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    Where to buy tools?

    We are starting up a new IMBA Chapter club in eastern Ohio, and was interested to know what brands of tools and where the best place is to purchase them. I understand I have opened a broad topic with opinons and all, but we are starting from nothing. Up untill now CAMBA (Cleveland area mountain bike association) have been letting us use a few tools for our non club organized trailbuilding. Thanks agin CAMBA you are a great and dedicated group of riders who have built and maintained wonderfull trails in and around the Cleveland area .

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    Not sure what kind of tools you're looking for but Ben Meadows is a good resource. They had have a nice discount for IMBA clubs but it may have ended. Rogue Hoe has some unique tools but we're finding the steel they use is not as hard as other brands. Kind of disappointing. Once you figure out what type of tools you need (McLeod, Pic Mattock, shovels, etc.), do a Google search and you will find plenty of options. Good luck.

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    I used this site for tools I can't find locally at farm and ranch stores

    Forestry Suppliers, Inc. 800-647-5368

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    Quote Originally Posted by casey View Post
    Nogue Hoe has some unique tools but we're finding the steel they use is not as hard as other brands.
    Is the choice of steel possibly on purpose, to make them easier to sharpen by hand?

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    The IMBA site has links to tools at a discount. Rogue Hoe always gives us a deal. Almost all the suppliers will give you a deal as an IMBA affiliated trail advocacy group, just ask them when you inquire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by casey View Post
    . Rogue Hoe has some unique tools but we're finding the steel they use is not as hard as other brands. Kind of disappointing.
    What problem does the steel of the Rogue Hoe cause for you? I have yet to find a tool that will hold a sharp edge cutting rocky soil.

    For McLeods and shovels we buy from Zac. They are heavy and strong to match.

    ZacŪ Tools - "The Strongest Shovels on Earth"

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    Rogue Hoe: The Best Hoes for Farm and Garden

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    just bought from rogue...

    redd, what are your soil conditions? I just purchased two 55H's, one 55A, and one 70HR54 from rogue. We have mostly clayey soils with little rock. When we do hit rock, its layered shale. That being said, the 55H is the shiznit for bench cutting. The 70HR54 is kinda like the jack of all trades trail tool, decent at everything but excellent at nothing. People that don't like to bend over (old guys, peeps with back troubles) like this tool the best. At double the price, its your call. The 55A is cool but the least useful. Usually the handle hits the ground when through the soil. For our local conditions, the longer the cutting blade, the better. If you have rocky soils, disregard my advice. Good luck with your new group.

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    In central Michigan, the rogue hoe is pretty much one tool fits all. We don't have the rock or hard clay for a pulaski and the mcclod's teeth are a bit flimsy.

    As for where to buy them, Forestry Suppliers is always good.

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    Home Depot
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    Pick Mattocks
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    Landscapers Axe - more durable that regular Pulaski

    Rogue Hoe
    Rogue Hoe - work great and hard to beat the price

    Zak Tools
    McLeods - Heavy duty and they nest more closely together, important for clubs

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    Pick mattock - medium weight with long handles

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    Home Depot has a grant program for local projects as well. Our Skills Park just received some DeWalt power tools, and they want to sponsor a work day there as well.
    Last edited by slocaus; 06-06-2012 at 03:44 PM.
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    Well Dogus, Our soil is made up of everything you could think of. It's mostly clay based but we run into spots that are soft and organic do to the thick canopy, and there are some rocky sections, and some extremely rocky spots like one of the trails we are working on. A part that would show how extreme it can get is posted by swampboy62 on page three of the rock gardens & features thread. This area is coverd in rocks ranging in size of a baseball to 250#ers we are just building the basic tread now and will go in and lock it together with fill later. The rock bridge (as we call it) is about 30 feet long in the picture but since then we have extended it out to about 100 feet

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