Ensuring Excellence: Warwood Tool's AREMA-Compliant Railroad Maintenance Tools

Ensuring Excellence: Warwood Tool's AREMA-Compliant Railroad Maintenance Tools

In railroad maintenance, precision, durability, and adherence to industry standards are paramount. Warwood Tool, with a legacy dating back to 1854, has been a stalwart provider of high-quality hand tools for railroad professionals. This article delves into the significance of Warwood Tool's commitment to meeting and exceeding AREMA (American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association) standards, spotlighting key tools in their arsenal. 


  1. The Precision of the Warwood Tool Claw Bar

 Designed to meet or exceed AREMA Plan #11-10 

At the heart of efficient railroad maintenance is the Warwood Tool Claw Bar. This versatile tool is meticulously crafted to meet AREMA standards, making it an indispensable asset for prying and removing spikes with precision. Designed for durability and reliability, the Claw Bar exemplifies Warwood Tool's dedication to producing tools that endure the rigors of railroad maintenance while meeting the stringent requirements set by AREMA. 


  1. Versatility and Durability: Warwood Tool Railroad Picks

This tool improves upon the foundation of AREMA Plan #1 

Warwood Tool's AREMA-Compliant Railroad Picks stand out as versatile workhorses meeting the highest industry standards. These picks are engineered to excel in various tasks, from breaking up compacted ballast to digging and shaping. With consistency in performance and compatibility with other tools in the Warwood lineup, these picks contribute to seamless and efficient railroad maintenance operations. 


  1. Heavy-Duty Shaping with the Warwood Tool Double Face Sledge

Designed to meet or exceed AREMA Plan #13-08 

When it comes to heavy-duty tasks such as shaping and adjusting rails, the Warwood Tool Double Face Sledge takes center stage. This robust sledgehammer is meticulously manufactured to meet AREMA guidelines, ensuring it stands up to the demands of railroad maintenance. Professionals can trust in the reliability and compliance of this tool, making it an essential component in their arsenal. 


  1. Driving Excellence: Warwood Tool Spike Maul

Designed to meet or exceed AREMA Plan #3-08 

The Warwood Tool AREMA-Compliant Spike Maul is a testament to Warwood Tool's commitment to excellence in railroad maintenance. Engineered to meet strict AREMA specifications, this spike maul ensures safe and efficient driving of spikes and fasteners into railroad ties. Its precision and reliability contribute to the overall safety and integrity of the rail infrastructure. 


Arema Spike Maul Specifications


  1. Precision Prowess: Warwood Tool Track Chisel - Round and Square

Designed to meet or exceed AREMA Plan #35-08 

The Warwood Tool Track Chisel in both round and square configurations is a fine example of precision engineering for specific maintenance needs. Designed to meet or exceed AREMA Plan #35-08, these chisels are crucial for tasks such as shaping and carving. With meticulous attention to detail, they ensure longevity and reliability in railroad maintenance, offering professionals the precision tools they need for intricate tasks. 


  1. Meeting or Exceeding AREMA Standards: Warwood Tool Track Punch

Designed to meet or exceed AREMA Plan #19-11 

The Warwood Tool Track Punch is integral to supporting efficient maintenance-of-way operations. Designed to meet or exceed AREMA Plan #19-11, this track punch contributes to the overall efficiency of maintenance activities. Specifically engineered for precise punching, it aids in the installation of fasteners in rail construction and repair, ensuring the longevity and reliability of the rail infrastructure. 


  1. Strong and Reliable Handles

When crafting hand tools for the railroad industry that comply with AREMA standards, utilizing hickory or ash wood necessitates adherence to specific requirements outlined in AREMA Chapter 5. Hickory wood, renowned for its durability and shock resistance, is a favored material for constructing handles of tools like mauls, sledgehammers, and picks.

AREMA regulations mandate that hickory wood used in such applications meets stringent criteria for density, grain structure, and moisture content to ensure optimal performance and longevity. Additionally, the wood must be free from defects such as knots, splits, or excessive grain run-out, which could compromise the integrity of the tools during heavy-duty usage. This even includes using only 6 of the 18 species of hickory that exist; Bitternut hickory (Hicoria cordiformis), Mockernut hickory (Hicoria alba), Nutmeg hickory (Hicora myristicaeformis) to just mention a few.

Strict adherence to these specifications ensures that hand tools featuring hickory wood components meet the rigorous standards set forth by AREMA for safety and reliability in railway maintenance and construction tasks.


Setting the Standard for Railroad Maintenance Tools 

Warwood Tool's commitment to producing AREMA-compliant railroad maintenance tools is pivotal in ensuring the safety, reliability, and efficiency of railroad infrastructure. From the Claw Bar to Railroad Picks, Double Face Sledge, Spike Maul, Track Chisel, and Track Punch, each tool is a testament to precision engineering and adherence to industry standards. Railroad professionals can trust in the excellence of Warwood Tool's tools, knowing they meet or exceed the rigorous requirements set by AREMA, contributing to the success and longevity of railroads across the nation. 

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