you hit the trails, there is always an element of risk of
the three serious things that could go wrong. Breaking
something on your vehicle, getting injured or getting stuck.
To cover your vehicle, you might bring spare parts. I
bring a few key parts that might break. For personal
safety you got to consider the risks and try to be smart.
I carry two first aid kits that I put together myself as
well as various other things that are multi-purpose and
safely related. Most likely though, you get stuck.
If you don't get stuck, you're not having enough fun.
But it's only fun if you can get un-stuck and get back to 4
wheeling. So you want to be ready for recovery mode.
For recovery, I have several key pieces of gear and
equipment that serve in recovery mode including a Warn
winch, a hand winch, various straps, D-links, a Hilift jack
and Earth moving items. But if you're like me, you
have limited room for gear, tools and spare parts. My available storage space
is at a premium, and I simply can't bring
everything. Many of the things I do bring serve multi-purposes.
Its those multi-tools that can be quite valuable because
that one tool or item serves multiple purposes but takes up less of
space and typically weights less than all individual tools combined.
One recent additions to the multi-purpose tools I carry is
an item called the BajaBuster.
is an Earth moving tool that combines a shovel and a hoe,
two very important and useful tools if you ever need to dig
yourself out of a situation. The shovel and hoe tools
are located on either end of a very strong 28" handle that
fits the Hilift Jack (or comparable jacks) as a backup
handle. Both the shovel and hoe are detachable from
the thick walled tubing handle and can be placed on either
end for better use usage. One end of this handle has a
10 degree bend making it work better in certain situations.
Previously I carried one of those U.S. Army folding shovels
but found that it was considerable lacking in effectiveness
when I needed it. For one, it was too small.
Two, it wasn't strong enough to do any real damage when
trying to dig or move dirt. But carrying the
alternative larger dedicated shovel wasn't feasible due to a
lack of space and I could justify the room. When I
discovered the BajaBuster, I easily found room for it
strapped to my rear rack and the fact that it served
multi-purposes made it a good choice in tools.
construction is well built with thick 10 gauge steel
on the hoe and shovel which are approximately 6” x 9”
and welded to 1”, thick walled tubing. The
shovel and hoe are quickly detached via 1/4” hardened
The handle is 28" in length of thick walled tubing
with a 10 degree bend at one end, making the shovel or
hoe capable of being arranged to serve better in
A few times it came in handy and it was quickly
evident that it exceeded my previous military issued
shovel. The hoe component of the BajaBuster
really came in handy when I had the need to pull dirt
and mud out from under a stuck vehicle. In this
case I arranged the hoe on the angled end of the
handle angled down giving the hoe a better attack
angle to drag mud away.
The BajaBuster is very durable, light weight and
versatile. Well worth carrying onboard the Jeep. It's heavy
duty enough to take
a good beating and ideal for digging out of a tight spot on the trail.
It comes with a Limited lifetime warranty but I'd be surprised if I were
to ever need it.