Fiskars 96685935J LNG Hndl Digging Shovel
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||3.25 x 8.63 x 57.5 inches|
|Item Weight||6 Pounds|
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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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From the manufacturer
Move Through Soil Easily
Make digging more efficient with a durable shovel.
Welded steel construction is far more durable than wood and won't flex like fiberglass.
Extra-large Foot Platform
An extra-large foot platform helps maximize force when driving the blade into soil.
Guaranteed to Last
Full lifetime warranty.
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||60.00 x 9.00 x 5.00 inches||45.00 x 10.50 x 3.80 inches||5.50 x 8.75 x 60.50 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 have gone through a number of wooden/fiberglass shovels over the years. They all eventually fail, the handles become worn and sliver-y, and there’s that slight puckering of fear when prying something up and the wood/fiberglass *crackles* from the strain....
Not the case here!
This thing is a tank - The blade is strong and reinforced by large, welded footstops (Most wood shovel heads just bend the metal of the shovel to form teensy weeny stops, not this beasty - Talk about foot relief after stomping on the shovel all day long!).
The handle is a comfortable not-quite-round shaped to better pry dirt from the earth.
I regularly jump on this shovel to sink in hard earth - It handles this with ease and doesn’t complain when I use my full weight to pry up the dirt/rocks-concrete I’m busy busting.
The weight is not discernible from a wood or fiberglass shovel - Overall I notice less fatigue while using because this thing is so darn solid.
FWIW, I did “find” a buried RV battery on my property while digging with this. There was sparking and crackling as I punctured a cell, but I didn’t get shocked.
I hope buried batteries are unique to the trashy previous owners of my property, but you should ALWAYS call your local utility before you dig! The blade of this shovel is very strong and very sharp - You’ll cut through lines like butter.
3+ years and this shovel is going strong. I will absolutely buy Fiskars again.
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.