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Posted by Jud on March 13, 2003 at 21:13:16:
In Reply to: Snake Hook Beginner Questions posted by nickkk on March 13, 2003 at 11:43:31:
I have tried making my own snake hooks & none of the home made ones last very long. Just my personal experience, take it for what it's worth. I purchased my first commercial snake hook several years ago & it was very nice. It make things flipping a lot easier. Plus, the commercial hooks are usually lighter, shorter than a broom handle, & are less cumbersome. However, there are some things a snake hook will just slip off of w/ out budging it. Last year, I purchased a field hook from Midwest. The hook is L shaped & is grooved to provide traction when pulling on boards & other heavy items. The Midwest field hook set me back about $50.00, but to me it has been well worth it. It is also good for pinning herps & handling them. If something happened to my field hook I would buy another one immediately. I hope this helps.
:What is a good and affordable hook to start off with and where is a good place to get one from? (web sites)
:Are they available anywhere else other than online?
:I've seen all the different sizes, shapes, styles they come in but are some materials acctually stronger than others and about how much of a difference does it make?
:I just want something to help me pick flat boards up or other garbage and something I can handle the snake with.
:Oh yeah speaking of lifting up garbage and flat boards etc. I see that some snake hooks are made especially for that but can't you do that stuff with a normal hook.
:I'm just tired of finding a snake and having to run off looking for a branch or stick to pick him up with and then by the time I'm back with a branch or stick the snake is gone.
:Thanks in advance,