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My New Hookaroon
« on: August 12, 2013, 10:50:24 pm »
Today was my second sawing day using my new Hookaroon.   :)

Many times I am unable to stretch and reach flitches that are on the sawmills loading arms, but this 30" Hookaroon is doing exactly what I planned.
 

 
It's a simple matter to snag the stubborn flitches now.   logrite_cool
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Re: My New Hookaroon
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2013, 08:12:43 am »
Nice tool Lynn.  I have a question for you.  I believe you to be a man of habit and routine so I would imagine you don't have this issue, but...

I just have a cant hook, but it seems that whenever I need to use it I have laid it in exactly the most unhandy place possible around the mill.  Do you ever find that when you need something like the Hookaroon that you have to fetch it from someplace instead of having it handy?  Even if I could find a suitable use for another tool like the Hookaroon, it would never be where I need it when I need to use it.

Of course there is nothing that is efficient on my mill... that's just the nature of the beast.  Walking around to the other side to pick up my cant hook is becoming second nature.  This is a bit ironic because I am paid to determine the most efficient order of operations and implement them!
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Re: My New Hookaroon
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2013, 09:04:15 am »
Have more than one. That way you can have them on either side of the mill rather than chasing one all the time.
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Re: My New Hookaroon
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2013, 09:40:26 am »
That's a great idea Jeff, but I have an incurable disease!  It's called "cheapskate disorder"!  :D  Coupled with my CRS (Can't Remember Stuff) if I had two of them, I would forget where I put at least one of them!

Seriously though, I have been thinking of getting a 5' cant hook since the 4' hook leaves me straining sometimes when trying to turn logs on the mill.  Maybe it's time.  Thanks for the suggestion.
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Re: My New Hookaroon
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2013, 12:16:56 pm »
I keep my pickeroon inside or under the mill bunks. Near where I stand when I raise and lower my clamp plate. This location is basically centered opposite the log loader arms. And I can easily pull boards and planks stored on my log loader arms back onto the sawmill for edging.

I used to keep one peavy at one end of the mill and the other on the other end so when I need one at one end it is there for me to use. However I seem to always use my long handle blue logrite peavy more than I use my wooden handled one.

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Re: My New Hookaroon
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2013, 04:57:15 pm »
Actually, I am methodical about where I put the tools that I use.  That way they are always where you will need them the next time.  A 48" cant hook will be on each end of the log whack.  The 60" cant hook lies on the front end of the sawmill for my use when needed.
 

 
The new Hookaroon quickly found it's nesting place.  It lies under the sawmill just ahead of the loading arms.  As you can see, it is just forward of my "Stick".

Man can not live by bread alone with only one Logrite cant hook:)
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Re: My New Hookaroon
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2013, 06:59:50 pm »
They're kind of hard to see, but I keep a 48" at either end of the mill. I hate getting to the other end and there's no cant hook down there. :D

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Re: My New Hookaroon
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2013, 09:51:38 am »

Man can not live by bread alone with only one Logrite cant hook:)

I like that!  and it seems to me a lot of people agree with you.   http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,68321.0.html

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Re: My New Hookaroon
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2013, 10:26:52 pm »
It got a workout today.  Matter of fact, I have been needing it for quite a while because it seems to get a workout every day.   ;D
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Re: My New Hookaroon
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2013, 02:41:07 pm »
Dave, it looks like it would be about 1/2 an hour to get back to the other end of your mill :D
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Re: My New Hookaroon
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2013, 07:41:48 pm »
That's why I try not to go down there. :D I'm going to move my closest toeboard roller bed section down to the first spot on the extension and get a couple of 24' hoses. I always saw butt first, so I don' t need the first roller. If I have it mounted on the BX, then I won't have to fight to level the far end. I'm also thinking of getting a 12v linear actuator and hooking it to one of the backstops on the BX and then I won't have to walk down there for that either. :D
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Re: My New Hookaroon
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2013, 10:03:25 am »
Jim Clark had a 24' bed extension and he had hydraulic on it that he ran off a car battery. I think he kept the battery charged by having a charge hooked to it all the time, when sawing. I don't know how it had the handles set up to run the loader and the back stops but he did. Maybe he only ran the loader to lift long logs on to the mill.

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« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2013, 04:05:14 pm »
I love my hookaroon.  It's one of my most used tools.
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Re: My New Hookaroon
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2014, 10:42:28 pm »
I don't use my hookaroon every day, but when I do, I make mine a LogRite.
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Re: My New Hookaroon
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2014, 08:47:55 am »
My hookaroon has a couple of days growth of whiskers, torn jeans  worn out footgear and a vintage Dodge truck.
If he didnt smoke he could dress OK and drive something decent.
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Re: My New Hookaroon
« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2014, 07:04:27 pm »
I pick mine up many times each day when I am sawing.  It's my "reach across" tool when I am sliding flitches off of the loader arms and onto the sawmill.

Mine is the smaller diameter handle which is good.  My only suggestion would be that it had a knob on the end like the 24" cant hook.
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Re: My New Hookaroon
« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2014, 09:16:22 pm »
If you put a hole in my FAS curly cherry with a hookaroon, I will scream  :)
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Re: My New Hookaroon
« Reply #17 on: May 20, 2017, 08:42:35 am »
I just read through this topic this morning.  I can not imagine sawing without this handy tool.   logrite_cool
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« Reply #18 on: May 20, 2017, 05:53:02 pm »
I need to look in to getting one :)
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