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The Pulaski

If you aren’t new to trail building, than you are probably not new to the Pulaski either.  This familiar tool with an axe blade on one side, and an adze or grub hoe on the other, is probably one of the most versatile tools in our arsenal.  It is great for breaking dirt, cutting roots and stumps, cutting logs, and carving out fine trail features.  If you use it in a rocky area, you will quickly dull the edges, so in hard terrain it is best to drop it and pick up a pick axe. 

Be careful not to smash the handle of your Pulaski on rocks and stuff.  The handles on these tools are not very robust, and seem to break a lot easier than some of the other grubbing tools in this list.  The heads also seem to come loose on them, so it is best to be extra cautious of your swing, and where others around you are standing.