Interesting mechanical contraption. Completely foreign to me, and would appreciate any enlightenment.
Buzz on 14th May 2015 @ 7:29am
Buzz: That contraption the man is holding - It's a saw... to cut wood... :)
Kate on 14th May 2015 @ 8:13am
It the man sitting in front of a High Lead?
Kate on 14th May 2015 @ 8:16am
It turns out we have another picture with that same seated man and the same contraption from another angle. It is labeled "horse operated stump puller." Those must be very smart horses!
Arthur on 14th May 2015 @ 9:33am
Interesting what those old-timers dreamed up. Don't understand how it worked, but it appears to use 2 or more blocks to get more leverage. The young guys with the axes must have dug down around the stump and cut off most of the roots first.
Buzz on 14th May 2015 @ 1:48pm
These could be the men that cleared my grandfathers land - he wrote about the stump pullers as well as using dynamite. It was right about this time.
Jill on 14th May 2015 @ 3:50pm
Wikipedia actually lists "horse drawn stump puller" with pictures and some for sale! Still don't see how it works, but evidently a single stump in the middle of each field is somehow crucial.
nels on 14th May 2015 @ 5:23pm
The stump in the middle of the field is the "anchor" for the cable that the main block is connected to....the other block is chained to the stump to be removed and the two horses provide the power to pull the tackle line that is around the sheave blocks.....single line, block and tackle with multiple purchase. Simple and effective design.
Dale Nicol on 14th May 2015 @ 9:54pm
Figured it was something like that. Have used similar lashups to pull heavy equipment out of the tundra when it got stuck.
Buzz on 15th May 2015 @ 7:04am
Name's for the above saw, was a two-man cross-cut, cross-buck, or whip saw. ; - )
Lesa on 22nd May 2015 @ 7:37pm
Or misery whip.
Buzz on 23rd May 2015 @ 6:21am