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Old 11-14-2018, 08:00 PM
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So for relic hunting I picked up a big Ames 16 inch drain spare on a recommendation from some others. I used it once and while I liked it, I kinda felt like 16 inches was just too long. So I decided to modify it. After looking at the styles of some popular detecting shovels, I landed on the design below. See the before and after pics. I took off about 5 inches which makes it a bit lighter more manageable.
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Old 11-14-2018, 08:08 PM
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Excellent work, looks great!

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Old 11-14-2018, 09:00 PM
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Very nicely done!

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Old 11-14-2018, 09:28 PM
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Very Well Done! I like those Tiling spades but never modded one like that! Not yet, I like what I see you did here! Does yours have the D handle?

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Old 11-14-2018, 09:59 PM
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Nice modified shovel, I also got a drain spade a couple weeks ago. getting it ready for relic hunting. Instead of the point, for years I've cut a "V" ( 1-1 1/2") on the end does good cutting big roots. HH Jerry
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Very nice! How did you do the serrations?

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Old 11-14-2018, 10:32 PM
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Yes, mine has the D-Handle, the green handle. This came from Home Depot for $25. (I don't suppose there's a problem telling you where I got it). This is the shovel I started with.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ames-16-...1700/204476045

I cut everything with an angle grinder with a metal cutting disk. I used a Dremel tool with a stone bit to clean up some of the edges in the serration. Then went back with a bench grinder to sharpen the outer edges.

I haven't had a chance to take it on a hunt yet (just mod'd it today), but I think it'll work well being just over 12" deep, sharper, with serrations. And personalized.
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Old 11-14-2018, 10:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Fooleeze View post
Yes, mine has the D-Handle, the green handle. This came from Home Depot for $25. (I don't suppose there's a problem telling you where I got it). This is the shovel I started with.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ames-16-...1700/204476045

I cut everything with an angle grinder with a metal cutting disk. I used a Dremel tool with a stone bit to clean up some of the edges in the serration. Then went back with a bench grinder to sharpen the outer edges.

I haven't had a chance to take it on a hunt yet (just mod'd it today), but I think it'll work well being just over 12" deep, sharper, with serrations. And personalized.
Those are some clean edges for an angle grinder. Well done.

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Old 11-15-2018, 08:37 PM
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Looks good. I've done similar, digging in Indiana dirt, and broke a couple. They lack in "backbone" due to material thickness and the blade will break in half from flexing.

When it gives-up the ghost, look at a trenching (not tile) spade next time, they're much beefier. Seemed like it was about same price? Still much cheaper than a "name brand".

Shortened handle, re-positioned the blade to handle angle (cut/welded).

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Old 11-15-2018, 09:16 PM
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Nice work. looks like that would be excellent in the wooded sites i always hunt.
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Hey that looks nice. I built one like that years ago I use in fields. Will handle more abuse than my Sampson for sure.

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Nice chop job!

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Old 11-16-2018, 12:43 AM
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Thanks for the comments. It seems kinda beefy to me, but I've not compared it to a trenching spade. We'll see how it goes, hopefully it'll last me a while, but I'll at least keep an extra shovel handy just in case.

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Looks good. I've done similar, digging in Indiana dirt, and broke a couple. They lack in "backbone" due to material thickness and the blade will break in half from flexing.

When it gives-up the ghost, look at a trenching (not tile) spade next time, they're much beefier. Seemed like it was about same price? Still much cheaper than a "name brand".

Shortened handle, re-positioned the blade to handle angle (cut/welded).

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Nice root cutter.

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Originally Posted by Fooleeze View post
Yes, mine has the D-Handle, the green handle. This came from Home Depot for $25. (I don't suppose there's a problem telling you where I got it). This is the shovel I started with.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ames-16-...1700/204476045

I cut everything with an angle grinder with a metal cutting disk. I used a Dremel tool with a stone bit to clean up some of the edges in the serration. Then went back with a bench grinder to sharpen the outer edges.

I haven't had a chance to take it on a hunt yet (just mod'd it today), but I think it'll work well being just over 12" deep, sharper, with serrations. And personalized.
was going to ask how. thanks I like it a lot.

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Old 11-21-2018, 12:17 PM
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Great mod and nicely done. I need one of those!

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Old 12-09-2018, 09:35 PM
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I've now gotten to use this shovel quite a bit over the past few weeks, and I'm VERY happy with it. It digs well, helps me dig some pretty deep plugs. It's sharp so it cuts well, and I was able to cut through a few good roots with it, too. Of course I haven't tried one of the really expensive shovels, but this one works well for me.
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Old 12-10-2018, 04:15 PM
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I like it, very good job!

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Old 12-12-2018, 07:11 PM
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Now that is an awesome job. Looks like a cuttin rascal for sure.

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Looks good! Roots won’t be a problem with that!

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