Pickaroon vs Hookaroon: Differences Explained

Updated on February 8, 2022 by

If you are experienced working in the lumber industry then you will have used or at least heard of a pickaroon. They are an extremely useful tool for moving wood around without needing to bend down or use your hands.

You might also have heard of a hookaroon – or maybe even an axaroon? Or a sappie?

For the uninitiated, lots of lumber tools can look the same but have very different purposes.

There are lots of names for these variations of a pickaroon, so let’s figure out exactly what the differences are and which one suits your needs. In this article we will explore a pickaroon vs hookaroon vs axaroon.

Pickaroon vs Hookaroon: Differences Explained

What is a Pickaroon?

A pickaroon is a lumber tool used for moving wood around without needing to bend down too often.

A pickaroon is made up of an axe handle with a hooked steel head. They are used primary to pick up, rearrange, and stack lumber. The spike digs in into the wood, so you can pick it up easily.

There are variations in the length, shape, and angle of a pickaroon’s spike. The less slope the spike has the more easily the wood can fall off.

Pickaroon’s are best suited for lifting, dragging, stacking, or rearranging smaller pieces of wood.

Pickaroon
A Pickaroon

What is a Hookaroon?

The main difference between a pickaroon and a hookaroon is the shape of the head. A hookaroon’s head has a more pronounced downwards angled spike. This makes it more difficult for wood to slip off.

A hookaroon is also used for lifting, rearranging, and stacking wood. Hookaroon’s are better suited for heavier pieces of wood than a pickaroon.

One of the issues with a hookaroon is that the spike can get jammed in the wood and is difficult to remove. This is controlled by adjusting the amount of force, which can only be learned through experience.

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A Hookaroon

What is an Axaroon?

An axaroon is a variant of a pickaroon with an axe blade attached to the back side of the head. This allows the lumber worker to cut off small branches and clean up their wood without needing to carry a second tool.

The ability to carry one tool instead of two is very useful for any timber worker.

The axe blade is generally on the small side, not like a felling or splitting axe, so it is not suitable for cutting up firewood on its own. It is primarily just for trimming small branches or removing bark.

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An Axaroon

How to Use a Pickaroon?

A pickaroon, or any variant, is very easy to use. You just swing it like an axe and bury the spike into the wood. You can then carry or drag the wood easily to rearrange or stack. The easiest way to remove the spike from the wood is to place your foot against it to provide some leverage to pry it free.

The handles are generally replicas of an axe handle, and can be made from anything from wood, fiberglass, steel, or a lightweight composite.

Make sure you select a tool that has a rust-free head material. Your pickaroon will get covered in moisture from the wood as well as sap. If this isn’t cleared off before storage than the head can rust very quickly. So ensure you either clean your pickaroon head thoroughly or pick a rust-free material.

My only other comments is regarding safety. The spike on a pickaroon can be sharp, but generally most users treat it with less respect than an axe. You will still be swinging this sharp implement very close to your legs and feet. The pickaroon can bounce off the wood if it strikes a knot in the wood. Always pay close attention to what you are doing when using a heavy, sharp tool.


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Michael Culligan

I am a lumber worker who performs logging services for the forestry industry. I have spent years honing my skills and experience to become a well-rounded axeman. I'm exited to share my knowledge of axes and lumber tools with everyone to help.