strong digging shovels revisited
A couple of my fiberglass handles got broken near the blade in the last few weeks because I opened a new area with a lot of rocks and my help used my regular shovels as levers a bit too much.
I researched what was available to see if I could find something stronger than what was available locally and ordered a couple of long handled round point shovels from Gemplers. The one I like best is made by Bully Tools and the handle is unconditionally guaranteed.
The blade and socket has welded reinforcement and appears much stronger than stamped shovels but the total weight is just 4 pounds- about the same as the crap shovels we've been breaking. Only the cost of shipping makes it somewhat more expensive than the best Home Depot has to offer.
I'll report back if it lets me down.