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Brilliant multipurpose tool !!!,
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This review is from: Silverline 633869 Digging Bar 1700mm (Tools & Hardware)
This is a HEAVY item, in the region of 16lbs, so make sure you have your weetabix before using it, oh and invest in some safety boots and goggles, (especially if smashing concrete).
I have used it to for digging post holes for a fence, to cut through tree roots, to smash concrete and also to lift out tree stumps and large chunks of concrete, been using it for around 4 months now.
I opted for this type of digging bar, with a tamper end as opposed to the type with a pointed end, as this was much more useful as an alternative to a sledge hammer when smashing large areas of concrete. By the way you can go through four inches of concrete without the use of power tools with this thing quite easily (maybe 6 inches, if you are sturdily built or stand on a platform if your short, it's a physics thing, I can't explain it !!).
My technique was that I would firstly send a shockwave through the concrete by hitting the ground with the blunt end which would crack the concrete at a weak point and then I would use a brick as a pivot and use the bar as a see-saw type thing to lift the concrete slab and then place another brick/rock underneath the slab (taking care to have enough weight on the other end of the bar to keep the slab up) to prop it off the ground at one end, withdraw the bar and then use the tamper end to smash the raised slab of concrete into manageable chunks.
For those who have said that the chisel end needs to be sharper to cut through tree roots, they may be right, but this may weaken the tip and may mean it becomes prone to snapping.
So I am happy with my puchase, wish I'd invested in one ages ago. But be warned, if you're not used to lifting heavy weights you will definitely feel achy the day after using it. Alternatively, If you don't have time to go to the gym, and you have some concrete to smash, this provides an exceptional upper body workout!!