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  1. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by Truth View Post
    The bus shovel in my part of the woods is big red. I have to be honest I have broken every shovel I’ve ever had and each one was getting better and better and I could still break them. So I called up Predator and I’ll tell him I broke that last shovel and they were getting kind of fed up because they said what are you trying to dig and I said I dig and shell mounds Brick and oak tree roots. He said send me $20 and I’m a give you a shovel that will not break and if you break it don’t call anymoreAttachment 1907234
    It’s a total beast
    thats great, I too broke everything I owned until I got the predator. took me like 5 shovels before I got to the predator tools.

  2. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by louisianaman View Post
    I want one unfortunately they are out of the Big Red without serrations. I will just wait. Thank you.

    I heard that was the shovel you were going for you you might as well have the serrations With all the routes we get into my shovel will go through a 1” root no problem. Let go hunt Sunday

  3. #18
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    I've seen people pay a lot of money for T shovels, the all metal super welded stuff. I guess that's good if you're digging through concrete. I've never had a shovel snap in regular dirt. So these two shovels work great for me and didn't cost $100+:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WXJJKWT/
    -Works great for regular plug digging.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M1CCIWH/
    -I use this honker when I'm in the woods and have to dig through disagreeable roots.
    Just one more hole...

  4. #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by louisianaman View Post
    I hunted with a friend recently and he let me use his shovel a Predator "Big Red" it seemed heavy but was built like a tank. I liked it but Predator is out of stock on it. Can y'all recommend a good shovel that is well made?
    https://www.lowes.com/pd/Tramontina-...vel/1002919542

    I've been using this for that last 15 years:

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    I also have a black one I pick up at Home Depot. Sharpen the edges and it cuts like a hot knife through butter.

  5. #20
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    Jan 2012
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    Thanks guys I ordered the Big Red from Predator Tools
    Truth likes this.

  6. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by louisianaman View Post
    Thanks guys I ordered the Big Red from Predator Tools
    Yeah u right!!!!! Lol

  7. #22
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Soloman View Post
    Grave Digger Tools! Eric Wallace builds them right here in the USA. https://gravediggertools.com/
    Are the teeth on the sidekick digger pretty sharp?

  8. #23
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    Jan 2012
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    Thanks I bought the Big Red

  9. #24
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    Don’t know if it’s to late but, I really like my Radius Garden 22311 Root Slayer Nomad,
    This thing literally chops through everything lol. It’s gnarly. It was strong enough to pry a giant cast iron kettle out of the ground. Wouldn’t want a different shovel.

  10. #25
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    Mine came in a few days ago but it's painted blue.

  11. #26
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    Michael

    Mar 2013
    Sanford, NC
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    If you like the big red check out the predator model 45 hornet. It is a beast.

  12. #27
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    Quote Originally Posted by louisianaman View Post
    I hunted with a friend recently and he let me use his shovel a Predator "Big Red" it seemed heavy but was built like a tank. I liked it but Predator is out of stock on it. Can y'all recommend a good shovel that is well made?
    The overlooked criteria here was / is the "type" of use the OP intended... The OP did not say where / what type of material said "shovel" would be used.

    Personally... i have used every type of digging tool invented i think... i cannot think of any i have not at least tried just to see what and how it does it thing.

    Just like a mechanic who needs a tool for each task at hand a detectorist also needs a few assorted to perform proficiently.

    For example... shovels are a joke on beaches.

    I for one never used a shovel... especially those little ones everyone seems to rave about.

    IF you like bending and more work... then go for it... I dont like to make more work and pain.. heh
    DETECT WITH RESPECT - Have permission... Fill holes... Dispose of trash. - The Random Chat Thread -http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/ev...en-24-7-a.html

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    Personally only digging tools I use are Wilcox

    a 13" Stainless Steel Weeder
    Will go through Driveway dirt & Indestructible by me & that's saying something

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    and a 22" Long Reach Trawl

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    and it Too should last .

    Only Issues I had were I Should have Taken the Handles off & Placed a Coin or Washer inside, So they don't Cut through.

    I was lucky though, I Contacted Wilcox to Buy a New handle for my weeder & he sent me a free handle

 

 
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