Rock Moving Tools

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A pile of rocks can be an intimidating sight.
A pile of rocks can be an intimidating sight. (Image: rocks image by OMKAR A.V from Fotolia.com)

Moving rocks is no easy feat and finding the best tools to fit your needs can make the job far easier. While there are a number of large hauling vehicles able to move rocks, few landscaping and household jobs actually need such professional rental equipment. You can remain within a reasonable project budget by relying on smaller, less expensive yet effective, hauling tools.

Rock Bar

A rock bar is a four-foot long instrument with a beveled metal end that weighs between 16 and 18 pounds. This tool is best used for moving rocks off narrow paths. The rock bar can also be a vital tool for laying stone walkways, giving you the leverage needed to carefully lower large paver stones into place.

Cable Winch

The cable winch is a lightweight rigging tool that uses levers and any sized cable to move large objects across varying spaces. Because the cable winch is functional with any length of cable and operates in a continuous motion, it is possible to move stones great distances without needing to realign the weight-bearing cable. Be sure to mount the cable winch on a sturdy object.

Come Along

A come along is another type of rigging tool with an attached cable that winds in on itself as the lever is cranked. Because the cable winds around itself, the possible moving distance is limited to the length of the cable. The come along is often a less expensive and more readily available alternative to the cable winch and it is appropriate for most rock moving jobs. Check the weight limit of any come along you may buy.

Wheelbarrow

The wheelbarrow must not be ignored when completing any landscaping project. Its range is limited only by the operator's endurance and can haul multiple rocks on uneven terrain without posing great risk of injury. Wheelbarrows with metal boxes and frames are best suited for carrying rocks and wood or metal handles extend its hauling capacity.

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