Common hand tools may be adapted for brush control. Tools such as chain saws, brush cutters, crosscut saws, pruning saws, pruning shears, hand clippers, brush hooks, axes, Pulaski axes, mattocks, and machetes are readily available.
The use of hand tools is very labor intensive and best applied to small, remote areas or very sparse stands. Brush may be cut, pruned, or grubbed to control growth. Hand tools can easily be transported to remote sites. Safety equipment and protective clothing should always be used.