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    Every tool has it's purpose, and it's limitations. I carry one of these little guys:

    in my truck for an emergency shovel (and have one in the wife's car). But in the winter, I also add a full sized snow shovel.

    Around my place I have a few inches of topsoil over an incredibly nasty white clay (red river gumbo). A small shovel like that, or the trencher would do nothing. In fact, a long handled shovel does next to nothing.

    If I need to dig a hole, I need to use one of these to start, and then scoop it out:


    or, if I need a post hole, I have to use an auger. When I had the hole dug for my pond, the operator had to keep switching buckets. a small one with teeth to break up the clay, and then a big smooth one for scooping

    That said, that little shovel has dug more than a few latrine holes with minimal effort while out camping, along with fire pits. I wouldn't want to pack a full sized shovel on a 10 day canoe trip, both for size/weight, and necessity, but that little one makes a few key jobs worth its weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Stig View Post
    Entrenching tools, such as the one I was using, of a military nature, are for the infantry. This gives them an implement to dig with and clearly they can't haul around full sized shovels. Thus the short handle. So yes, they were designed that way for a reason.
    Also to clobber a fool too.

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    I always hated filling sandbags with etools.......
    WARNING: This post may contain material offensive to those who lack wit, humor, common sense and/or supporting factual or anecdotal evidence. All statements and assertions contained herein may be subject to but not limited to: irony, metaphor, allusion and dripping sarcasm.

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    ^
    ???

    You guys don't use pipes to fill sandbags??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunfixr View Post
    Sounds to me like somebody needs to come up with a "takedown" shovel.
    Comes apart to carry compactly, reassembles into a real working tool.
    Iirc, there are military units who've done just that. Its still shorter than a standard shovel because they cut the handle down to fit it in a pack, but it has a full size shovel head. It and a D handle attach/ detach with bolts.

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    Awesome thread! Thanks for taking the time to put this together Stig.
    I think this is the only place on the Internet, where you can get an in depth shovel/ETool comparo!!! One of the things that I love about this place is that my brain gets tricked into thinking about things that I never would have considered before.
    The 12 Gauge... It's not just for rabbits anymore.

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    Do NOT mess with him while he's pumping gas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowz1k View Post
    Awesome thread! Thanks for taking the time to put this together Stig.
    I think this is the only place on the Internet, where you can get an in depth shovel/ETool comparo!!! One of the things that I love about this place is that my brain gets tricked into thinking about things that I never would have considered before.
    Yes, I agree on the getting your mind working, problem is, I can't actually work enough to pay for all the stuff my mind is working on... Just the other day, I tried to dig a bunker under my house, my downstairs neighbors are PISSED! Lol.
    Common sense is so rare these days, it should be re-classified as a super power.

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    Great point Slowz. Like AK said, I can't afford to act on all the things that come up on here that are fantastic ideas. Just gotta pick and choose. But the ideas keep coming, and several times I have figured out a less expensive way to do it, or even sometimes reuse something I already have to make it work.
    Keep em coming folks!

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    I used to carry a small entrenching shovel in my car for emergencies. Over many years, I used it perhaps three times. Twice in snow conditions in the mountains and once to begin fighting a small brush fire in the local riverbed. I no longer carry it as there really is no decent place to keep it in a Ford Expedition. Been driving that car since Oct. of 2003 and have not needed it. Certainly I know the time could come when I need it. However that could be true for thousands of pieces of gear that none of us carry.

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