Finding the right border spade is always a challenge for professional gardeners - its a tool we use constantly so its important that we find the right size, weight and proportion for our bodies. The right tool makes it so much easier for us to do our work comfortably and without undue fatigue from using a too heavy or ill-fitting tool.
The Sneeboer border spade has a smaller, lighter head than many of the models I've tried over the years and I find it easier to use for extended periods because its not heavy or cumbersome in a crowded border. The handle is not too short either, which is often a problem when a tool is made smaller as a "ladies" version.
It is perfectly proportioned and exceptionally well-balanced; strong because it is hand-forged from one piece of steel and not welded together from multiple pieces. A treat to use and a highly recommended tool to have in your gardening kit!
The Sneeboer family has been making garden tools for over 100 years. Sneeboer tools are beautifully designed and built for maximum strength and utility - the heads are hand-forged from one piece of stainless steel and they are fitted with ash handles from FSC-certified forests. Each tool is individually shaped, assembled, sharpened, and polished by skilled master craftsmen in their factory in The Netherlands. They are designed and constructed to last a lifetime.
- Width of head 5.9" (15 cm)
- Length of head 9" (23 cm)
- Length of regular handle 35.4" (90 cm)
- Length of extended handle (100cm)
- Total length 43" (110 cm) or 47" (120cm)
- Material of handle Ash wood
- Weight 3.75 lbs (1.7 kg)
How to care for your Sneeboer Tools: