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Root cutting spades

Has anyone use any of the various root cutter spades - I mean the ones with teeth on the side ?  For example:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/81-cm-Mini-Root-Assassin/dp/B01NAL07O3/ref=sr_1_11?dchild=1&keywords=root%2Bcutter&qid=1617532685&sr=8-11&th=1

They seem expensive, probably because they are popular for metal detecting, but look good especially for digging out shrubs etc. 

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    Hi Peter The root assasiin is more of a saw on a shaft , It bends if you use it to pry up a shrub which is the temptation , it cuts through roots ok but mine snapped after i tried to use it like a spade it was very handy , very sharp teeth and good for slicing through turf .

    The evolution is better for digging up after its sliced through the roots i borrow one ocassionally . 

    I made my own from a cheap post digging spade they have long blades so i simply sharpened the tip and with it being all metal shaft and blade intergrated  its heavy so chops through roots and is a good pry bar so very effective . 

    The mutts are good as well for root chopping .

     

    • Thanks. Yes I read that the assasin isn't very strong. The evolution looks good but £80 for a spade !  I half wondered about making a crude version out of a cheap spade & cutting teeth with a grinder.

      I am guessing that all of them will blunt & need resharpening.

  •  Bet that would go blunt very quickly.   I've found one of those spades for digging out fence post holes really good......... not sure of the exact name for them but they're one piece steel about 6' long, pretty heavy and impossible to break/bend... cost about £40 + they're easy to put a sharl edge on with an angle grinder. 

    • Well I have found an old spade & the grinder comes out next weekend :)

  • PRO

    We have 2 Root Slayer Radius Shovels on the team - excellent tools

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