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Good quality digging spade and fork

Distorted VisionDistorted Vision Posts: 15
edited May 2019 in Tools and techniques
I am looking for a new digging spade and fork. I'm looking for something that is high quality that will last and don't mind paying a bit more. I've been looking at these two:

Spear & Jackson Neverbend:

Burgon & Ball:

or any other recommendations please.

Many thanks!


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 6,107
    I've been happy with my Bulldog spade and fork with Ash (I think) shafts.
    Had them about 4 years now and been used for plenty of root removal as well as usual digging, and so far so good 
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  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen SpainPosts: 3,815
    Another vote for Bulldog - the only fork I haven’t managed to bend - I have had many but all others, cheap and ridiculously expensive, have bent within months, or sometimes weeks. I am hoping the birthday fairy will bring me the matching spade soon!
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 3,992
    I have had a Spear and Jackson spade and fork, and a Wilkinson spade - had all of them since I had my first garden almost 50 years ago. They have been used in a variety of gardens and conditions over the years - from new build to old and neglected to bit of a field - and from heavy clay to rich loam. Still all in one piece. I really think it is a case of using the right tool for a job that lengthens the life of your tools and although I don't oil them or anything, they are always cleaned and put away after use. 
    The question you need to ask yourself is 'are you a hashy-bashy type of person or one who cares about your tools and treats them well'. Then buy at that price-point. 
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