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Recommendations for strong, middle range fork, spades and rake.  

Many thanks. 


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358
    Too many factors to be concise for a  spade/fork. Your height, how often you use them, type of handle, what 'middle range' means - price? material? 
    I use Spear and Jackson mainly, but I haven't bought any for donkeys' years as they last a long time for me. No idea what they cost, but probably less than twenty quid.  

    I've had my rakes so long I've no idea what they are. One was my Dad's I think so it's ancient.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,143
    I have a Bulldog fork and spade - can't fault them.
    I have a couple of rakes but the labels have worn off..

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,582
    edited October 2020
    Click on the Gardeners’ World logo on the top left of this page, scroll right to the end and you get to the Reviews section.

    There are plenty of reviews there for spades, hoes and trowels but, annoyingly, not forks or rakes.

    Google Fred in the Shed. He reviews gardening products and his opinions are always worth heeding.
    Rutland, England
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,143
    edited October 2020
    I agree that Fred's suggestions are always good.
    It was his site that led to to buy the Bulldog fork and spade.
    And the Bosch chipper, and the Bacho edge trimmers and pruning saws etc...

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,813

    You could consider a hoe as they can be used for different reasons.

    I have one and in Spain and Portugal they dont use spades or forks just hoes.

    Everyone is just trying to be Happy.....So lets help Them.
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,271
    If you do a lot of digging with a spade, try to get one with foot treads (flattened bits at the handle end of the blade) so you don't cut through your wellies, or bruise your instep, when digging.
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
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