Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: Pulaski recommendations?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Location
    Hot-bunking with KatClaws
    Posts
    2,560

    Pulaski recommendations?


    ADVERTISEMENT
    Many, many years ago, when I trained for wildfire fighting, I fell in love with pulaskis. Almost all of our handtools were by Council, so I am familiar with their model. I am now living on a little bit of acreage on a steep, rocky hillside, and these tired old bones would benefit from having some trails cut into that hillside before they are too old to make it.

    So, I ask the knowledgable folks here- who makes a good pulaski? None of my local hardware/garden stores seem to stock them, and specs are hard to come by when shopping online. I would prefer one with a wider grub hoe if that exists.

    Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
    Be Worthy

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Maple Valley, WA
    Posts
    4,082
    Quote Originally Posted by MacHete View Post
    I would prefer one with a wider grub hoe if that exists.
    I haven't seen one with a wide grub hoe. For that I'd suggest you look into a cutter mattock (axe mattock). For Pulaskis consider buying one off of the internet auction site. I've seen some nice ones on there. For new Pulaskis check out:

    Pacific Forest Supply
    http://www.pacforestsupply.com/index...37mncocqjd01g0

    or

    Forestry Suppliers
    http://www.forestry-suppliers.com/ic...l.asp?page=147

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Idaho
    Posts
    776
    Not sure when it happened but the FS spec seemed to have changed at some point. The newer ones have a wider hoe.

    Left to right,True Temper FSS, True American Mann FS, Kelly worlds Finest FS and True Temper Flint edge, BLM, USFS and CFC. I have no idea what CFC stands for. I come across a bunch for $5 a piece. I have given a few away but it seems that the later ones had a bigger hoe. I would get used myself. Hope it helped some.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Pacific NorthWet, USA
    Posts
    2,135
    Quote Originally Posted by MacHete View Post
    ...I would prefer one with a wider grub hoe if that exists...
    This one is extra-wide (5"), on a German-made cutter mattock:



    I don't have one of these, but I've seen them for sales at Earthtoolsbcs.
    Last edited by Steve Tall; 04-30-2013 at 08:38 AM. Reason: photo

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Idaho
    Posts
    2,482
    This is a good question for 42blades, I hope he stops bye.

    I'm sure that some of the currently produced mattocks and wide pulaskis will be fine as a grubbing tool. If you want the axe side to be a performer, the only modern, quality tool THAT I KNOW OF is the Council pulaski. Even better is a vintage pulaski from Kelly, Collins or the like.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Location
    Hot-bunking with KatClaws
    Posts
    2,560
    Thanks, guys!

    I checked out those links, Square_peg. I am really not liking the looks of the 90 degree twist on the modern Council's head. Is that common practice now?

    garry3- I like both of the True Tempers in your photo. Do they still make 'em like that?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Tall View Post
    This one is extra-wide (5"), on a German-made cutter mattock:

    WOW! That is wider. Makes me wonder if it would make using the cutter side unwieldly?

    I never thought to check the auction site. Don't know why, because I've bought lots of vintage machete's there to refurbish. I will check that out, and I'll try to find more details from manufacturer's sites. I'll start with True Temper.

    Thanks again!
    Be Worthy

  7. #7
    I like rogue hoes for trailwork. They don't have an axe end but I've never found that an issue in cutting trail. Plenty of other tools in hand usually.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    mountains of montana
    Posts
    1,946
    Heck, most any old FSS Pulaski would serve you well.
    That auction site usually has a few True Tempers and Collins ones.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Colorado plateau
    Posts
    106
    Quote Originally Posted by MacHete View Post
    Thanks, guys!

    I checked out those links, Square_peg. I am really not liking the looks of the 90 degree twist on the modern Council's head. Is that common

    Thanks again!
    Council tools has an fss grade that dose not have a twisted hoe and they are pretty good stuff I use them at my work all the time.

  10. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by M3mphis View Post
    This is a good question for 42blades, I hope he stops bye.

    I'm sure that some of the currently produced mattocks and wide pulaskis will be fine as a grubbing tool. If you want the axe side to be a performer, the only modern, quality tool THAT I KNOW OF is the Council pulaski. Even better is a vintage pulaski from Kelly, Collins or the like.
    Not much to add to the conversation, actually, other than to reinforce that the way to go with modern Pulaskis is Council and that looking into cutter mattocks might be a good thought. Easy Digging carries rare 3lb. mattocks (both pick and cutter types) by Tramontina with the option for a 45" extra long handle. They dress the eyes, too, and the handle on my pick mattock had grain straight as an arrow and in direct alignment to boot!


    Baryonyx Knife Co. ~Condors, Moras, Deluxe Tramontinas, and More!

    "To live at all is miracle enough."
    — Mervyn Peake

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Maple Valley, WA
    Posts
    4,082
    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Tall View Post
    This one is extra-wide (5"), on a German-made cutter mattock:


    Quote Originally Posted by MacHete View Post
    WOW! That is wider. Makes me wonder if it would make using the cutter side unwieldly?

    I've had my standard Pulaski jam while using the axe because the adze end got stuck against work. A wider adze will make that problem more common.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •