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Old May 6, 2019, 16:45   #35
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Originally Posted by wobbly View Post
A modern light-weight pickaxe is about 5lbs, so I'd expect an old one to be around the 10lb mark. a heavier pickaxe isn't helping you, it's just tiring your arms out quicker everytime you lift it. As long as you have enough weight in the head for it to swing properly under it's own momentum it'll work.
I'm trying to remember how heavy the (modern, with a plastic/fiberglass handle) mattock I have at home is. Not the same as a pickaxe, granted, but it should be pretty close in weight since you're basically just replacing an axehead with an adze. I'm pretty sure it's not five pounds, but you're right that it's probably not 15 either. So, fair enough!
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