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Digging & Soil Preparation

Choosing Spades, Forks & Shovels

Getting the right spade and fork will save you time, aches and pains. Soil preparation is hard work unless you have perfect crumbly soil and work out regularly, most people do not!

Things to consider when choosing

Soil type – If you have heavy soil with roots and stones to deal with, you will need a strong spade or fork.
Your height – The length of the spade or fork can make a difference to the overall comfort when digging all day. Each supplier can have a different handle length, it can vary from 28" to 21". Border spades and forks are about 2" shorter than digging varieties.
Blade Size - Spades and forks come in two varieties - Digging or Border. Digging tools have wider and longer blades, both are available in two materials, forged steel & stainless steel.
Handle type - Six types of shaped handle are available on most of the spades and forks. Some traditional in design and materials, some new design and new materials, the choice is yours.

How to Choose Spades, Forks & Shovels

Handle Types

Wooden YD Handle Metal YD Handle Ergo Grip handle
‘YD’ Wooden
‘MYD’ Metal
‘ERGO’ Grip

This high quality Ash handle is split and steamed into shape. It will mould to the users hand over time.

This handle is made from a galvanised steel frame and is fitted with a wooden grip for comfort.

Made from two soft touch materials to give a comfortable forward tilt grip to assist with digging.

Plastic D Grip Handle Wooden T Handle Wooden Box D Handle
‘PD’ Plastic D Grip
T Wooden
Box D
Formed from a comfortable plastic mould, this grip is mounted onto a wooden shaft. This hardwood handle is securely morticed, tenoned and glued to a shaft of the same material. This traditional hardwood handle is made from a single piece of timber. It is riveted for extra strength.


Digging Spade, Digging Shovel or Digging Hoe?
Digging shovels and digging hoes are alternatives to spades.
Digging shovels have long handles which prevent back injury and helps dig heavy soils by using leverage rather than back muscles.
Digging hoes also have long handles and use the power of leverage to move soil and can be used for weeding.

Spades & Fork Types

Digging Variety
Border Variety
Wider & Longer blades
Narrower & Shorter blades
Longer overall length
Shorter overall length
Heavier
Lighter

Forged Steel
Stainless Steel
Stronger than stainless
Not as strong as forged
Heavier
Lighter
Coated to prevent corrosion
Corrosion resistant
Coated to prevent soil adhesion
Easy cleaning


Choosing Digging Tools - Guidelines

 
Men
Heavy Soil
Forged Digging - Spade/Fork
Digging Shovel
Heavy Duty Digging Hoe
Medium Soil
Stainless Digging - Spade/Fork
Digging Shovel
Digging Hoe
Light Soil
Stainless Digging - Spade/Fork
Digging Shovel
Digging Hoe
 
Ladies
Heavy Soil
Forged Border - Spade/Fork
Digging Shovel
Heavy Duty Digging Hoe
Medium Soil
Stainless Border - Spade/Fork
Digging Shovel
Digging Hoe
Light Soil
Stainless Border -Spade/Fork
Digging Shovel
Digging Hoe
 
Children
Heavy Soil
Don’t Dig
Medium Soil
Kids range - Spade/Fork
Light Soil
Kids range - Spade/Fork

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