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|Head Material:||High Carbon Steel, Heat Treatment||Handle Material:||Ash Handle, Hard Wood Handle|
|Application:||Wildland Fire Rake, Grass Fire, Forestry Fire|
LH105W01 Mcleod rake with ash wood handle, wildfire tool, grass fire tool, forest fire tool, trail tool
Mcleod rake teeth size: 3.1/2" teeth,
Mcleod rake blade size: 9"x9.3/4" blade
Mcleod fire rake handle length:48",60"
Heavy-duty welded construction.
Steel head attached by a hex nut for fast remov al or replacement.
A pin to prevent the tool head from rotating.
Collapsible to allow transport to remote locations.
Corrosion resistant, powder-coated finish.
|Head material||Carbon steel|
The McLeod rake is a two-sided blade on a long, wooden-handle. It is a standard yet esoteric tool during wildfire suppression and trail restoration. The combination tool was created in 1905 by Malcolm McLeod, a US Forest Service ranger at the Sierra National Forest, with a large hoe-like blade on one side and a tined blade on the other.
The McLeod was designed to rake fire lines with the teeth and cut branches and sod with the sharpened hoe edge, but it has found other uses. It can remove slough and berm from a trail, tamp or compact tread, and can shape a trail's backslope.
The tool can also be used for hand crimping straw mulch into soil a minimum depth of 2 inches, and is sometimes specified by the State of Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety for use during erosion control and soil amendment activities.
Because of its shape, the McLeod is an awkward tool to transport and store. Some McLeod tools are made with a removable blade to partially mitigate this problem. Ideally it is carried with the tines pointing toward the ground for safety, with a sheath over the cutting edge. However, the mass distribution makes it difficult to carry in this orientation consistently.