What spades are you all using?

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What spades are you all using?

Post by KruzerUser » Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:39 pm

I'm using a Draper hobbit x; Thinking about buying a new one, what are you using and why? Also the cost I would only pay around £30. How much was yours?


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Re: What spades are you all using?

Post by Bors » Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:51 pm

Spear & Jackson Select Stainless Steel Border Spade - Polypropylene Handle, with boot instep protectors on.
the other three i have ,are custom made by myself cut down border spades.
Bought it because of its ergonomic shaped handle and will be shortly tapering its blade a bit.

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Re: What spades are you all using?

Post by Easylife » Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:20 pm

Bors wrote:
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Spear & Jackson Select Stainless Steel Border Spade - Polypropylene Handle, with boot instep protectors on.
I got one of those for a tenner when Homebase were selling them off, it's my spare - might re-shape the blade to a point. :D
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Post by Bors » Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:30 pm

Yeah I was gutted when i saw them going for that price in Homebase . 8-|

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Re: What spades are you all using?

Post by Easylife » Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:38 am

My main everyday spade is a fairly beefy full-size one which is good for quick single handed digging. I just drag it around without really noticing and expect it will last forever. ::g
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Post by Keef the Frog » Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:00 am

Fiskars garden spade with composite handle €20

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Post by tcawood » Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:25 am

Just got a new one Stainless Steel Spartan, very pleased with it.
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Re: What spades are you all using?

Post by Oxgirl36 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:57 am

Hi, I’ve moved your topic to the spade section. This question is a popular one so here is a recent thread with some good answers viewtopic.php?f=46&t=105678 Take a look though there are many more threads with more suggestions ::g
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Re: What spades are you all using?

Post by clint » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:01 am

I use a wood handle stainless border spade which I massacred with the angle grinder! Great on pasture and plough...rubbish on the sand! It's nice to use,correct height for my dodgy back and this time of year has a warm handle...being wood! I've put an edge on it so it cuts through anything. It came with the bendy bits on top of the blade to save your boots but I've still wrecked my boots...and wellies...
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Re: What spades are you all using?

Post by Lowland » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:28 am

Hi
Car boot sale under a fiver-1950s Wooden D handle sparenought spade...
Cut blade down to desired shape-bingo.
British industry at its finest-
Only downside is eventually the d handles start to split along the grain
There are two metal stabilising pins through it...but if you chack the palm of your hand in the split
When digging it certainly wakes you up ::g
It's also blooming heavy
It's been going for nigh on two years.
For lightweight long walk days I've got a wooden T handle bulldog ferreting style spade
It's great on stony upland digs with the narrow blade for getting between stones.
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Post by Muddyknee » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:32 am

clint wrote:
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:01 am
I use a wood handle stainless border spade
Me too,except I've left the edge flat.
Being wooden handled,gonna add a rifle sling for ease of carrying.
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Post by Hairyhands » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:54 am

Draper mini spade brought 6 years ago and it's fab cost me 10 pounds on offer at a rally. I love it. Fibre glass shaft. On Amazon under Draper mini shovel at 16 pounds. I really really rate it. Unless you want a longer shaft of course. I'm 37 so still in my prime :D

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Post by niceguyfrankie » Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:37 am

Evolution pro cut SE, pricy but great bit of kit
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Re: What spades are you all using?

Post by Giz » Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:09 pm

This time of year, lightweight Draper or similar, early season ( July/August ) when the ground is rock hard, I also use the "Evolution" as stated above a bit pricey seventy pounds, however tip is sharp pointed making hard ground easier to dig, with edges serrated so will tackle roots.
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Re: What spades are you all using?

Post by Saki » Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:35 pm

I use a standard Border spade (But it is colour coded to my 400i :)) ) and like most, just drag it behind me.
But I modified it slightly. I got a Knee Pad and duck taped it on the shaft of the spade. When i need to kneel down to check the hole. I place the spade face down with the now cushioned pad face up ready for my knee. :D
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Re: What spades are you all using?

Post by Koala » Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:57 pm

where you detect dictates which spade is best.

Stoney and you need a point

salt water stainless steel is best

pasture then the thinner blade of a carbon steel blade cuts through the roots better

soft ground and a flat end cleans the bottom of the hole better.

a D shaped handle is far easier to hold

In urban areas a wood or fiberglass shaft is safer.

long shaft is easier to use. And can be used to mark where you've been on the beach and ploughed

short shaft can be carried in a rucksack


personally I use a sub £5 Asda spade cut to a shield shape with a bright green handle. Summer is easiest to find cheap spades when they are on the seasonal shelves

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Re: What spades are you all using?

Post by detecttheearth » Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:02 pm

Draper Mini shovel. £15, can easily dig with just left hand and boot. On my second one in 3.5 years. I'd maybe go for something else if I did more pasture.
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Post by Koala » Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:21 pm

Saki wrote:
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:35 pm
I use a standard Border spade (But it is colour coded to my 400i :)) ) and like most, just drag it behind me.
But I modified it slightly. I got a Knee Pad and duck taped it on the shaft of the spade. When i need to kneel down to check the hole. I place the spade face down with the now cushioned pad face up ready for my knee. :D

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Re: What spades are you all using?

Post by targets » Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:02 pm

i use a selection which i have cut down to suit but would dearly like a predator spike shovel as its short for digging when i am on my knees but nobody stocks them in the UK

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Post by ninja nige » Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:11 pm

hi,
evolution pro cut T hanlde, its the dogs, use it for work as well, its tough
a fork is handy on dard soil, i am going to chop a fork down to 2 prongs for hard summer soil.
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Re: What spades are you all using?

Post by Rivers rat » Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:34 pm

What type of soil do you detect??

I realise after breaking and trying many the only way is to customise yours.

Height ,shape of blade,inclination of the handle ,material,etc.............i was lucky enough to be involved in a couple of design on stainless steel spade ,unbreakable and heavy last forever but i dont think it is good on the articulations.I am not frail by the way.

Whats good for other may not be good for you.

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Re: What spades are you all using?

Post by slowswingsimon » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:27 pm

sneebore v shape transplant spade
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