McLeod Fire Tool

An ordinary tool with extraordinary utility and ruggedness is something called a McLeod. It’s a heavy duty combination rake and hoe with a 12″ steel blade, introduced to me by friends in the US Forest Service who use McLeods for a variety of firefighting tasks; I use mine for gardening and landscaping (and fire protection, too). It does almost everything I need outside, from chopping weeds to smoothing planting beds, cutting trails, and raking up leaves and brush. A McLeod eliminates the need for dragging around a shovel, and a hoe, and a rake and a pick. There are multiple vendors online. Recently we bought one to be used at a remote cabin for $60 from Baileys, suppliers of a wide range of professional fire fighting tools.

-- Mike Liebhold  

McLeod Fire Tool
$59
Available from Ben Meadows