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Old 04-12-2016, 11:16 AM
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Default Axe, Shovel, Hi-lift tool storage and actual usage?

I'm looking at creating a mount on the factory roof rack of my 100 to hold a few off road tools, primarily a shovel, axe and hi-lift and my Road Shower 2. However, in 15+ years of wheeling I don't think I've ever used an axe on the trail, I've only used it for campfire duties... But even a boys axe or hatchet is more useful for fire prep. I do use a bow saw and carry one regularly.

I feel like a pick mattock and shovel in Colorado would be more useful than an axe. Thoughts, I'm thinking of dropping the axe all together (I'm sure that means I'll need it first trip out )

Any custom rack mounts you care to show off?

I'm thinking of starting with a large aluminum angle that can mount tools to both of the vertical sides and the horizontal "base" as well, and using Yakima might mounts to lock into the roof rack. I'm hoping for a one stop way to bolt all my off road tools without creating "another chore" to getting on the trial.
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Old 04-12-2016, 11:20 AM
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I agree that a full size axe is probably overkill. I stopped carrying one a few years ago and haven't missed it, either. But I do carry a 21" Sven saw in its place. A saw is cleaner and usually quicker than an axe for clearing dead fall or cutting firewood. About the only thing is splitting is not possible, but I'm not taking down trees to put up for winter, so it's not critical. Shovel is essential and I do still carry a Hi-Lift.
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Old 04-12-2016, 05:30 PM
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I also replaced the axe with a Sven saw and I use Ontario RTAK II to split most of my fire wood on the trail.
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I carry a small shovel all the time. Been useful many times. I don't carry an axe unless I'm camping. I just stick it behind the back seats in the little crevice that only small things fit in.

I used to keep the highlift on the roof, but even in a bag it got really corroded and I had to replace the guts a couple times. And it was loud and noisy. Shovel and saw are likely fine on the roof, but the jacks rattle no matter what you do. Just my experience. I just stick the highlift in the truck before I wheel.
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Old 04-13-2016, 09:04 PM
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I carry a shovel, a pick, a full size Fiskars axe, high lift, fire wood splitter/sledgehammer. It's all mounted in the bed of my truck attached to my drawer system. It's all interlocking, so no latches needed.

I use my axe frequently as I'm always coming across downed trees. A problem that is only going to get worse with the spread of the beetle kill. I also carry a bow saw for this same reason. But I like having all my options available depending on what situation arises.
I never owned a full sized axe before I started wheeling. I have far more use for it out on the trail than anywhere else and purchased one just for this reason.


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This shovel looks mean!!!:http://krazybeavertools.com/untitled...vel/index.html
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Hey Travis, can you post up a pic or two of how you mounted the tools?
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I used to keep the highlift on the roof, but even in a bag it got really corroded and I had to replace the guts a couple times. And it was loud and noisy. Shovel and saw are likely fine on the roof, but the jacks rattle no matter what you do. Just my experience. I just stick the highlift in the truck before I wheel.
i really liked Christos suggestion..or maybe it was Tim a few years ago at jack it night...
leave the hi lift rail outside..throw the mechanism inside the truck
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Here ya go. Hope this helps.

I stared by just building the frame that bolts to the drawer system. Then I made brackets for the high lift. Then everything else interlocks and stacks on top. The only draw back is that I have to remove the shovel, pick, and sledge before I can take the lift out. But it's very secure and I don't really mind that. Besides, chances are that stuff is already out and being used my the time the lift is needed. Let me know if you have any other questions or would like additional pictures. The tool rack itself cost me about $30 in materials. And I had it basically put together in a day.

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I have used my hilift a couple of times, shovel a couple of times, never ever needed an axe. Well maybe to fight zombies when I didn't have a shotgun handy
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