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Universal Shovel-McLeod Fire Tool w/Quick Change Handle


  • This simple,
  • light weight
  • sturdy construction
  • Easily breaks down for transport
  • lays flat to be carried in travel bag
  • Weight 5 pounds

Adjustable angled shovel and scraping tool. Easily sewn to user’s fire line pack.

3.7 lbs.  Blade-open dimensions: 26″ L.
Blade-closed dimensions: 21.5″L
Shovel Blade length 11.5″L; Shovel-blade width 7.5″W
Depth of serrations approx. 1.25 in.

Total Weight 3.7 pounds plus Handle 2.1??????/



The Universal Shovel-McLeod Fire Tool is a unique combination tools that easily changes from a fire shovel for digging and throwing dirt, to a McLeod for scraping the cover grasses and combustable material off of mineral soil.  This tools makes easy work of getting down to mineral soil for perfect fire trails.


Universal Shovel-McLeod Fire Tool

The Universal Shovel-McLeod Fire Tool is four fire tools in one. First it is a McLeod tool, with two sides.  One side is a rake with course tines. The second side is a flat sharpened hoe.  The McLeod is designed to rake fire lines with the teeth and cut branches and sod with the sharpened hoe edge.  In addition, the third tool is a shovel, that can be set in multiple angles.  One, the third tool, for digging and throwing dirt and the forth, an adaz like tool for scraping trenches.  This is the best firefighting tool in the world for dealing with wildfires in Temperate Forests and Chaparral Shrub land.

Universal Shovel-McLeod Fire Tool

Universal Shovel/McLeod Fire Tool

Weighing in at 3.7 lb. this universal tool with a push-button adjusts quickly from a shovel for digging and throwing dirt to a McLeod for scrapping line.  This tool adjusts easily for mixing and chinking during mop-up. As a result of the push-button adjustment, the tool combines features of the traditional military trenching shovel and the McLeod rake. Likewise, the composite steel shovel easily snap-locks onto the Universal Handle. Finally, the tool head stows flat for travel and can serve as a safety staff for cross- country travel on steep and uneven ground.




The standard combination McLoud tool, developed by Malcolm McLeod in 1905, was designed for  wildfire suppression and trail restoration. However, as a one piece tool it has a lot to be desired.  Now the Universal Shovel/McLoud Fire Tool includes a shovel position that can easily be selected for quick dirt throwing, a critical process for extinguishing hot flames. In addition, the Universal Shovel/McLeod Fire includes a Universal Handle for quick changeout with other firefighting tool heads.

A push button, spring loaded latch mechanism; allows fire fighter to choose best shovel blade set for different fire chores. Top picture, First, blade set option: a fire shovel, for digging and throwing dirt to knock down flare-ups. Cool snags etc.

Second, blade set option: is for a stand erect, line scraping tool. It is a far better McLeod, because the curved blade slices through the ground cover at a better angle. Serves as a better fire rake or council tool in Eastern Deciduous Forests, because of the high-backed leaf collecting ability to pull a swath of leaves to form fire line downhill.

This tool is the first stand erect, mop-up device for chinking, mixing, hot material with dirt. Simply turn the tool so the shovel tip hits the ground first, in the, 90 degree, blade set; (the McLeod mode). Takes the drudgery out of the tedious, unending toil on mop-up operations.

Third blade set position: is a cross-country, safety staff break mode; to eliminate falls in the forest. This is the first, and best idea to assist fire fighters deal with steep, slippery or bad ground. Falls, going to and getting back from fires ranks as the biggest cause of fire fighter injuries. This is the perfect tool for Ops Chiefs, Division Supervisors, and other overhead to always use. It keeps them armed for emergency fire shelter scraping or simply to help on nasty slop overs, that they come across, while walking the line, after the crew has passed.

The Universal Shovel/McLeod Fire Tool uses a replaceable Universal Firefighters Tool Handle.

A stand-upright, push button, multi-angled blade sets, tool head, for versatile, changing chores on a wildfire. Digging/throwing dirt, scraping line, raking line, chinking/mixing/mop-up. Also used as a safety staff to eliminate falls going to and getting back from fires.

The tool combines features of the traditional military trenching shovel and the McLeod/Council rake. The composite steel shovel blade is attached to an exceptionally strong 1-inch diameter nylon rod and female fitting that snap-locks onto the Universal Handle (sold separately), stows flat for travel and can serve as a safety staff for cross- country travel on steep and uneven ground. This tool takes the drudgery out of mop-up.

Tool Features (with the Universal Handle, sold separately):

  1. Combination tool used as an angled shovel for digging and throwing dirt, with a push button to change and lock angles.
  2. The 90-degree blade set forms a better curved McLeod, for scraping line.
  3. The 90-degree blade set, where the point of the shovel blade strikes the ground first make it a perfect, stand erect mixing, chinking, mop-up tool.
  4. The tool can be a great safety staff and stable walking stick when the blade is folded back against its staff. The firefighter can drag the tool behind when descending steep ground, with the back of the blade serves as a braking mechanism.
  5. The tool folds flat and compact for transport in any vehicle, plus the Universal Handle always snap-locks off the tool to accept another tool head option such as the Magnum Pulaski or Dragon Swatter.

Many Hotshot crews are using this tool. It can hold up for as many as ten hard fire seasons and then be refurbished with a new shovel blade [link to Warranty and Refurbishment].

Shovel Position of Universal Shovel/McCloud
Shovel Position of Universal Shovel/McLeod tool


Angle position of Universal Shovel/McCloud
Angle position of Universal Shovel/McLeod tool


McCloud position of Universal Shovel/McCloud tool
McCloud position of Universal Shovel/McLeod tool


Read more about the McLeod Tool here.

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