What Size WEED WRENCH to Choose?
Choose a Weed Wrench size with a jaw capacity at least equal to the maximum diameter of stem on your target plants. The weight of the tool is an important consideration, and it is usually best to choose a size no larger than is necessary to get your job done. There are some exceptions to the largest-stem-diameter rule
- If you will be pulling multi-stemmed shrubs, a larger jaw capacity can be useful for gripping bundles of stems
- When most of the stems you need to grip will fit in a smaller tool's jaws and only the exceptional plant exceeds that size, you may prefer a lighter Weed Wrench and use some other removal method for the exceptions
- You may like a tool that never takes "no" for an answer. Larger Weed Wrench models have more leverage and pulling power. Think of it like a tight nut; you may be able to loosen it with a fight using a 6" long wrench, but a 12 " long wrench would break it loose easily.
The size of your target plants is more important than the size of the person operating the tool. In our experience on volunteer teams, even the Heavy model can be used by smaller adults, or at least persons with plenty of spunk. The Medium model can be handled quite well by people of medium strength and stature. The Light model is easy and fun to use by anyone, including children, while still having an impressive capacity. The weight of the tool is resting on the ground when it is used, and only becomes a factor when carrying it and maneuvering it into position for the next pull. The mini is most useful when you have gazillion pencil-to-finger sized seedlings that are just bigger than what you could pull by hand; it is also popular for eliminating tree seedlings from tight places like flower beds.
Of the four models, the larger three are operated from a standing position, and they include a jaw-catch feature that holds the jaw open during placement around stems. The Mini model is operated from a bending, kneeling, or sitting position and has no jaw catch feature, since it is easier and faster to open the jaw by hand. All Weed Wrench sizes have jaws that will close to zero, so they will work on any stem size from their maximum jaw capacity down to the smallest plant.
The strengths of the four Weed Wrench models have been designed and extensively field tested so each model can uproot any plant up to its maximum jaw capacity without breaking. All materials and workmanship are guaranteed for normal usage.
|Jaw Capacity||Up to One Inch||Up to 1.5 Inches||Up to 2 Inches||Up to 2.5 Inches|
|Height||24 Inches||43 Inches||53 Inches||60 Inches|
|Weight||5.25 lbs.||11.5 lbs.||17.5 lbs.||24 lbs.|