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Old 10-29-2017, 12:56 AM
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Question Would you buy this shovel for metal detecting?

A military surplus site is selling these tri-fold entrenching tools with a MOLLE carrier for $25. I double checked to make sure they weren't a known knockoff brand called texsport and they weren't. The E-tools are from a mix of tool manufacturers for the military and you don't have a choice of what manufacturer you want. Some of the shovels show wear but the covers are new.

I was wondering if this is a good deal or should I buy something else. Does anyone else use E-tools to dig up finds?

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Old 10-29-2017, 01:21 AM
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A military surplus site is selling these tri-fold entrenching tools with a MOLLE carrier for $25. I double checked to make sure they weren't a known knockoff brand called texsport and they weren't. The E-tools are from a mix of tool manufacturers for the military and you don't have a choice of what manufacturer you want. Some of the shovels show wear but the covers are new.

I was wondering if this is a good deal or should I buy something else. Does anyone else use E-tools to dig up finds?
I tried one a few years ago. It was hard to dig a clean plug on grass but was ok in the woods, until I wore out the joint above the blade and couldn't keep it open anymore. I replaced it with a Sampson T Handle and am much happier.

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Old 10-29-2017, 01:25 AM
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The army e-tools are NOT the best choice, as I found out.

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Old 10-29-2017, 12:51 PM
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I have a couple but I only keep them in my trunk in case i get stuck.

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Old 10-29-2017, 03:34 PM
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there junk had one

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I got a german WW2 folding entrenching tool ... came with its own sheath .its awesome .. Just dont use it as much as I used too . after I made my own ss digger ..

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Old 11-13-2017, 12:19 AM
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Old 11-13-2017, 01:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Silversmith45 View post
I have a couple but I only keep them in my trunk in case i get stuck.
This. I have one of those milspec in the back of the Subie and a 1943 Woods I keep for a rainy day, use a Lesche mostly.

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Old 11-13-2017, 09:19 AM
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Sporting goods will have em. Ok for soft ground. Broke a few in the army.

First Texas sent me a good one when I upgraded my F75. Sorry no pictures. But had a built in pick and was a two piece screw together steel shovel.

That said, I dont like shovels for general coin shooting.

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Old 11-13-2017, 10:05 AM
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You really don't save money in the long run by using a cheap digging tool. The only cheap shovel i have had success with is a tiling space I had to cut down. It was still to bulky...do your self a favor and just get a Sampson shovel, you will never regret it.

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No too short
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I tried one a few years ago. It was hard to dig a clean plug on grass but was ok in the woods, until I wore out the joint above the blade and couldn't keep it open anymore. I replaced it with a Sampson T Handle and am much happier.
Sampson will be much better for ya, man.

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Old 11-14-2017, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Rawhide View post
Sporting goods will have em. Ok for soft ground. Broke a few in the army.
How did you break a military shovel?

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How did you break a military shovel?
Made in china

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Old 11-14-2017, 02:24 PM
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Old 11-15-2017, 11:18 PM
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Default Well about four inches down and we hit rock.

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How did you break a military shovel?
Now we still dug, and broke a few picks. Was in a bad place during a bad time. But rocks will kill a etool.

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If you want something small and compact go with the Sampson mini 18". I was using a black and Decker 18" before and since the purchase of the mini 18" I haven't looked back. You will not be disappointed.

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Old 11-19-2017, 02:03 PM
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bent and broke mine

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Old 11-28-2017, 05:50 AM
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No, I don't carry any shovel into the parks, period. Just doesn't look good.

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Old 11-30-2017, 11:56 AM
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I bought the shovel since I could always throw it in the trunk of my car if I ever need to dig my car out of the show. I ended up testing it out yesterday when I was hunting an old house foundation in the woods and the shovel actually worked pretty well. The shovel cut through small roots quickly and created a triangle shaped hole and for the large roots I used the serrated edge and it took care of those in a couple swings.

I would recommend this shovel if you have a good back and don't mind being on your knees and if you hunt a lot of remote places where you don't have to worry about making a large hole in the ground. The shovel also folds up so you can attach it to your belt or put it in a backpack



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