I have to buy a shovel.


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This thread is beginning to resemble one of those P&O cruise ship dinner discussions in which different "engineers" and "professionals" of diverse backgrounds trying to enlighten one another, with the discussion getting more and more difficult to decipher!
 
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This thread is beginning to resemble one of those P&O cruise ship dinner discussions in which different "engineers" and "professionals" of diverse backgrounds trying to enlighten one another, with the discussion getting more and more difficult to decipher!
True lots of English versus American pun posts..mainly by me, as my sense of humour comes out.....but we locals know a spade is a spade and a shovel shovels..as for a scope, just cannot help thinking of ice cream....with a choccie flake would be nice...:)we all have different views and ways of posting..be boring if we are all the same...;)
 
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All good things seem to come to an end such as such winter garden forums wandering in the colder months. Toward purpose, I show you my purchase. It appears to be called neither spade nor shovel, but is referred to as "Razorback". Personally I think it may just be a shovel.

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So pleased you have brought the thread back on track, my silly sense of humour kicks in and takes over the real purpose of your post..me being a normal person now...cannot last but make the most of it..haha..and a purchase to boot....as long as it does what you need it to do then you will have made the right purchase..We had a broken toilet seat this morning and never realised the extent of the various sizes..always thought they would be BOG STANDARD........:censored:
 
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So pleased you have brought the thread back on track, my silly sense of humour kicks in and takes over the real purpose of your post..me being a normal person now...cannot last but make the most of it..haha..and a purchase to boot....as long as it does what you need it to do then you will have made the right purchase..We had a broken toilet seat this morning and never realised the extent of the various sizes..always thought they would be BOG STANDARD........:censored:
I could start a whole thread on toilet seats! I especially appreciate the ones that spin about and clean themselves. I am fairly sure we are soon to be speaking to our toilets but I really have no notion as to what I would need to say.
 
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DirtMechanic said....
I could start a whole thread on toilet seats! I especially appreciate the ones that spin about and clean themselves. I am fairly sure we are soon to be speaking to our toilets but I really have no notion as to what I would need to say....my turn.... sound very hands on...

Way way above my intellect..spin and cleans sound more like this...to me............................what no shovel review yet?

 
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DirtMechanic said....
I could start a whole thread on toilet seats! I especially appreciate the ones that spin about and clean themselves. I am fairly sure we are soon to be speaking to our toilets but I really have no notion as to what I would need to say....my turn.... sound very hands on...

Way way above my intellect..spin and cleans sound more like this...to me............................what no shovel review yet?

Careful! I saw my first dancing toilet seat in Paris!
 
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That heart shape blade with the long handle is a really old design. I reckon people were using them ditching round where I live before the English even knew America existed.
A ubiquitous tool even studied by NASA:
Nasa Shovel study PDF


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Recent discoveries of Bronze Age tools have provided further evidence of prehistoric mining practices and the extraction of metal from its ore.A wooden shovel – discovered at Alderley Edge copper mines in Cheshire – has been dated back to approximately 1750 BC.



Anyway, I do hope to use the razorback to dig up large turnips.
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Interesting @DirtMechanic

others could well want to read up about that....

We dig up all kinds of garden parts here, would think they do not go back to 1750 BC though..large farm hinges are tops , parts of spades that kind of thing, all metal stuff is gong to stay in the ground forever unless they meet me..
also interesting was the data and this conclusion..with how the angle makes so much difference...

comes a bit late for me as since 15 years old have had disk problems and not talking ..Dessert Island Disks either.....
had a discectomy in 1986/87 and what I call a pull through..scrape the inside of the spinal channel to make it wider... sorted it out pretty much, micro surgery came into it's own at that period, so lucky it was that..wouldn't be talking of spade shovels and diggers otherwise.
We are seriously considering this tool below for a piece of land adjoining ours that we have just purchased...the land is farm like..long tough grass with about 7/8 old trees, mostly walnuts https://www.agence-berland-bennett.com/nos_biens-5088-parcelle_de_terrain_a_batir.html
this is the grass cutter..

chose this type because that is what the farmer used and seemed alright as a rough cut...what do you think and would you have similar types over your distance lands....:unsure::)
 
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Interesting @DirtMechanic

others could well want to read up about that....

We dig up all kinds of garden parts here, would think they do not go back to 1750 BC though..large farm hinges are tops , parts of spades that kind of thing, all metal stuff is gong to stay in the ground forever unless they meet me..
also interesting was the data and this conclusion..with how the angle makes so much difference...

comes a bit late for me as since 15 years old have had disk problems and not talking ..Dessert Island Disks either.....
had a discectomy in 1986/87 and what I call a pull through..scrape the inside of the spinal channel to make it wider... sorted it out pretty much, micro surgery came into it's own at that period, so lucky it was that..wouldn't be talking of spade shovels and diggers otherwise.
We are seriously considering this tool below for a piece of land adjoining ours that we have just purchased...the land is farm like..long tough grass with about 7/8 old trees, mostly walnuts https://www.agence-berland-bennett.com/nos_biens-5088-parcelle_de_terrain_a_batir.html
this is the grass cutter..

chose this type because that is what the farmer used and seemed alright as a rough cut...what do you think and would you have similar types over your distance lands....:unsure::)
Nice machine. Too much machine once you have it nice though. Might just rent one the first go and get a regular mower as it gets under control. The land is not that bad for a self propelled walk behind, but I would not want to mow any bigger! Added to what you must have I would think a small garden tractor/mower might be a good choice for a gardener but they can be hard on your back bouncing about.
 
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Well we got two Tractor mowers but honestly they would not cut very good because the ground does not appear to be even..although it is over our fence that is the nearest we have been to it..Reason for buying it...the land has full building permission on it ....FACTS...do not want noise and disruption although unknown who else would purchase it...Do not want any horrors..had a few big issues building wise with past neighbours so forewarned is forearmed..and for all in costs of 15,000 Euros it is worth it in our books....Living the French Dream..:ROFLMAO::unsure:
 
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Well we got two Tractor mowers but honestly they would not cut very good because the ground does not appear to be even..although it is over our fence that is the nearest we have been to it..Reason for buying it...the land has full building permission on it ....FACTS...do not want noise and disruption although unknown who else would purchase it...Do not want any horrors..had a few big issues building wise with past neighbours so forewarned is forearmed..and for all in costs of 15,000 Euros it is worth it in our books....Living the French Dream..:ROFLMAO::unsure:
I would think that a good idea. Visiting neighbors is one thing, but too close is too much for me as well.
 
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What I find interesting is the cost. If you go to Ollies you can get a decent one for $7 dollars. It looks identical to one at Home Depot for $30 dollars. I'm guessing that they are all made at the same factory in China
 
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What I find interesting is the cost. If you go to Ollies you can get a decent one for $7 dollars. It looks identical to one at Home Depot for $30 dollars. I'm guessing that they are all made at the same factory in China
gauge of metal needs to be 14 or 12ga or thicker imo. 12 starts getting heavy headed.
 
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I bought this model. I did sharpen the edge, and have been enjoying it. It is a bit heavy to carry or for a lot of materials to be moved but for digging it is good. I will get another lighter shovel for materials or just use our old one.
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When you start your training as a plumber, a shovel is the first tool they hand you. I moved beyond doing grunt work a long time ago. I have a lot of experience with shovels a wood handled Razorback is my shovel of choice
 
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@DirtMechanic - sorry, late to the party but why did you need a new one? It's rare to wear out the shovel but common to break handles. I taught myself (along with youtube university) to replace the handles on tools. Most of my tools are old True Temper or similar but I have no clue how old.
 

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