Occasionally, *rarely*, Toolmongers use tools for other than their intended purpose; this coal shovel — or square point shovel, whatever — is a great example. I bought it because I needed a sturdy tool, but I seldom use it for big tough jobs. Instead, I use it all the time as a dustpan.
It works great; I make a huge mess, grab a broom and the shovel, scoop and dump — problem solved. It’s faster than a wet/dry vac for big messes, and it’s multi-talented compared to the fancy-schmancy lobby dustpans. Sure, it costs more, but what good is a lobby dustpan when you need to move a ton of landscaping rock?
The shovel pictured above is the 9-3/4″ wide Jackson Professional #2 Pony Square Point which streets for $40-50, but there are lots of options available.