Bottom Digger Trenching Shovel

Quick and easy trench cleanout tool. Saves time, money, and muscle.

Made in the USA for the construction & utility industry

Quick and easy trench cleanout tool. Saves time, money, and muscle.

Made in the USA for the construction & utility industry

Bottom Digger trenching tool used by contractor. Drawing of Bottom Digger cleaning a trench. Bottom Digger trenching shovel in use. Easy Digging Tools

    The patented Bottom Digger is a trench cleanout tool that is faster and easier to use than a standard trenching shovel. Use in 4" and wider trenches.
    It is pulled through the trench (not pushed like a shovel) to remove loose soil. It's like a narrow backhoe bucket on a stick. Your crew can get jobs finished quicker with much less back strain.

    The patented Bottom Digger is a trench cleanout tool that is faster and easier to use than a standard trenching shovel. Use in 4" and wider trenches.
    It is pulled through the trench (not pushed like a shovel) to remove loose soil. It's like a narrow backhoe bucket on a stick. Your crew can get jobs finished quicker with much less back strain.

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One "Bottom Digger" with steel bucket, combination blade, and handle.

Complete with a 5 foot long steel handle.


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Watch the videos below to see how the Bottom Digger can make your job easier...


Description of this cleanout tool:   Quick explanantion of how the Bottom Digger works, and how it compares to a common trenching shovel.

*Unit shown was an early version that was a little wider than the current 3" model.

 


How to use the Bottom Digger: Demonstration of our special trenching tool being used to remove soil from a deep trench.

Notice the upright posture of the man, even though this is a 24" deep trench.


NOTE : the Bottom Digger is only for removing loose soil from the trench, or removing occasional high spots in the trench (by using the toothed side of the blade).   It is NOT for digging the trench. To dig the trench you would use a powered trencher, or manually with a trench digging shovel or a trenching hoe (see these manual tools farther down the page).

 

Components and Spare Parts

Scoop Assembly     $68.00
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Includes 3.25" wide scoop, blade, and fasteners. You will need to add a metal wheelbarrow handle.

Includes 3.25" wide scoop, blade, and fasteners. You will need to add a metal wheelbarrow handle.

 

Replacement Blade     $7.50

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Includes blade and fasteners. Straight side of the blade used for scraping, and toothed side used for digging a little deeper.

Includes blade and fasteners. Straight side of the blade used for scraping, and toothed side used for digging a little deeper.

 

60" steel Handle     $35.00

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1.5" square steel, replacement wheelbarrow handle. Also available at most building supply stores.

1.5" square steel, replacement wheelbarrow handle. Also available at most building supply stores.


NOTE : the Bottom Digger is only for removing loose soil from the trench, or removing occasional high spots in the trench (by using the toothed side of the blade).   It is NOT for digging the trench. To dig the trench you would use a powered trencher, or manually with a trench digging shovel or a trenching hoe (see these manual tools farther down the page).


Is it really that much better?

Yes, it is. We had a race to clean out two identical trenches...and the Bottom Digger was more than twice as fast. (video below) Also see the drawings below of your posture using different tools. Preventing just one back injury, or even one trip to the chiropractor, easily pays for difference in cost between a Bottom Digger and a standard trench cleanout shovel.

Is it really that much better?

Yes, it is. We had a race to clean out two identical trenches...and the Bottom Digger was more than twice as fast. (video below) Also see the drawings below of your posture using different tools. Preventing just one back injury, or even one trip to the chiropractor, easily pays for difference in cost between a Bottom Digger and a standard trench cleanout shovel.


Trenching shovel ergonomics and posture

Bottom Digger ergonomics and posture

 

Customer Testimonials

These products were all that the stated to be. Easy to put together and worked better than anticipated. Kudos to exceeding the promise.
in WA     See Review

A great tool ! Made my job much easier as I trenched over 100 feet.
Anonymous in NY     See Review

I've bought several tools from easy digging - I've been super happy with every single one of them. They are such better tools than you can find in any of the retail big-box stores.
Mike K in TX     See Review

Page last modified on 2017-10-31

 

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Hand tools for trench DIGGING :

The Bottom Digger is NOT intended for digging the trench, it is for scooping out the loose soil at the bottom, and some leveling. Read on for information on which hand tools can be used to first dig the trench...


