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Posted: Jan 15, 2009 at 2:03 Quote
that tool does look nice. my last few pics have been cheap hardware store versions and they just don't hold up at all.
Muttley wrote:
the wider pick and mattock would be SO useful while bench cutting,would double efficiency.

Posted: Jan 15, 2009 at 2:25 Quote
cool. looks like you knurled the sledge's face too maybe?
cannonball wrote:
Here is a pic of a sledge mattock that i built, let me know what you think.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m290/cannonballcrew1/CIMG1798.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m290/cannonballcrew1/CIMG1799.jpg

Posted: Jan 23, 2009 at 12:34 Quote
Make a collasable alumin shovel that you can strap to your pack.

Posted: Jan 23, 2009 at 13:06 Quote
the problem i see with both tools is the apparent(visual)imbalance of weight on both sides of these striking related tools. having done a lot of trailwork i enjoy(kinda) using macleods, shovels, mattocks, picks, etc. but a long day of swinging a tool that is imbalanced does not improve the activity.
if its custom tools you are looking to explore then you would do well to find something that no one else has done before. folding aluminum shovel? just a bit ubiquitous. but one digging tool that has versatility- more then one striking point, removable shovel, pick, sledge hammer, hoe, etc. might be an angle to take.

Posted: Jan 23, 2009 at 17:36 Quote
Absolutely, a multi tool would be key. Aluminum would be nice because of the weight, but i dont see it holding up for serious trail work.

Posted: Jan 24, 2009 at 7:39 Quote
cannonball wrote:
Absolutely, a multi tool would be key. Aluminum would be nice because of the weight, but i dont see it holding up for serious trail work.

yeah i was referring to the post above. folding shovels are shit. the avy shovels are frighteningly thin.

Posted: Jan 27, 2009 at 11:21 Quote
Tig weld the alumin or some cromoly and use set screws and tube clamps to put toghter. If something holds up like this in SOCALS clay and granit trails then it will deffentilly hold up in canadas soil. Theses are strong they are ment to hold a cross member toghter on a engine cage.
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Posted: Jan 27, 2009 at 18:29 Quote
Thats pretty cool looking, is there a website that sells those?

Posted: Jan 28, 2009 at 9:00 Quote
finally got a pic of the mcleod / mcloed we made.
couldn't find anywhere in the uk that sold them so a look at some on
here and american sites and out with the tools and welder.
aint used it yet cos i have only just found a place in the uk that
sells shovel handles that are long enough but stronger than the bendy
broom handle's that are stocked in b&q etc... the uk sucks for proper tools lol

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_dulE0wjt7EQ/SYBohdsOnVI/AAAAAAAAADU/V8PxVfsBELE/s800/143.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_dulE0wjt7EQ/SYBhfMgAY2I/AAAAAAAAAC4/ejFJEd9MfAY/s640/144.jpg

tis about 10" across and is made from 6mm stainless steel. so i nice and strong but
light... bring on the building

Posted: Jan 28, 2009 at 10:29 Quote
The mcleod looks great. bummer you cant get any good handles over there.

Posted: Jan 28, 2009 at 11:26 Quote
wrote:
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_dulE0wjt7EQ/SYBohdsOnVI/AAAAAAAAADU/V8PxVfsBELE/s800/143.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_dulE0wjt7EQ/SYBhfMgAY2I/AAAAAAAAAC4/ejFJEd9MfAY/s640/144.jpg

tis about 10" across and is made from 6mm stainless steel. so i nice and strong but
light... bring on the building

if you keep having probs with the handle you might consider some tube steel for the handle as well.. good job on the macleod tool. we call it the "oprah" out here. (big heavy ass hoe).

Posted: Jan 28, 2009 at 11:28 Quote
cannonball wrote:
Thats pretty cool looking, is there a website that sells those?

Yeah If you go to www.kartek.com and go under fabricationyou will see them. and Im sure like www.fastenall.com might sell theses.

Posted: Jan 28, 2009 at 12:02 Quote
i think i have found some... just waiting for one to arrive then i can try it, ordered the west country shovel handle from here

handytools

will see how it looks.. might have to modify the bracket that holds the handle encase its to tight etc... maybe so it accepts the taper of the handle...

Posted: Jan 29, 2009 at 13:46 Quote
obee1 wrote:
the problem i see with both tools is the apparent(visual)imbalance of weight on both sides of these striking related tools. having done a lot of trailwork i enjoy(kinda) using macleods, shovels, mattocks, picks, etc. but a long day of swinging a tool that is imbalanced does not improve the activity.
if its custom tools you are looking to explore then you would do well to find something that no one else has done before. folding aluminum shovel? just a bit ubiquitous. but one digging tool that has versatility- more then one striking point, removable shovel, pick, sledge hammer, hoe, etc. might be an angle to take.

My shovel would thread toghter not fold. Folding shovels break under heavy loads.

Posted: Jun 16, 2009 at 3:10 Quote
Here in Switzerland the army sells used spades,....small, cheap and not that heavy
you can use them as a mattock too. It costs 14$ including a leather shelter.

http://www.asmc.de/images/product_images/popup_images/102402_0.jpg

http://www.asmc.de/images/product_images/popup_images/102402_1.jpg

But for going big that thing isn't good. Some custom made tools would be a great idea.

Here a picture of my tools i take with when i go building Trails, spade and mattock are allready in the woods:
http://www.shareapic.com/pthumbs/large/40837/DSC00310.JPG


 
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