Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 3
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Diane This spade can handle any digging job
I purchased this spade after looking at many others. It is very heavy duty with very good welds. It will give years of garden use. No other spade I saw came close to this one in quality. The foot pad pictured is not included and must be ordered separately, but is very useful. The company that makes the spade can send you the pad for about 8 bucks. They were very helpful and easy to deal with. Quite friendly really. But the Home Depot website should really make it more clear that the pad pictured is not included with the spade. It is not mentioned in the description, only shown as if it is part of the spade. Home Depot did credit me for the cost of it when I called to let them know. Used in store pick up and shipping was as promised.
July 28, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rockhunter Best and last spade you could buy
This is a review after 7 years of use. I've used digging hand tools my whole life. Now in my 30's, I can't count the number of digging tools I've broken.
This is the only digging tool that has EVER held up to extreme digging conditions and survived completely unscathed, and I don't expect it to ever break. There are no shovels or spades on the market that can be equally compared to this spade.
The blade is made of some sort of spring steel. The handle assembly is also steel. The handle is hollow and not springy, but is oval-shaped like what you find on high-end mountain bike frames. The D-grip at the top will rust over time, and it can be dented if struck with enough force, such as falling out of a truck onto a concrete block.
From the time I was a teenager, my rural family expected me to break at least 2 shovel or spade handles every year. I'm big and very strong, and I would dig and toss as much as I could load onto the tools. Most of the time, handles would snap mid-swing. Other times, I would hit rocks and bend or split the metal if the handles didn't break. I didn't intentionally abuse the tools by prying, but was just so strong that the tools couldn't hold up to the exerted forces.
To save money, I slowed down, dug with less force, and threw lighter loads. It was frustrating.
While working as a Conservationist 8 years ago, I was introduced the the King of Spades digging tools by my employer. Our job was tough. We were performing native habitat restorations, and our toughest assignment was transplanting an entire thicket of native river cane (Arundinaria gigantea), which is a native type of bamboo.
We had 4 different brands of spades at our disposal, of which 2 had hickory handles, and 2 had metal handles. By the end of the 2nd week, the King of Spades tool was the only one that survived the grueling work. We ended up buying 3 more, and put them through a field test that I'll never forget.
One of my coworkers found out that he could jam the blade into the ground on 4 sides of a clump of bamboo, then with the blade in the ground, could climb up onto the D-handle of the spade while holding onto the bamboo poles to pry the large rootball out. The spade never broke or even bent. Since it worked for HIM, we ALL started doing it. With me weighing in at 230 pounds, the spade held up like a champ with me on it like a springboard. Several times, the blade in the ground would get caught on a tree root or rock that wouldn't budge, and I actually saw the blade bend, but when I removed the spade from the ground, it was perfectly fine. THAT... is awesome!
After 2 years of commercial use of these spades, they were still in great shape. We had even used the spades to cut through large tree roots. Packing these spades to deep wilderness job sites was heavenly, because we no longer had to bring picks and axes too.
The anti-rust coating did get severely worn, so they were all rusting, but painting the handles and oiling the blades kept them in usable condition.
The King of Spades tools impressed me so much, that I bought one for my own use 7 years ago, and it has been my "go to" tool for any digging job on my farm.
August 31, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Pmk6 Lesser shovel than advertised
The King of Spades shovel I received was not as advertised. It was lighter(under 6 lb. vs 7 lb. advertised) and shorter so I returned it. I told the returns department it was a different shovel than advertised. For the weight and length I received I could purchase it much cheaper elsewhere.
May 13, 2014