The Weed Wrench
I cannot say enough good things about weed wrenches. I love 'em. Volunteers love 'em. You can pull really big plants out of the ground.
Of course, some plants have deep roots that are not very sturdy. If you use the Weed Wrench (or the Root Talon) on these plants, you will just snap the root below-ground. If the plant can resprout from the roots, you may be wasting your time.
Below are some specifications about the various Weed Wrench models. You should contact the manufacturers to see if they have changed their prices and what their shipping costs will be--since the Weed Wrench is so heavy, shipping charges range from $5 to about $23, and even more for shipments to Hawaii.
Mini Weed Wrench
Medium Weed Wrench
Heavy Weed Wrench Envy
Mini: Handles up to 1-inch stems. Dimensions and cost: 24 inches tall, 5.25 pounds, $82.00
Light: Handles up to 1.5-inch stems. Dimensions and cost: 44 inches tall, 11.5 pounds, $130.00
Medium: Handles up to 2-inch stems. Dimensions and cost: 53 inches tall, 17.5 pounds, $155.00
Heavy: Handles up to 2.5-inch stems. Dimensions and cost: 62 inches tall, 24 pounds, $189.00
Weed Wrench Web Site
--Barry Rice, TNC/GIST, May 2000