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Dirt Boy
10-17-2011, 11:16 PM
Where do you guys get decent tools?
Mainly I'm looking for a spade, D-handle, but I want the blade to be fairly flat at the tip.
All the stuff I find around here are drain spades. And they all have a pretty rounded blade.

I've gotten my present ones from Menards, and they have the right shape, size, but they are el cheapo, and last about 2 jobs, if I'm lucky, then they're trash. I can't find any in this town, and I really don't see anything on the web that looks much better:hammerhead:
I've seen all steel ones, not sure they are the right shape either, but wow, they want $150, and that ain't gonna fly either.

txirrigation
10-18-2011, 12:10 AM
My guys all use a d handled yellow shovel with a blue spade on it.

Best I can describe it, it is a cross between a drain shovel and a trench clean out shovel.

Sprinkus
10-18-2011, 09:16 AM
Like a garden spade (http://www.lowes.com/pd_315228-42268-PES-RBA-K+31957_4294857265_4294937087_?productId=3182565&Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Shovels_4294857265_4294937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C%7Cp_product_ qty_sales_dollar%7C1&facetInfo=) shovel?

txirrigation
10-18-2011, 09:55 AM
http://www.sierravalleytrading.com/Bully-Tools-6-Trench-Shovel--Long-Fiberglass-Handle-_p_1474.html

Kind of like this one, but with a yellow poly shaft/handle. I will take a pic today when I stop by the jobsite.

bcg
10-18-2011, 10:47 AM
it's this one, all the real g sprinkler guys use it -

http://www.blastlineind.com/product-p/26m49667.htm

FIMCO-MEISTER
10-18-2011, 10:56 AM
Bully tools are made in America. I've got the long handle bill dookie. solid sharpshooter in my opinion.

http://www.bullytools.com/shovels_scoops.html

Can be purchased at these fine outlets.
http://www.bullytools.com/retailers_n.html

Dirt Boy
10-18-2011, 04:40 PM
Thanks guy's
Got some leads,
here's what mine looks like, and it's about 1 hit away from the scrap pile.

Wet_Boots
10-18-2011, 04:48 PM
I'm not a great fan of flat-edge garden spades, unless I want to remove turf in large pieces. D-handle shovels for repairs when I have to worry about what I might hit.

Mike Leary
10-18-2011, 07:36 PM
My callouses are long gone, but I remember swinging those "tools". I spec'd these for ever and found them the best:

kenyontools.com

Wet_Boots
10-18-2011, 07:55 PM
always a moment of shame, when the season's first blister appears

Mike Leary
10-18-2011, 08:39 PM
always a moment of shame, when the season's first blister appears

Not to mention a sore body. It took me years to learn to pace myself once the season began. :cry:

Felco #2
10-18-2011, 08:45 PM
Check the spades at Forestry Suppliers. Nice selection of top notch digging tools in my opinion.
http://www.forestry-suppliers.com/search.asp?stext=spade

Mike Leary
10-18-2011, 08:54 PM
Check the spades at Forestry Suppliers. Nice selection of top notch digging tools in my opinion.
http://www.forestry-suppliers.com/search.asp?stext=spade

That whole outfit is a class act. You can order Lincoln Moisture Meters from them, too. :clapping:

S.O.Contracting
10-18-2011, 09:18 PM
Thanks guy's
Got some leads,
here's what mine looks like, and it's about 1 hit away from the scrap pile.

Looks like my structron can get them here.

http://www.benmeadows.com/Structron-Drain-Spade_s_113128/Shovels-and-Rakes_31226381/

This place has decent prices too.

http://www.gemplers.com/shovels-spades

Waterit
10-18-2011, 10:45 PM
Used to buy only Razorbacks and Zac Tools trenching shovels, till i found these:

https://www.coronatoolsusa.com/ss-64023-trench-cleanout-shovel-3-in

Link is for the 3" flavor, they come up to 5" wide which matches up with our riding trencher very nicely.

txirrigation
10-18-2011, 11:11 PM
it's this one, all the real g sprinkler guys use it -

http://www.blastlineind.com/product-p/26m49667.htm

Yup that is it. I own about 15 of those bad boys, but have never used one. I like the wooden long handled sharp shooters.

Mike Leary
10-18-2011, 11:20 PM
Yup that is it. I own about 15 of those bad boys, but have never used one.

My kind of contractor.

txirrigation
10-19-2011, 10:14 AM
My kind of contractor.

ha, trust me I would much rather be on the business end of a shovel than the business end of a computer all day. It is cheeper to hire a laborer than it is to hire someone to run a company.

Between permits, plans, as-builts, inspections, accounting, bidding, "my tire is flat," it's a full time job.

FIMCO-MEISTER
10-19-2011, 10:42 AM
I wonder how this all steel with the serrated edges would work? Not sure its available on this one. They say two models but don't say which two.

Mike Leary
10-19-2011, 12:14 PM
ha, trust me I would much rather be on the business end of a shovel than the business end of a computer all day. It is cheeper to hire a laborer than it is to hire someone to run a company.

Between permits, plans, as-builts, inspections, accounting, bidding, "my tire is flat," it's a full time job.

Yup, for me it was weekends, too. :cry:

Twinlakes
04-22-2014, 12:19 PM
Had 25 of these made after first username one.

Good Ol' USA MADE TOO!

Unfinished Hand-turned handles & Hardened.
Best part?
Dull as heck when new. Let's me file for the sharpness; I want...

Twinlakes
04-22-2014, 12:23 PM
Oh yeah, no cavity-back either!

RhettMan
04-22-2014, 10:05 PM
Where do you guys get decent tools?
Mainly I'm looking for a spade, D-handle, but I want the blade to be fairly flat at the tip.
All the stuff I find around here are drain spades. And they all have a pretty rounded blade.

I've gotten my present ones from Menards, and they have the right shape, size, but they are el cheapo, and last about 2 jobs, if I'm lucky, then they're trash. I can't find any in this town, and I really don't see anything on the web that looks much better:hammerhead:
I've seen all steel ones, not sure they are the right shape either, but wow, they want $150, and that ain't gonna fly either.

I like wal-mart, alot of the time.

irritation
04-22-2014, 10:26 PM
That ain't no sharp shooter.

1idejim
04-22-2014, 11:10 PM
That ain't no sharp shooter.
Here's a sharpshooter.
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irritation
04-22-2014, 11:31 PM
Yea, but that guy had two good eyes. My weapon of choice is the bottom right. I might die young but that's ok with me.

http://www.wolverinehandtools.com/products/all-steel-spades/

Twinlakes
04-22-2014, 11:50 PM
Yea, but that guy had two good eyes. My weapon of choice is the bottom right. I might die young but that's ok with me.

http://www.wolverinehandtools.com/products/all-steel-spades/

Nice lifetime tools on that site.
Like your choice too!

Width is important, but when digging in water having the right tool can be very productive. I.e. No cavity-back therefore reducing suction.

The shovel in my above pictures is actually referred too as an irrigation shovel.

1idejim
04-23-2014, 02:23 AM
Yea, but that guy had two good eyes. My weapon of choice is the bottom right. I might die young but that's ok with me.

http://www.wolverinehandtools.com/products/all-steel-spades/

I had two good eyes once and thought I'd die young. Fooled hell outta a lot of people, including me :laugh:
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