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Old 11-27-2007, 02:53 PM   #1
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Shovel & Axe

I am wondering what is being done for recovery accessories. Specifically where you carry your shovel and axe. I think I have only seen one photo of someone actually using the Aluminess expedition bracket (Jeffery I think). Does it work well?

So for everyone else, do you carry a shovel and axe and if so, where?

The $150 that Aluminess wants for the bracket, shovel, axe and locks seems a little pricey to me. Are there any mounts other than the Aluminess one that works well with the SMB?

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Old 11-27-2007, 04:15 PM   #2
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We have the Max Tool that SMB sells for $200. It fits in the extra large under floor storage (barely).

Here is a link to it: I couldn't find it any cheaper than what SMB sells it for.

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Old 11-27-2007, 08:23 PM   #3
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Where to put shovel and ax

I find a single bit ax (flat hammer surface on the non-bit side) about right in an SMB. They lighter and handle is shorter. We foresters call these cedar axes. Don't get one of those crude heavy clubs. Get a good one and it will last forever if you don't chop rocks. I mounted mine on the rear cabinet wall in the small space between the cabinet and the vehicle door. I used a nice little heavy duty rubber girpper called a "Fist". You should use two. Holds the ax really tight in case you decide to drive upside down. I have a medium sized shovel with a removable wood handle. Plenty big enough to wear myself out when stuck. It stows very well in the big extra box under the van. I like my tools to be in top shape so I can't see stowing them outside, and I can't afford stainless. But I think the Hi-Lift is going to have to endure some rain.
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Old 01-17-2008, 05:27 PM   #4
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I've got the Max Tool as well which I plan to mount between the rear most cabinet and the back door, like whitewhale, with Quick Fist clamps. The Max has a shovel attachment, but I figured if I know ahead of time I'll need a real shovel for a particular outing I'll just zip tie it to the side ladder.
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:17 PM   #5
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FWIW, Hi-Lift now has a multitool similar to the MaxAxe, at least in concept.

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Old 01-17-2008, 09:40 PM   #6
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I only carry a hand axe because it keeps me from hurting myself trying to chop down trees and cut up logs and such.
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Old 08-23-2008, 04:31 PM   #7
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I keep my axe in the rear bumper winch compartment along with my strap and super syphon.

As far as the shovel, i used Quickfist to mount it to the swing out..

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