“ Brand: Spear and Jackson / Tool: Shovels / Spades / Type: Border „
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I recently review a Wilkinson Sword garden spade, while out in the garage checking out what other garden tools we had I noticed another garden spade leaned up in the corner. I must confess I forgot we had this one, so I went to see what make this one was so I could give it a review. The reason we have two spades is that a few years back me and my dad dug up all the turf on the lawn, hence the need for a spade each. Since that purchase the spade has been used on a few occasions, but usually only when there are two people doing a certain job in the garden.
So the second spade in our garage is a Speare and Jackson County Border Spade. The reason we bought this one was simple, the price. As we already had a pretty reliable spade there was no need to splash out on another one, so we simply went for a cheaper model and make.
The first thing I notice when I use this spade is that it is lighter than our other spade. For some people this is probably an advantage, but I prefer the heavier spade as it seems more solid and useable. The weight difference is not massive but this one just feels a little bit flimsy to me.
The Speare and Jackson County Border Spade is made from carbon steel, the blade that is. It is fairly sharp and bites into the ground reasonably well, but again it is not as good as my other spade in this regard. The blade does seem fairly solid, when I have used this it has never bent in any way or become damaged, this is obviously a good thing.
The shaft of the spade is made from a good solid hardwood, it has a nice finish to it and again has lasted very well over the years. The handle is made from moulded plastic and has a decent grip although when I use this spade for any serious work I do find it becomes uncomfortable. So for any serious manual labour this one falls down when it comes to comfort.
When I bought this spade around five years ago it cost just £10. I have had a look round online and it does seem a little more expensive now, but maybe if you shop around you will find it for a similar price. Value wise it's not bad at all, it's not the best quality but for the price you pay you really can't complain to much. This also comes with a ten year guarantee so this shows that the manufactures know that this is going to last a long time.
The best way I can think to review this spade is to compare it to my Wilkinson Sword spade. It falls down in pretty much every area. Every time I reach for a spade in the garage I always select the Wilkinson Sword one, the Speare and Jackson is just a spare really. The only advantage to this spade is of course the price.
Overall then I would have to say this is a middle of the road kind of spade. There is nothing really wrong with it, it is just not quite as good as other spades that are available. If you just want a good value spade for some simple jobs around the garden though then this one may well be just what you need. However, if you are a serious gardener and plan on doing some serious digging I would recommend that you spend a little bit more money and opt for a better spade than the Spear and Jackson County Border Spade.