hand tools

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by peachtree landscapes, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. peachtree landscapes

    peachtree landscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    For the longest time I've used Jackson hand tools (shovels, rakes, etc.). I'm in the process of renewing a lot of these hand tools and want to go back to Jackon again. However, upon looking at the website, there is apparently a premier high quality brand named Razor-Back tools. Wondering if any of you have ever used this brand and can compare to Jackson. Price isn't too much higher, but I'd be willing to spend a few extra bucks to try them out. Any info?
  2. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,111

    If you like them go for it. I don't consider either professional grade. There are a lot of really nice tools out there.
  3. Red Shed Landscaping

    Red Shed Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    I would have to say razorback shovel are my favorite. I have tried lots of different ones and they seem to last the longest. I am still using some from like 5 or 6 years ago. Of course the handles do break but putting on a new handle is simple.

    I have had fiberglass handle shovels but seem to break easier than the wood ones.
  4. Colaguy

    Colaguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    I use a long Rigid brand shovel with fiberglass handle. Had for 4+ yrs and not broke it yet. I've taken to making my own shovels, remove fiberglass or wood & insert heavy duty metal fence type pole. Either drill holes and add bolts to secure handle or get it weld on. Cheap to make & gives me better penetrating weight to dig out or chop thru plant roots & last farther longer than fiberglass or wood.
  5. crab

    crab LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 633

    for rakes go with king of spades they are very well made tools i have had mine for 13 years and they are still great
  6. Dually00-00

    Dually00-00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 181

    I have a transplant spade made by them, really great tools !
  7. TruSomethingOrOther

    TruSomethingOrOther LawnSite Member
    Messages: 171

    Went to GIE last year and saw the king of spades tools booth. Came across them online early last fall before GIE and was impressed, but before shelling out that much cash for hand tools, wanted to see them in person before I did.

    The booth operator was doing a demonstration on their landscape rake. He was jumping up and down on it, while on an angle, and nothing was budging. Of course this doesn't represent real world abuse, but I felt they are worth the investment.

    Only problem is the closest dealer to me is a little over an hour away.

    Just thought I'd share.
  8. Colaguy

    Colaguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    The problem with king of spades is, you have to order online or find a dealer that sells their products. If it breaks under warranty, its a lot of hassle to mail it back+your out S/H. I'd rather buy locally a tool that has a lifetime warranty. Just broke my one yr old Kobalt (Lowes) leaf rake. Lifetime "No Hassle" warranty at any Lowes store.

    I'm not saying king of spades tools are bad or bashing their products but money wise, If I buy locally, I can return it locally under warranty.
  9. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,588

    Razorback spade shovel with a closed back is the way to go. I also dropped $200 on some Garrett brand shovels and LOVE them. However I would never spend that type of money again, it was an impulsive purchase

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