Homeowners and contractors often do manual or shovel trenching because either the short run of trench they need for their project does not justify a rental trencher, or because they need to trench in area where their power trencher will not fit.

There are 3 types of hand tools used for trench digging. They are the Drainage Spade, the Trench Shovels, and the Trenching Hoe. We will explore all three below, and we can supply you with all of these tools.

EasyDigging.com is a retailer of the HISCO line of professional shovels and spades. These tools are made in the USA for the construction, utility, and landscaping industry. They feature very strong, reinforced fiberglass handles and thick steel blades. We are now making these available to everyone because we all deserve great tools. They are a little more expensive at first, but just one of these shovels will easily withstand the kind of use and abuse that will destroy inexpensive hardware store shovels.



Drainage Spades : - also called Sharp Shooter shovels, or Tile spades. The drainage spade is made for digging shallow rough trenches up to about 12" deep and 5" wide.

The narrow round point works well for penetrating sod and hard soil. The long length of the blade is good for digging shallow trenches for drainage and utility lines. The long handled version is more popular with landscaping and construction workers, while the short handled version is more popular with plumbers and homeowners.

using a Sharp Shooter shovel to dig a long trench

Note that it creates a trench with a rough rounded bottom. For deeper trenches that require a smooth flat bottom, you should use a Trench Shovel or a Trenching Hoe. (both are explained further below)


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Long Drainage Spade

strong Fiberglass handle

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  • Overall Length = 59"
  • Blade Width = 6"
  • Weight = 4.7 pounds
  • 14 gauge steel head
  • Reinforced metal collar
  • HISCO HISS14L

Professional grade tall Drain Spade.

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Short Drainage Spade

D-grip Fiberglass handle

$49.95

 

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  • Overall Length = 42"
  • Blade Width = 6"
  • Weight = 3.5 pounds
  • 14 gauge steel head
  • Reinforced metal collar
  • HISCO HISS14D

Pro grade D-Grip Tile Spade.

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Trenching Shovels : - are used for digging narrow flat-bottomed trenches. They are also called step-trench shovels because the upturned back surface lets you push down (step on) the shovel with the toe of your boot while it is in the trench. Trenching shovels are commonly used for digging up to 18" deep. For deeper trenches, you can use a Trenching Hoe (see below), or a powered trencher.

HISCO Trenching Shovel specs: (model HIST4-4)

  • Overall Length = 59"
  • Blade Width = 3-3/4""
  • Weight = 4.5 pounds
  • 14 gauge steel head


 
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Trenching Shovel

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*can also do a little clean out

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  • Overall Length = 59"
  • Blade Width = 3-3/4""
  • Weight = 4.5 pounds
  • 14 gauge steel head
  • HISCO HIST4-4

Built for digging trenches.

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Trenching Hoes : - are usually called Grub Hoes in the US. The trenching hoe is made for digging flat-bottomed trenches up to about 24" deep and 5" to 10" wide.

The method of using a trenching hoe is explained using the pictures below. The basic action is the same as a power trencher uses, just in a slower "one-bite-at-a-time" manner. A chain type trencher cuts an angled ramp in the soil, then constantly scrapes it and drags the loose soil up and out. Trenching with a grub hoe is tha same action, just replace the word "scrapes" with "chops".

 

Trenching Hoe

 

How to trench with a grub hoe
Trenching Hoe

 

How to trench with a grub hoe


Six inch Grub Hoe

6" Grub Hoe

6" Grub Hoe

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The 6" grub hoe is a great all-around digging tool. The strong 3 lb forged steel tool has the right design and weight to quickly and easily cut through sod, hard soil, and small roots.

Complete with a 5 foot long Ash handle.
Lengths can vary from 58.25" to 60.25"

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Four inch Grub Hoe

4" Grub Hoe

4" Grub Hoe

with 60 inch handle

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The 4" grub hoe features the same design of the larger tool, but in a narrower 2 lb version. This tool is perfect for narrow trenching of lawn sprinkler and wiring lines.

Complete with a 5 foot long Ash handle.
Lengths can vary from 58.25" to 60.25"

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