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What kind of shovels do you have/use?
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DAve 50 8n    Posted 01-30-2004 at 15:32:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Someone mentioned shovels below. Made me think. What kinds of shovels do you have? I never buy the expensive fiberglass shovels. If I worked w/them all day, I would, I guess.

I have several:

1) my "dead animal" shovel for critters and parts of dead animals that end up near us. I keep this one outside leaning up against the woodshed so all the dead animal "cooties" can vaporize. :-)

2) Trenching shovel. This is my $1.99 shovel I bought on sale years ago. I cut the sides off and use it as a trenching (scooping...not digging) shovel. Store-bought ones cost $25+. (Also been known as "temporary dead animal shovel...stands next to #1)

3) Square shovel (Buck called this a "city shovel? why?) I just like them for scooping up stuff. I actually got two of these. One old, narrow and pretty darn useless...funny slope to shovel head...speciality use? Another new one.

4) Solviet military pack shovel. Dog poop picker upper. I think it can be used to chop some stuff too. It's heavy.

5) Woodstove shovel...hardly worth mentioning.

6) At least one round point...I think.

thx!


Linda in UT    Posted 01-31-2004 at 09:18:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
A local county road department worker told me a round nose shovel is a poor choice for work. It tips to the side and knocks you off when you're leaning on it. A square nose shovel is far more stable to lean on.


Coon Catcher Clay    Posted 01-31-2004 at 05:07:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have used about every type of shovel that was ever made.When they came out with those fiberglass handled shovels I thought that they couldn't be beat.Well,due to old age and arthritus I have found a better way to dig holes.The best shovel that I now own is a Case 580B backhoe.It digs a big hole with each scoop and is very easy on my back.


WHAT'S A SHOVEL??    Posted 01-31-2004 at 00:43:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ron


buck    Posted 01-30-2004 at 19:23:10       [Reply]  [No Email]

When I bought my first house in the city the first thing my neighbor said to me was "you don't mind working do you" followed by "What part of the country you from?" followed by "Do you want to work for me?" Turns out he was a contractor and one day he tells me to get a shovel out of his truck. After searching the truck I say Ain't no shovel in here. With a smile he produces a long handle square point shovel and said "this is a city shovel,we don't have much use for them pointed shovels in the city".


Willy-N    Posted 01-30-2004 at 18:16:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well if a big hole the trackhoe comes, little smaller the backhoe comes, if it isn't much of a hole I break out the pick bar, spade and round nose. If it needs to be deep the post hole digger go into action also. If it is snow the flat shovel, snow shovel, or tractor with the blade. Sometimes the snow blower if it is bad. I must have 10 different shovels on the place. I also have picks and rakes to make it easier. Yes lots of impliments of love. Mark H.


toolman    Posted 01-30-2004 at 15:46:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
i try to use the one on the end of the loader as much as i can it,s better on the back , a little bigger than most too , it,s about 6 ft.wide and 2 ft.deep, makes most work faster. all others i try to avoid as much as possibile .lol


Fawteen - Now yer talkin!    Posted 01-30-2004 at 16:49:52       [Reply]  [No Email]

The magic of hydraulics...


I think    Posted 01-30-2004 at 17:06:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
ya need a bigger bucket on that 'hoe......and paint it green:^)


Fawteen    Posted 01-30-2004 at 17:15:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
It DO look kinda big in that picture, doesn't it?

16" bucket on a Woods 650 hoe, about 6' max depth. For a little-bitty hoe, it handles that gormy bucket darn good. I have an 8" bucket for doing phone lines and such.


Fawteen - Altho...    Posted 01-30-2004 at 17:00:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do have a pretty fair assortment of "manual" shovels too.

Snow Shovel - Use should be obvious, 'ceptin' maybe to y'all Suthreners ":^)

Gravel (round point) shovel - Keepin' the drains around the barn cleared out, or the rare (VERY rare...) hole that is too small to bother firing up the backhoe for. Also for digging up the occasional clump of onion grass in the pasture.

Scoop or Grain shovel - Cleaning up be bedding in the chicken coop and llama pen.

Square-nose shovel - Scraping off the chicken roosts.

Spade - For double-digging and working in compost in my perennial flowerbeds.




TB    Posted 01-30-2004 at 16:49:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
My favorite is a 30 hp scatback. I do have a verity of hand shovels I try to avoid as mush as posable


deadcarp    Posted 01-30-2004 at 16:15:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeah i agree - my favorite shovel has a 10-horse and electric start. but that's under repair so i've been grudgingly pushing a real snow shovel around. then my next favorite one has an 8 horse on a converted bale conveyor, and it's used for filling the woodshed. my wood shovel's really an oversized fork for loading the stove, but it's heavy enough to poke the stubborn ones in too. oh i use a spade for the cement mixer but that's outa habit. :)


Fern(Mi)    Posted 01-30-2004 at 15:44:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's good to see somebody has a good handle on thems shoveling things.
Otherwise, I've got a bunch. Prefer a long handled square point for the winter. Pickup carried it needs another new handle every eight years or so. Just right for me. I ain't no snow shoveler, But if I have to, this ain;t over doing it.
Now, I'll be shoveling off.


Ron,Ar    Posted 01-30-2004 at 15:44:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I gots three, the normal round-pointed shovel, a square-pointed shovel and what we always called a sharp-shooter/it's a long (12-16") tapered thing with a hand-grip type handle. Oh I almost forgot my G.I. trenching tool, makes four.
As far as Bucks city shovel goes, I can get way more work done with the square pointed one. Of course I weigh over 200 lbs so it don't matter,square or pointed. I'm either gonna dig or break it.LOL


cowlady    Posted 01-30-2004 at 16:26:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cowman thinks a lot like toolman...If it can't be shoveled with the loader, it doesn't need shoveled!

My critter scooper is a rake!

Use the round point, a mini trencher (for flower bulbs)and the good ol' grain scoop! Had to laugh, as we're sitting in 8+ inches of snow and don't own a snow shovel! I didn't even realize it, until this question came up!

My problem is RAKES, I melt them, set them on fire, break the tines, the handles fall off...who makes a good rake!? They are finally making an "apple picker" (AKA cow poop scooper) with steel tines!


I had to laugh    Posted 01-30-2004 at 16:37:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
about the rakes, been there/done that.-Ron,ar


Grove r    Posted 01-30-2004 at 17:17:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well now...I'm inclined to think like Toolman... got a little hoe on the Satoh, now that is one handy little unit, got a bucket on the front of it...then there are two 806 IHC's with loaders...then there is the forklift...and last, but not least is the TD 91....hand shovels? just fer cleanin' tracks and picken' up puppy poo......have a gooder, R.E.L.


Fawteen    Posted 01-30-2004 at 17:40:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Welcome back, Grove r.

You pick up yer puppy poo? I jest run over mine with the lawn mower, spread it out some...


Grove r    Posted 01-30-2004 at 20:57:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, and the dang stuff stinks so bad when it fresh....HI, Fawteen, bin a spell....how'er things out yer way...got the DELETE warmed up fer snow removal??? Clem says his Arbuckle Uniwheeler purrs like a tom cat full a fish bones ......Ya have yerself a gooder, R.E.L.


toolman    Posted 01-30-2004 at 17:50:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
i use to do that till the grass sheild broke and all that doo flew all over , now i pick it up or mow with my mouth closed.feeling better grover?


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