Shovels & Spades

Shovels are one of the most well-known hand tools due to their versatile simplicity that allows them to be used for a wide variety of applications, from home gardening to specific construction projects. With a triangular or T-shaped grip at the top that fits into the handle or shaft - which is normally made from wood, plastic or metal - and the blade attached to the base of the shaft, the shovel or spade is an easily-recognisable tool. Shovel and spade blades can be made from various materials, such as steel, polypropylene or non-sparking aluminium.

What's the difference between a spade and a shovel?

It's more than just a word choice - spades and shovels are actually different, even if the terms get used interchangeably. Spades generally have shorter, flat blades and are most effective when used for edging gardens, digging trenches or cutting into sod. Shovel blades, on the other hand, are curved more to act like a scoop and are better for digging up, breaking, lifting and moving loose materials like dirt, gravel or sand.

What are spades and shovels used for?

The versatility of these tools is granted by the simplicity of its functions, allowing it to be used for a multitude of reasons in a few simple ways. Shovels are designed to scoop up and move loose materials such as soil, sand, and snow, as well as construction aggregates and even light rubble or debris. Shovels can also be used to dig holes and trenches, with some fitted with purpose-designed blades.

Their most common applications would include gardening, farm work, utility installation, and aggregate transfer.

Types of shovels

There are various types of a shovel, choosing the correct one would depend on the application or environment it is to be used.

Digging - designed for digging holes. They feature a curved scoop with upturned edges. Digging shovels have a curved pointed tip and are ideal for preparing the ground in gardens or allotments ready for planting trees and shrubs.

Scooping - designed to scoop up or move loose materials. They usually feature a wider head with a flat tip and are ideal for shovelling moving gravel and sand on building sites. Snow shovels are another example, used to move snow from paths and driveways in colder climates or winter months.

Trench - these have a longer narrower head with a sharp pointed tip. Trench shovels have steeper upturned sides and are the perfect shape for digging new trenches to lay pipework for utility installation.

Square - have a flatter head with a straight tip. Square-head or square mouth shovels like scooping shovels are used to move loose material, with flatter head on a square shovel also making them ideal for slicing through tough tree or plant roots.


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Omschrijving Prijs Type Food Processing Safe Size Handle Length Handle Material Colour Length Width Blade Material
RS-stocknr. 763-8100
Fabrikantnummer22-41578
FabrikantGerber
37,10 €
Each
Aantal stuks
Folding Spade with Carbon Steel Blade - - - Reinforced Nylon - 419mm - -
RS-stocknr. 473-4842
Fabrikantnummer2002ARRS
FabrikantSpear & Jackson
30,50 €
Each
Aantal stuks
Square Shovel - 255 x 320 mm 710mm Metal - 320mm 255mm -
RS-stocknr. 124-8351
FabrikantnummerNS802-290
FabrikantBahco
240,20 €
Each
Aantal stuks
Non Sparking Round Shovel - 290 x 240 mm 1160mm - - 1450mm 240mm -
RS-stocknr. 188-8953
Fabrikantnummer56105
FabrikantVikan
40,51 €
Each
Aantal stuks
Ergonomic shovel Yes 340 x 270 mm 1110mm - White 340mm 270mm -
RS-stocknr. 188-8948
Fabrikantnummer56018
FabrikantVikan
45,40 €
Each
Aantal stuks
Ergonomic shovel Yes 380 x 340 mm 1310mm - Purple 380mm 340mm -
RS-stocknr. 884-7591
Fabrikantnummer56259
FabrikantVikan
19,96 €
Each
Aantal stuks
Square Shovel - 330 x 270 mm 1040mm Polypropylene Black 330mm 270mm -
RS-stocknr. 177-4081
Fabrikantnummer56737
FabrikantVikan
13,37 €
Each
Aantal stuks
Square Shovel Yes 327 x 271 mm 550mm Polypropylene Orange 327mm 271mm Polypropylene
RS-stocknr. 783-9886
Fabrikantnummer2701TFL
FabrikantSpear & Jackson
65,25 €
Each
Aantal stuks
Trench Shovel - 276 x 172 mm 711mm Fibreglass - 276mm 172mm -
RS-stocknr. 884-7585
Fabrikantnummer56256
FabrikantVikan
19,96 €
Each
Aantal stuks
Square Shovel - 330 x 270 mm 1040mm Polypropylene Yellow 330mm 270mm -
RS-stocknr. 177-4090
Fabrikantnummer56233
FabrikantVikan
24,09 €
Each
Aantal stuks
Square Shovel Yes 379 x 345 mm 1150mm Polypropylene Blue 379mm 345mm Polypropylene
RS-stocknr. 177-4084
Fabrikantnummer56734
FabrikantVikan
13,37 €
Each
Aantal stuks
Square Shovel Yes 327 x 271 mm 1150mm Polypropylene Red 327mm 271mm Polypropylene
RS-stocknr. 188-9741
Fabrikantnummer562588
FabrikantVikan
19,01 €
Each
Aantal stuks
Shovel Yes 327 x 271 mm 1040mm Polypropylene Grey 327mm 271mm -
RS-stocknr. 188-9739
Fabrikantnummer562566
FabrikantVikan
19,01 €
Each
Aantal stuks
Shovel Yes 327 x 271 mm 1040mm Polypropylene - 327mm 271mm Polypropylene
RS-stocknr. 188-8949
Fabrikantnummer56019
FabrikantVikan
45,40 €
Each
Aantal stuks
Ergonomic shovel Yes 380 x 340 mm 1310mm - Black 380mm 340mm -
RS-stocknr. 884-7589
Fabrikantnummer56257
FabrikantVikan
19,96 €
Each
Aantal stuks
Square Shovel - 330 x 270 mm 1040mm Polypropylene Orange 330mm 270mm -
RS-stocknr. 177-4091
Fabrikantnummer56232
FabrikantVikan
24,09 €
Each
Aantal stuks
Square Shovel Yes 379 x 345 mm 1150mm Polypropylene Green 379mm 345mm Polypropylene
RS-stocknr. 783-9880
Fabrikantnummer2753TFL
FabrikantSpear & Jackson
74,81 €
Each
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Newcastle Drainer - 405 x 105 mm 711mm Fibreglass - 405mm 105mm -
RS-stocknr. 188-9748
Fabrikantnummer567399
FabrikantVikan
35,90 €
Each
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Hand Shovel Yes 327 x 271 mm 550mm Polypropylene - 327mm 271mm -
RS-stocknr. 783-9899
Fabrikantnummer2711TFL
FabrikantSpear & Jackson
68,74 €
Each
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Cable Layer - 276 x 119 mm 711mm Fibreglass - 276mm 119mm -
RS-stocknr. 783-9903
Fabrikantnummer2731TFL
FabrikantSpear & Jackson
68,74 €
Each
Aantal stuks
Square Shovel - 302 x 250 mm 711mm Fibreglass - 302mm 250mm -