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Entrenching Tool 471

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Entrenching Tool
« on: August 30, 2019, 04:10:23 AM »
So, I think this is the LAST part of my shopping list, thanks to all you wonderful tool guys and gals.

Winter is coming in New York...And Im thinking I need somethibg of this sort in my truck. Now, I drive an F350, which btw Ive got it stuck and an F250 pulled me out. Traction control in snow is awful, luckily I figured out how to turn it off.

Anyway! I wanted to add this to my truck tools. It will compliment my recovery straps nicely. Ive noticed a few ones get more recognition, as I saw some very old posts on here. One being the Gerber Gorge, Glock Entrenching Tool and surplus models.

My main use for this would be get myself (or someone else) unstuck from the lake effect snow. I do also visit the outdoors multiple times a year and wouldnt mind having this along. Never needed it (or id have one by now). But, better to have it and not need it.

From the reviews, on pretty much all of them, have mixed reviews. Since you guys seem to have knowledge on tools than the average tool buyer, I come to you. One review would say the handle is extremely solid, beat it up good and didn't break. Then another will mention how flimsy it is.

So, I apologize for asking this question again. Thanks in advance for any help. It is appreciated.
No Life Club Posts: 1,143
Re: Entrenching Tool
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2019, 04:20:19 AM »
Gerber E-Tool is my choice.
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Re: Entrenching Tool
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2019, 04:41:06 AM »
1960s West German for me. Tough, well made, and has a pick. Personally, the metal in the current Ames seems flimsy.

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Re: Entrenching Tool
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2019, 05:00:50 PM »
I bought the original AMES tool last year for the car for the case I would need to remove some snow or something when exiting the parking lot in front of my job. But we stopped having snow in these parts so I can't tell if it's any good...  :D

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Global Moderator Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 40,465
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Re: Entrenching Tool
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2019, 05:13:21 PM »
I carry my old avalanche shovel in my vehicle which would work much better for you for snow than any entrenching tool.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=avalanche+shovel&gclid=CjwKCAjwtajrBRBVEiwA8w2Q8OWejgwVOwPsJi2NE1-vUv_8D0va5d4oESRybrh_TJf-RijgXDnG7BoC0agQAvD_BwE&hvadid=178128591722&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9019691&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=16476055075788465253&hvtargid=kwd-276444389&hydadcr=15003_9758863&tag=googhydr-20&ref=pd_sl_3q9xjd90ki_e

The avalanche shovel would beat an entrenching tool for snow removal, but I prefer an entrenching tool for packability and versatility.
Global Moderator Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 40,465
Re: Entrenching Tool
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2019, 05:49:23 PM »
The avalanche shovel would beat an entrenching tool for snow removal, but I prefer an entrenching tool for packability and versatility.

Yes but the OP specifically asked about something for his vehicle and for in the snow.
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,507
Re: Entrenching Tool
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2019, 08:12:31 PM »
depending if size is a limiting factor for storage in the truck and if you want to hassle with a wooden handle, the Cold Steel Spetznaz shovel might also be a viable option

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Re: Entrenching Tool
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2019, 04:58:49 AM »
I ended up ordering a USGI etool. And Im very pleased with the quality. Havent used/tested it yet, but for a mere $25, Im satisfied. Feels nice and sturdy, packs up nicely. with my current tools and recovery straps, space is getting very limited under my lockable rear seat.

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,931
Re: Entrenching Tool
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2019, 01:55:23 PM »
I ended up ordering a USGI etool. And Im very pleased with the quality. Havent used/tested it yet, but for a mere $25, Im satisfied. Feels nice and sturdy, packs up nicely. with my current tools and recovery straps, space is getting very limited under my lockable rear seat.

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They are great! I’ve used mine!  :like: :tu:
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,507
Re: Entrenching Tool
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2019, 08:28:58 PM »
that is a great price for one

Solving problems you didn't know you had in the most obscure way possible

"And now, it's time to hand this over to our tame race axe driver. Some say, he can live in the forest for six months at a time without food, and he knows of a secret tribe of only women where he is their God. All we know is, he's call the Styx!" - TazzieRob
Head Turd Polisher Administrator Just Bananas Posts: 61,304 Optimum instrumentum est inter aures
Re: Entrenching Tool
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2019, 10:40:42 AM »
Personally I like the Cold Steel Spetznaz shovel as I am always leery of moving parts in a heavy duty tool.  That having been said, I pounded the Gerber Gorge through several inches of hard packed ice without even the slightest feeling of potential failure.

 https://www.multitool.org/blog/gerber-gorge-folding-shovel

It stood up to me digging a large enough hole for my Jeep, so I wouldn't be concerned about it for just about anything else.  It is one tough shovel.

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Re: Entrenching Tool
« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2019, 05:17:50 AM »
Personally I like the Cold Steel Spetznaz shovel as I am always leery of moving parts in a heavy duty tool.  That having been said, I pounded the Gerber Gorge through several inches of hard packed ice without even the slightest feeling of potential failure.

 https://www.multitool.org/blog/gerber-gorge-folding-shovel

It stood up to me digging a large enough hole for my Jeep, so I wouldn't be concerned about it for just about anything else.  It is one tough shovel.

Def

Yeah, moving parts can sometimes be a problem. I want to get a Russian Titanium Shovel.

 

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