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

Many thanks. 


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,119
    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....

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,040
    I have a Bulldog fork and spade - can't fault them.
    I have a couple of rakes but the labels have worn off..
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 3,735
    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.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,040
    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...
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,808

    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 Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,559
    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.
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
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