The tools shown here are those used most often by Forest Service trail crews. They are categorized into tools for sawing, chopping, grubbing, digging and tamping, pounding, and hammering, lifting and hauling, peeling and shaping, and sharpening and rehandling. Each tool is described along with helpful techniques for use and maintenance.
Trail work requires many kinds of hand tools like saws, axes, picks, hammers, shovels, and grub hoes. To be safe and productive, trail workers must know how to select the best tools for the job, use them skillfully, and maintain them correctly. However, modern technology has caused a gap in our handtool knowledge. Most trail tools have become uncommon in our everyday work world, which contributes to accidents, low productivity, and frustration.
This manual should help reduce accidents and increase production. It is intended for Forest Service employees,
volunteers, and others who do trail work. It provides tips for using and maintaining common trail tools. Proper use and maintenance of hand tools contribute to safe and efficient trail work and to a better trail system.
Attached document published February 2005
posted Nov 8, 2022
Before trail builders start digging, they first have to lay the trail, flag the line, and more to ensure a grade that not only matches the terrain but also is well throughout to prevent erosion.
posted Aug 8, 2022
Let’s talk about grubbing and raking tools! You might have heard the term grubbing before, but if you’re new to trail building, it may be unfamiliar. Grubbing is when you are removing earth and topsoil. Basically digging into the first while removing vegetation in the process. Trail builders may also call this process hogging.
posted Jun 8, 2022
There are a few options for striking tools that you may see out on a project. Some like the sledge hammer will be seen more, while others may only be pulled out for special projects.
posted Jan 14, 2022
Tools for Trails discusses the importance of the right tools for every job.
594 views • posted 09/11/2023