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Jun 28, 2014 07:00 AM

Lady-size shovel

Many years ago, I bought a small shovel at a farm auction for $1.00. I have used it for nigh on 30 yrs and it is a perfect size for me, but the sharp end of the spade has worn down until it's flat and the wooden handle has become a bit wobbly.

While trying to find a good quality replacement on google, I learned this is called a long-handled spade or a "ladies'" shovel. It's about 3' long and has the right balance for leverage. Regular shovels are just too big for me.

I cannot for the life of me find one on the internet of good quality. Home Depot has a child-size piece of xxxxxx that bends when you push it into sand. Worthless.

Does anyone know where I can find this indispensable tool?

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  1. Hmm, I have a short shovel, but I think it isn't quite 3' long and I couldn't tell you where I got it. There is a 30" one on Amazon. If you can't find what you want, you might consider having a full-length shovel cut down to the size you need.

    1. Have you tried local hardware stores or Agways?
      If you don't need a horizontal handle grip, you could buy a long-handled shovel and cut off a foot or so of the wood handle.

      1. I dislike spade grip short shovels but got some small ones from Sears for my nephews. The head is little small. They like them and shovels are sturdy.weakest part is plastic d grip but I think craftsman tools still have a lifetime warranty.

        You can resharpen the bevel on shovels with a file.

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        1. re: divadmas

          I have a camping shovel with a very short handle and it's too short for me. I'm rather tall, but have small hands and am not as strong as I used to be, so the old auction shovel was perfect. I will look at Sears too, good idea. Thanks.

          1. re: sandiasingh

            Along the same lines as I suggested before, if you can't find what you need, then look for a shovel head the size you are comfortable with. If that is with a too-short handle, buy a replacement handle and have it shortened to the desired length. Heck, the smaller hardware stores will probably do it for a small fee, if not free. Good luck!

            1. re: MrsJonesey

              Great idea. Our local family-owned wood floor hardware store just closed after about 40 yrs, but we have some feed and ranch stores around that I bet would do that. Thank you for that idea!

        2. You might want to try A.M.Leonard. They are a specialty store but they have almost everything for your gardens.

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          1. re: Kelli2006

            Thank you, Kelli! That is exactly the kind of shovel I've been looking for so now I know it's called a "floral shovel." It's the right combination of blade size and handle length.

            And the amelo link is totally awesome. I love good tools and it looks like a terrific resource.