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Hand tools

This old mattock couldn’t stand up to Ken’s demands.

Though we used a rented gasoline-powered augur to drill the holes for the fence posts, and though we frequently use a battery-powered drill and screw driver, otherwise we are using hand tools this summer. Ken is strong and doesn’t mind the work, and in most cases the hand tools are much safer.

Ken saws a post.

Ken planting a post for a hose rack


  1. KClowlife wrote:

    Hey, I’m trying to remove a stump with a mattock pick and keep bending the damn mattock too. It’s not an old one, but I didn’t buy a super expensive one. Did you guys buy a newer one or bend the old one back?

    Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    Rather than try to bend it back, we bought a second mattock, and Ken bent that one too! Then we bought a third mattock, a heavier-duty one (a five-pounder, I believe) and so far the third mattock is holding up. They don’t make mattocks like they used to!

    Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Permalink
  3. KClowlife wrote:

    Excellent. Thanks for the advice!

    Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Permalink
  4. KClowlife wrote:

    turns out I had a 5# mattock already. So I bought a cutter mattock instead of a pick mattock. It seems to be holding up a bit better but still bends a bit. damn oak has been dead at least 5 years but the roots are still juicy and hard as a rock.

    Friday, June 11, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

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