"I'm really happy with this well constructed spade. It's very solid, robust with a good grip. I had some difficult jobs in the garden and it was just perfect for the task at hand
Bear in mind it's quite heavy though. My parents, who are getting on for 70 now admittedly (but are still physically fit), found it a bit too much. So that may be worth considering before you make any purchase.
However, if you want something strong, look no further."
"As a lifelong user of Spear & Jackson tools where applicable I have to say this shovel has been put through it's paces!
The shovel is just the right weight and angle for fast removal of soil.
I have pushed it further than can be imagined for quite a while holding off this review in the hope I could work it to death but I have to say it has stood up to my daily abuse and is worth every penny.
Well done S&J on a fantastic range 'Neverbend' so what they say on the label!!!"
"Bought this spade after breaking my last one with my superhuman strength! Seems well made has 15yr warranty but will see if it stands the test of time. I will need to see how it performs in the hands of my labourer but as usual the performance will be either slow or intermittent at best."
"Bought with the fork when on dotd. Used now for two weeks solid, over 12hrs a day. I'm amazed as to how well both have performed. They've even somehow assisted in protecting my back injury. Big garden all dug over, and over 100 trees & roots dug up. Now for planting new shrubs & plants over the bank holiday. I usually use gloves using tools in the garden but on the day they fell apart, I still didn't end up with blisters. Good product, good price & a pair of saviors for the garden."
"We bought this spade to tackle a large garden that was reasonably mature. After 5 weeks of regular use we were very happy with the performance of this spade. Unfortunately at the 5 week mark we were using it in the garden when the wooden part of the handle split in half right along the length of it. I think that where the wood has been shaved to a thinner diameter to provide a flat join between the wooden and metal bits of the handle, this has created a weak spot. The handle snapped from this point (where the spade head joins the shaft) and split up the handle.
Screwfix offered us a refund or replacement, and we chose the replacement as we like the spade in general."
"Have previously bought neverbend fork and that was very strong and felt good quality have just used spade to dig out a preformed concrete waterfall and it dug through hard soil and roots with no problem, hopefully won't need to replace for a long time and as usual the ordering and collection online was hassle free !!"
"Seriously, only had it 2 weeks, but works like a spade. Bit scared to push it to it's limits 'cos I need to get the gardening done....digging mud. I had an Elements Border spade by S & P, which snapped impressively when it got stuck under Holy Tree root and I pushed down on the shaft...only had it for a year. Don't make 'em like they used to."
"Unfortunately only as strong as the weakest part, this is the wooden handle. Snapped without huge force. Screwfix were very good, took it back with a smile and asked if I had hurt myself when it broke."