Arett Sales Fiskars Long Handle Digging Shovel (F4396685935X) Reviews
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Arett Sales Fiskars Long Handle Digging Shovel (F4396685935X)

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5 stars for heavy duty digging

Jun 1, 2010
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:durable, good features

Cons:hard to find, expensive

The Bottom Line: I could not recommend it more highly


While I was happy when buying my current house one of its downsides was a half acre, overgrown and uncared for.  Four years in, we are making progress and still have a way to go.  One of the things I find myself doing fairly often is trying to dig out stumps.  Now this is hard work, and fir the first few I didn't have the tools to do it.  You can save yourself a mess of headache by pulling them out with a truck.  If that isn't an option, you can save yourself some trouble with a come-along.  However, if you have more sweat to spare than money you will find yourself digging and chopping them out the old fashioned way.  That is where the Fiskars Long Handle Digging Shovel comes in.  I am a big fan of this shovel and would recommend it at twice the price.

Item Details and Use
The Fiskars Long Handle Digging Shovel is made completely of steel and the shovel blade is welded to the shaft.  I would have perhaps thought the weight would be too great to use as a shovel of someone hadn't brought one over to my house to help with something.  It is slightly heavier than a wooden or fiberglass handled shovel.  I estimate that it is heavier by about two pounds, not nearly as dramatic as I would have thought.  The entire thing feels very sturdy and I have never worried about the point where the blade is attached to the shaft.

The steel is powder coated, which is supposed to prevent rust and aid in cleaning.  This is something I have not tested and I have only owned the Fiskars Long Handle Digging Shovel for a few weeks.

The blade is pre-sharpened, and features an oversized step.  I really like that it is pre-sharpened.  I use it for digging out stumps, and the sharpened blade along with the additional weight can help it get through roots.  This may save you the work of having to really dig out and expose the root so that you can then snap it with an ax.  I did not think the oversized step would be something that would interest me, until I used it.  Essentially it is just a big nice place to really put your foot and push.  It works like a regular shovel, but it is more comfortable and lets you apply a little more force.

The Fiskars Long Handle Digging Shovel features a teardrop-shaped handle.  This is advertised as being easier to grip and to reduce hand fatigue.  I am not going to say it doesn't do that, but I haven't noticed a difference from non-teardrop shaped handles.

My Experience
I have only used the Fiskars Long Handle Digging Shovel for digging out stumps.  I have been VERY happy with its performance.  I do want to say that I don't think it is indestructible.  I think there is an amount of force you could apply to an immovable object that would bend or break the handle.  It isn't a pry bar.  What it is great at is being a heavy duty shovel.  I can apply much more force to the stumps than I could with a wood or fiberglass handled shovel.  This lets you expose more roots, which you then snap with an ax.  Additionally, a good chop with the shovel may sever those roots.  The weight and the fact that the blade is sharpened aid in this.

Warranty
The Fiskars Long Handle Digging Shovel comes with a lifetime warranty.  However I have mixed feelings about this.  I couldn't find a store anywhere near me that carried it.  I knew I wanted it, having used a friend's.  So I had to order it online.  That means that if I want to make use of the lifetime warranty, I have to mail it back.  Mailing a shovel isn't easy or cheap.  I have a feeling the postage might make the whole effort just not worth it.

Conclusion
I paid $33.45 for the Fiskars Long Handle Digging Shovel.  Honestly I think it was worth every penny and more.  It is a quality item and I would have ordered it at $50.  The shovel is sturdy and useful.  I recommend the Fiskars Long Handle Digging Shovel for heavy duty work.  If you don't have heavy duty work, I would go with a lighter and cheaper shovel.  5 stars for a useful and highly durable item.


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