Rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Treedude Best Tree Ancho Kit Out There!
This product was easy to install and looks pretty good from what you can see from the before and after pictures. Remember that you have know where your water, gas, and cable lines are before you drive the actors into the ground. You can obtain the location of these utility lines by getting in contact with your builder or utility companies. Also, remember to get the driver for it.
December 13, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by funrun Great product.
We had a tree that always fell over in high winds that we wanted to save. We tried rope and stakes but it was ugly. These stakes not only work better but are not an eyesore, they blend in and hold up!
May 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mustang does exactly what it is designed to do !
Had an 18 foot plum tree leaning heavily after "SANDY" came through. Winched the tree straight and installed 1 of these and it held firm. Highly reccomended
June 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bernhard duckbill anchors
This product was useful in keeping my 25 ft Lealand Cypresses upright after they had been knocked down flat by the snow for the second year in a row in the winter of 2010/11. I had tied the trees together with wire the year before but that had done nothing to prevent them from being knocked over again. The true test of the Duckbill method will, of course, be in the winter of 11/12, if we get another heavy snow fall. So far the system and the trees look good and the cables are doing their job. Home Depot did not ship the introducer rod for a month and I called the Duckbill people in Colorado, who were super nice and told me that I could use a 4 ft piece of rebar (you can get it pre-cut at the local Home Depot store) as a make-shift introducer rod. They were spot-on. It worked quite well ! Their own introducer rod is better than the rebar, though (it finally came and I tried it since I needed one additional support) since it has a wider head and is stiffer and does not vibrate as much. It is well-worth the price that they charge for it (low). The key to inserting the duckbills is to tug on the cable, once the device is fully embedded deep in the ground. They tell you that in the detailed instructions that come with the product. You should feel a "give" by about 2 inches, which indicates that the device rotates by 90 degrees into the locking position in the earth. If you don't do that, you will have to re-tension your wires after a few weeks, which is easy but a bit of a pain.
If you do not have a heavy sledge-hammer, you might consider getting one, since that makes it much easier to get the devices into the ground, once you reach the half-way point on the rod. Watch your legs, though - if you miss the rod, you really do not want to hit your leg unless you are pathologically fond of pain and your orthopedic surgeon.... .
April 30, 2011