Sharp Shooter Shovel or Spade

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HISCO drain spades with long and short handles

Why is this Sharp-Shooter Shovel better?

It's better than a big-box store tool because...

Made in the USA for the construction & landscaping industry.

Sharp Shooter Shovel or Spade

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

Choose a short or long-handled shovel...

  4.6 / 5.0   34 Ratings

Buy HISCO HISS14D short Drain Spade

SharpShooter Shovel - Short
with Fiberglass D-handle

$42.95  Qty:
In stock, ready to ship.

● Professional Grade
● Overall Length = 42"
● Blade Width = 6"
● Weight = 3.5 pounds
● 14 gauge steel head
● Reinforced metal collar
● Fiberglass handle *details

D-grip for comfortable digging.



Buy HISCO HISS14L long drain spade

SharpShooter Shovel - Long  
with long Fiberglass handle

$51.95  Qty:
In stock, ready to ship.

● Professional Grade
● Overall Length = 59"
● Blade Width = 6"
● Weight = 4.7 pounds
● 14 gauge steel head
● Reinforced metal collar
● Fiberglass handle *details

Pro-grade long-handled drain spade.

Why is this Sharp-Shooter Shovel better?

It's better than a big-box store tool because...

Made in the USA for the construction & landscaping industry.

Customer Reviews of the Sharp Shooter Shovels

"I had a big digging job at home and no access for a machine. My land is loaded with rocks, some quite large, so I decided to get the best digging tools I could find. I don't think you can find better tools for the money than what easy digging has to offer. Greg was a pleasure to deal with, and helped me out a lot. "

Barry Z, from CT  

"Very pleased with the product. Staff very pleasant when discussing a minor issue with FedEx delivery. Keep up the good work!"

Anonymous, from IN  

"Well designed website, fast delivery, excellent tool. Superior customer service. What more can I say!"

Bill S, in CO  

"Amazing quality product. Perfect for creating the ditches I needed for water drainage - Thanks!!!"

Deb B, in WA  

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Tool Details

A trenching spade made with these features lasts a good long time. It is strong enough that you can do a little prying with it to tackle small roots and rocks. But do not get carried away with prying on big obstacles - use a pick or a pry bar when needed. It is weather resistant, so it is OK to keep it in the bed of your truck all year long. These tools will not rot or warp like a wood handled shovel. We understand that you are a "hands-on" type person (like me) and you may be worried to buy a Sharp Shooter shovel online that you have not touched or felt, but we promise that these are good, solid, high-quality tools. The abuse and heavy usage that will break half a dozen cheap wood-handled versions from the hardware store will hardly scratch or dent these tools.


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What is a SharpShooter Spade used for?

using a Sharp Shooter shovel to dig a long trench

This style is also called a Tile Shovel, or a Transplanting Spade. It is only for digging, though you can lift a little soil up and out of holes or trenches with it.

Digging - The narrow round point is great for penetrating sod, hard soil, and dirt with rocks. The long length of the blade makes it easy to dig deep small diameter holes for planting shrubs and saplings, and to dig narrow trenches for drainage and utility lines. The dish in the blade allows some soil to be lifted or levered up from the hole, but it is not made for scooping much dirt.

For digging really big holes, our round-point digging shovel is a better choice. If you need to dig or clean out deep narrow trenches for drainage or water lines, check out our line of trenching tools.

Photo Credit: - a DIY blog

The head (blade) of this tool is a hollow-back style shaped from thick carbon steel (14 gauge). The steps along the top edge are thick enough for a good connection with your foot.

The strong 1-1/4" diameter fiberglass handle has a hardwood core in the upper area, and then a solid fiberglass core in the lower zone where handle and head are connected.

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.

These fiberglass handles from HISCO provide unmatched performance. They are created from thousands of long strands of fiberglass that are saturated with resins, and have a smooth polyester veil (surface coating). This coating gives the handle a smooth, safe and comfortable finish - and prevents the fiberglass strands from contacting your hands. The D-Grips, used on short handled tools, are made of one-piece high-density nylon.

The long-handled sharp shooter shovel has Tuffoam grips that are built for the toughest outdoor applications. Tuffoam grips have a thick vinyl inner liner and a soft, non-slip foam outer layer that that is long-lasting and helps prevent sore hands.


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Why Buy From Us?

Our philosophy here it Easy Digging is super straightforward. To deliver unique and easy-to-use tools that you will not find in local big box stores.

Our founder Greg Baka has used his engineering background to tweak common tools so they are more powerful and easier to use than ever. Every single product we offer is one we own and use on a regular basis. Every single tool we offer is exceptionally high quality so you can use it for years.

We call that the "Easy Digging Difference"

Why call it a Tile Shovel, Trenching Spade, or Drain Spade?

The names come from what it was originally made to do: quickly dig shallow, narrow, round-bottomed trenches to install clay drain tiles (pipes) for draining farm fields. Those old-fashioned clay drainage tiles were the same diameter as modern PVC pipe, so we still use the same shovel for installing pipe today.

The name "sharp shooter shovel" is a little more fuzzy in origin. The common belief is that back in days of old, the crew of drainage installers would angle their spades up on their shoulders while walking to the job site - like a soldier marching with a rifle. From this "soldier and rifle" image the crew got the nickname Sharpshooters, and later that nickname stuck to the tool itself.


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