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I have had this shovel from Spear & Jackson for a few years now and it it is still going strong. It is a very well made all round shovel. It has been used for a variety of tasks and always does itself proud. I've used it many a time to mix concrete , it has shifted tonne after tonne of gravel over the years , dug a ditch for my gas mains and a huge variety of other tasks. At around four years old now it is showing very little signs of wear and is generally holding up well to the demands I ask of it.
The shovel itself feels strong , sturdy and familiar in your hands. It is also coated in an epoxy of sorts which helps soil and concrete to slide easily from it (like a non stick frying pan). This also prevents any rusting. The shovel head is made of fully forged carbon and maganese steel. It has also been heat treated which helps improve longevity. At first the wooden handle feels a bit hard in your hands but gradually feels more molded to you with repeated use. This shovel has certainly been built to last.
Overall I find this a great allrounder with no real drawbacks. It is very well made and can easily be found the right side of £20. It will last for years and has been designed with rough and tumble in mind. It will stand up well to most tasks and you really don't need to worry about being too precious with it.
High tensile steel shaft gives sturdy construction.