Fire Shovel “Troop Tool” with Universal Quick Connect Handle
The Fire Shovel “Troop Tool” with Universal Quick Connect Handle weighs in at 5.4 pounds. In particular, the tool adjusts quickly with a push-button spring loaded latch mechanism. As a result, the tool configures instantly from a shovel position to a McLeod position. In addition, the tool combines features of the traditional military trenching shovel and the McLeod rake. Also, the Shovel-McLeod Fire Tool is a unique combination tool that easily changes from a fire shovel for digging and throwing dirt, to a McLeod tool for scraping the cover grasses and combustable material off of mineral soil. Consequently, this tool makes easy work of getting down to mineral soil for perfect fire trails. Because of its features, this is the best firefighting tool in the world for dealing with wildfires in Temperate Forests and Chaparral Shrub land.
Shovel-McLeod Fire Shovel is 4 tools in 1
The Shovel-McLeod Fire Shovel offers four fire tools in one.
First it is a McLeod tool with a rake with course tines. Secondly, the other side of the McLeod tool is a flat sharpened hoe. The McLeod is designed to rake fire lines with the teeth and cut branches and sod with the sharpened hoe edge. In addition, the Third tool is a shovel, that can be set in multiple angles for digging and throwing dirt. The Forth tool, the shovel tip, when positioned at 90 degrees, is the adaz like tool. This is used for scraping trenches
Shovel/McLeod Fire Shovel is versatile
The Shovel/McLeod Fire Shovel uses a replaceable Universal Firefighters Tool Handle. Many Hotshot crews are using this Universal Shovel-McLeod Fire Tool. It can hold up for as many as ten hard fire seasons and then be refurbished with a new shovel blade.
Shovel-McLeod Fire Tool Features:
This tool combines features of the traditional military trenching shovel and the McLeod rake. As a result of the exceptional design this tool is strong. The composite steel shovel blade connects to a 1-inch diameter aluminum rod and female fitting that snap-locks onto the Universal Handle.
- Combination tool used as an angled shovel for digging and throwing dirt, with a push button to change and lock angles.
- The 90-degree blade set forms a even better curved McLeod, for scraping line.
- The 90-degree blade set, where the point of the shovel blade strikes the ground first makes it a perfect, stand erect mixing, chinking, mop-up tool as well as a trenching tool.
- The tool can be a great safety staff and stable walking stick when the blade is folded back against its staff. The firefighter can drag the tool behind when descending steep ground, with the back of the blade serves as a braking mechanism.
- The tool folds flat and compact for transport in any vehicle, plus the Universal Handle always snap-locks off the tool to accept another tool head option such as the “Magnum Pulaski” or Grass Fire “Dragon Swatter”.
The push button, multi-angled blade sets the tool head as needed for changing chores on a wildfire. As a result, digging/throwing dirt, scraping line, raking line, chinking/mixing/mop-up are all possible with the push of a button. Additionally, this tool works well as a safety staff to eliminate falls going to and from fires. See the three blade positions below:
Read more about the McLeod Tool here.
- Weight 5.4 pounds
- Blade-open dimensions: 26″ L.
- Blade-closed dimensions: 21.5″L
- Shovel Blade length 11.5″L
- Shovel-blade width 7.5″W
- Depth of serrations approx. 1.25″
- Detached Handle length 37″
Talk with a professional firefighter
If you have a questions about these fire tools or fire equipment offered by Cat 6 Tools, call and talk with Titus Nelson at Cat 6 Tools. He fought fires with the U. S. Forest Service and the well known Texas Canyon Hotshots on the Angles Forest north of Los Angeles. He also served as a Smokejumper over a 7 year period as a Smokejumper in the Pacific North West and with the BLM in Alaska. In addition, he has direct experience with all sorts of fire tools, including the fire shovel, McLeod, Pulaski, and the brush hook. And finally, he has extensive experience with all sorts of axes, chain saws, and portable gas engine powered fire pumps.
For an interesting article on Smokejumpers tools, read the “The Smokejumper’s Ultimate Toolkit Checklist.
Want to become a Smokejumper? Checkout the National Smokejumper Association web page for more information.