- Nov 23, 2014
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I bought a nice Nupla trench Spade a few years back and absolutely love it. It was spendy, considering all those cheaper options, but you get what you pay for.Considering the price and the bulk order option it looks like a professional quality shovel. Those are built to take a lot of abuse. I would expect a well cared for one to last a minimum of about 15-20 years for an average gardener. We have 2 that I think have composite handles that came from my uncle who does landscaping. I’ll admit we take very poor care of our gardening tools (I’m getting better about it slowly) and these have lasted at least 7 years and are still in very good condition. A regular wooden handled shovel only lasts us around 2 years in comparison.
I do A LOT of digging, so will gladly pay a premium for something that lasts. I have some fiberglass one from Home Depot that is cracked both on the blade and down the handle that I should toss out but it's good in a pinch for a transfer shovel