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  1. #1

    Sep 2016
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    Shovel requirements

    Hey there,

    Trying to gear up to make the jump from parks to fields. Trying to do a little research to figure out my shovel requirements. D vs T, length, etc.

    Me: 6?1?.

    Hunting type anticipated: farmed, cultivated fields but flex to cut into uncultivated or treed areas.

    What do I need to think of?

  2. #2

    Aug 2016
    MI
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    Quote Originally Posted by DigToChina View Post
    Hey there,

    Trying to gear up to make the jump from parks to fields. Trying to do a little research to figure out my shovel requirements. D vs T, length, etc.

    Me: 6?1?.

    Hunting type anticipated: farmed, cultivated fields but flex to cut into uncultivated or treed areas.

    What do I need to think of?
    I like the Lesche Sampson t-handle, 31" and under 2 pounds...

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    This type is just under 3 pounds...

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    Remember, you have to carry this with you in your other hand.
    Last edited by SD51; Aug 23, 2021 at 07:25 PM.

  3. #3

    Sep 2016
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    You?re the second to say go light. Any advantage with the T vs D (or vice versa)?
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  4. #4
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    Aug 2021
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    I second the Sampson T-handle..... the thing is a beast, and the build quality is top notch....... As far as T vs D, the T handle is easy to stick in a loop on your pack or belt, I'm 6'2" and if I stick the handle in a loop on my belt, it doesn't touch the ground as i'm detecting...... And there's plenty of leverage with the T handle
    Last edited by Colt0208; Aug 24, 2021 at 08:23 AM.

  5. #5
    us
    Jul 2015
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    I got one of the second picture, works fairly good, I want to get the one in the first picture. I think the D vs. T is just personal preference.
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  6. #6

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    I also use the Sampson T-handle and love it!
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    After getting tennis elbow in my left forearm (I am right handed), I carry the shovel by the middle of the shaft, not by the handle. Seems to hurt less until I finally get over the tennis elbow...

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    Aug 2015
    Ohio
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    I also have the 31" T handle Lesche. It really is as good as these guys say, but I wish it was about 4 inches longer though. I'm 6'2"

    If I had to do it over I'd get the Barracuda, Ranger, or more likely the Piranha all made by Predator Tools.

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    Apr 2021
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    Call Kellyco and take their advice.

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    Having a bit of arthritis in my hands, I find a D handle is more comfortable to use.
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    T vs. D? What about O?

    To do it over, I'd probably go with a "T". Length is good, though (I'm 6'2" and this is 37-1/2" overall). Predator Dixie Model 58 - I believe discontinued.

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    I got one of those but I took a grinder, and sharpened the "teeth" cuts the ground pretty good

  15. #15

    Sep 2016
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    Thanks guys. Sorry for the delayed reply. Trying to clear my desk for vacation time. I?ll pour over the replies (particularly those in my height range). Appreciate you sharing your experiences.

    Dig
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