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What shovel to buy?

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by RigidTaco, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. Feb 4, 2014 at 8:39 AM
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    RigidTaco

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    Hey guys,

    So Ive searched around and all i find are threads about shovel mounts. But i want the shovel to mount first. Some questions for you pros!

    I want a shovel for minor off roading and camping so it needs to be multi purpose in a sense. I will have a separate axe so does not need to be a multi atachment shovel but im open to ideas for sure.

    What do you guys use? Suggest?

    Just hit up Home Depot or a nice fancy one? Worth the cash?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Feb 4, 2014 at 9:57 AM
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    nigglewiggle60

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    Just get an army surplus shovel. Small, folds, and you can use to dig, pick, and chop small stuff with.
     
  3. Feb 4, 2014 at 10:03 AM
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    colinb17

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    Pick a blade that suits your soil/terrain type, and then pick the handle style and length of your choosing. if you can get those nailed down for what's best for your purposes, the only other thing i'd say, is to get a fiberglass handle. especially if the shovel will live outside. my shovel is perminately mounted to the bed rack. the wooden handle i had dryrotted and snapped after a little over a year. the fiberglass one holds up much better. well worth the $10 extra or whatever it costs.
     
  4. Feb 4, 2014 at 10:07 AM
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    A folding shovel (E-tool or "entrenching tool") is very handy to have, unless it is time to use it. A small non-folding shovel is cheap and much easier to use. The folders were really made for easier carrying by infantry. I carry a small shovel with a handle in the truck. They are really inexpensive at any of the hardware stores.
     
  5. Feb 4, 2014 at 4:23 PM
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    I carry two shovels, S.O.S. "Survival On Snow" shovel , made in Canada, comes apart in three pieces, this is my go to for winter, flat edged shovel. and it packs nicely and secures behind my back seat, Then I carry a short handled spade, rubber handled, composite shaft. Good for moving rocks, mud, chopping tree roots, etc.
     
  6. Feb 5, 2014 at 11:46 AM
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    For some reason I now have two of these now. Probably not good for dirt, but a great Snow Shovel! And can be broken down to pack into small spaces.

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  7. Feb 5, 2014 at 12:02 PM
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    Thanks Guys,

    I live in Canada so the winters here get long. Ill do most of my wheeling in summer but always nice to be ready for anything.

    Think ill go with a fiber glass deal, maybe about 3 foot long and mount that somewhere.
     
  8. Feb 5, 2014 at 12:07 PM
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    I carry a regular full size shovel. I find they are the best when I actually have to shovel. Now you've made me want one with a fiberglass handle even though it lives inside the canopy.
     
  9. Feb 5, 2014 at 12:19 PM
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    Ya maybe full size is better, otherwise ill be cursing come time to use it. Will have to check the hardware store out, need a solid one aith a point or pick of sorts in case there is ice.
     
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