SharpShooter Shovel or Drain Spade

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HISCO drain spades with long and short handles

Why is this drain 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 hollow back blade (shovel head) is formed from one piece of thick 14 gauge carbon steel. It features forward turned steps for secure contact with your foot. 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.

A shovel built this way will last a long time. You can safely do a little prying with it to get out those roots and rocks. Just do not go crazy prying, that's what pry bars and mattocks are for. 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 hardware store shovels will barely scratch this tool.

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HISCO Drain Spade or SharpShooter Shovel

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   28 Ratings

Buy HISCO HISS14D short Drain Spade

SharpShooter Shovel    
with Fiberglass D-handle

$41.95

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● Professional Grade
● Overall Length = 42"
● Blade Width = 6"
● Weight = 3.5 pounds
● 14 gauge steel head
● Reinforced metal collar
● Fiberglass handle *details
● HISCO HISS14D

D-grip for comfortable digging.

 

 

Buy HISCO HISS14L Sharp Shooter shovel

Tall Drain Spade    
with long Fiberglass handle

$47.95

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● Professional Grade
● Overall Length = 59"
● Blade Width = 6"
● Weight = 4.7 pounds
● 14 gauge steel head
● Reinforced metal collar
● Fiberglass handle *details
● HISCO HISS14L

Pro-grade long-handled drain spade.

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


Why is this shovel 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 hollow back blade (shovel head) is formed from one piece of thick 14 gauge carbon steel. It features forward turned steps for secure contact with your foot. 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.

A shovel built this way will last a long time. You can safely do a little prying with it to get out those roots and rocks. Just do not go crazy prying, that's what pry bars and mattocks are for. 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 hardware store shovels will barely scratch this tool.

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

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What is a "SharpShooter" shovel used for?

using a Sharp Shooter shovel to dig a long trench

This style is also called a Drain Spade, Tile Spade, or 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: Wilkerdos.com - a DIY blog

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.


Why call it a Drain Spade and other names?

The names "drain spade" and "tile spade" 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 "sharpshooter 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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