Recommendation for a good shovel

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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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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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Get the predator tools they work great
 

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The Anaconda NX5, 31". Its works great
 

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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 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 anymore View recent photos 6.png
It’s a total beast
 

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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 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 anymore View attachment 1907234
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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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 anymore View attachment 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.
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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-Project-Source-18-In-D-Grip-Short-Wood-Handle-Compact-Digging-Shovel/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.
 
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Thanks guys I ordered the Big Red from Predator Tools
 

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