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    I went back and forth on this, I was looking at the Cold Steel shovel, but decided I probably wasn't going to be doing a lot of digging in suburbia and if I did need a shovel I could scrounge one out of someone's yard, shed, construction site. So I went with a simple tiny shovel with pick w/o all the crap in the handle, the blade is a bit bigger than my hand, 7.5" folded, 2' put together. Should work fine for trenching around my poncho shelter and digging a latrine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slippy View Post
    Anybody have or heard of a San Angelo stick? A shovel's best friend if you have some rocks and hard places that need dug!

    It is a long piece of tempered steel (6') with one pointed end that weighs about 18 lbs or so. It has got me out of "between rocks and hard places" more than a few times...!

    I'll post a pic of it when I get back to Slippy Lodge.

    (just found one online at Fastenal...https://www.fastenal.com/products/details/99251201 )
    Growing up, my Dad had one made out of a buggy axle. It was considerably heavier than 18 pounds. It worked great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunatic Wrench View Post
    I went back and forth on this, I was looking at the Cold Steel shovel, but decided I probably wasn't going to be doing a lot of digging in suburbia and if I did need a shovel I could scrounge one out of someone's yard, shed, construction site. So I went with a simple tiny shovel with pick w/o all the crap in the handle, the blade is a bit bigger than my hand, 7.5" folded, 2' put together. Should work fine for trenching around my poncho shelter and digging a latrine.

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    wouldn't count on finding gardening tools of any kind just laying around - going to be one of the more premium & valuable tools >>> the days of homeowners gardening and even cutting their own lawns is a by-gone era - you'd be lucky to find a decent digging shovel in searching thru 10-15 suburb garages - a guy with a shovel is going to be a new occupation ....
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    I have one of these in each vehicle.


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    Cathole or ditch?

    Those little things would take me 5-10X the time to dig a hole. You digging a cathole? I don't think OP had BOB in mind? Maybe I'm wrong.

    I replaced a good amount of septic line last spring, I used a shovel. Frost line is 4-5 ft deep. I dug more than enough to bury a tractor. But there is just PVC, and dirt in the hole.

    If I'm off topic, sorry. I grew up working farms, shoveled more dirt than most, LOTS more cow/horse/pig/chicken shit. Dirt you need a long handled pointed shovel, shit a nice wide scoop short handle. I was happy each time I got the spreader full/ready to hit the field. Then there is snow, on roofs too. I know shovels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Trapper View Post
    Cathole or ditch?

    Those little things would take me 5-10X the time to dig a hole. You digging a cathole? I don't think OP had BOB in mind? Maybe I'm wrong.

    I replaced a good amount of septic line last spring, I used a shovel. Frost line is 4-5 ft deep. I dug more than enough to bury a tractor. But there is just PVC, and dirt in the hole.

    If I'm off topic, sorry. I grew up working farms, shoveled more dirt than most, LOTS more cow/horse/pig/chicken shit. Dirt you need a long handled pointed shovel, shit a nice wide scoop short handle. I was happy each time I got the spreader full/ready to hit the field. Then there is snow, on roofs too. I know shovels.

    Did you read the OP?

    Quote Originally Posted by rmcmurry View Post
    Actually I have 2. Does anyone have one of these folding E tool deals with the "pick" opposite the shovel head? If so, how does it work?Also, would you want one of these shovel "multi-tools", or just a short handled shovel? I saw a shovel in a local ACE hardware store that looked like it might barely be 30" long, if that. Looked plenty strong. Thoughts? Thanks.
    Works pretty darn good for stuck vehicles. Do you carry a full size shovel in your car?

    I've been using the same one for about 30 years tough as nails. Works great for Camping and hunting too. Ever have to bury your crap pile?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hawgrider View Post
    Did you read the OP?



    Works pretty darn good for stuck vehicles. Do you carry a full size shovel in your car?

    I've been using the same one for about 30 years tough as nails. Works great for Camping and hunting too. Ever have to bury your crap pile?
    Stuck with cars/trucks?

    Deer season had a lot of snow.

    I had a 69 dodge dart, came in from high side of the mountain. The snowmobiles were trail packed just right, hard did not sink, I carried two 2" X 10" X 6' in the trunk, once I got stuck, My old chrlyser jack got me out. I drove in on the high of the mountain, with the dart. Parked, hunted, POed 4 X 4Truck guys that could not make the hill, Why not truck guys, I did it with a dart!

    Anyways drove down while the truck guys walked.

    Oh yea two deer.We were 12ga foster slugs in Ithacas 37s back then.

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    cathole
    what is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by User Name View Post
    what is that?
    A small dirt hole to shit/crap/pee, where your offal won't FU water nearby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Trapper View Post
    Stuck with cars/trucks?

    Deer season had a lot of snow.

    I had a 69 dodge dart, came in from high side of the mountain. The snowmobiles were trail packed just right, hard did not sink, I carried two 2" X 10" X 6' in the trunk, once I got stuck, My old chrlyser jack got me out. I drove in on the high of the mountain, with the dart. Parked, hunted, POed 4 X 4Truck guys that could not make the hill, Why not truck guys, I did it with a dart!

    Anyways drove down while the truck guys walked.

    Oh yea two deer.We were 12ga foster slugs in Ithacas 37s back then.
    Yup several times when My old supercab 4x4 ford would beach itself in the deep snow in the tip of the mitt I would dig out from under the frame with the old war horse shovel. Worth its weight in gold!
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