Mattock a Useful Tool

Information and instructions are
provided on how to use and
sharpen your mattock.




Mattock
All Season Tool


Use of the Mattock,
a Great Tool.



Mattock, An Excellent
All Season Tool


The mattock has uses in all
seasons.

It has an axe like cutter- blade
for chopping tree roots, dirt,
ice, and for digging.

Its one piece construction
makes a perfect balance
in average strength hands.

The mattock also has a broad
chisel like blade perpendicular
to the handle making it an
effective adz for hoeing
gardens and flower patches.

The mattock is an excellent
tool for working with lawns.
When you need to peel some
lawn back to raise or lower
the dirt below, the mattock
works great.

To lift sections of grass, use
an lawn edger tool and cut
strips about 8 to 12 inches
wide and simple cut beneath
with the mattock, then simply
lift the portions up, using
the same tool.

To use this tool place both
hands comfortably onto the
handle.

Place one hand at the very
end of the handle, the other
hand goes 1/3 to 1/2 way
down the handle, grip the
handle with your thumbs
facing towards the blade,
and find the best balance
point for you.

Keep your feet spread, well
out of the way.

When the tool is properly
sharpened, light well placed
blows is all that is required.

Everyone should own one
of these marvelous tools.

In the wintertime, it is a
great tool for chopping
grooves into the ice to
guide the water from
melting snow.

It is also works very well
in breaking up melting
rotten ice on a driveway
in the Spring.




The mattock can easily chop
through 2 inch roots.

It is an excellent tool for
trenching, such as trenches
for sprinkler systems.

The mattock can lever out
rocks and objects in the soil
with ease.

The mattock can break very
hard soil, chop roots, even
chop through asphalt and
old concrete.


This tool can be sharpened
either with a bench grinder or
by using a file, see the above
picture.

Sharpen the axe side, from
both sides at about 25 to
30 degrees.

Sharpen the broad chisel like
blade in the same manner
as a wood chisel.
Sharpen only the one inside
edge.

The side that is towards the
handle, follow the existing
contour on the blade.

If you have a vise, use
this to hold the handle,
while you sharpen with
a file.




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