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ACCORDING TO JOHN: My Hero, the Sharpshooter

Digging holes and trenches is fundamental to landscape and garden construction. Although it is not the subject of many blogs or books, it is omnipresent in our industry. In many soils it is a hard and difficult task, requiring mechanized equipment such as backhoes, trenchers and augers. Even with mechanization, every single day we have need for manual digging tools like a shovel. For really hard conditions, we have the utmost need for the best manual digging tool in existence, to be used along with a shovel. I reserve that accolade of the best manual digging tool for a perfectly engineered and constructed piece of iron ingenuity called a Sharpshooter (pictured). We use it every day; it’s fantastic for everything involving excavations, prying and leveraging. It is essentially a large pry bar connected to a digging spade. The materials are perfectly selected and utilized to create that perfect tool for...

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