Trenching Shovel for Digging

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HISCO trench digging shovel with long handle

Trenching Shovel for Digging

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Made in the USA for the construction & trenching industry.

Trenching Shovel Details

● Professional Grade
● Overall Length = 59"
● Blade Width = 3-3/4"
● Weight = 4.5 pounds
● 14 gauge steel head
● Fiberglass handle *details

This narrow trench shovel will last a long, long time. You can safely do a little prying with it to get out those roots and rocks (just don't go crazy, that is what pry bars are for). You can leave it in the back of your truck all year, and it will not rot like a wooden handled shovel. The kind of use and abuse that will destroy inexpensive wooden big-box store trench shovels will barely scratch this tool.

Customer Reviews of the Trenching Shovel

"This is the third time I have ordered from EasyDigging and I have been very pleased every time. Excellent quality tools that have made a big difference in helping me improve drainage in my horse pastures and survive Maine's crazy mud season!"

Nick, from ME  

"Very reliable company; flexible and willing to accommodate and customize itself to fit the needs of this customer. I was very pleased with my interaction. Godspeed all you diggers!"

Ryan, in PA  

"No problems at all. The item I ordered was on back order from the manufacturer and I was promptly notified by EasyDigging and given an expected ship date. Great customer services, I'd say. I just placed another order with them."

Will, from GA  

"A great tool! Made my job much easier as I trenched over 100 feet. "

Anonymous, in NY  

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What are Trenching Shovels used for?

Before you buy a trenching shovel online, remember that there are two types: one for actually digging into the soil, and the other for removing the loose soil from the bottom of a trench that was cut with a powered trencher.

The type used just for removing loose soil from a cut trench, is called a Clean-Out Shovel or a Bottom Digger, and these are explained and sold on those linked pages.

The type used for actually digging is called a Trenching Digging Shovel. It is used for digging narrow flat-bottomed trenches. This type is also called a trench digger shovel. It is a hand trenching tool that is commonly used for digging up to 18" deep. Though it lacks the boxed sides of a clean-out shovel, it can be used occasionally for removing loose soil from the bottom of a trench.

For shallow trenches that do NOT need to be flat-bottomed (like for lighting or sprinkler lines) our Sharp Shooter shovel (drain spade) is usually used.

The Hisco HIST4-4 is a professional grade trench digging shovel. The head is 3-3/4" wide and formed from thick 14 gauge steel.

The tough fiberglass handle sets at a 30° angle to the blade for a deeper digging ability. The handle connects to the shovel head via a reinforced metal collar.

Overall length is 59" an the weight is 4.5 pounds.

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.


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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"

Is it hard to dig with this trench shovel?

Honestly, yeah it is a bit difficult. What makes it hard is that the shovel is narrow (you can only press down with the toe of your boot), and you can't move around and dig from all sides like when digging a round hole. But sometimes you need to trench somewhere a power trencher does not fit, or just finish up the ends of a trench where the power trencher stopped. The other advantage of using a narrow trenching shovel is that is means less soil lifted, and less ground disturbed. Why dig a 10" wide trench when you really only need a 4" one?


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