Tool Resource Guide
IMBA Corporate Members:
Order from companies that support your trails
Tools For Trails offers brand-name tools like Nupla, Rogue Hoe and Zac Tools to IMBA Chapters and current supporting organizations at up to 20 percent off:
Web: Tools for Trails
Bike trailers and tool racks. The single wheeled BOB trailer will hold 4-7 hand tools and a chainsaw enabling a bike based trail crew with tools to travel up to 10mph on singletrack trails. Current members qualify to purchase BOB Trailers and accessiroes at discounted prices. Downlad a form here. Orders and questions must be emailed to bobtrailers [at] britax [dot] com—no faxed orders please.
Deuter USA offers the trail tool-ready Freeride Pro 30 pack to IMBA Chapters and current supporting organizations at up to 20 percent off. This pack fits a lot of gear, and is ideal for hauling tools to your trail building or maintenance project.
IMBA supporting organizations and members receive a discount on the purchase of new or used Sutter trail dozers and attachments, and new excavators or rubber track carriers.
Sutter Equipment will also offer a donation to IMBA for any trail dozer, excavator or carrier purchased by non-IMBA groups thanks to a recommendation by an IMBA-affiliated trail builder.
Phone John Mueller at 415.898.5955 or email john [at] sutterequipment [dot] com for details.
Sutter Equipment also offers competitive leasing programs for trail equipment. There are two types of leases offered:
Lease/Finance: This type of lease is designed so that at the end of the lease term, the Lessee will own the equipment upon payment of $1.00. It also has depreciation advantages.
True Lease: This type of lease will have slightly lower monthly payments than the Lease/Finance option and at the end of the lease term the Lessee has the option of purchasing the equipment, typically
- Lease amounts range from $10,000 to $250,000
- Lease terms range from 3 years to 8 years
- Usual requirements include organizations or businesses to be in existence for a minimum of 2 years, plus first and last month payment
Some suppliers offer discounts to IMBA Members and Supporting Organizations, call supplier for details.
A.M. Leonard sells many landscaping tools. The IG7 and AE1 are good hoes for taller trail builders.
Ben Meadows Company
IMBA supporting organizations and members receive a 10 percent discount using this link or quote discount code TSBMA14 over the phone at 800-241-6401 through December 31, 2014.
Offer does not apply to previous purchases and cannot be combined with other discounts, orders or promotions. Discount excludes GARMIN® products, NITESTAR® Distance Measuring Instruments, Haglof Mantax Calipers and the Spiegel Relaskop® Tool. Discount is off catalog “Each” price and does not apply to tax and freight, special or custom products.
If you work outdoors Ben Meadows sells equipment you use. From a trailbuilder's perspective, their selection of flagging tap, pin flags, clinometers, and hand tools is hard to beat. Two favorites of ours are the:
- Suunto Self Damping Clinometers - #102200 Suunto PM5/360PC - Percent and Degrees
For fast, accurate height, slope, and vertical angle measurements. Graduated 0 to ±90°, 0 to ±150%. Accuracy to 1° or 1%. Cosines to 45° on back. Scale reading estimated to 10 minutes or 1/5 of one percent. Rust-resistant aluminum. Skylon leather-like carrying case with belt loop, snap closure.
- Adze Hoe - #170602 Wardwood
- A digital level is a useful tool for identifying trail features like tread outslope. Professional trailbuilders use the SmartTool Electronic Level, which is available at Ben Meadows in two sizes: 2-foot for $165 and 4-foot for $204. Both include a soft carrying case. http://www.benmeadows.com/
Address: 401 S Wright Rd., Janesville, WI 53547, Tel: 800-241-6401, Fax: 800-628-2068, Email: mail [at] benmeadows [dot] com, Web: www.benmeadows.com.
Great source for Canadian trail builders to get the right tools to get the job done. Lots of good stuff from tools to flagging. Locations all across Canada, find your nearest dealer.
Forestry Suppliers, Inc.
Forestry Suppliers is similar to Ben Meadows in their wide selection of products. Our favorites:
- Suunto PM5/360PC Clinometer,Percent and Degrees - #43830
- Texas SunGlo flagging tape
Address: 45 Newtown Place, Walla Walla, WA 99362
Email: lambertonrake [at] aol [dot] com
Rob Lamberton's custom-designed Lamberton rake is similar to a Mcleod. It features a bolt-less handle, so you can use it to check the slope of your trail tread, and it comes with your choice of wooden or fiberglass handle. Also, it is very reasonably priced.
Lee Valley Tools
Hand tools such as pruners, loppers, pole pruners, shovels, axes, Pulaskis
Max Ax multi-purpose tool (MacLeod, Pulaski, axe, pick)
Handmade in the USA. These are hugely popular by trail builders and there's a vast selection of trail specific tools. Tough and versatile with a variety of handles including fiberglass. Special pricing for IMBA supporting organizations and members is available here.
Email: sales [at] roguehoe [dot] com, Web: www.roguehoe.com. Phone: 417-962-5091
Trail Services provides quality and hard to find products for trailbuilding, such as Griphoist winches, slings, blocks, and stone working tools.
Wildfire Equipment Inc.
Wildfire invents, makes and delivers premium water handling equipment for wildland firefighters, agencies and governments worldwide. Its distribution network paired with branches in strategic locations throughout Canada and the United States, and with partners in international markets, provides the after-sales service which is of utmost importance in the wildland fire control industry.
Zac Tools offers a complete range of trail maintenance tools and supplies. Inquiries can be made to sales [at] buyzactools [dot] com.
Trail Solutions: IMBA's Guide to Building Sweet Singletrack - Trail Solutions is IMBA's premier trailbuilding resource. This 272-page book combines cutting-edge trailbuilding techniques with proven fundamentals in a colorful, easy-to-read format.
Managing Mountain BIkes - Written for professional land managers, volunteers, and recreation providers alike, this 256-page book offers an essential collection of best practices for planning, designing, and managing successful trail networks and bike parks.
Natural Surface Trails by Design: Physical and Human Design Essentials of Sustainable, Enjoyable Trails - A perfect companion to Trail Solutions: IMBA's Guide to Building Sweet Singletrack, this resource focuses on the 'why' of trails more than the 'how.'
Lightly on the Land: The SCA Trail Building and Maintenance Manual - A classic book that focuses on traditional trailbuilding skills, 2nd edition. By Bob Birkby, The Student Conservation Association.
The Mountaineers Books
FHWA Trail Publications
The Federal Highway Administration makes available for free many of the US Forest Service trail documents. These include, but are not limited to:
Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook
Trail Traffic Counters
Goodson & Associates
Voss Signs LLC
Naturtec manufactures lightweight modular fiberglass bridges.
Permapost Products Company
Permapost manufactures custom prefabricated treated wooden bridges.
Echo Bridge, Inc.
Echo Bridge offers custom design, prefabrication, and construction in timber, steel, and/or concrete bridges.
Eagle Bridge Inc.
Pre-engineered, pre-manufactured, off-the-shelf bridges