Coming in as our latest American Makers feature is a company that has innovated a new tool that will surely save the backs and knees of many individuals working in woodlots, sawmills, and forestry.
The LogOX’s slogan is “American Tools For Woodsmen,” and in the coming months they will be increasing their online inventory, by carrying a wide range of other American-made products, which will benefit anyone working with timber, or in the woods.
The LogOX’s main product is the LogOX 3-in-1 Forestry Tool, that replaces the “pulp hook”, by featuring a unique, patented design, that removes the need for bending over to pick up stove-length log rounds, when loading a splitter, or carrying them to a central location. The LogOX can also be quickly converted into a cant hook or timberjack, using quick-release hitch pins. This allows the user to quickly roll and lift logs, repositioning them for faster, safer, and easier cuts. This is also a great feature for people operating portable sawmills. They have also developed other attachments for this highly modular tool, including the "Pick-OX" pickaroon attachment, which attaches easily to the cant handle extension with a hitch-pin.
The LogOX was initially conceived of 20 years ago, continually developed since then, and patented in 2012. Their main goal is protecting the backs and knees of their customer’s from the painful strain of working with logs. It moved from the drawing board in a Vermont basement workshop, into professional grade development with Swisher Inc., of Warrensburg, Missouri, in 2014, and full production in 2015. After a final upgrade to the design, which optimized the hook’s curvature and incorporated a nearly indestructible hollow frame steel structure, it was unveiled at the Tree Care Industry Association’s 2016 Expo. The LogOX was named to the TCIA Magazine’s January 2017 “Cutting Edge Product List” and featured in notable national publications like Mother Earth News, Grit Magazine, and Capper’s Farmer Magazine.
When asked about their company's dedication to being Made in USA, LogOx replied:
"We firmly believe that good companies sell reliable products, but great companies build lasting relationships with their customers. Keeping that promise means standing shoulder to shoulder with our fellow countrymen in industry, as we do our bit to help rebuild the American economy through innovation, growth, and productivity. As part of our commitment to bringing our customers the very best products available, we decided early on that meant working with highly reputable US manufacturing partners, like Swisher Inc., and Maine-based, Wells Wood Turning, to ensure the highest quality, precision milling, and reliability possible. As a company partially-owned by a US Army Veteran, we consider it an honor to manufacture our products exclusively in the USA and partner with other great American companies."