Pulaski – w/Plastic Sheath
Storage and Shelf Life Checks:
Initial Inspection/Disposal Criteria
- Head is within specifications as per gauge (NFES# 000510).
- Grubbing end is not bent or twisted.
- Blade or grubbing hoe ends have not been tapered or rounded to point the tool cannot be sharpened to meet gauge standards.
- Handle is twisted, bent, or open grain.
- Cracks, or suspect based on sound of hammer rap on end of handle (sharp ringing sound is good; dull thud sound is suspect), or pressure application to side of handle.
- Head is loose and/or contains metal wedges.
- Handle has been shortened.
- Nonstandard handle.
- Dispose of tool if there is obvious structural damage to cutting edges or head.
- Dispose of tool if modifications have been made to head, such as rivets through side of head to hold handle.
- Return to stock if item does not show signs of use and passes inspection
- Refurbish if damage and/or use is detected and can be repaired.
- Remove dirt, rust and grime from head with wire brush or hose
- Let dry or wipe dry.
- Wipe handle with damp cloth.
- Sharpen tool to specifications as per tool sharpening gauge NFES #000510.
- Tool should NEVER be ground to the degree that the metal temperature raises high enough to remove temper, i.e., blue or burned edges
- Ensure that blade corners are square.
- Apply rust inhibitor to tool head. Local cache option for painting tool head. Black paint only.
- Sand handle if it is chipped, dinged, rough or has tape residue.
- Wipe handle with linseed oil after sanding.
- For handle replacement utilize NFES #001857 handle with plastic wedge.
- Metal wedges can be added only in the field as an emergency measure for field refurbishing.
C. Testing for Performance
- Install plastic sheath NFES #000257.
- Package 10 each in carton NFES #000338 carton (37” x 18” x 7”).
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