Spade Mod.

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Spade Mod.

Post by Mugwamp » Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:20 pm

My detecting of late has been on pasture and I have been using a ladies size garden border spade with the square end rounded off. I recently acquired the Nox 800 and find myself digging much deeper holes than before and the spade is just too shallow in blade length. I had seen a video uploaded on to Youtube where a guy was making mods to garden spades and with having a spare spade in the garage thought I would have a go. Only tools needed were angle grinder with 1mm cutting blade and a file. Less than an hours work produced a spade which looks similar (if you don't look too close) to ones costing nearly £70 and on testing it yesterday I was well chuffed, a big improvement on quality of cut and depth. Blade length is 10 inches that's about four inches longer than my original one.
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Re: Spade Mod.

Post by Bargeman » Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:26 pm

Very good, now if you just weld some pipe onto the two foot plates, it won't cut into your boots when digging ::g



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Re: Spade Mod.

Post by thefiggis » Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:27 pm

During a bored half-hour I grabbed a grinder and did that with a groundworker's pet trenching spade ::g

He was not amused ;;z

Lovely job there, though I suppose the test of how long it lasts will be in the quality of the steel.

Great job and hope it serves you well ::g
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Re: Spade Mod.

Post by Mugwamp » Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:29 pm

Thanks Bargeman, don't have a welder but was thinking of shaping the cut-offs and bolting on to the two fold-overs on top of the blade to give a bigger platform. I'll see how it goes for now.

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Re: Spade Mod.

Post by Bors » Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:16 pm

Looks a big improvement .Well done because I know accuracy can mean the difference between a good job and a bad job as far as measurements are concerned.

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Re: Spade Mod.

Post by amphora » Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:24 pm

Looks nice.
Did the same myself many years ago with the same shovel. Still in good working order.
I did shorten the stem at comfortable working height though to do quick digs.
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Re: Spade Mod.

Post by Ladybird66 » Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:49 pm

amphora wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:24 pm
Looks nice.
Did the same myself many years ago with the same shovel. Still in good working order.
I did shorten the stem at comfortable working height though to do quick digs.
Very similar to my instructions to hubby. I also had stem shortened and a modern handle put on it.
Use t in the garden occasionally as well if I’ve got a tough job, like digging up a bush. Been on the go for about 5 years, only sign of deterioration is my fault. Salt water off the beach has pitted the head because I didn’t swill it off.
Looks very impressive, well done ::g

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Re: Spade Mod.

Post by sweepstick47 » Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:03 pm

An ergonomic and practical design which probably results in a little less weight and a good few quid saved. :g If you are considering adding boot protectors, perhaps a simple (no welding necessary) option would be to hacksaw two appropriate lengths of 15mm copper? pipe (or other) - one for each side) ;)

Make a full length cut (hacksaw) through each one, end to end and with a little judicious tapping of a hammer, they should slide into place to create a pair of foot/boot protectors.

Note: It may be necessary to open the cut a little just to ease the 'sliding on' action. It should result in a good tight fit to prevent them coming adrift. ::g Good Luck - Regards ss47
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Re: Spade Mod.

Post by Junior » Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:04 am

Nice job.....somewhere on forum some one put blue pipe on top to increase foot area ::g

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Re: Spade Mod.

Post by littleboot » Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:02 pm

I initially read this as Spade Mode. rl;
Its the one I run on some of the very quiet fields I can come across in darkest France. As in...the only use for the spade is to waft in front of the coil to check the machine is still working...
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Re: Spade Mod.

Post by sweepstick47 » Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:14 pm

.....no doubt it's just a simple reversing of the procedure to check your spade's working 8-| :D
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Re: Spade Mod.

Post by Dangerous Norman » Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:27 pm

I use a border spade which I find ideal on loose soil but on harder/drier pasture it can be harder work especially trying to cut through grass or stony ground. I might buy a stainless spade and do the same. How about putting up a few measurements, width top & bottom and length etc?

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Re: Spade Mod.

Post by Mugwamp » Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:11 pm

Thanks for all the comments and advice re footrests, all appreciated. Dangerous Norman I've included a picture of the template I made for marking out the spade and I have added some measurements to help you. I don't think you need to be too accurate, if it looks about right then it should work fine.
Sorry for the delay but I've been away for a few days.

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Re: Spade Mod.

Post by Dangerous Norman » Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:14 pm

Mugwamp wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:11 pm
Thanks for all the comments and advice re footrests, all appreciated. Dangerous Norman I've included a picture of the template I made for marking out the spade and I have added some measurements to help you. I don't think you need to be too accurate, if it looks about right then it should work fine.
Sorry for the delay but I've been away for a few days.

Dave
Thanks for that.

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