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    Pulsaski or Pickmattock heads? Got a broken tool?

    I'm working on a prototype folding/telescoping Pulaski and just in the messing around stages - anyone got a broken Pulaski (or pickmattock would work fine too, this is a proof of concept type thing and I don't necessarily need the axe to see if it works) that they don't need the head from?

    Long shot, I know. I see a rusty Chinese head on Ebay which I'll just buy if I don't find anyone with something.

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    Nevermind... just called Rogue and ordered a standalone tempered head. $25, score!
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    This piqued my interest, having used all three, but prefer a Rogue when possible outside of really rocky! Please keep us updated.
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    You guys get a chance, give one of these a try. I've been putting off getting one for a few years because I thought it might be too heavy. Oddly enough, I bought one to help build up my strength after my cancer treatments. Well it worked! But it's also THE best heavy digging tool I've used in 40 years of trail building.

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    I *think* it'll be a 3 or 4-piece (head, 2-3 handle pieces) sort of deal. Attaching stuff near the head is easy because the joint can be a little bulky and it won't hurt the ergonomics of the tool. The break in the handle is a little tricker but I've got a few ideas. It'll probably be made from plain-jane 4130 cromoly because A) I have a lifetime supply in my junk bin, and B) I'm not super concerned with ultra light weight. My goal is to have the tool be packable in a "normal" (ie large 2-3L) hydration pack - ie something you can take on a ride and still enjoy yourself, then do some trailwork as well. Whether that's doable or not I don't know but the only portable tool I've seen is the Trail Boss which is not going to cut it for the stuff I need to do (lots of embedded limestone and quartzite cobbles, chopping up scrub oak occasionally). It also (IMO) looks fragile, though I've never handled one IRL.

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    Are you talking about a 60" handle or a 40"? I would think a short handle like on a pulaski woudn't need to be more than 2 pieces. It would be nice to get a 60" handle into a pack.
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    I'll be very curious to see this when you have it sorted Walt. I've personally been building a tool for a couple of years now that 90% of the time can deal with any kind of trail repair, and given a lamberton or something similar, can, between the two, build almost anywhere. The problem with trying to make my tool portable is the head of the tool itself. In fact, after looking at the head and deciding it couldn't be done, I never gave it a second thought. But I also never thought about a metal handle. I assumed I'd always need room on the head of the tool for a wooden handle to be bolted on. So...yeah, watching, waiting.

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    I'll certainly post some pictures and thoughts when I get some actual work done on it (I won't even have the head until next week sometime). It might be an awful failure, of course. I'm hoping to have something done in the next few weeks before the snow flies so I can actually test it out with a little digging, but that might be overly ambitious as I've got other stuff that needs building - and actually pays the bills!

    -Walt
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    There was some discussion about these kind of tools on our local board. After looking at the Trail Boss system I immediately thought of S&S couplers. Couldn't find any pricing for the raw materials and they only sell to professional builders. You on the other hand........

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