As a portable bandmill sawyer, several times a year I get to a job and there is a large log that will need to be rolled to get it on the mill. Most of the cant hooks will not grab a 30 inch or more log and roll it - the handle will break. I busted 3 last year. I do have a very old hand made hook with a dogwood handle (which is cracked now) and it works well on these size logs.
So I have contacted a cant hook manufacture to see about the pattern on my old hook, that way I can have a hook that will turn the logs with a handle that can take the task on. Has anyone else had a similar problem?
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From contributor T:
I've had this problem as well. My thoughts would bee to build a hook with a longer steel body to hold the handle. The metal housing would protect the handle where the stress is greatest. Also, such a long metal body could provide attachment points for two hooks of different sizes, the smaller being standard size for normal size logs, and the larger would be mounted further up the metal body to accommodate large logs. Attachment of the interchangeable hooks can be accomplished with a pin and clip type set up. If you got real fancy the wood handle could be replaced with an aluminum/fiberglass too to give an unbreakable handle.