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Old 07-10-2019, 08:08 AM
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Need shovel when not able to dig with hand digger. Im 6' and think any under 30" would be tough to dig with. The barracuda is 38" and I think would drag the ground while walking. Looking for something that would be discreet.What do you guys use?
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Old 07-10-2019, 08:16 AM
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I use a folding Army-issue entrenching tool. Packs easily, inexpensive surplus item, and rock solid.
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Old 07-10-2019, 09:46 AM
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I have a 27" predator shovel, I'm 6'1" and find it to be the perfect size for where I hunt.
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Old 07-10-2019, 11:00 AM
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Need shovel when not able to dig with hand digger. Im 6' and think any under 30" would be tough to dig with. The barracuda is 38" and I think would drag the ground while walking. Looking for something that would be discreet.What do you guys use?



32” TSC special, easy to sink with a boot, digs a perfect 8-10” plug at max which is perfect for my machine, I’m 6’ and it’s light to carry but long enough I don’t have to work hunched over.



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Old 07-10-2019, 01:33 PM
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I'm 6'1" and use an 18" Sampson even though I have a 31" as well. The way I carry it, it isn't really noticable and doesn't get in the way. I have never had anyone (Park workers included) say anything about it. I don't find it that had to dig with since you have to get down to retreive any find anyway. I'm also 73 and have gotten to the point where i don't carry anything more than I have to. Most of the time I don't even carry a shovel.
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Old 07-10-2019, 03:24 PM
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I use a trenching shovel from Lowe's. It reduces bending and working on your knees. The angle of it also helps with digging and lifting plugs from the ground and it's under $30...…..
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Old 07-10-2019, 04:54 PM
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I am 5'11" and find that the Sampson 31" T-handle is perfect.
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Old 07-10-2019, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Silversmith45 View post
I'm 6'1" and use an 18" Sampson even though I have a 31" as well. The way I carry it, it isn't really noticable and doesn't get in the way. I have never had anyone (Park workers included) say anything about it. I don't find it that had to dig with since you have to get down to retreive any find anyway. I'm also 73 and have gotten to the point where i don't carry anything more than I have to. Most of the time I don't even carry a shovel.
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Is that a home brew belt clip for your shovel? You need to post some picks of your setup. Looks pretty stealthy Silversmith45.
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Old 07-10-2019, 08:56 PM
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I'm 6`4" and use a 31" Sampson T handle but only because something longer would be too hard to carry around. It's better than using a trowel all the time but I have to stoop more than I like. If I thought I could carry it in the brush something 40" or longer would be better for my back.

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Old 07-11-2019, 11:27 AM
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Is that a home brew belt clip for your shovel? You need to post some picks of your setup. Looks pretty stealthy Silversmith45.
Thats a holder for my Sampson that I made from a couple of 'L' brackets and a piece of scrap leather. I bent them to a 'U' shape and bolted them onto a piece of folded leather. I doubt if I have a dollar in the setup. It will fit either my 18" or my 31" Sampsons. I carry them with the handle down so they don't swing while I walk and I have never had any problems carrying them that way. They are less noticable too. I have talked to park officals while wearing them and they have never said anything about them. I don't believe most people even realize they are there.
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Whatever shovel length it takes for you to stand up straight when digging a target. The only time I bend over is to pick up the target. Saves on back and knee muscles.

Of course I'm commenting from a relic hunting perspective, shovels in parks or curb strips will get you into a heap of trouble pronto.
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Silversmith45 View post
Thats a holder for my Sampson that I made from a couple of 'L' brackets and a piece of scrap leather. I bent them to a 'U' shape and bolted them onto a piece of folded leather. I doubt if I have a dollar in the setup. It will fit either my 18" or my 31" Sampsons. I carry them with the handle down so they don't swing while I walk and I have never had any problems carrying them that way. They are less noticable too. I have talked to park officals while wearing them and they have never said anything about them. I don't believe most people even realize they are there.
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Excellent...
What Texhuntwe said EXCELLENT.
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Sampson works really well. Great tool. I carry it in my non swinging Hand. No need to hang it.
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by B-B View post
I use a trenching shovel from Lowe's. It reduces bending and working on your knees. The angle of it also helps with digging and lifting plugs from the ground and it's under $30...…..

I have one, I shortened the handle to a total over all length of 32", works fine, but I generally don't use it, my go to shovel is the 27" predator.
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Old 08-30-2019, 09:49 PM
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+1 for a 27.5" Predator Tools shovel. I am 6'1". Pretty stealth as OP requested. I have the Model 58S Little Eagle and I love it (narrow serrated blade). There is also a newer shovel this length with a wider blade, so less plunges to pop a wide plug. That one is the Model 59 The General (wide, non serrated blade).

I made a pvc holster like the one in the below video and it works excellent.

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P.S. I did have a yellow fiberglass shafted cheapie like shown in an above post for the first year and it did just fine most places I went.

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Old 08-31-2019, 02:35 PM
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Rootslayer nomad is my go to shovel when not in a public or sensitive area. Areas that require more stealth I go with a 30” Sampson.In Public parks I just use the Lesche.
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Been using this same mini shovel for the last 5 years...cuts clean and deep plugs

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Originally Posted by Smithobx View post
Rootslayer nomad is my go to shovel when not in a public or sensitive area. Areas that require more stealth I go with a 30” Sampson.In Public parks I just use the Lesche.
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Rootslayer Nomad here too. Love it. I carry it handle down. Makes quick work of plugs, wish I could use it everywhere. Now thinking maybe I should get a stealth shovel.

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Old 09-05-2019, 07:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Martin_V3i View post
I am 5'11" and find that the Sampson 31" T-handle is perfect.
Same here...I carry it right on my shoulder. I never want to appear to be hiding something.

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