Trenching Tools

Made in the USA for the construction & trenching industry. These professional-grade trench tools feature heavy duty steel blades and long handles.

Manual Trenching Tool Types

There are two basic tasks these tools can be used for. We will describe each task briefly, and tell which one serves that purpose...
● Digging -- To dig the trench. Use a Digging Shovel, Sharpshooter, Trench Hoe, and long Pick Mattock.
● Clean-out -- Remove loose soil from the bottom. Use a Trench Cleanout Shovel, or a Bottom Digger.

As you see, there is not any crossover between the tools. The trenching tool designs are very different for each purpose. For more information on and videos about using these tools, go to their individual pages. Before you buy trenching tools online, also be sure to check out our Guide to Trenching and Trenchers

Ergonomic hand trenching tools...

Bottom Digger trench clean-out scoop  or shovel

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78.00

The patented Bottom Digger is a trench clean-out tool that is faster and easier to use. 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.

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Trench digging shovel blade or head

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46.95

HISCO trench digging shovel with long handle

This special 3-3/4" wide shovel is made for digging narrow trenches. Features a high lift handle to reduce bending to lift soil up and out of the trench. Heavy-duty pointed and dished blade for easier digging action.

This special 3-3/4" wide shovel is made for digging narrow trenches. Features a high lift handle to reduce bending to lift soil up and out of the trench. Heavy-duty pointed and dished blade for easier digging action.

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Trench clean-out shovel blade or head

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50.95

HISCO trench clean-out shovel with long handle

This special 3-3/4" wide high sided shovel is made only for scooping the loose soil out of the bottom of narrow trenches. Features a high lift handle to reduce bending while lifting soil up and out of the trench.

This special 3-3/4" wide high sided shovel is made only for scooping the loose soil out of the bottom of narrow trenches. Features a high lift handle to reduce bending while lifting soil up and out of the trench.

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Sharpshooter shovels

HISCO drain spade with long and short handles

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Short model = $41.95
Long model = $47.95

Use to dig shallow narrow trenches for drainage or utilities. Narrow round-pointed blade and handle's low lift angle create easy soil penetration. Popular with plumbers and landscapers. Long 6" wide heavy-duty blade.

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Two sizes of grub hoes

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38.95

A grub hoe is called a Trench Hoe when it is used for trenching. To use it, you stand above the end of the trench to chop soil loose and then drag it up the ramped end of the trench. We have both 6" and 4" wide tools.

A grub hoe is called a Trench Hoe when it is used for trenching. To use it, you stand above the end of the trench to chop soil loose and then drag it up the ramped end of the trench. We have both 6" and 4" wide tools.

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Pick Mattock

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44.95

Pick Mattock combines a 4" wide digging blade with a 7" pick end for breaking up hardened or rocky soils. Custom 45" handle is 9" longer than normal. Has a 4 lb forged steel head. Complete with extra-long 45" Ash handle.

Pick Mattock combines a 4" wide digging blade with a 7" pick end for breaking up hardened or rocky soils. Custom 45" handle is 9" longer than normal. Has a 4 lb forged steel head. Complete with extra-long 45" Ash handle.

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If I rent a trencher, do I still need hand tools?
Yes, you probably will. That is because you can not get a power trencher quite as close to building as you would like. If you are trenching from building to building, the start of the trench can be pretty close to the starting building, but as you approach the ending building the chassis of the trencher gets in the way and you have to stop short. Finishing off the beginning and end of a trench are manual trenching tool jobs, as is doing the clean out of the loose bottom soil if you are laying pipe. Power trenchers are great, but they can only do so much.

 

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