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My new Shimpaku

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bwaynef:
Have any recommendations for a jack?  If you don't have a URL handy, anything to look for?  Think China can make 'em as good as Japan?

Any reason this wouldn't suffice?: http://www.stonelantern.com/Extra_Large_Bonsai_Tree_Branch_Jack_p/tcbj6.htm

macbeth:
Only one way to find out.  Make sure to use some sort of buffer material between the bark and the jack, something like a thick rubber, but I think the pressure on the trunk will be immense, so you may need a couple different materials to distribute the load.  I'm not sure exactly because I have not done any trunk splitting to do extreme bends on thick material, but this might be a good candidate if you do some investigation to see if others have done it with success.

John Kirby:
Should be fine. You can cut an old garden hose to protect the trunk. Use tubing or hose to protect the guy wire points.

bwaynef:
Brian Van Fleet posted to someone who was looking for something similar that he'd been less than impressed with the stone lantern jack.

http://www.bonsainut.com/index.php?threads/looking-for-kikuwa-bonsai-jack-wtb.13962/

Back to researching.  That link has a lead on another one that ought to be a little better.  We'll see what I can come up with.

bwaynef:
Is there any danger in getting too large a jack?  I've found 14.5", 15.5" and 23.5" jacks.  The price increase isn't exactly linear, so I'm considering the largest one, though I'm unlikely to need that length in the short-term.  Will it be prohibitively large when working with smaller trees?

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