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Tent Peg Screw Product Test - by 4x4 Australia Mark Allen

Tent Peg Screw Product Test

Tent Peg Screw Product Test

On December the 20th 2018 Mark Allen published  on Whichcar for 4×4 Australia a Tent Peg Screw product test on GroundGrabba Screw-In Tent Peg Ground Anchors.
Mark went into great detail and his overall thoughts on using GroundGrabbas in comparison to hammer in pegs.
At the end of the article I (David Levine inventor/creator of GroundGrabbas) have responded.Here is what Mark had to say…….

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Sick of hammering tent pegs into Mother Earth?

I WILL WAGER that most folk who have hammered tent pegs into hard ground have missed their fair share of strikes, perhaps suffered a few skinned knuckles in the process. This will never happen (well, it shouldn’t) with a screw-in tent peg.
Ground Grabba has all bases covered, with its range of screw-in pegs – three uniquely designed types – incorporating two different-sized steel pegs and one glass-reinforced nylon peg, all of which use a hexagonal head driven by supplied 19mm sockets.

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The 400mm-long glass-reinforced unit is classed as a ‘recreational grade’ tent peg for use on beach and sand dunes, and it features large-diameter flutes along the shaft and a moulded, open rope hook.
The two steel units measure 300mm and 600mm long, respectively, both with large-diameter flutes on the lower section of the shaft. A regular drill is fine for inserting and removing the pegs, but a shifter, spanner or ratchet can be used to twist each peg home.
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The two steel units require a HexHook Pro hook plate to attach guy ropes, plus each plate incorporates a 19mm hex opening that can be used to tighten or loosen the peg; but it can’t offer the same leverage as a spanner or ratchet handle. The open hook points down to prevent trip hazards, and the plate can be used to open your beer tops – provided the plate isn’t attached to a peg in the ground.

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If you are attempting to insert a peg into extremely hard ground, a supplied masonry drill bit can help overcome that situation by pre-drilling the hole. If you strike like lightening (never in the same place twice) perhaps these tent pegs could well save you some time and trouble.
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Would I buy ’em? My only gripe with these pegs is the cost compared to a standard hammer-in peg. You could buy a fist-full of old-fashioned steel pegs for the price of one Ground Grabba.

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Value for money therefore lies in whether of not you can hammer in a peg or whether you need to rely on a (perhaps) simpler means. Then again, if you need maximum ground-grabbing force, then it’s a no-brainer: Ground Grabbas win by a country mile.
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A secondary problem: no drill generally means no drilling. While you can insert the screw-in pegs with a spanner or ratchet, it’ll take time; but if you have a decent torque battery drill with spare batteries, you won’t have a problem. They also take up more space; so if space is a premium, plain old pegs are more compact.

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Available from:
RRP: Varies, depending on peg style end length.
Pros: Fast and easy insertion and removal of pegs.
Cons: Relies on high-torque drill (or other means).
We Say: Great concept but expensive compared to a standard peg.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Our response to the GroundGrabba Tent Peg Screw Product Test

Mark Allen covered our products in a fair way.  We take no issue in any of what has been said. We appreciate that our products caught the eye of a renowned Aussie journalist who took it upon himself to write an article for the public to see and publish it online on a well known platform such as WhichCar for 4×4 Australia.
GroundGrabbas came about by my (David Levine) beef with ordinary heavy duty hammer in pegs.  Well, to be more precise it was a mixture of heavy duty hammer in pegs and lighter duty ones that pushed me to a better solution.
Going back to 2009 I used what at the time i thought were heavy duty hammer in tent pegs. I used them to help hold my 6x8m tarp when camping for years and to be honest they didn’t hold when the wind came up.    Fast forward to September 2013 when I was camped at Black Rock Desert in Nevada for an event called Burning Man.  I had built an effective esky (ice box) 4ft square with a peaked roof of the same polystyrene material to sleep in insulating my partner and I from the heat of the day and also the cold of the night.
It was very flimsy and needed solid pegging or staking down because the winds are known to whip up to 120mph.   We used what we call here in Australia “reo” aka steel reinforcement they call “rebar” to stake it down. We had 12 pieces each around 2ft (600mm) in length to hammer in and remove.
At the time I didnt think too much about it taking about five minutes to hammer each length in.  The trouble began when needing to extract them urgently when we needed to pack up.  Rain was forecast which meant if it rained the whole site with 80,000 people would go into lock down without any vehicular movement.
Being locked in would have meant we may well have missed our flights out of the USA. So I began in earnest to try extract them.  My partner Susu didn’t have the strength to help and the rest of our camp mates were busy cleaning up their own stuff so couldn’t help me.  To cut a long and I mean loooooonnnnngggggg story short I used vice grip and a hammer to twist, pull hammer, coerce each length of reo which was the most tedious hot fatiguing task I have every experienced in extracting tent pegs.
It took me an average of 15 minutes per length to get them out. And remember we had 12 to get out!!!!!   Each minute during that process I kept thinking there must be a different  better way.  And then remember a thought I had four years earlier of letting a cordless drill do the work.
Back home in Australia I started the GroundGrabba journey which took about three years and almost thirty versions to arrive at what we have today.
During that time I needed heavier duty tent pegs anyway for our own camping trips and GroundGrabbas were nowhere near finalising designs so I made my own set of 22 reo heavy duty tent pegs. I went to the local mens shed in Murwillumbah and got help using a forge and made each of the 22 myself from reo I picked up at the local tip shop.
I still carry those hammer in pegs with me. I don’t know why maybe sentimental reasons because with the GroundGrabbas I rarely use them. I may use them if I run out of our GG’s in setting up our camp.
OK, so I made the reo heavy duty tent pegs which are about 400mm in length. They are great for holding our large tarps and tent etc but they’re a real bugger to normally extract. Yes I still hated extracting them too!
When our GroundGrabbas finally went into production it was a huge relief. We’d created a heavy duty screw in tent peg of quality that held like wet sheet to a blanket… to be more precise we made two steel GroundGrabba varieties to cover both normal to hard ground and the other to hold in soft loose ground and sand.
We call them the GroundGrabba Pro (300mm long) and the GroundGrabba Pro II (600mm in length)
We were at that stage also working on a light weight sand / loose ground variety which is a whole other subject of major cost and pain. They are the orange ones you see we call the GroundGrabba Lite.
The upshot is our Carbon Steel Heat Treated and galvanised GroundGrabba’s will outlast most, if not all your camping equipment and car/4WD.
Your 4WD and tent and most all your camping equipment will die and be replaced over and over whilst your GroundGrabbas will be a lifelong keeper unless you lose them.
SO in answer to Marks remarks about their cost just remember that most all your other camping equipment will depreciate in value and need replacing several times in your life time and your GroundGrabbas will not.
Now you know how good value GroundGrabbas really are even compared to your loved 4WD or portable fridge not withstanding Engels amazing reputation.  🙂
Once again we sincerely thank Mark Allen and Whichcar 4×4 Australia for publishing the GroundGrabba tent peg screw product test.
Please check out the many different applications for GroundGrabbas use and also the environments in which one can use them.
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