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Few things can highlight a lack of basic tools like moving into a house from an apartment.  Now that you have a yard, your sweetheart wants to plant some bulbs under the big tree out front, which seems reasonable — until you remember that your only digging implements are a hatchet and a spoon.  You need a tool like this Seymour round-point shovel from Northern Tool and Equipment.

This doesn’t need to be the world’s best shovel, just big enough to get some work done and cheap enough not to put a dent in the budget.  Maybe this seven-dollar wonder will survive the roots at the trunk of a big tree and maybe it won’t, but it’s a ton better than the hatchet or spoon option.

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6 Responses to Cheap-Ass Tools: Round-Point Shovel

  1. morga says:

    Craftsman makes a fantastic spade with an impact-absorbing fiberglass handle for under $20. And the end of the handle comes to a T so it’s easier to put your whole body into stubborn roots and rocks. It’s under $20, definitely a must-have for a new homeowner.

  2. Old Coot says:

    Simply tell your sweetheart that if she wants bulbs, she can darn well dig the holes with the spoon. Now if you’ll excuse me, my wife wants me to finish washing the dishes before I continue surfing. 😉

  3. Bill says:

    If you want a good house warming gift, give a digging bar too.

  4. river1 says:

    i’ll second the digging bar. it will help get thru that tree root without destroying the shovel. i got one after going thru three shovels while digging out a line of hedges. it has saved my but more then once.

    later jim

  5. JKB says:

    These are decent tools for light planting bed and garden work. I picked up a square bladed one last spring for some raised bed gardening.

    Just blacken the handle with your torch, use steel wool to take the black off and then rub with boiled linseed oil. Makes a nice looking handle that is well protected. Much better than the finish it comes with. Which disappears with just a few weather exposures. Linseed oil can help seal the steel as the blade coating scrapes off as well.

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