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Our stainless-steel spades, forks and shovels come in two styles: one with tubular steel handles with a molded plastic cover, and the other with kiln-dried ash handles. In general, the wooden-handled tools – which are lighter and shorter – are best suited to people of average height. If you are tall and do a lot of heavy work, or tend to leave your tools out in the rain (or snow!), the steel handle would be a better choice.

Regarding the heads, the beauty of stainless steel is that it is durable and scours well because it is non-rusting. We guarantee these tools fully and will replace any that fail you in use.

The smaller border spade and fork are suited to digging in and around borders, transplanting perennials, mixing in soil amendments, and digging in close quarters. The digging spade and fork are ideal for all heavy digging jobs, double digging, ground preparation and harvesting. We offer both sizes individually or as matched pairs (one spade and one fork). All spades have treads to protect your footwear and make life easy for your arches.

The border shovel is particularly useful for close work where you do not need the depth of blade of our transplant spade (described below). It is a boon for smaller gardeners.

We have taken the best features of a rabbiting spade and a trenching spade to make this highly versatile transplant spade. It is ideal for working in a confined area. Most standard spades are far too wide for precise work in a flower garden. They cause damage to surrounding plants and do not capture a decent depth of root structure when transplanting. This transplant spade is ideally sized for those jobs.
 
 
Wooden Handle
Plastic-Covered Steel Handle
Feel
Natural feel in hand, comfortable to use
Man-made
materials
Durability
Needs protection from weather
Virtually
weather-proof
Length
Average
Extra length with large hand grip
Strength
Meets British standard
Meets British standard
Weight
3 lb 7 oz to 5 lb
4 lb 14 oz to
6 lb 2 oz
 
 
Apart from varying in type and strength of materials, our lines also differ in length and weight, so you should be able to find a tool that works well for you. All meet the British standard for strength and quality, which means for the digging tools you can apply 121 lb of force at the end of the handle and be confident it will not break. However, they are not designed to be indestructible, so we do not recommend them for uprooting saplings or removing boulders. Overall lengths, head sizes, weights and strength ratings are shown in the chart below.

The Wooden-Handled Tools are no longer available.



Wooden-Handled Tools
   
Length
Head Size
Weight
A.
PG205
  Border Fork
39-1/2"
8-1/2" x 5-1/2"
3 lb 7 oz
$36.00
N/A
B.
PG204
  Border Spade
39"
9" x 5-1/2"
4 lb 1 oz
$36.00
N/A
PG206
  Border Spade and Fork, pair
$62.00
N/A
C.
PG202
  Digging Fork
41-1/2"
11" x 7"
4 lb 4 oz
$38.00
N/A
D.
PG201
  Digging Spade
41-1/2"
11-1/2" x 7"
5 lb
$38.00
N/A
PG203
  Digging Spade and Fork, pair
$65.00
N/A
E.
PG214
  Border Shovel
38-1/2"
8" x 6"
4 lb
$36.00
N/A
F.
PG207
  Transplant Spade
41-1/2"
11" x 5-1/2"
4 lb 2 oz
$39.00
N/A

Steel-Handled Tools
   
Length
Head Size
Weight
A.
PG245
  Border Fork
44"
8-1/2" x 5-1/2"
4 lb 14 oz
$36.00
Add to cart
B.
PG244
  Border Spade
44"
9" x 5-1/2"
5 lb 4 oz
$36.00
Add to cart
PG246
  Border Spade and Fork, pair
$62.00
Add to cart
C.
PG242
  Digging Fork
45"
11" x 7"
5 lb 12 oz
$39.00
Add to cart
D.
PG241
  Digging Spade
45"
11-1/2" x 7"
6 lb 2 oz
$39.00
Add to cart
PG243
  Digging Spade and Fork, pair
$68.00
Add to cart
E.
PG249
  Border Shovel
43"
8" x 6"
5 lb 2 oz
$36.00
Add to cart
F.
PG247
  Transplant Spade
45"
11" x 5-1/2"
5 lb 10 oz
$39.00
Add to cart

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