11:42:28 12.04.2018 kawabamxa

Spoons – Twisted Roots

If you are going to do much digging, you need a good shovel, and at some point you will want a digging spoon as well. There are many types spoons – Twisted Roots shovels, but most of those sold at Home Depot are not very useful for terrier work. Square point shovels and scoops are fine for moving snow, but they cannot dig and are not needed in the field.

A short-handled utility shovel might have its place in a deep dig, but it is really too light and too short to be of much use during a normal day in the field. Pictured below are four kinds of common shovels or spades, with notes on their appropriateness for terrier work. The round point is the best all-purpose digging tool, but not all roundpoints are created equal. You want the heaviest metal you can find, you want a long-socket, and you want a socket that is either cast solid or welded closed at the back. Long-handled tools are fine for holes up to three feet deep, but soon after you pass the three foot mark, the long handle makes it more difficult to get the dirt out. I prefer a reinforced D-handled shovel.

The British T-handles are weak, and the all-wood D-handles cannot take the serious pounding we are liable to give them. You do not want a light shovel — the metal should be thick and heavy, as you want as little flex as possible in the blade when chopping through roots and marl. You want a shovel blade that can be sharpened and that will hold an edge through a dig. Fiberglass handles have a lot to recommend them. My own shovel has a solid ash-handle — a choice partly made for aesthetic reasons, and partly because I find a heavier shovel makes the digging easier. Spades are used for transplanting small trees, shrubs and perennials and for turning over the garden. They are excellent for edging flower beds and walkways or for installing underground wiring, but they are the wrong tool for terrier work, as they do not have enough “dish” in the blade to move soil, and the square point makes for very slow digging in hard-packed dirt.

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