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  1. #1
    us
    Aug 2009
    Southeastern, NC
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    Here is the scoop...

    Sand scoops are one of those things we all need and I think they are crucial for the hunt. They cant be too heavy nor too flimsy and weak. Thought I would show my scoop setup. I just received this scoop earlier this week and so far it is working great. The small handle at the base takes the strain off when shaking sediment out. It is Stainless steel and the welds are solid I am super satisfied. I was able to dig in wet gravel and sand easily, even tested it in grass with no problems.
    For the pole it is a scrap 3.5' aluminum fence pole I ground down the lip with a grinder and installed with self tapping screws. Should be no threat of corrosion from salt water.
    Picked up on Amazon for $75 shipped from Free2buy.
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    May 2012
    Florida
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    it's getting the job done it sounds like, good job!!
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  3. #3
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    Mar 2011
    San Diego
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    It would never hold up to my use (abuse!). Oh, and that aluminum shaft will swell up and seize inside the tube on the basket, I can almost guarantee it, unless you coat it with Vasoline or some other type of waterproof grease and remove it often to recoat it. To me, that lift handle is too far down the shaft. I like one much higher so I don't have to bend over so much. I use the ProHandle. It's very adjustable for angle and height. Good Luck!
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  4. #4
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    May 2015
    New England
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    Cuda, can you snap a picture of the Pro Handle you mention, and post it ? I have a handle similar to the one shown but smooth plastic........so read slippery !! I'd like something more textured or with a flange as shown to prevent my hand from slipping off. TIA
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  5. #5

    Mar 2018
    Vancouver B.C.
    ScubaTector Equinox 600 Harbor freight
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    I had the same one but found it too small, couldn’t get my hand in to retrieve things, sold it and got a bigger model.
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  6. #6
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    Jun 2019
    Palos Park, IL
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    I bought the exact same on on Ebay.
    Works great in sand and rocky sand.
    The one drawback is it isn't very wide so the target can sometimes be just on the outer rim of the hole.
    Upside of that is, it's making me more accurate so I don't have to dig more holes.
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  7. #7
    us
    Aug 2009
    Southeastern, NC
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    Thanks for the replies. The open end is smaller than most scoops, but this is a good discussion about scoops hopefully someone can benefit. I would also like to see a pic of the pro referenced above. Will look it up.
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  8. #8
    us
    Jun 2019
    Palos Park, IL
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    Quote Originally Posted by cudamark View Post
    It would never hold up to my use (abuse!). Oh, and that aluminum shaft will swell up and seize inside the tube on the basket, I can almost guarantee it, unless you coat it with Vasoline or some other type of waterproof grease and remove it often to recoat it. To me, that lift handle is too far down the shaft. I like one much higher so I don't have to bend over so much. I use the ProHandle. It's very adjustable for angle and height. Good Luck!
    I bought a carbon fiber shaft for mine on Ebay. It's meant for traveling so it comes in 2 pieces. I also went to Menards and bought a cotter pin and one of them rods with holes in them so I could fashion a "quick release" for the shaft to make putting it on and taking off more easy. Caveat: I had to drill the hole in the carbon fiber shaft but that was easy enough having clamped it down to my work bench.

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  9. #9
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    Mar 2011
    San Diego
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctdirtdigger View Post
    Cuda, can you snap a picture of the Pro Handle you mention, and post it ? I have a handle similar to the one shown but smooth plastic........so read slippery !! I'd like something more textured or with a flange as shown to prevent my hand from slipping off. TIA
    Here's my setup. You can put it just about anywhere on the shaft. I've tried all sorts of spots, but, like it on the back side best. You can get it online through Home Depot.
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  10. #10
    us
    May 2015
    New England
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    ROIGuy, where did you get that handle..........I'm looking for a textured handle with the flared part at the base. Thanks
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  11. #11
    us
    Mar 2010
    Florida
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    That handle looks like galvanised not aluminum...looks like chain link fence pole.
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    The Thumb
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    I ordered this set up...Any thoughts?

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  13. #13
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    Jun 2019
    Palos Park, IL
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctdirtdigger View Post
    ROIGuy, where did you get that handle..........I'm looking for a textured handle with the flared part at the base. Thanks
    Just saw your message... Got it on Ebay... Here is the link to the thing.
    Works well. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carbon-Fibe...YAAOSwsyhdAHux

    Good luck. I also bought the scoop from him but I should have bought the bigger one. I got the small one and its a tad small for water hunting. I bigger one would ensure getting the target on the 1st or 2nd scoop I imagine.
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  14. #14
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    Jun 2019
    Palos Park, IL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toecutter View Post
    I ordered this set up...Any thoughts?

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    I like it but the shaft will probably be hard to separate after going in saltwater for a bit. Cudamark is right.. Even my carbon fiber shaft needs to be coated a bit at the separation joint just so it comes apart without a tug of war after I'm done and packing.

  15. #15

    Sep 2016
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    Quote Originally Posted by cudamark View Post
    Here's my setup. You can put it just about anywhere on the shaft. I've tried all sorts of spots, but, like it on the back side best. You can get it online through Home Depot.
    Hey cuda,

    What’s the advantage of having it on the back?

 

 
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