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Encyclopedia > McLeod (tool)
This combination heavy duty rake and hoe tool is named after Ranter Malcolm McLeod. Firefighters use this tool to cut through matted litter and duff and clearing loose surface materials.
This combination heavy duty rake and hoe tool is named after Ranter Malcolm McLeod. Firefighters use this tool to cut through matted litter and duff and clearing loose surface materials.

The McLeod is a wildland firefighting tool with its large hoe like blade on one side and tined blade on the other is a forest fire tool common in American western mountain ranges. Fire in San Bernardino, California Mountains (image taken from the International Space Station) A wildfire, also known as a forest fire, vegetation fire, grass fire, brush fire, or bushfire (in Australasia), is an uncontrolled fire often occurring in wildland areas, but which can also consume houses or agricultural resources. ...


It was originally intended for raking fire lines with the teeth and for cutting branches and sod with the sharpened hoe edge. The McLeod is useful for removing slough and berm from a trail and tamping or compacting tread. It can also be used to shape a trail's backslope.


Because of its shape, the McLeod is an awkward tool to transport and store. It is carried with the tines pointing toward the ground, ideally with a sheath over the cutting edge.


See also

Four fire slappers in the forest ready for use in case of fire Branddasker is a Danish word literally meaning fire slapper. It is a tool for fighting minor fires on typically fields or heaths. ... Using a driptorch to ignite a prescribed fire A driptorch is a tool used in wildland firefighting, controlled burning, and other forestry applications to intentionally ignite fires. ... A Flapper is a wildland firefighting tool also called a swatter or a beater. ... A World War I-era parachute flare dropped from aircraft for illumination. ... The pulaski is a special hand tool used in wildland firefighting. ...

References

Website - American Trails Retrieved July 15, 2006


 
 

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