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I’m going to buy one of these two. I have noticed that the McLeod is the tool I see in most group trail work days. Does anyone have any experience with the rogue 7” rake hoe? To the casual eye it looks like a better tool.

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That Rogue one looks fantastic.
The website offers 10% off with IMBA membership
I'd gladly spend that much for a tool that will last forever over a $ 20 MCLeod from HD that'll last 2 years

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The regular Rogue Hoe is an awesome and beautiful tool, lightweight, balanced and a true beast, especially when sharpened regularly.   The Rogue people know their stuff and create beautiful tools.  You might want to try out one of the regular Rogue Hoes in the ARR tool inventory.

McLeod?  Heavy, clunky.  There's no art or joy in a McLeod.  

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Depends on your dirt. In the hill country the best tool is a pick mattock



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IMO the three crucial tools needed for most trial building are - 

McLeod - great versatile tool - digging, light bench cutting, vegetation removal, moves dirt really well - if you have to pick ONE tool - I would definitely say get a Mcleod

Large Pick Axe - (5lb, fiberglass handle, not wood) - bench cutting, vegetation removal. breaking up/loosening the packed soil

Leaf rake - really really great tool for sifting crap & debris out of dirt, moving dirt, shaping berms, lips, etc. its a finishing tool. makes the trails look really nice and smooth and pretty. I like the leaf rake a ton because you can move or shape dirt on the top without tilling up more dirt underneath what you are scraping. if you're gonna get a leaf rake I suggest a truper or equivalent all-metal rake. even the heavy duty plastic ones break often

 

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chainsaw and leaf blower are my main power tools I use 

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The Rake, I had forgotten how much I've used them. The one above and ...

This style has worked best for removing thick organic matter from a trail through the pines or other dense forest with a thick build up on the ground.

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The rogue 7” rake hoe tool looks good, the only reservation I would have is the points on the rake side are squared, normally they are pointed which helps to dig through our rocky soils and still can be used as a rake. The squared points might make it difficult to dig with.

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As a guy that knows his hoes, I'd strongly recommend any Rogue product.  HB's observations about the flat teeth are accurate.  

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