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Lesche & predator tool physical comparison... pics & measurements ....
Mi$$ouri Jim
Date: May 13, 2005 06:54PM
I got my new predator tools 85e (orange handled) digger today & decided, to compare it to my old lesche standard (red handled) digger. I havent seen anyone compare the 2 online so that is why i am doing it.
Note: the red handled lesche in the pic i have used for a few years now so it no longer has the original finish that is on the pred. tool. Also It is probable that I have worn the tip down a bit after much use so take that into consideration when comparing the measurements.
The designs DO have small differences.
The pred. tool is longer that the old lesche. Its handle is longer & its blade is longer. The indent where the blade meets the hilt is a bit more broad that the older lesche (hopefully you can see it in the pics). The blade itself is just a tad wider than the older lesche. Not sure if the blade itself is thicker as i dont have a micrometer handy.... they are both VERY close if not the same thickness.
Note: measurements are as accurate as i could measure them & may be off by a tiny amount.

I havent used the new pred. tool yet in the field.
The one thing that i think is a great improvement is the hunter-orange grip. I have, in the past, dropped or left my old red handled lesche in the field & had to spend some time finding it. The new hunter-orange handle should make finding it easier.


Re: Lesche & predator tool physical comparison... pics & measurements ....
RonNH
Date: May 14, 2005 02:46PM
I am on my second Lesche trowel, having lost the first one. They were both the red-handled one (old style). The only complaint I have with these tools is they put the serations on the right side of the blade. I am right handed and make a clockwise cut in the grass for my plug so I had to grind my own serations on the left side of the blade. These notches help a lot when cutting through turf and small roots IF you keep the blade sharpened. I think Pam Lesche would be doing a great service of they made these tools with the serations on BOTH sides of the blade, that way either a left or right-hander could use them to their best potential. Do you think it would be worth it to mention it to the company? I picked up the Little Eagle shovel this year after using the standard (blunt tip) shovel for 3 years. The Little Eagle could be another 1-2"wider but itreally cuts through the ground better than the old shovel. Your hunting tools take a beating and these are the best out there from what I have seen. Ron

I think just a tad wider (for a little better scooping ability) and serations on both sides (to cut in both directions) would be VERY nice!
Art SC
Date: May 19, 2005 01:02PM
I agree. The serations would work well on both sides.
Craig in Alabama
Date: May 19, 2005 07:43PM
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Re: Lesche & predator tool physical comparison... pics & measurements ....
Posted by: wvrick
Date: March 22, 2011 05:00PM
After I seen this post I had just received 2 Lesche trowel from wwmfg. ( red handle) and wished I'd got the predator tools 85e (orange handled). I decided to sale both on a online auction and recoup my money and order the Predator's. I ordered them both and put the other two online, I've sole one at this time but today received my Predator's order. There is no difference in the two, only the color of the handle and the price. I paid $35.95 ea plus $7.89 shipping for the wwmfg total $79.70 for two, I paid 47.95 ea. plus $10.00ea. shipping for the Predator's total 115.90 for two. Both are the same in weight, size, length... Only I paid $36.20 more for what I thought was a better product that is the same. Here are pictures of both, Predator and WWmfg must have came to a agreement on size.




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Re: Lesche & predator tool physical comparison... pics & measurements ....
Posted by: MarkCZ
Date: March 22, 2011 05:18PM
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wvrick
After I seen this post I had just received 2 Lesche trowel from wwmfg. ( red handle) and wished I'd got the predator tools 85e (orange handled). I decided to sale both on a online auction and recoup my money and order the Predator's. I ordered them both and put the other two online, I've sole one at this time but today received my Predator's order. There is no difference in the two, only the color of the handle and the price. I paid $35.95 ea plus $7.89 shipping for the wwmfg total $79.70 for two, I paid 47.95 ea. plus $10.00ea. shipping for the Predator's total 115.90 for two. Both are the same in weight, size, length... Only I paid $36.20 more for what I thought was a better product that is the same. Here are pictures of both, Predator and WWmfg must have came to a agreement on size.

Wow! that is bad!
Okay, everybody I have to work with this guy! anybody want to take my place at work for a couple of days while he cools off! :unsure:
That deal makes me mad and it wasn't even my money!

