(Forestry Tool)

Logo of McLeod (tool)
Forestry Tool
Link to Dbpedia

What is McLeod (tool)?

A McLeod tool (or rakehoe) is a two-sided blade—one a rake with coarse tines, one a flat sharpened hoe—on a long, wooden handle. It is a standard tool during wildfire suppression and trail restoration. The combination tool was created in 1905 by Malcolm McLeod, a US Forest Service ranger at the Sierra National Forest. The McLeod was designed to rake fire lines with the teeth and cut branches and sod with the sharpened hoe edge, but it has found other uses. It can remove slough and berm from a trail, tamp or compact tread, and can shape a trail's backslope. The tool can also be used for hand crimping straw mulch into soil a minimum depth of 2 inches (5.1 cm), and is sometimes specified by the State of Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety for use during erosion control and soil amendment activities.

Technology Types

forestry toolimplementinstrumentalitytoolwildland fire suppression equipment


fire hoemcleod-toolrake hoerakehoe

Tech Info

Important Persons & Organizations

    Sources: DBpedia, Wikidata
     — Date merged: 2/4/2022, 5:50:38 PM
     — Date scraped: 5/20/2021, 5:42:45 PM