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Axe and Shovel Mount: My solution.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by CarnivoreMan, Sep 23, 2006.

  1. CarnivoreMan

    CarnivoreMan Registered Member

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    Hey all! A while back I began a thread asking about Search & Rescue equipment. One of the topics of conversation was how to mount a fullsize shovel and Axe.

    Well after reading some suggestions and after far too much over-complicating the situation, I have managed to get my shovel and axe mounted sufficiently I believe. We'll find out for sure I guess when I head out on the trail.

    Anyway, I figured I'd share some pictures incase anyone is interested.

    I found some Aluminium channel and plate down in the barn.. chopped it to about 10". Found some plastic conduit pipe layin around.. cut that to 2 2 pieces about 9" each or so. Then I pulled out my end grinder and cut the pipes in half lengthwise. The aluminium plate will be bolted down to the top of the back wheel well so I needed the base of it to be flat. So, on that piece I countersunk the holes for the screws I'm using to hold the pipe halves on. To fasten the screws to the pipe, I used some little threaded thingies with three little teethies poking out which are intended to sink into and grab wood.. not meant for plastic at all.. buuuut, I used the torch to heat'm up so the little spikes/teeth things would melt into the plastic for a grip.Then I tightened them down tight and ground off the excess screw hangin through so it'd be flush and not interfier with the handle of my shovel or axe. Same on the piece of channel minus the countersinking.
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    I used the 3M Spray Adhesive shown here on both the pipe halves and 3/8"(I think.. somewhere around that thickness) foam strips I have sittin there. I then pressed the pieces of foam into the pipe halves. I put the handles of some wieney roaster sticks in place and then a weight ontop of those to keep the foam pressed hard & evenly against the pipe so it would have a chance to dry good.. kinda.. I got impatient after a while though... anyway..
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    These are the mountin holes. The outer 2 hold the Aluminium plate down. The center is the stud for torquing down the top halve(the aluminium channel)
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    Bottom half bolted on with the center stud in place.. so pretty much ready to try it out at this point.
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    Shovel and Axe in place.
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    Better view.
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    now the head of the shovel is about a quarter inch from the inner fender wall. I was planning to have it like this and will be putting some of the foam on the wall there to snug up the fit and keep the head from bangin around.
    If things flex around too much with bumps I may add a head support for the axe..

    Both tools wobble a little, but they seem like the'll work well. Feel free to ask if you have any questions.


    It was nice to have something turn out moderatly well for once.. =)
     
  2. CDA 455

    CDA 455 3/4 ton status

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    Nice work!!
     
  3. southernspeed

    southernspeed 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Really neat idea!
     
  4. cbbr

    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    That looks great. Nice simple design.
     
  5. ryoken

    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I like... Nice work.... :D
     
  6. SkulzNBonz

    SkulzNBonz 1/2 ton status

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    I've been trying to come up with a way to mount my gear. Nice clean idea.

    John
     
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    Cool idea, simple and functional.
     
  8. badmix

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    Cool idea. I thought long and hard on how to do an axe/shovel mount myself. I ended up getting this mount from an online company that deals with firefighter gear. What I like about your idea is its, easier to get the stuff out. The way mine is mounted, you have to juggle both axe/shovel to get it tight, yours jus lay it down, easy enuff.

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    Nice idea,mind if I steal it ??? I did something similar to the second mount for my Hi-Lift.:D
     
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    Cricket 3/4 ton status

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    As Wily E Coyote would say.......Genius.
     
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    Cool idea, yeah whenever I get my mount setup for a hatchet and highlift, then I will pb be using a dual strap design with a couple of latches out of an old tool box. I will pb be using the same type of rubberized foam for a padding affect though. Good job, looks good.

    Remington
     
  12. the beast

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    Looks good. Nice and clean looking.

    Incase anyone is looking for other options I was turned on to these by a guy in one of my Associations' clubs.

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    http://www.synergyoffroad.com/Quickfists.html

    They make a larger version too.

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  13. badmix

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    I actually have a couple of those I got from Cabelas. They seem okay. but really only if ya mount them flat and put some washers to keep any bolts from pulling thru the rubber. That was my first intent when I was researching axe/shovel mounts, once I got them, I decided they werent sturdy enuff for 4x4ing, etc. They may hold up, I dunno. I didnt really do anything with mine, jus sitting in tool box. I may use them to secure a maglight or something like that, but not anything heavy.
     
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    Nice....
     
  15. Metrodps

    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Found these I might try to modify the roof rack one \/ and mount inside if I dont run 2 side boxes in rear.
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    This is what I will more than likely do using the quick fist. \/
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    bravo awsome ideas
     
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    What company supplies this kit? I'm curious and want to look into it before buying.... none of the links are routing me to this kit.
     
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    All I have to say is :waytogo:
     
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    I would like that link too.
     
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