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Cant Hook vs Peavey: What’s the Difference?

cant hook vs peavey whats the difference

Performing a logger’s tasks without any tools would be a nightmare. If you think about all the lifting, moving and hauling involved in logging, it’s no wonder so many logging tools have been invented over the years. Examples of these tools are the cant hook and the peavey. They perform the same function and they look almost identical, so they can be used interchangeably.

Although the use of either depends on personal preference, you should consider other factors, such as your working environment and the type of logs you are working with, before making a choice between the two. To identify which of the two will best suit your needs, let’s take a look at their features and functions.

The Cant Hook

a cant hook
a cant hook

The cant hook is a woodworker’s tool consisting of a wooden lever handle, a pivoting metal hook, sometimes referred to as a dog, and a gripper foot with a flat end. Cant hooks are used to move, lift, and pivot logs around a sawmill or woodlot.

The hook of the cant hook is usually smaller than that of the peavey, which prevents it from handling large logs. A cant hook provides a stronger grip on the wood and is safer to use, but it is best used in an organized environment.

  • Strong grip
  • Safer to use
  • Best for certain woodworking environments

The Peavey

a peavey
a peavey

Like a cant hook, a peavey consists of a pivoting metal hook with a wooden lever handle, but instead of a gripper foot, a peavey has a protruding spike. Peaveys are also used for lifting, moving, and pivoting logs around woodlots, sawmills, and rivers.

A peavey’s hook is generally bigger than that of a cant hook. However, the protruding spike takes away from the tool’s ability to have a firm grip on logs, and it can be dangerous if not used properly. The protruding spike of the peavey acts as a prying tool, so peaveys can easily be used in unorganized environments.

  • Versatile in handling logs
  • Can be used in any woodworking environment
  • Does not provide a firm grip on logs
  • The spike can be dangerous

The Peavey or the Cant Hook?

If you’re considering working in an environment where the logs are piled up neatly and you are not surrounded by obstacles that will prevent you from handling the logs efficiently, then you should opt for a cant hook.

However, if your environment looks anything like a woodlot or even worse, with obstacles around, using a peavey will be more suitable for you. A peavey will allow you to pry between the logs. The spike will also allow you to stick the peavey into the ground, so you will not have to bend over constantly to pick it up. Another convenient aspect of the peavey is that it can be used to prevent a log from rolling away, by jabbing it into the ground in front of the log.

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Since the difference between these two tools is very subtle, you would have to analyze your working space to decide which will be more suitable for your needs. You should determine whether your working environment is neat and organized, what size of logs you will be working with, and whether you genuinely prefer one over the other.

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