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Digging shovels
Posted by: Seldonskien
Date: April 14, 2019 05:50PM
Can someone please give me their input as to the length of digging shovel they use for digging. Please indicate why you prefer a longer or shorter length, or some of the issues you've found using either one. I'm looking to purchase one and I'm leaning towards the 27" Grave Digger. I think this length would be easier to carry on my detecting utility belt, wouldn't drag on the ground, and hopefully wouldn't beat against my leg too much. I don't mind bending over some to dig so that isn't an issue. Any input from actual users will be greatly appreciated.

Re: Digging shovels
Posted by: still looking 52
Date: April 15, 2019 12:37PM
Just recently i bought a 15" leashe shovel, paid 65$ for it and used it may be three or four times and found that I didn't have enough leverage with this short shovel to cut roots or pry over rocks. The main reason I went with this short shovel was so I could hang it on my belt and not have to carry it all the time but found it just bumped against my side plus made my balance off.
Luckily, my brother was able to cut this shovel in half, place a 17" extension in it and now I have the 31" long shovel that will do the job for me. Now I just carry this longer shovel in one hand and my detector in the other and I can use the shovel for support when getting into tight rough areas.

Re: Digging shovels
Posted by: Flintstone
Date: April 15, 2019 01:15PM
The longer one sure makes it ease to get up after a dig, in-fact the older you are the better you like the long one.

Re: Digging shovels
Posted by: Seldonskien
Date: April 15, 2019 04:04PM
I can understand that!. Didn't want to go shorter than the 27", but wasn't sure if the 36" would be too long.

Re: Digging shovels
Posted by: Crew Chief
Date: April 15, 2019 04:58PM
:usaf: as time goes buy you will probably wind up with several sizes,shapes,manufacturers. Each will have its place depending on where or when you use it. Give up finding a shovel you can wear on you hip comfortably unless you are Paul Bunyan. Sometimes a longer shovel definitely has its advantages other times a shorter shovel will be better. In the end it's your call. And as you get older your call will change. Happy digging.

Re: Digging shovels
Posted by: Confetrit
Date: April 15, 2019 08:18PM
Best of luck to you in choosing the right shovel for yourself. I personally use the Lesche 32' Relic Hunter shovel. This is a great little shovel that does the job for me in our hard Georgia red clay. It also cuts through nice size roots fairly easy. It has a T handle and I usually carry it over my shoulder while swinging the MD. The only thing that I wish it had that others do is the rubber step pads. I have had this now for about 5 years and I have really been happy with it. Again, HH and shopping.

Re: Digging shovels
Posted by: jim tn
Date: April 16, 2019 07:20AM
If you are out in the boonies looking for relic's, then any of the shovel models you would feel comfortable with would serve you well. I personally like Predators LITTLE EAGLE model. If, however, you are urban setting hunting like parks and the like, then something smaller that doesn't stand out and look so intrusive is necessary. There are any number of good trowel type models available. Wilcox has a 16" (I think that's the length) model that doesn't look intrusive and can be hand or belt carried easily and has just enough handle length for some extra leverage and assistance for getting up. Good luck with your decision. HH jim tn

Re: Digging shovels
Posted by: LTimedigger
Date: April 16, 2019 11:36AM
I only use the Piranha 37" digger. Has the narrow serated blade which lets you dig a deep but small clean hole. I also carry a small garden trowel in my utility belt if i've missed my pinpoint slightly. A 27" digger on your belt seems like it would really be uncomfortable to have to carry on your waist. Hope this helps.

Re: Digging shovels
Posted by: dfmike
Date: April 16, 2019 07:04PM
I have the regular Lesche Sampson shovel that i used the first 2 years I started detecting (still have it but never use it anymore). I prefer a longer blade, the foot plates are too small therefore pretty much useless and the length of the handle made me bend over way too much and I'm only 5' 10". I then bought a Predator Tools Barracuda and though it weighs a little more, it's a lot more shovel for the money. Longer heavier blade that's sharply serrated on both sides, usable foot plates and a handle length that is just right for me. I get lots more pushing power out of that one and it's now my go to tool for deep woods hunting. Solid as a rock and an ideal weight/sturdiness ration IMHO. I've used it in very difficult terrain, packed snow and semi frozen ground and it seems to go through anything. Personally, I wouldn't recommend going for anything with a shorter handle than that model for anybody that's 5' 6" +. Another great choice if you need even more depth is the Piranha model like LTmedigger suggested or even the Raven. They are heavier though. The only downside to the Predator Tools models is that the blade rusts easily so I rinse mine out after every use and oil it occasionally.

Total length of the Barracuda is 38".

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Re: Digging shovels
Posted by: Frank in NH
Date: April 17, 2019 08:57AM
Also T handle one is good for sitting on, mine has a ball handle not so good to sit on!

Re: Digging shovels
Posted by: Seldonskien
Date: April 17, 2019 07:02PM
I appreciate all of the responses I've received on this topic, especially Frank in NH, lol. I will give them all serious consideration, but it seems it might be the "Goldilocks" scenario until I get "the" one.

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