Pacific Forest Supply
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!
Pacific Forest Supply
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Heck, most any old FSS Pulaski would serve you well.
That auction site usually has a few True Tempers and Collins ones.
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