Top critical review
4 people found this helpful
Broke within a few hours of use
on 3 May 2014
When it arrived I was very pleased with the length and ergonomics of this spade (I am 6ft). However after a few hours of digging on our fairly heavy clay soil, the strain started to show. The joint where the spade and shaft is joined to the top part of the handle started to creak and loosen, resulting in a noticeable loss of efficiency when digging, not what I expected from Draper and certainly not from an "expert" range product. Shortly after that one of the rivets at the joint started to come loose. Although initially flush to the surface, the head of the rivet has a very sharp edge, and becomes quite dangerous as your lower hand slides into it.
In short this is a well-designed spade, but with a weak point mid-way up the shaft which renders it useless for any serious work.