This spade is quite nice to use and good quality. It is however quite lightweight with a thin blade. Not so good for real heavy duty work but just lightweight enough to shift top soil, manure and compost or light soils. Good for me as I am small and even my tall partner managed ok with it although slightly smaller than our main spade. I think for the price its really good value and I am generally pleased with the product. I have not tried it on very heavy soil yet so unsure how it will cope, still I am not unhappy.