The Pulowski Tool

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Heard of it? I knew of it, but I think the CFS called it a firebreak tool many years ago. Its an awkward, if not ugly looking bugger, but I have found myself wanting one now I have grown up:rolleyes: They are used for making fire-breaks/ barriers in scrub or on overgrown tracks, by means of clearing vegetation that could be ignited by fire. Thereby stopping a fire from spreading. The mattock end is for clearing small vegetation and dried grass, and the axe end is for chopping through roots or felling trees, also for fire-break purposes. I think this is an essential bit of kit for anyone living in a rural or bush setting or while travelling.


Council Tools U.S. Federal Forestry Service (FFS) Pulowski Tool
 

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As I understand it more of a American thing not sure it was used in Australia much. You have a long line of men some with this this tool and they would make a fire break to stop the fire.
 

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I used to be in my local rural fire brigade and we used something similar to this to make firebreak lines! I only ever did it in weekly training however.
 

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In my local brigade we did have a few Pulowski but the tool used most often was the rakehoe which is far more useful for fire fighting in Western Australia.

I know the tool you speak of. Yes this is the main fire fighting tool. I think it is more used in dry paddocks and grasslands, by a number of firefighters, as Howling Dingo said. We have it here too. It can be used to put out spot fires, in addition to making fire breaks from memory. I think I got this one confused with the Pulowski tool :rolleyes: The last time I saw your tool used on a bushfire on our farm in 1981! IMHO I think the Pulowski tool is still used to prevent fires where the vegetation is thicker and there are trees. I like the Pulowski tool as its also doubles as a handy camp axe & a descent sized hoe for the garden, while being a jack of all trades master of none (in the fire fighting department):)
 
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The pulaski tool seems really rare tool in Australia ,but from what folk have said there must be a few out there somware. I had a look on ebay and the all come from the USA with crazy high shipping if you what one.


Gransfors bruks did a tool called a farmers axe few year ago which is no longer made. Same basic design but not sure if it was inspired by the Pulowski or a older Swedish design.

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Bit of topic but this folk song by Steve Earle recounts Ed Pulaski's and the axe he gave his name to..

 
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The pulaski tool seems really rare tool in Australia ,but from what folk have said there must be a few out there somware. I had a look on ebay and the all come from the USA with crazy high shipping if you what one.


Gransfors bruks did a tool called a farmers axe few year ago which is no longer made. Same basic design but not sure if it was inspired by the Pulowski or a older Swedish design.

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Good to know.. thanks.
Forestry Tools in Melbourne sell the Council Tools (FSS) Pulowski Tool but pricey. I may have a go at re-handling a vintage head if I can find one.
 
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