Shovels & Spades

Shovels are one of the most well-known hand tools due to their versatile simplicity that allows them to be used for a wide variety of applications, from home gardening to specific construction projects. With a triangular or T-shaped grip at the top that fits into the handle or shaft - which is normally made from wood, plastic or metal - and the blade attached to the base of the shaft, the shovel or spade is an easily-recognisable tool. Shovel and spade blades can be made from various materials, such as steel, polypropylene or non-sparking aluminium.

What's the difference between a spade and a shovel?

It's more than just a word choice - spades and shovels are actually different, even if the terms get used interchangeably. Spades generally have shorter, flat blades and are most effective when used for edging gardens, digging trenches or cutting into sod. Shovel blades, on the other hand, are curved more to act like a scoop and are better for digging up, breaking, lifting and moving loose materials like dirt, gravel or sand.

What are spades and shovels used for?

The versatility of these tools is granted by the simplicity of its functions, allowing it to be used for a multitude of reasons in a few simple ways. Shovels are designed to scoop up and move loose materials such as soil, sand, and snow, as well as construction aggregates and even light rubble or debris. Shovels can also be used to dig holes and trenches, with some fitted with purpose-designed blades.

Their most common applications would include gardening, farm work, utility installation, and aggregate transfer.

Types of shovels

There are various types of a shovel, choosing the correct one would depend on the application or environment it is to be used.

Digging - designed for digging holes. They feature a curved scoop with upturned edges. Digging shovels have a curved pointed tip and are ideal for preparing the ground in gardens or allotments ready for planting trees and shrubs.

Scooping - designed to scoop up or move loose materials. They usually feature a wider head with a flat tip and are ideal for shovelling moving gravel and sand on building sites. Snow shovels are another example, used to move snow from paths and driveways in colder climates or winter months.

Trench - these have a longer narrower head with a sharp pointed tip. Trench shovels have steeper upturned sides and are the perfect shape for digging new trenches to lay pipework for utility installation.

Square - have a flatter head with a straight tip. Square-head or square mouth shovels like scooping shovels are used to move loose material, with flatter head on a square shovel also making them ideal for slicing through tough tree or plant roots.


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Description Price Type Food Processing Safe Size Handle Length Handle Material Colour Length Width Blade Material
RS Stock No. 763-8100
Mfr. Part No.22-41578
BrandGerber
$60.33
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Folding Spade with Carbon Steel Blade - - - Reinforced Nylon - 419mm - -
RS Stock No. 177-4085
Mfr. Part No.56733
BrandVikan
$25.08
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Square Shovel Yes 327 x 271 mm 550mm Polypropylene Blue 327mm 271mm Polypropylene
RS Stock No. 188-8942
Mfr. Part No.56012
BrandVikan
$83.21
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Ergonomic shovel Yes 380 x 340 mm 1310mm - Green 380mm 340mm -
RS Stock No. 177-4086
Mfr. Part No.56732
BrandVikan
$27.66
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Square Shovel Yes 327 x 271 mm 550mm Polypropylene Green 327mm 271mm Polypropylene
RS Stock No. 177-4081
Mfr. Part No.56737
BrandVikan
$25.08
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Square Shovel Yes 327 x 271 mm 550mm Polypropylene Orange 327mm 271mm Polypropylene
RS Stock No. 188-9742
Mfr. Part No.562599
BrandVikan
$129.03
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Shovel Yes 327 x 271 mm 1040mm Polypropylene - 327mm 271mm -
RS Stock No. 188-8949
Mfr. Part No.56019
BrandVikan
$83.21
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Ergonomic shovel Yes 380 x 340 mm 1310mm - Black 380mm 340mm -
RS Stock No. 177-4091
Mfr. Part No.56232
BrandVikan
$43.02
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Square Shovel Yes 379 x 345 mm 1150mm Polypropylene Green 379mm 345mm Polypropylene
RS Stock No. 188-9741
Mfr. Part No.562588
BrandVikan
$34.85
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Shovel Yes 327 x 271 mm 1040mm Polypropylene Grey 327mm 271mm -
RS Stock No. 884-7591
Mfr. Part No.56259
BrandVikan
$35.64
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Square Shovel - 330 x 270 mm 1040mm Polypropylene Black 330mm 270mm -
RS Stock No. 884-7582
Mfr. Part No.56255
BrandVikan
$36.71
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Square Shovel - 330 x 270 mm 1040mm Polypropylene White 330mm 270mm -
RS Stock No. 884-7585
Mfr. Part No.56256
BrandVikan
$35.64
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Square Shovel - 330 x 270 mm 1040mm Polypropylene Yellow 330mm 270mm -
RS Stock No. 177-4082
Mfr. Part No.56736
BrandVikan
$27.66
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Square Shovel Yes 327 x 271 mm 1150mm Polypropylene Yellow 327mm 271mm Polypropylene
RS Stock No. 188-8943
Mfr. Part No.56013
BrandVikan
$85.71
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Ergonomic shovel Yes 380 x 340 mm 1310mm - Blue 380mm 340mm -
RS Stock No. 188-8945
Mfr. Part No.56015
BrandVikan
$83.21
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Ergonomic shovel Yes 380 x 340 mm 1310mm - White 380mm 340mm -
RS Stock No. 177-4088
Mfr. Part No.56235
BrandVikan
$43.02
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Square Shovel Yes 379 x 345 mm 1150mm Polypropylene White 379mm 345mm Polypropylene
RS Stock No. 177-4095
Mfr. Part No.56739
BrandVikan
$25.08
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Square Shovel Yes 327 x 271 mm 1150mm Polypropylene Black 327mm 271mm Polypropylene
RS Stock No. 188-8948
Mfr. Part No.56018
BrandVikan
$83.21
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Ergonomic shovel Yes 380 x 340 mm 1310mm - Purple 380mm 340mm -
RS Stock No. 188-8944
Mfr. Part No.56014
BrandVikan
$83.21
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Ergonomic shovel Yes 380 x 340 mm 1310mm - Red 380mm 340mm -
RS Stock No. 177-4087
Mfr. Part No.56236
BrandVikan
$43.02
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Square Shovel Yes 379 x 345 mm 1150mm Polypropylene Yellow 379mm 345mm Polypropylene