After about a year of digging with the cheap fiberglass shovels I somehow stumbled across this beast. I was ordering something on Amazon and for some reason (probably boredom) just started searching shovels. Most of the results were the same thing you’d find in the big hardware stores. Then I saw something I had never seen before, the Fiskars Long Handle Digging Shovel! I just thought they made scissors, turns out they make one badass shovel.
$29.97 plus shipping
So a few days later UPS drops off this tool of destruction. I quickly unwrap it and just look at it in awe. Quickly it gets named Excalibur, a perfect fit I think. I took it to the trails later that day and put it through its paces. Top soil, to roots, to clay and it handled it all with out an issue. Just feels solid in your hands. After digging with it for a week I picked up a fiberglass shovel and it felt like I was using a kids shovel!
Coming in at a beefy 6 pounds this thing just feels solid. At no point do you feel it flex and it actually took an hour to get used to the weight. If you are digging where roots are a huge pain you can easily chop through them with the sharpened head. The oversized teardrop shaped shaft is surprisingly comfortable, so you get less fatigue on long digs in the clay pit. The welded on head holds about double the dirt as your average shovel, so filling that wheelbarrow will take a lot less scoops. Lastly the oversized step is much nicer on your foot when you need to open up a virgin patch of soil or get deeper in that ever expanding clay pit.
The powder coating is a nice touch but in about a month it gets worn away on the head and starts to rust. I knew this was going to happen so I wasn’t too surprised, but I feel like just normal use of any shovel would destroy a paint coating. The handle is like a hard rubbery plastic which isn’t as easy as it could be on the hands but it does match the solid overall feel.
SHOULD YOU BUY IT?
If you have some drainage projects, claying, or any digging that needs to be done you really should pick up this shovel. It’s not going to replace your pickaxe or other shovels completely but it compliments them and will make digging even easier. It may be a bit more expensive but it’s worth every penny. You will not be disappointed!