Pulling stakes since 1987 –When I entered the tent business in 1987, I was trained to remove a 42″ tent stake from our new Anchor Fiesta Tent by whacking a sledge hammer against the stake near the ground until the vibration rendered it loose enough to be pulled out by the head. We always carried a 24″ pipe wrench for those cranky ones which could usually be dislodged after a full 360° revolution. A few years later, Pioneer Tool built a banger puller that slammed up against the bottom of the stake head. Then came a lever puller with a chain, where if you were not mindful you would crush your fingers at the pivot point. It sucked. Eventually, Anchor Industries unveiled the red Anchor Yanker, probably the first safe and highly productive puller of the 90’s.
Fast forward to 2010 – There were so many different tent stake pullers it was amazing. They are all good; – some inexpensive; -some fast; – some more powerful. The only bad stake puller is the one you forget to throw on the truck before you leave the shop.
Gas Powered pullers on wheels, such as those offered by companies like Green Monster and Rainer, are by far the most popular. When People first heard the price on the power pullers they were shocked until they realized how many man hours they were saving. For the entry-level budget and jobs involving less than 20 stakes, there are about 5 manual pullers being sold. The patented Jack Jaw seems to be the most popular choice from the non-powered selection of stake pullers.