Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 16
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by GLPTA Not recommended even for Home use
I used for plowing my regular vegetable garden area (plowed every year). The handle just broke. The surface was not hard either. Surprisingly the product says it has a Fiberglass Handle ......
May 27, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Derek Handle broke off
I've had this pickaxe for less than six months. I've used it for a few projects trenching in dirt (not rock) and the handle broke just below the pick. Would not recommend based on my experience.
November 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BuzzedAldrin The right tool makes all the difference
It's so easy to look at a mound of dirt and think "Yeah I can dig that out with a shovel in a few minutes."
I needed to remove a small slope (see photo) of very hard-packed dirt to accommodate a little wall, and I found out the hard way that using a shovel for this purpose makes as much sense as using a nail file to sculpt Mt. Rushmore.
If you need to dig out or break up hard-packed dirt or clay (esp. when it's dry and rock hard), do yourself a favor - Put down the shovel, and get a pick mattock, preferably one with a long handle and a heavy head. You will still sweat, but for half as long.
After getting the feel of this thing, and watching big chunks of dirt falling to the side, I became almost giddy realizing how much sooner I'd be done with this drudgery compared to using a shovel.
I was a little skeptical of the fiberglass handle, but it's engineered well and is effective. I haven't yet inadvertently slammed any boulders, concrete, pipes etc but no matter how the pick hits normal ground the handle dampens it well, it feels "soft" with no resonant shock or kickback to hands / arms / shoulders.
And the yellow / black wasp-like color makes this the first time I've ever given style points to a hand tool.
July 23, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MeanMike A Liitle Light, but O-K for the price
Although this will be good in the short term, I suspect the fiberglass handle will break after a couple of years. I won't blame Randall for the broken handle. You can always get a real hardwood handle when that happens.
It's allot lighter than the old school versions, but I'll attach a ten pound weight to the head of it to make up for it.
It all depends what you use it for. Me, I'm cracking ice and need the added weight, so i'll do what I need to do.
When I break the handle, I'll replace it with an an old school hardwood one, might even make it myself if they cost too much, I'm cheap like that..lol
January 20, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mkfran love this pick
Very comfortable. Great quality. My 64 year old mom loves it, my 40 yr old hubby loves it. I love it. Smooth feel. Will last me a long time.
February 25, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by DIYDad Bent on a rock
I bought this tool for one purpose - to help dig out a hill and build a retaining wall. It worked great until I got a few feet down and found very rocky soil. One rock in particular proved too much for the tool - 2 or 3 heavy glancing blows and the flat end bent a good 3 inches out of shape. Upon examination it looks to be cast, not forged, as the coating clearly peeled away where it bent. Will try to return but am not optimistic given I ended up buying a year before I started the project.
June 23, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Matt durable
I bought this tool about three years ago. I feel like I've probably use it more than an average person would. I guess I've hacked up about 30 to 40 stumps with it. No problems at all. Very durable. To the person who rated this poorly, be aware it is not intended to be used on rocks. It works great on stumps.
July 29, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Wanderer421 Tough on soil. Heavy and sturdy.
This tool is heavy and sturdy. The 5 pound weight of the head gives it a lot of penetrating power when it hits the ground. The pick and mattock blade seem very sturdy, and are able to pry stubborn rocks up easily. So far, the fiberglass handle has withstood a lot of prying and swinging. I'll find out eventually if it holds out longer than a good wooden handle would. I am entirely pleased with this tool.
September 4, 2013