It’s not the biggest tree you’ll find, but the tree that this guy is attempting to pull out of the ground is certainly a big challenge for his Dodge RAM truck to take on. The tree trunk looks to be about a foot or more wide, and you can see that the roots are thick as well and extend a few feet out from the base. The driver tries to use a tow rope on the first attempt, but it breaks within a matter of seconds. So now it’s time to bust out the chain and give it another try. His first effort with the chain isn’t successful either. Will he eventually be able to pull it out, or are we looking at another classic fail?
The fact that this particular RAM truck has a single axle instead of a dually heightens the difficulty level. The tires, though, appear to have a good grip, which is critical when trying to uproot a tree. You can also see that the roots have been dug up, which helps as well. The truth is that it’s pretty much impossible to pull out even a medium-sized tree like this without digging up the roots first, and it’s still quite a feat to pull up the roots after doing that.
How Powerful Is This Dodge RAM?
Does this Dodge RAM have what it takes to uproot this tree that’s anything but small? The 5.9-liter Cummins diesel engine the truck is equipped with wasn’t the biggest made by Dodge at the time, but it does produce a whole lot of power. As likely a third-generation RAM truck, the engine would be capable of producing around 325 horsepower and an impressive 610 lb.-ft. of torque. In addition to the engine, here are some other key specs of this truck:
- Towing capacity of about 10,000-16,000 pounds
- Wheel base of 11 feet, 8 inches
- Length of just under 19 feet
- Height and width of roughly 6 feet, 7 inches
- 6-speed manual transmission
- Solid live axle front and rear suspension
- Weight of about 6,000-7,300 pounds
The number that really jumps out in these specs is the towing capacity. Compared to other trucks made at this time, the Dodge RAM offered better towing capacity. Other manufacturer’s such as Ford produced models that could tow nearly 14,000 pounds, but they can’t match the RAM models that can tow up to 16,000 pounds.
A History of Best-in-Class Towing
RAM’s superiority over other trucks in its class when it comes to towing and payload capacity continues today. The 2016 RAM 3500HD, for example, can tow up to 31,210 pounds and haul a payload of up to 7,390 pounds. It accomplishes this feat by way of a slightly larger 6.7-liter Cummins engine that delivers 900 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s about 50% more torque and 100% more towing capacity than the RAM truck. My guess is that the new RAM would have a much easier time of pulling the tree out. However, the 3500 here is still powerful in its own right, and it was the most powerful truck in terms of towing capacity in its day.
Pulling a Tree Out the Right Way
Though it definitely plays a key role, being able to uproot a tree with a truck doesn’t come down to just torque and towing capacity. If you’re looking to successfully pull out a tree of your own, you’ll want to follow these tips to increase your odds:
- Dig up the roots and cut off as many big roots as you can
- Cut a notch into the tree where the tow rope or chain will go
- Line up your vehicle flush with the tree truck, making sure the tow rope is as straight as possible
- Attach the tow rope or cable with a little slack but not loose
- As mentioned earlier, your tires need to have plenty of traction or it just won’t work
- Use short burst initially to wiggle the tree loose
- Ensure you’re using proper safety equipment and communicating clearly with any other people helping
This guy pretty much follows all of these guidelines. But instead of using a cut-out notch, he’s able to wrap the chain around the big branches that have been cut off to hold it into place. After taking everything into consideration, how many attempts do you think it will take to completely uproot this tree? Share your toughts with us in the comments below.