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
TWD1,265.00
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Folding Spade with Carbon Steel Blade - - - Reinforced Nylon - 419mm - -
RS Stock No. 124-8351
Mfr. Part No.NS802-290
BrandBahco
TWD7,540.00
Each
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Non Sparking Round Shovel - 290 x 240 mm 1160mm - - 1450mm 240mm -
RS Stock No. 188-8953
Mfr. Part No.56105
BrandVikan
TWD1,551.00
Each
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Ergonomic shovel Yes 340 x 270 mm 1110mm - White 340mm 270mm -
RS Stock No. 188-8942
Mfr. Part No.56012
BrandVikan
TWD1,738.00
Each
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Ergonomic shovel Yes 380 x 340 mm 1310mm - Green 380mm 340mm -
RS Stock No. 783-9880
Mfr. Part No.2753TFL
TWD2,443.00
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Newcastle Drainer - 405 x 105 mm 711mm Fibreglass - 405mm 105mm -
RS Stock No. 177-4081
Mfr. Part No.56737
BrandVikan
TWD524.00
Each
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Square Shovel Yes 327 x 271 mm 550mm Polypropylene Orange 327mm 271mm Polypropylene
RS Stock No. 188-9739
Mfr. Part No.562566
BrandVikan
TWD728.00
Each
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Shovel Yes 327 x 271 mm 1040mm Polypropylene - 327mm 271mm Polypropylene
RS Stock No. 188-8950
Mfr. Part No.56102
BrandVikan
TWD1,551.00
Each
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Ergonomic shovel Yes 340 x 270 mm 1110mm - Green 340mm 270mm -
RS Stock No. 473-4842
Mfr. Part No.2002ARRS
TWD988.00
Each
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Tubular with Carbon/Manganese Blade - 255 x 320 mm 710mm Metal - 320mm 255mm -
RS Stock No. 188-9742
Mfr. Part No.562599
BrandVikan
TWD2,706.00
Each
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Shovel Yes 327 x 271 mm 1040mm Polypropylene - 327mm 271mm -
RS Stock No. 188-8944
Mfr. Part No.56014
BrandVikan
TWD1,738.00
Each
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Ergonomic shovel Yes 380 x 340 mm 1310mm - Red 380mm 340mm -
RS Stock No. 177-4088
Mfr. Part No.56235
BrandVikan
TWD902.00
Each
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Square Shovel Yes 379 x 345 mm 1150mm Polypropylene White 379mm 345mm Polypropylene
RS Stock No. 177-4090
Mfr. Part No.56233
BrandVikan
TWD902.00
Each
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Square Shovel Yes 379 x 345 mm 1150mm Polypropylene Blue 379mm 345mm Polypropylene
RS Stock No. 177-4095
Mfr. Part No.56739
BrandVikan
TWD526.00
Each
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Square Shovel Yes 327 x 271 mm 1150mm Polypropylene Black 327mm 271mm Polypropylene
RS Stock No. 188-9740
Mfr. Part No.562577
BrandVikan
TWD728.00
Each
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Shovel Yes 327 x 271 mm 1040mm Polypropylene - 327mm 271mm Polypropylene
RS Stock No. 188-9741
Mfr. Part No.562588
BrandVikan
TWD728.00
Each
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Shovel Yes 327 x 271 mm 1040mm Polypropylene Grey 327mm 271mm -
RS Stock No. 188-8943
Mfr. Part No.56013
BrandVikan
TWD1,745.00
Each
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Ergonomic shovel Yes 380 x 340 mm 1310mm - Blue 380mm 340mm -
RS Stock No. 178-7701
BrandRS PRO
TWD240.00
Each
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Hand Shovel - 225 x 120 x 430 mm - Wood Black 225mm 120mm -
RS Stock No. 188-8945
Mfr. Part No.56015
BrandVikan
TWD1,738.00
Each
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Ergonomic shovel Yes 380 x 340 mm 1310mm - White 380mm 340mm -
RS Stock No. 188-8951
Mfr. Part No.56103
BrandVikan
TWD1,557.00
Each
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Ergonomic shovel Yes 340 x 270 mm 1110mm - Blue 340mm 270mm -