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b-green
03-08-2007, 11:36 AM
Does anyone know of a good quality shovel that can be bought online or what website to look at. Most of the shovels are cheap and end up breaking in just a few months of use.

Dirty Water
03-08-2007, 12:10 PM
http://www.rittenhouse.ca/asp/product.asp?PG=1260
http://www.sprinkler.com/buy/item/shovels/16406

This isn't where we got these shovels, but these "Bullhead" shovels lasted over a year each. Excellent shovels. I prefer the wood handles.

I believe Kenyon makes them?

Flow Control
03-08-2007, 12:30 PM
http://www.garrettwade.com/jump.jsp?lGen=detail&itemID=107076&itemType=PRODUCT&iProductID=107076

we prefer the type on the right, can usually find them for around $80, will last a couple of years. We don't do much trenching though, we pull pipe.

Mjtrole
03-08-2007, 02:42 PM
Does anyone know of a good quality shovel that can be bought online or what website to look at. Most of the shovels are cheap and end up breaking in just a few months of use.


We use the 6" wide trench shovels through jdl, they are green w/yellow fiberglass handles have had a half dozen of them for about 3 yrs now. They are great unless they get run over by equipment.

bobw
03-08-2007, 02:55 PM
http://www.labsafety.com/store/Facilities_Maintenance/Grounds_Maintenance/Ice_and_Snow_Removal/40580/113129/

Don't know about this source, but we've used Structron shovels for years; if one breaks (broken 2 in 5 years), we just drop by our supplier and hand it to them for a new one. No questions, no hassles....

justgeorge
03-08-2007, 03:46 PM
I use steel D-handled shovels I got thru JDL. Can't find a link to it though and the label is peeled off. First one is over 2 years old and has a good 5 years left. Indestructible. It was pricey though, $52.

George

PurpHaze
03-08-2007, 04:55 PM
We use the Kenyon "Caprock Irrigation" shovel for digging and the Corona fiberglass handle trenching shovel (available through Ewing) where necessary.

http://www.kenyontools.com/new_test/flyers/a%20-%20shovels.pdf

bicmudpuppy
03-08-2007, 10:49 PM
I like the 4" kenyon trench shovel like in Purp's link. The one I had and left in the van at my last gig was over 4 years old. The one before that was a wood handle I had for almost 6 years.

Mad Estonian
03-09-2007, 02:30 AM
Structron for me too, broke one shovel 2 or 3 years ago now, like Bobw says, just take it back to the distributor and there's a new one in your hand right away, no receipt or anything.

koster_irrigation
03-09-2007, 07:36 AM
thats pretty cool.

ive had a brand called 'Dottie' made of solid plastic type material. not hollow like fiberglass, so if it gets run over it wont break.

i havent had much luck with fiberglass handled shovels and rakes, i think their durability is severly overrated.

alot of my shovels are wooden, they last a year or two, and those replacement handles arent cheap!

Remote Pigtails
03-09-2007, 08:14 AM
Not important but our pet name for shooters is "dookey". Some times in exasperation we refer to it as the "Bill Dookey". Used properly you would say "Let me take my dookey to this kludge." I personally prefer the kenyon long handle. Easier on the back and more leverage.Plus you can throw it like a spear. I used to get the lifetime grey fiberglass but it just got too heavy to carry all day.