Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 40
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by jjdj Poor quality
This shovel looks and feels like a very strong shovel. The shovel blade bent the very first time I used it. I have contacted the manufacturer to use the lifetime warranty. We will see if this happens. Home Depot does not warranty this product if it is more than 90 days old.
June 16, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PJCC Tough shovel, soft handle. Footstep provides leverage for digging roots & deep ditches.
The figerglass handle and leverage providing step enable me to dig with less stress on my back. Root removal is a tedious task.
Last year I broke 2-3 wood handled digging shovels trying to dig around Bottlebrush roots.
Simply a better invention than the wooden shovel. The leverage step is on both sides. It measures from 1 inch on the outer edge to 2 inches closer to the shovel for solid footing.
The top foam 9" handle is a hard nonporous red foam. You can compare the texture against the tree in the photo. It's not soft, shouldn't rip or tear.
Just a shovel, If the job is tough you still need the muscle to do the job, laugh.
February 28, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by anninsf Sturdy, does the job
Lightweight and easy to maneuver. However, I've only had it about a month and not sure how it will hold up over time (which is why not 5 stars). It has an extra flat surface on the top of the shovel that lets you put your feet on top of the shovel for extra leverage when digging (imagine if you are jumping on it like a pogo-stick) - which makes for a very handy shovel. That is the reason I purchased this one over the others in the store. I'm a fairly petite women so that extra feature was a selling point for me because I knew I would need that extra leverage. The handle is also fairly long and handy for taller folks too.
April 14, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Kevin Depends on what your Expectations are
It looks like a great shovel, and it felt pretty solid. After 3 times of use i'd bent the metal on the spade. Granted, I used it to chop through some small roots around the trunk of an old bush. Therefore, if you are only going to use this shovel for digging in dirt that has no rocks or roots, it's very comfortable to use and very efficient.
If you plan to use this shovel for any additional tasks such as digging in rocky dirt or dirt that you may encounter a root system from a nearby plant, there's no way i'd buy this. I bought this to replace a Ridgid that i'd also bent, but the Ridgid lasted me 3 years of HARD labor and this shovel lasted me less than ten days of the same type of work i'd put the ridgid through.
June 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by disturbdpatient RazorBack 49 in. Fiberglass Handle Super Socket Digging Shovel
Bought this shovel after the other one I had snapped near the base. Didn't wanna go with a wooden handle anymore, so figured: why not try fiberglass?! Glad I did. It's super strong and easy to handle. The only downside is the weight for my size (I'm small and female) but I'm sure a bigger person wouldn't even feel the weight. I also like the 'feet handles' -- easy to jump onto the shovel blade to push it down into the ground, fun!
May 30, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JaiAlaiDave Best shovel i have ever used
I ran to home depot to replace a shovel that broke from the handle while digging out pampas grass from the root. I put this shovel through some tough digs, put all of my weight (230 lbs) to leverage some tough areas. It held up perfectly when most shovels would break. Best shovel i have ever used
April 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Solid It's an overbuilt shovel.
When I say it's an overbuilt shovel, that's not necessarily a bad thing. Yes, it's heavy. If you're concerned about that, this is not your shovel. I weigh 235 lbs. and would never put my full weight on a cheap wooden handled shovel. But I don't think I could break this thing if I tried, and I've spent some serious time with it.
As a side note, if there ever is a zombie apocalypse, I'll be bringing this shovel with me. I think it might make an effective weapon, in addition to its other uses. Now, don't waste another minute of your life reading reviews on shovels. It's a heavy, overbuilt shovel. Buy it or don't.
April 30, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by spudly broke 2 in 1 day
yes i know the numbers don't reflect the title. It was a great shovel before it broke the first time, it took all kinds of punishment roots rocks massively clay soil. It's downfall was me trying to shape the side of a new hole and nailing a goodly sized rock. The second had to be a fluke it lasted all of a half hour before i cracked the fiberglass down at the base, again roots and rocks. I have dealt with Ames warranty before with a rake and they are pretty great, hit their website they email back pretty quickly send in a few snaps of the dead tool and they send another one. And for all the problems guess what i bought again, another true temper shovel.
May 24, 2015