Fiskars Steel Digging Shovel
Why You Need An All Steel Shovel
Are you looking for an all steel shovel? If you are, you may as well get the best steel shovel money can buy.
First off, let me tell ya, I have a lot of experience with all types of shovels. I'm a digging fool.
In my line of work, lawn care and landscaping, a shovel can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Unfortunately, a lot of tools can be fair weather friends...
If the work is not too hard, or the going is easy, they will stand by your side and do what needs to be done. But if times are hard and the work is piling up, they can leave you high and dry without even saying good bye...
As you know, shovels come in all shapes, sizes, and grades of quality. Wouldn't it make sense to get the best of the best?
Today, I am talking about the long steel handle digging shovel and why you need to go ahead, do yourself a favor, and get an all metal shovel.
Have you ever dug up a sago palm? The little ones are easy enough to get out of the ground, but the big ones have a very large root ball and they take a lot of digging, whacking, hacking, and prying to get out.
I had the pleasure of getting a large one out of a customers flower bed one day. To begin the job, I brought with me two very nice shovels. One with a wooden handle that was maybe 3 years old. The other had a yellow fiberglass handle, and it was about 5 years old.
Now I understand that shovels are not pry bars, but you make do with what you have. All I had was a couple of shovels and a chainsaw.
When I got down to the root of that palm, I was using the fiberglass shovel. I guess I pried one to many times, because that thing cracked right down the center of the handle. Good thing I had on gloves or I could have had a bunch of glass splinters in my hands.
After climbing out of the hole, I went back to my truck and picked up my wooden shovel, but it didn't last very long at all. I was able to do about five minutes of digging before it gave up the ghost.
That is when I went back out to my truck again, got in it and drove it up to ACE Hardware. I must admit, I was cussing out those cheap shovels the whole way.
Luckily for me, that is where I found this Fisker all steel shovel. I looked at it long and hard before I bought it. I even asked the ACE employee what he thought about it and he told me that he has not seen one returned to the store yet.
I paid about $40.00 for it at ACE, but on that day, it was worth every penny. I took it back to finish the job on that shovel eating root ball and I gave it a good 'what for' with this new one.
It made the job so much easier knowing that it wouldn't break and that I would get away with a good bit of prying without it falling apart in my hands.
It feels good in your hands too. When you grip it, it just feels right. The angle of the handle down close to the blade does help in your prying ability. Plus, the top of the blade has a wide stepping plate for you to press with your foot.
I have had this bad boy for about six months now, and it hasn't let me down yet. I don't think it ever will. It has also sped up my digging projects. I no longer worry that it will break, so I can dig with abandon and not pace or limit my digging in the fear of breaking it.
I would have gotten one of these a long time ago had I known these all steel shovels were worth their weight in gold. If you get one of these bad boys, it will probably be the last shovel you will ever buy.