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Welbaum, Vince ; Windell, Keith . 2000. Trail Buster: Portable Powered Fireline Builder. 0051 2319. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center. 7 p.

Describes a field evaluation of the Trail Buster, a gas-powered portable line digging machine. The machine is powered by a Husqvarna Model 36 chain saw powerhead. The field evaluation was conducted by fire crews from National Forests in Idaho, Alaska, and Oregon. The Trail Buster was used during the 1999 season on firelines for prescribed fires, for recreational trail projects, and for fireline construction during wildfire suppression. Most of the comments compiled during the field evaluation were negative. Most evaluators opposed adding this machine (as currently designed) to the Forest Service's arsenal of fire suppression equipment.

Keywords: equipment, evaluation, field tests, residues


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