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Spork for digging

Just wondered if anyone uses a digging tool called a spork , a cross between a spade and a fork , are there any advantages ,?  I have some very stony beds to weed and improve soil texture . Thanks .

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      Thanks , I try to keep a look out for new tool innovation but it seems unlikely that anyone can re-invent the Fork and Spade when it comes to digging apart from better steel quality perhaps .    

  • I bought a Faithful spade, i already have a concreting shovel made by them which i have had for years.  The handles and blade are all steel with a treaded top so you don't wreck your boots. They are well made, got mine on ebay. I think they make forks.  Try below sorry can't make the link work put put that in the bar at the top. A company called manomano sell them.

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    i would try a small boarder fork so you are not trying to move as much material in one go and they have a thinner tine profile which should help to penetrate harder soil,

    although I work from the other side od the fence nowadays I still have a hand in construction etc and I have found that all current top range spades are about as useful as a plastic spoon and last year managed to snap 2 spear n j £50 spades just digging a soakaway in the garden for the anix I built,

    I then went to homebase (to late for my local builders yard ) and found there cheap line of £5 - £9 pound spades and forks etc had almost no flex in the blades compared to the top ones bending in half with ease. and these have outlasted any expensive tools I previously had so I now keep a few in my workshop but I am still on my first one purchased.

    there the sovereign range and for some one who digs like me I am shocked it is still going,

    gone are the days a spade could be used to chop a brick in half.

  • I have three spades.A stainless one which has had a replacement handle for digging over veg borders etc. A curved drainage spade with a long narrow head for levering out large stones and digging out shrubs, this has metal tangs which reach to the top of the shaft and seems indestructible. Also a golden spade from Niwaki which is amazingly light but very strong, it has a pointed blade and seems to move earth faster than any other spade I have used.
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