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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.


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]

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...