Fiskars 96685935J LNG Hndl Digging Shovel
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- Ideal for digging in tough soil
- Welded 14-gauge hardened steel blade and 18-gauge steel shaft provide durability that far outlasts wood-handled tools and won’t flex like fiberglass
- Sharpened blade makes it easy to penetrate tough soil or break up hardened dirt clods
- Length: 57.5 inches
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Fiskars promotes achievement and self-expression by focusing on easy to use, innovative tools to make gardening, cooking and crafting more enjoyable. The Fiskars brand is part of Fiskars Group, which was founded in Finland in 1649 and has become a leading functional and living products company with a strong brand portfolio including Fiskars, Iittala, Gerber, Wedgewood and Waterford.
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|Item Dimensions||3.25 x 8.63 x 57.50 inches||5.50 x 9.25 x 60.50 inches||45.00 x 10.50 x 3.80 inches||22.00 x 9.30 x 57.50 inches||26.38 x 5.71 x 2.56 inches||60.00 x 9.00 x 5.00 inches|
The Fiskars long-handle steel digging shovel makes it easy to dig into tough soil without sore knees from kneeling or back strain from bending. The welded steel construction is far more durable than wood and won’t flex like fiberglass. A sharpened blade cuts into dense soil easily, an extra-large foot platform helps maximize force to break up hardened soil clods, and a teardrop-shaped shaft profile provides exceptional comfort and control.
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UPDATE: Initially a one star review, but I upped it to 3 because I reached out to the company and they sent a replacement free of charge. Still not a GREAT product, but having good customer service makes a difference.
I live out in the desert in Arizona, and the soil is so hard that you often need a pick axe to loosen it before you dig. I was able to do this project with only my new shovel.
The steel handle was a real plus. It is sturdy enough that I could trust it not to break when I got the blade up under a tough agave root and needed to pry things loose. I was able to put my full weight into it, which I would have been afraid to do with my old wooden-handled shovel. The extra long handle also helped with this, as it gave me additional leverage for the prying.
I've seen questions and comments about whether the steel handle gets hot working in the sun. I live in the desert outside Phoenix, and it was a balmy spring day when I did my digging (only 105, I think). The sun was overhead, and intense, and the handle never overheated. I did wear leather work gloves to protect my hands, but picked up the shovel with bare hands several times when I left it lying on the ground during breaks and never noticed the heat.
Others have questioned whether the steel handle is too heavy for some users. I'm a 60 year old woman, and not athletic by any means. Yes, it's heavy than my old style shovel, but that didn't make it difficult to use. As I mentioned above, the long steel handle was one of the features that make this an exceptional shovel. Most of the work with a shovel doesn't involve lifting. It involves stomping, leveraging, then lifting shovels of dirt. The weight of the shovel didn't interfere with that. Someone who has difficulty lifting a six-pound shovel probably won't be doing the kind of work you'd need such a tool for.
I don't want to suggest that this was an easy job. I worked outside most of Saturday and again on Sunday, and was sore, exhausted, and bleeding after digging up and dragging around about 300 pounds of agave.with spikes that are deadly sharp. This is hard work, but if I'd tackled it with my old shovel, I would probably have given up after only a couple of these stubborn desert plants.
My husband was out of town when I bought the shovel and did this project. I think he was tired of my talking nonstop about this amazing shovel. He eventually reminded me that it's "just a shovel." Oh no, I argued, it's a wonder-shovel. When he got home, he had to see for himself how a shovel could get me so excited. Then he spent THAT weekend digging up stumps from old shrubs I'd chopped down, and then digging holes to plant all the new things I bought. He loved it, too.
I had trouble believing some of the reviews on this shovel until I had one in my hands. This shovel is a thing of beauty. The handle is a single piece of steel welded to the scoop, not attached with screws or bolts. The cross-section of the handle is tear-drop shaped. The foot plates are the widest I've seen. It is a shovel for a lifetime of use.
I bought my first one a little over a year ago and managed to slightly bend or warp the shaft where it meets the head. I took a picture and submitted a claim, and I received a brand new shovel with no extra money from me within 2 weeks. Eventually I did break the original, but the backup they sent me has seen heavy use in the past year.
Unfortunately, while preparing a spot on our lawn for a pool by removing tree roots and unfairly using my "world's best shovel" as a tool of leverage, I heard a snap like a gunshot and realized I had killed again.
Because service was so great last time, I decided to put in another warranty request, I mean, it does say lifetime warranty. I also bought a second one via Amazon prime because I wanted it quickly and I wanted to support such a great shovel.
I expected to be denied but behold I had a brand new replacement shovel only two days later than prime got me a new shovel. It is rare that a company would have such a great blanket warranty and a great product. Now I am the proud owner of two of these great shovels.
I was never tired from the weight of the shovel, in fact, the extra weight makes snapping roots in half much easier. I look forward to projects which require the use of this shovel.
Only con I can think of is that because it is all steel it does send quite a shock to your hands and it can make blisters develop rather quickly, but a pair of gloves resolves that problem.