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Shovel/multi tool

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by SRWeldon, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. SRWeldon

    SRWeldon Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 26, 2012
    I'm wondering if anyone could make a recommendation on a small foldable shovel. I'm looking for something that has different attachments. I'm wanting it keep on my atv. Thanks.
  2. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    BDB08FCC-272A-43C7-9F5A-D62C1AD02E61.jpeg Google entrenching tools.
  3. gadgetgeek


    May 19, 2007
    For actually digging, outside of a genuine surplus shovel with a built in spike for breaking ground, most are pretty well junk for real digging. You would be better off with a regular shovel either D handle, or just cut down a spade to fit the rack of the ATV. The folding shovels add weight and weakness. In my opinion, its one of those tools where the compromise to get more features doesn't play out to a useful tool.
  4. SRWeldon

    SRWeldon Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 26, 2012
    Thanks for the advice.
  5. plumberroy


    Jan 27, 2007
    Look at the cold steel shovel compact wood handle you could make a replacement in the woods if needed. Digs great for its size. Sides are sharp enough to use as a chopper . I can sharpened to cut small wood decently
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  6. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    7AB62910-94DB-4A7A-BF3A-335EE38BE688.jpeg The Russians make nice lightweight Titanium entrenching tool.
  7. wildmike


    Nov 17, 2007
    2go systems makes a nice e tool. It weighs around two pounds.
  8. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    Ive got the GLOCK folding shovel and used to have an old E-Tool but must admit to not being keen on the folding feature.
    Some of the folding shovels look to be a bit 'gimmicky,' not very sturdy and maybe even wobbly. Not least some in this thread (just my opinion and I may be wrong).

    Does is have to be able to fold and do you need the attachments?
    As mentioned I find that type of shovel gimmicky and I for example never use the stashed saw in the GLOCK shovel.
    IMO its better to carry a dedicated shovel that works, when you need it instead of some wobbly thing which might not be too sturdy or which might break.
    I got a titanium shovel directly from Russia (supposedly military) - well, two small titanium shovels actually - and they are pretty solid and well made. Cheap as well even with shipping.
    If you want a compact solid shovel, which weighs next to nothing, maybe check out the Russian titanium shovels.
    I often pack one or both in/on my ruck and never even notice, as they are both so light weight. A compact saw is strapped to the pack as well.
    Heartedly recommended.

    The first one has a wooden handle. The second smaller one was ordered wothout a handle. Its used for covering the fire/embers after use amongst other jobs.

    A small Bacho Laplander or this Agawa is often carried as well depending on the trip and tasks. Neither weighs much and both are compact. Neither shovel nor saw would be in the way and Ive carried both on a mid-sized ATV.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2019
  9. jux t

    jux t Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 10, 2018
    The cold steel special forces shovel is an inexpensive rugged non folding alternative.
  10. SRWeldon

    SRWeldon Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 26, 2012
    I think after doing a little more research and reading the comments in this thread I will go with a smaller solid shovel. Most any of them will fit in the trunk box on my can am outlander so i figured why buy something that will most likely break. Thanks for the responses.
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  11. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
  12. Camber


    Jul 13, 2011
    DMOS shovels look pretty nice.
  13. MR HAPPY


    Jan 2, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2019
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  14. michaelm466

    michaelm466 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 5, 2009
    Depending on your maximum length requirement take a look at the Bully Tools Trunk shovel, except for the very top D handle the whole thing is one piece of steel, made in the USA for about $25. I just got one to carry in my truck when out in desert/woods and seems pretty solid, I may move to a more medium sized shovel later as I have the room, but it feels quality.
  15. Richard S.

    Richard S. Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 28, 2018
    Grunts have used the Gerber folding e-tool for many years to dig fighting holes. It just plain works. A bit heavy though.

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