Securing your shovel

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 17:02
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I know this may sound a little banal ...but what is the best method to secure your long handled shovel to your roofrack ? We are off to Cape York later in the year , and up to now we have got by with a folding shovel , but we will be on sand etc from time to time, so want better equipment , so keen to see how others keep their shovel in place , but easy to get at .
Thanks in anticipation.
Douglas C
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Reply By: Member - Robin H (WA) - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 17:12

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 17:12
Hi Douglas

Most roof rack manufacturers sell an add on kit for clamping your shovel to the side of the rack. (Mines a tracklander rack)

Easy to get at, easy to release.

I drive a corrugated track everyday and it hasn't loosened up yet.

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Reply By: OzTroopy - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 17:18

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 17:18
Ocky straps will do as a bare minimum ....

Just make sure that when you jam the brakes on ... the shovel cant slide forward.

Ive had a lip for the blade to fit into ... and a sealed end, tube for the handle tip on a couple of past arrangements.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 18:52

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 18:52
You can buy a pair of brackets that clamp to the side of a basket, or to the channel of a Rhino Rack.

The brackets have a tube which the handle passes through and held there by wingnuts.

I have a pair of metal brackets but noticed during a recent visit to Roof Rack World there is also a pair of plastic ones available.


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Reply By: Member - Brian A (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 19:03

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 19:03
Douglas C,

as OzTroopy has said, I believe that it is extremely important that the shovel can't move forward if it works loose, so the blade should face towards the rear of the vehicle in dedicated "through brackets" as in the Rhino type.

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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 19:14

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 19:14
Agree with all the comments. TJM stock some nice cheap rubber mounts with a quick release strap. I used them, bolted to the roofrack, but bolted them from the inside and left about 1 inch of bolt poking through the mount so it pokes outwards. I drilled a hole in the shovel handle so it fits over the bolt. This stops the shovel going forwards or backwards.
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Follow Up By: Member - Allan B (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:04

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:04
Maybe like these Mike?

I got mine from here for $8.75 ea.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:35

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:35
Hi Allan. Yes those are them. I bolted through from the inside and left the bolt a bit too long and drilled the holess in the shovel handle so the handle just slid onto the bolts. I also placed them so that the tie down strap was pointing up, just in case it ever worked loose or I forgot to secure it. But that has never happened.

Bewdyy Allan B. Thanks for that.
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Follow Up By: andoland - Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 09:01

Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 09:01
I have two of these Quick Fist clamps on my roof rack. I have not bothered with bolts through the shovel, just pull the clamps tight, and have never had a problem with the shovel coming out.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 12:29

Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 12:29
Andoland, you are probably right that the bolt is overkill. I was doing a lot of offroad stuff at the time and decided on a belt and braces approach as I wasn't quite sure. Having to get the shovel right so the bolt is in the right position to go through the hole in the shovel is a bit slower when putting the shovel on.
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Reply By: Barry 2 - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 21:31

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 21:31
Hi Douglas if you are looking for the "No Frills" version, I use a piece of plastic plumbers pipe big enough Dia for handle of shovel to fit comfortably in + 2 hose clamps to secure pipe to pack rack, shovel slides in from rear, on a 100series LC head of shovel is high enough not to walk into is very easy to access when needed and is secured by a piece of cord tied to pack rack with a snap hook on the end that clips onto shovel. Very Cheap and easy to use has served me well over the years.
Safe Travels
Barry
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Reply By:- Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 21:48

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 21:48
You can buy a packet of heavy duty cable ties for under 20 bucks and they have hundreds of uses. Clamp them firmly on your shovel and it'll never move then cut them off to use it. At a few cents each it's cheap, easy and convenient. Just don't discard them carelessly.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 23:07

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 23:07
Well said about discarding them, the High Country is full of them, where thoughtless people use them for tarps etc.

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Reply By: Member - Barnesy - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 23:29

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 23:29
I got some 2 small lengths of steel tubing to feed the handle through, drilled a hole in each one, welded a nut over each hole and screwed a bolt through the thread to secure the shovel handle. Welded a back plate to the tubing and bolted that to the roof rack.

I saw these in a 4wd accessory shop for over $90, I made mine for $2.50. 5 years later they're still going strong. If I get time after work tomorrow I will post a photo.
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncs - Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 14:26

Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 14:26
You can get suitable tubing out of the waste bin at your local exhaust system workshop.

That is where I got my rocket launcher rod holders from.

Duncs
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Reply By: Douglas C - Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 10:21

Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 10:21
Thank you all for your responses ....lots of possibilities that I can explore ...and plenty of inexpensive but effective options .
Thanks again ...much appreciated !
Douglas C
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Follow Up By: Member - Johny boy (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 10:40

Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 10:40
Hi mate,
as I was just boarding the spirit I sat behind a bloke that had his on a bracket on his rear wheel carrier if you have one,otherwise I just cut up 2 pieces of tube about 50mm long welded a flat bar with a hole in it so I could bly it to the roof bars and to secure the shovel I drilled a hole in each one welded a nut and then simply tighten the SS bolt on to the handle easy as anything :)
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