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    Recommendation for a good shovel

    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?

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    This is going to be my next shovel
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    I've bought the expensive "detector" shovels but I usually use a Orange Marbles MR392 $25 and never had a problem with it. (I only use a shovel in the fields though) Use a Lesche Knife for everything else.

    I have not tried the Lesche 36" but I think that would be handy to carry on your hip. I carry my Marbles shovel in my off hand on my shoulder or to my side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eman1000 View Post
    I've bought the expensive "detector" shovels but I usually use a Orange Marbles MR392 $25 and never had a problem with it. (I only use a shovel in the fields though) Use a Lesche Knife for everything else.

    I have not tried the Lesche 36" but I think that would be handy to carry on your hip. I carry my Marbles shovel in my off hand on my shoulder or to my side.
    Same here E.

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    predator tools is the best in my experience. Just wait until they have what you want.
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    I bought this one recently and absolutely love it. It's not built as tough as a Predator shovel, but it is light-weight and digs great cone-shaped plugs.

    https://www.roam-wild.com/products/r...r-garden-spade
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    The Anaconda NX5, 31". Its works great

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    Thanks

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    Lesche Sampson T-handle, 36"
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    The bus shovel in my part of the woods is big red. I have to be honest I have broken every shovel Iíve ever had and each one was getting better and better and I could still break them. So I called up Predator and Iíll 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 Iím a give you a shovel that will not break and if you break it donít call anymoreClick image for larger version. 

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    Itís a total beast
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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 anymoreClick image for larger version. 

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    It’s a total beast
    Now that's pretty funny..
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    I want one unfortunately they are out of the Big Red without serrations. I will just wait. Thank you.

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    I got a Predator Tools shovel for Christmas, the Phoenix version. I absolutely love it.
    I see it's out of stock - it's worth the wait. I specifically got that model because of the shape of the plug it digs in grass.
    The only thing I would change is that the blade length is 9" and I wish it was 11".

    I also decided to make a personal customization - I attached my Lesche digging tool to the shaft of the Phoenix because I hated having the Lesche on my belt. And it makes sense - both tools are for digging. The Lesche being in this position does not interfere in any way with the digging action of the Phoenix.

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