Hitting up Amazon proved to be the most economical option, so I waited patiently for it to arrive. Once it did, I at first tried to use a short chain between the tong's hook, and the hook on my arch. The tong hangs down a fair distance though, so I realized that every change to shorten the chain would help in lifting the logs higher off the ground. To that end, I eventually removed the hook from the arch, and simply bolted the chain directly to the roller on the arch.
|One can see how low the hooks hang here. In this photo I have already bolted the chain directly to the roller, and the tongs can be hooked on to the best position for the situation.|
Occasionally, a log does shake free of the points - of course, this could happen with the chain too.
|This is a pretty decent sized log for our property, and it fits onto the tongs well.|
A fairly significant shortcoming is that it really can only carry a single log at a time. I will perhaps try to experiment with ways of getting it to hold more, but for now, it seems a limitation. Not a huge one, as I'm currently trying to bring in larger logs anyway - but it could be frustrating. I may consider only using it for larger logs, and just chaining smaller ones together in my original manner.
I'm not sure if I would consider purchasing it in the future - perhaps once I see it pick up some nicer sized logs that I'd have had to muck about to retrieve, but for now, it's not a whole lot better than a simple chain and slip hook have been.
|Lots of brush under this log, it would have been a mixed bag to thread a chain around it in the bush.|