Garden Spades or Shovels

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HISCO garden spades with long and short handles

Why is this spade better?

It's better because it's stronger, because it is designed properly, and because it will last much longer than hardware store shovels. Made in the USA for the construction & landscaping industry.

The professional grade handle has a thick fiberglass outer tube, with a solid fiberglass core in the critical lower area where head and handle connect. The hollow back blade (shovel head) is formed from one piece of thick 14 gauge carbon steel. It features rolled back steps for secure contact with your foot.

A gardening shovel built this way will last a long time. Slice through sod and hard soil all day with no worries about handle breakage. You can leave it in the back of your truck all year, and it won't rot like a wooden handled shovel. The kind of use and abuse that will destroy half a dozen inexpensive wooden big-box store garden shovels will barely scratch this tool.

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Garden Spade or Shovel

Stop breaking those wood handled spades!
No shovel is unbreakable, but these are close enough.

Pick a long or short-handled spade...

  4.6 / 5.0   21 Ratings

Buy short HISCO HIGS2D

Short Garden Spade    
with long Fiberglass handle

$39.95

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● Professional Grade
● Overall Length = 40"
● Blade Width = 7"
● Weight = 4 pounds
● 14 gauge steel head
● Reinforced metal collar
● Fiberglass handle *details
● HISCO HIGS2D

D grip for easy spading and edging.

 

 

Buy long HISCO HIGS2L

Tall Garden Shovel    
with long Fiberglass handle

$45.95

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● Professional Grade
● Overall Length = 59"
● Blade Width = 7"
● Weight = 4.7 pounds
● 14 gauge steel head
● Reinforced metal collar
● Fiberglass handle *details
● HISCO HIGS2L

Long handle for deep holes & tall people.

FREE SHIPPING on orders over $60.00 to continental USA. If under $60, shipping is $10.00


Why is this spade better?

It's better because it's stronger, because it is designed properly, and because it will last much longer than hardware store shovels. Made in the USA for the construction & landscaping industry.

The professional grade handle has a thick fiberglass outer tube, with a solid fiberglass core in the critical lower area where head and handle connect. The hollow back blade (shovel head) is formed from one piece of thick 14 gauge carbon steel. It features rolled back steps for secure contact with your foot.

A gardening shovel built this way will last a long time. Slice through sod and hard soil all day with no worries about handle breakage. You can leave it in the back of your truck all year, and it won't rot like a wooden handled shovel. The kind of use and abuse that will destroy half a dozen inexpensive wooden big-box store garden shovels will barely scratch this tool.

FREE SHIPPING on orders over $60.00 to continental USA. If under $60, shipping is $10.00

> Click to learn about Gardening Spade Uses

Customer Reviews of the Garden Shovels

"This purchase was the second I've made from ED. I also purchased tools for volunteer use at a nearby state park's heritage garden late last year. ED specializes in good quality, sturdy merchandise, including the Hisco brand, which is what this short-handled gardening spade is. Sometimes ED tools are a bit pricey, but in gardening you very often get what you pay for. In 40 years of home gardening, I've learned to buy tools that will stand up to hard use. Otherwise you end up having to buy tools more often to replace ones that aren't up to the challenge, and over time spend far more money."

Ozark Woman, in AR  

"I've need very pleased with both the equipment and the company."

Tim A, from AL  

"Very helpful customer service. I was hesitant to buy a garden spade online, but glad I did. "

JC, from US  

"I have a 30x20 plot at our community garden and both garden spades work very well at removing the weeds."

Filey, in MD  

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Watch these videos to see what you can do with garden spades...


Video of spading a garden with a fork and a garden shovel.   Spading is loosening the soil WITHOUT turning it over or flipping it. Whether you use a fork or a spading shovel, the technique is the same.

 


Edging with a long handled Garden Shovel.   This guy shows good technique for creating a crisp clean edge when landscaping. The "kick" method is pretty neat, but be sure to wear strong boots.

What is a Garden Spade used for?

This style is mainly a digging shovel for cutting and penetrating sod and hard soil, but it can do a little scooping. See the Videos tab for more instructions and tips for using your garden shovel.

Digging - The narrow flat blade works great for digging and slicing sod, especially if you file the blade sharp. In the garden it is used for general digging, for edging beds, and for spading (see description below).

Spading - is sinking the blade straight down then pulling (rocking) the blade back to loosen a slice of soil or sod. In construction it is used to form straight sided trenches and holes for drainage, utility, and foundation work.

Scooping - While a garden shovel can scoop and move material, the narrow blade does not have raised sides to keep much soil on the blade, and the fairly straight blade-to-handle angle (low lift) requires more bending of your back when scooping than other shovels types do. For scooping and moving lots of material, our square-point scoop shovel is a better choice.

Benefits of Fiberglass Handles...

HISCO fiberglass handle construction diagram

● Greater strength pound for pound than steel.
● They are very difficult to damage.
● Resists impact, and is non-denting.
● Will not absorb moisture or warp.
● Will not conduct electricity.

HISCO's fiberglass handles have a legacy of premium performance. All HISCO handles are produced from thousands of continuous strands of fiberglass saturated with resins, and have a smooth polyester veil (coating) on the surface. The veil gives the handle a smooth comfortable finish and keeps the fiberglass from splintering or scratching. The D-Grips, used on short handled tools, are made of one-piece high-density nylon.

The long handled digging shovels feature the 8-inch Tuffoam double-dip grips which have been designed for the toughest industrial applications. The grips have a durable, vinyl inner liner and a comfortable, non-slip foam exterior that provides long life and helps prevent potential harmful hand fatigue.


What is the difference between a Garden Spade and Shovel?

Technically there is a big difference. But since people use the two names interchangeably, we don't separate them. If you are a true tool nerd, you know that a shovel is defined as a tool for scooping up loose material, and that a spade is a tool for digging down into firm soil and breaking it loose (but not scooping it up). We are not that picky about names, so it is OK with us if you call them Garden Shovels.

 

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