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Bulldog Tools Premier Border Spade review

A substantial, hard-working and weighty border spade.

Our rating 
4.3 out of 5 star rating 4.3

In a nutshell

A traditional carbon steel border spade that is strong, robust and comfortable to use. It's at the top of our price range and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Handling
3.0 out of 5 rating 3.0
Blade
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Strength
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Value for money
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Pros: Substantial and strong

Performs well

Well made

Lifetime warranty
Cons: Heavy

No tread

Expensive
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What is the Bulldog Tools Premier Border Spade like?

This is a traditionally styled, robust border spade made by an English family firm. It has a solid-forged, carbon steel blade that’s coated with resin for extra protection and a long, smooth socket. The shaft and YD handle are made from weatherproofed ash and it’s also available with a T-grip handle at a reduced cost. It has no treads.

What is the Bulldog Tools Premier Border Spade like to use?

A great performer, the handle of this hard-working border spade is comfortable and it feels strong and robust. However, it does feel heavy and given it’s best suited to digging and lifting plants, testers would have liked it to have treads on the blade to stop their feet slipping. The rivets are smooth in the socket, making it easy on the hands.

Will the Bulldog Tools Premier Border Spade last?

The carbon steel blade and socket are solid forged from a single piece of metal so there’s no weak spot and the socket is long, making it unlikely to snap. This is a strong and long-lasting spade.

Is the Bulldog Tools Premier Border Spade good value for money?

This is the most expensive border spade in our test but it’s well made, built to last and comes with a lifetime warranty. We think it’s good value for money.

Who is the Bulldog Tools Premier Border Spade most useful for?

Built for working and digging in smaller, cramped spaces and for getting in amongst the roots of plants, the weight of this spade makes it best for more able gardeners.

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Product Specifications

Product

Brand Bulldog
Name Bulldog Tools Premier Border Spade
Model Border Spade
Price £55.57
Spade type Border

Features

Material Carbon steel
Shaft Ash
Foot tread No
Handle YD
Blade Straight
Weight 2.13kg
Height 93cm
Yes