bridge at bonnie doon there was a 60 series cruiser with its fron wheel buried under the mud somewhere, and a few guys standing there scratching their heads haha.

catch up soon.

congrats on your new purchase, we have a few peg pullers, they work a treat.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:04

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:04
Adam,

We didn't get there until about 2.15. Big night Saturday at the Mornington Races Do. Slow start Sunday morning.

We had visions of getting up early and being there by 11 am but it just didn't happen.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Reply By: GazzaS (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:15

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:15
I have had one of these gadgets for about 5 years - brilliant. Jimbo is correct in that if the peg is hit into the ground all the way you cannot get a claw hammer under it. with this puller you can drive the lifting bit in under the pag and just lever it up. wouldn't leave home without it!

Was good to meet some of you there today. As Crazie says - good to put faces to names.

Gazza
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:31

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:31
Goddammit,

Could it be possible that Muddy and Willie are wrong LOL.
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Follow Up By: Muddy 'doe (SA) - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 23:30

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 23:30
Hi Jimbo,

Hah, not so much "wrong" as I am happy with what works for me.

A couple of points: you may be using bigger or different pegs to me. Also the point about getting the claw under the peg, I just use the claw to dig down a little bit to get to the head of the peg.

I am sure the peg puller is super duper but given the amount of stuff I already cart around in my truck I'll stick with my hammer for the moment. Look forward to seeing it in action at Murray Sunset but it may be disappointing given that it is sandy soil up there.

Cheers
Muddy
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:44

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 22:44
Tip from Wolfie.........

I carry a long handled shovel EVERYWHERE..... thanks Pesty.

Simply use an angle grinder to cut a 25 mm. long slot, 10 mm. wide, in the middle of the front end of the shovel.

Won't make a scrap of difference to digging, and you simply jamb the bugger under a peg, place a screwdriver under the bend in the peg, and prise upwards.

Now, how cool is that?????

Now, if you want the real Wolfie's bored, what can I make next toy, try making a cradle that fits to your hydraulic jack.

Not good enough???

Okay, for those of you blessed with winches on the front of your vehicles......................

Wolfie
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Reply By: iMusty - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 00:01

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 00:01
We don't put up a tent often but when we do we place little "rings" of wire under the 'head' of the pegs to allow the claw hammer to grip to remove. The rings are similar to the little round circle things on your keys but much thicker and stronger.

Can't remenber where we got them but have had them for years.

A lot smaller than a new tool and I can fit about 20 in my pocket.

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Reply By: Wisey (NSW) - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 00:20

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 00:20
Hi Jimbo

I have an old claw hammer with a 6mm rod welded into the claw, protruding out about 20mm past the end. Hammer to knock em' in and a spike to lift em' out with a grip handle, throw it into the bag with the pegs and campings a breeze.

Cheers
Andy
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Reply By: TheUndertaker - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 09:16

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 09:16
But will it "work" on my 20inch sand pegs ?????
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Follow Up By: Savvas - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 11:20

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 11:20
I was about to ask the same question.

Undertaker ... Are you asking about the large black plastic pegs? They work a treat with my 24 x 20ft tarp, but an absolute PITA to pull out of the ground afterwards. And a claw hammer doesn't work with these pegs.

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Reply By: Member - Mozza (NSW) - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 10:56

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 10:56
one day i happened to 'find' (on the side of road) one of those lifters that the Telstra men use to lift the lids off/on the road-side pits... works an absolute treat as a tent peg puller'outer!. ...it's not very long.. slides into back of car.. or in bag with tent poles.... don';t even kow it's there.... saves my back too (yes im only 24 but it's gooooone already!) and is great for a fire prodder and/or camp oven liftter!
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 11:35

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 11:35
Claw hammer works too, you can also use to put the pegs in the ground.
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Reply By: iMusty - Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 16:11

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 16:11
Get a bus!!!
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