Mark



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Re: Lesche & predator tool physical comparison... pics & measurements ....
Posted by: JHM
Date: March 23, 2011 06:45AM
There's a company that sells them with the notches on the other side. I would send you a link but I don't think we can on the forum and I cant send you a PM either

Re: Lesche & predator tool physical comparison... pics & measurements ....
Posted by: widebody
Date: March 23, 2011 11:27PM
like most companies just go to their website and pic the tool that has the edges on the side you want. somewhere on the site will be a dealer location button. who ever sold you the original lesche should be able to get the other one you prefer. also seems you got a darn good price on them. regular price is around $50.00 + s/h. sounds like it's time for a spring break from work. :starwars:

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Re: Lesche & predator tool physical comparison... pics & measurements ....
Posted by: Hopskippy
Date: March 24, 2011 10:25AM
Thanks for the comparison Jim. Great pics and very informative.



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Re: Lesche & predator tool physical comparison... pics & measurements ....
Posted by: wvrick
Date: March 24, 2011 03:37PM
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Hopskippy
Thanks for the comparison Jim. Great pics and very informative.

Too bad they are NOT that size now, if you notice Jims post Date: May 13, 2005... A lot has changed- I have both WWMFG (Lesche family)and Predator(Lesche). They are both the same everything, grips are "Hunt Wilde" brand with color different , even the same warning sticker. I'm not saying either are bad tools, I'm keeping the red handle... Just they are both the same tool with a big price difference.

HH



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Re: Lesche & predator tool physical comparison... pics & measurements ....
Posted by: Chip Cannon
Date: March 26, 2011 11:57AM
I also own the original Lesche. Just bought the Razor Edge Gator from Aardvark metal detecting (subsidiary of Kellyco??) It has serrations on both sides. Apparently it is new and improved from original that was a cheap giveaway when you bought metal detector. New one has Lifetime Warranty. Haven't used it yet, but it has same heavy feel of Lesche. Paid 31.99 or so on e-bay + 9.99 or so shipping. $40 for a very nice new digging tool.

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Re: Lesche & predator tool physical comparison... pics & measurements ....
Posted by: MarkCZ
Date: March 26, 2011 05:43PM
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Re: Lesche & predator tool physical comparison... pics & measurements ....
Posted by: Stanl
Date: March 26, 2011 08:15PM
WVRick, thanks for the pics and info.

Have you tried either one (WWMfg or Predator) in field conditions yet?
Do they use the same spec steel in the handles & blades?
That's the proof.

I carry two diggers today:
a Razor Edge Gator on my belt (it's light weight), after 2 seasons the blade has a curve to it from prying. Soft steel?
My other digger is a Predator 'Little Eagle' shovel. No issues, excellent tool.

Also, I have a digger that I bought 31 years ago from Wilcox All-Pro Tools, USA patent #211242. It has a V shaped 8 1/2" long 1/8" thick steel alloy (maybe stainless) blade. The steel was formed, blade & handle, with one piece of steel and a handle grip pressed onto the handle part. It cost me $30 back then.
This tool has dug more holes than I can count, and it will probably out-last me. It is heavy though.

My point is, if you buy the quality tools and use them. The issue of cost can be forgotten.
Just MHO.

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Re: Lesche & predator tool physical comparison... pics & measurements ....
Posted by: wvrick
Date: March 26, 2011 09:16PM
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Stanl
Have you tried either one (WWMfg or Predator) in field conditions yet?
Do they use the same spec steel in the handles & blades?
That's the proof.

Hi Stanl, the Red Handle WWMfg model says: "made of 100% aircraft-quality steel" and the Predator says:"4130 Chrome-moly Virgin Steel, Aircraft Quality Heat Treated and Temper for Super Strenght." I believe both to be the same steel and both are quality tools. The point on the Predator is more rounded but that could have been the machine setup for that run. Since it is the same family and the history of the original split between the family the problems may have worked out. But in MHO and this is my opinion, the tools come off the same line and one out the front door and the other out the back door (so to speak)... When looking at them side by side, both are same in every way all but the color handle and the Predator a better finish but that may have been only that run of tools also. My only gripe, I bought two of each total 4 diggers and what I payed for the Predator's I could have got a 3rd WWMfg for .25 cents more the way it worked out. But I planed on selling the 2 WWMfg to pay for the 2 Predators, but when i got the order I seen no real difference in the tools so I'm selling the Predators to re-coup some money. Maybe at one time there was a big difference in the two tools like the 2006 picture above but now you get what I believe is the same and in a time when almost everyone is out of work I'd rather see them spend the extra bucks on something that makes a difference.

HH

Re: Lesche & predator tool physical comparison... pics & measurements ....
Posted by: Curt_in_W.Mass
Date: March 26, 2011 09:41PM
Does Whites make these products?....thought forums where product specific.and didnt realize these two items fall under Whites products....im sure im wrong..curtis



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