Bent Udder, its like a very curved heavy duty hoe.
Trail Building Tools?
I've used most of the aforementioned tools (except a folding shovel, thank god
Those bush hooks are ace and I've cut through small trees with them. Got two in a sale for £15.
A pulaski is (IIRC) an axe headed tool with a adze on it's reverse face (set at 90 degrees to the blade).
A (grubbing) mattock is like a pick axe but with a large adze on one face and at 90 degrees on the reverse a bladed pick.
A Mcleod is what you see in the pics and as rare as rocking horsesh1t in this country. We got one from the States years ago and it's been brilliant, except it eventually broke and the welded repair has made it a bit heavier than ideal (but it'll never break again). A guy got some made for us but the heads were in mild steel and the teeth bent to all buggery. If anyone wants to go halves on making them I'm always up for it.
A good shovel makes an amazing difference and my personal favourite is a round nosed, swan neck with 48" (or long fibre glass handle (no padding like the ones in B&Q, it just slips). The other revelation has been Chillington Hoes or azasdas.
I spent an awful lot of time with a swan neck and chillington building a pump track and used well, in the right conditions they are excellent, back saving, efficient tools.
Oh a barrow is great as well.
Best of luck fitting all or any of that in your pack
Expensive, but when you've broken or had the heads slip on a few of the cheap Chillingtons you come to really appreciate their "quality" feel:
Cheap ones are made by Silverline and are pretty good, I've just got tool upgradeitis.
[edit: I suspect these might be the crocodile tools scruff is referring to]
The daddy of shovels (IMO):
Catalogue number p89 on this page:
We find having the keys to the gates absolutely essential. Chuck proper tools and barrow in vehicle, drive to trail.
Glen, this is very true. You and Rich up there tonight?
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