Rated 4.4 out of 5Â by 13
Rated 4 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 2 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â by joebro THE Best
When you want to get the job done this one is by far the best over other options at other stores. The Handle is four inches longer than the True Temper one available at "another store". It may not sound like much but a longer handle means more downward force is available to you and will make jobs that much easier. I had to use the shorter handled one a while back, and a three foot deep hole almost killed me. This one was able to break up the really hard ground and roots easier and the difference was very clear. It also has a nice bright yellow fiberglass handle that makes it stand out very well from any surface you may be using it on. The other handle options at other stores were all either wood (doesn't absorb vibration and shock as much and won't last as long) or black (can be harder to see if working late into the evening). At the same price as all other 5lb mattocks you get more for your money with this one from home depot.
December 12, 2011