Product Review: The Root Assassin Shovel and Saw
Summary: This is your next shovel. You need this shovel. You just don’t realize it yet!
Category: Tools, Digging
Gardening Experience Level: All levels
Product Name: Root Assassin Shovel and Saw
Vendor: Root Assassin Shovel
Review: I currently own several shovels, one for all purpose digging, and one for spading earth. Both work fine, and have held up for years to the basic needs of my gardening tasks.
And then I discovered this: The Root Assassin Shovel and Saw. The online video made it look pretty good, so I was itching to try one.
Enter the perfect opportunity! I needed to dig up a 5 x 8’ area of sod and rocky clay soil to install a raised garden bed. This shovel came through like a champion! I did try out the other two shovels I’d had, and neither one made much of a dent in the project.
The Root Assassin Shovel and Saw easily and quickly cut right through the sod, and down deep into the clay. It also did great at digging up the rocks, based mostly on the more triangular shape of the blade. The blade is 2” wide at the digging end, 16 ½” long, and 6” wide at the top, with slight edges on top for to leverage with your foot when digging.
When it came to chopping up larger clods of soil, just turn it on it’s side and use the serrated edges. It made light work of this step.
This shovel only weighs 4 lbs, so was easy for me to use. I’m only 5’ 2”, so thought it might be a bit tall for me, but I really didn’t have any issues with the length, especially after inserting into the ground. I also love that it’s all metal with a heavy plastic handle, and easy to hose off when I was done with it.
I don’t have any trees or shrubs in my yard yet, but online reviews show this shovel can be used to trim back roots and small branches with the serrated edges. I used the edges to help cut through the sod, which it did easily.
This is honestly my new favorite shovel. I’m super happy with it, and highly recommend you give it a try in your own garden. I think it will become one of your “go to” tools!
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