Shovels

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 20:13
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G'day all. With one remaining week until I finally pick up my new C/T, I was thinking of a shovel. Preferably one that'll fit into the storage boot in front of the trailer. It's an Explorer Heavy Off Road "Lawson" trailer and the storage boot fits the width of the trailer. I'll be putting an axe, chainsaw, fuels for the saw and my Coleman Duel Fuel lamps, recovery kit, etc. Any ideas?
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Reply By: Trekkie (Member - WA) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 20:21

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 20:21
Experience may tell you the longer the hangle the better and easier
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Follow Up By: Member - Cram (Newcastle NSW) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 20:28

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 20:28
Do you have roof racks? If yes, why not get a nice long handle shovel and carry on top.
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Reply By: obee1212 - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 20:29

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 20:29
I never intend to do much shoveling so I use an old entrenching shovel that is small but I put a normal size handle on it. It packs away easy. If you want a serious shovel you cant go past a ridgid sold at all good plumbing suppliers.

My little shovel is great for digging narrow and deep holes for a toilet.

Owen
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Follow Up By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 21:21

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 21:21
As obee1212 said you can't go past a Ridgid shovel.I have had two for years and never broken a handle.They are made (or were) in USA and come in long or short handle---more expensive but you get what you pay for.
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Reply By: On Patrol & TONI - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 20:30

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 20:30
Bluemetaldaisy
As trekkie said, the longer the handle the better. This will allow you to get right under your rig without actually getting under your self, with the inherent dangers of that.
Cheers, Colin.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 20:34

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 20:34
Yes, I'll reinforce what Trekkie has said.

When you need to dig yourself out of sand or mud, you'll appreciate a shovel with a long handle.

You can buy a long handled shovel from Bunnings for around $20.

Be warned though, the handle is not particularly strong when used for gardening around the home.
I have broken two handles, at the point where the retaining strew or rivet passes through the handle and steel ferrel.
Cheaper to buy a new one than try to fix.

The shovel is best attached to a roof rack or somewhere else on the vehicle as you may not always have the trailer with you.
Simarly, the recovery gear is also best being contained in the vehicle for a similar reason.

Leve the storage boot for storing camping equipment, etc.


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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 20:53

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 20:53
AGREE! Bunnings and their long handle shovels are crap!, as far as handles go, so are their rakes , gardening forks, and anything else with those imported waste of time so called hardwood handles, (The shiny brown ones...lol), Better off going to the markets ,buy an old shovel 40yr old , and then purchase a quality handle!!, at least you will dig your self out of trouble, not into it!,...lol..


Cheers Axle.
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Follow Up By: Member - Cram (Newcastle NSW) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 21:10

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 21:10
I wonder whether they sell it metric or inches? ;)
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Follow Up By: Member - Scrubcat (VIC) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 23:12

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 23:12
I go with what Axle has said.
If you can find a " Trojan 242 " shovel at a garage sale or market you will have a long handle shovel with the correct amount of "set ".
It is not straight like most modern shovels thus you can stand straight while using it.
Much easer on the wifes back. LOL

Just my opinion for what it`s worth.

Scrubby.

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Reply By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 09:45

Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 09:45
Yeah stop stuffing around and buy one of these babies Combo Shovel.I have the kit,also if he has any left you can screw a rake (retracting) on the end too for about $20 extra,all fits in that red bag...

Fantastic product and well made


Cheers

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Reply By: Brian B - Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 10:59

Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 10:59
We have used the combo shovel from 4x4 Equip for the past couple of years. It came in handy for our trip from Perth - Cape York - Townsville - Ayres Rock - Kalgorrlie. It doesnt take up much room, and having the ability to change from long handle to smaller handle was great.
It stays in our Navara all the time, we are driving on the beaches most weekends.
Also have used it in the garden lots too, and I can vouch for its strength in digging stumps out.
Beware of the cheap shovels, the handles will break for the shovel end bends & breaks.
Best long term investment.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 15:22

Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 15:22
Well said Brian i totally agree,Hav you tried the rake attach,comes in handy around the house too..
I like (as you said) the portability and strenghth/options and basically folds to nothing.....


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Follow Up By: Brian B - Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 15:44

Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 15:44
I have seen it, looks great, especially when camping in the bush and need to clean up before setting up tents.
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Reply By: Inkbandit79 - Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 13:37

Friday, Mar 06, 2009 at 13:37
Go the rigid, As a plumber i use mine every day and havnt snapped a handle in three years keep the oil on the handle and it will last you for ever they dont bend and there spot on for digging not like a posthole shovel
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