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Reasonable but decent Spade and Trowel recommendations.

Post by Liquizen » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:27 pm

Hi there.
I’ve managed to go over budget on the detector (spending double what I planned and incurred the wrath of ‘er indoors) and now have to find a decent spade and trowel that are reasonable in price and won’t fall apart after two digs.

Does anyone have any recommendations please for either?

Many thanks for your help.

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Re: Reasonable but decent Spade and Trowel recommendations.

Post by f8met » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:32 pm

Roughneck mini digger, £12 from all good building suppliers. It is small but by god it is tough. I used it all summer and apart from a crack appearing in the plastic shaft is pretty much bombproof. I will get another in a heart beat.

https://www.travisperkins.co.uk/Roughne ... n/p/802088

The draper is similar and you can get own brand ones.
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Re: Reasonable but decent Spade and Trowel recommendations.

Post by FULLTIMER » Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:50 am

I've always used a traditional stainless steel border spade, bought a cheap one once it lasted a couple of seasons since then I bought a traditional stainless and wood spear and jackson one with a 10 year guarantee it's now done me about seven years
https://www.wickes.co.uk/Spear+Jackson- ... e/p/131978
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Re: Reasonable but decent Spade and Trowel recommendations.

Post by Koala » Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:49 pm

I like a full length handles.

if I did the beach a stainless steel is a must

However just for field a steel blade is preferable.

since summer i have been using a £5 Asda spade. I have cut it to a point to help with the rock hard ground this summer.


unfortunately you have missed the main time of year where gardening tools are in the likes of Home and Bargains

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Re: Reasonable but decent Spade and Trowel recommendations.

Post by klondyke » Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:27 pm

As above go for an old garden spade full length save your back , then cut it down with a grinder.
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Re: Reasonable but decent Spade and Trowel recommendations.

Post by brianc » Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:07 pm

You cannot beat the Roughneck for durability and the fibreglass shaft appears to be almost unbreakable in my experience.

At the price of £12 or so it is well worth buying one as you will find it handy in the garden too.

It is very light to carry and the spade end is reasonably sharp in firm to hard conditions. It is quite comfortable to dig with your foot and I have had no problems digging with basic wellies on.

Also, you can dig a very neat plug of around 5" square and about 5" deep which is landowner friendly.

Some may find the shaft a little short if you are tall and expect to be digging for a good few hours.

I am 5' 10" and it is fine for four hours which is about my limit for concentration!

I use a plastic Fiskars trowel which is very sturdy and has the benefit that you can leave it close by when you are pinpointing without fear of it giving a signal.

Plus it is very light and they do them in bright colours so that you won't loose it easily when you fling it doing your gold dance. It may also reduce the damage if you come into contact with your target with it being plastic.
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Post by sweepstick47 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:27 pm

A good practical budget buy would be a Ladies Border Spade, and to please your good lady, it could just as easily be a S/H one Car Boot etc. Having suffered the wrath, you need to get back into the good books again! ::g Regards ss47
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Post by Liquizen » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:01 pm

Thanks for the advice.

I’ve nabbed a Fiskars black plastic trowel for £6.50 and a roughneck micro spade for £8.72.

That should keep me going for a while.

Thanks
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Post by Easylife » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:22 pm

Liquizen wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:01 pm
Thanks for the advice.
I’ve nabbed a Fiskars black plastic trowel for £6.50 and a roughneck micro spade for £8.72.
That should keep me going for a while.
Thanks
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Please do also try a full sized spade at some point, easier digging, more leverage and never any digging on your knees. :D
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Re: Reasonable but decent Spade and Trowel recommendations.

Post by stargazer » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:38 pm

You can get a roughneck for about £10. And they are guaranteed.

What's the trowel for ............ a bit of bricklaying ?
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Post by Easylife » Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:38 am

stargazer wrote:
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You can get a roughneck for about £10. And they are guaranteed.
What's the trowel for ............ a bit of bricklaying ?
I thought the Roughneck was the trowel? :))
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Post by pengles » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:50 am

After many, many experiments, this is what I've arrived at. A stainless steel border spade with boot saver 'lips' on the top edge, cut to a point with an angle grinder, and sharpened on a bench grinder. It's not too wide and is quite substantial. Instead of a trowel, my old divers knife with the sharp edges and point ground off for safety reasons. Works a treat. The red/white pole is 80cm long for sizing.
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Post by Liquizen » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:23 pm

Bit of luck.
Managed to find my evolution trowel that I thought I got rid of when I sold my last detector. So now have the fiskars plastic one and an evolution Stainless Jobbie. I think Santa might be bringing me an evolution spade. ;-)

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Post by teignsaxon » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:35 pm

Liquizen wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:27 pm
Hi there.
I’ve managed to go over budget on the detector (spending double what I planned and incurred the wrath of ‘er indoors) and now have to find a decent spade and trowel that are reasonable in price and won’t fall apart after two digs.

Does anyone have any recommendations please for either?

Many thanks for your help.

Neil.
Hi Ibought one on ebay a bout 2 years ago it was approx £4 and I have used it ever since cant remember the make but it was the UK just goes to show you don't have to spend a fortune on a spade, happy hunting spikey

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Post by pengles » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:50 am

numanoid, I know what you mean, but actually it works OK. I have tried different combinations, but the fields around me are thick with flint and the pointy bit does help a lot.
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Re: Reasonable but decent Spade and Trowel recommendations.

Post by chip » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:40 pm

Numanoid wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:48 am
Plastic handle ss border spade , you don’t need the trowel it’s just something extra to cart about that you won’t use .
Although our American friends seem to prefer the trowel over a spade.
I’d pay £15 max

I’ve bought and used the roughneck in the past, but it’s not good on your back ;;z , border spade makes the job much easier
The main reason our Americans cousins often favour a good digging trowel over a spade is they dig a lot in public parks and private gardens where digging with a spade may not be appreciated and they can often get by with a good trowel only as searching often for what we would consider modern coinage and jewelry at shallow depths.

I personally have an evolution spade and hang a 4” pointing trowel off my finds bag for winkleing out finds from the side/bottom of hole when needed.
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Post by CTX_Phil » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:46 pm

FULLTIMER wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:50 am
I've always used a traditional stainless steel border spade, bought a cheap one once it lasted a couple of seasons since then I bought a traditional stainless and wood spear and jackson one with a 10 year guarantee it's now done me about seven years
https://www.wickes.co.uk/Spear+Jackson- ... e/p/131978
God knows what I'm doing wrong as I've had two of these & broke both of them within a year! Basically the spade part cracked in half x;

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Post by JBM » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:09 pm

These cut down border spades have served me well for nearly 30 years.

If the handle breaks just fit another one.

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Post by Pugwash117 » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:35 pm

pengles wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:50 am
After many, many experiments, this is what I've arrived at. A stainless steel border spade with boot saver 'lips' on the top edge, cut to a point with an angle grinder, and sharpened on a bench grinder. It's not too wide and is quite substantial. Instead of a trowel, my old divers knife with the sharp edges and point ground off for safety reasons. Works a treat. The red/white pole is 80cm long for sizing.
Great idea, I have an old diving knife as well... I feel a second use for it coming on. Great serated edges, and blunting the rather deadly point also a good move. Thanks for the idea, I had a metal detectin' tool in the garage all along!

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