Draper carbon Steel digging spade review

Draper Carbon Steel Spade review

A simple, weighty carbon steel spade that’s built to last.

Our rating 
3.8 out of 5 star rating 3.8

In a nutshell

A tough, weighty spade with a carbon blade, solid steel shaft and a lifetime guarantee.
Blade and shaft
3.0 out of 5 rating 3.0
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5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Value for money
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Pros: Epoxy coated blade

Steel core shaft

Feels tough and robust
Cons: No treads

Plastic handle feels slippy

Feels weighty in use despite its lightness
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What is the Draper Carbon Steel Spade like?

This is a tough, robust spade with an epoxy coated carbon steel blade and steel core plastic coated shaft. The blade has no treads and the plastic handle is D shaped with no added grip.

What is the Draper carbon Steel Spade like to use?

This simple spade is hard working and solid and it works well digging over tough stony ground. However, despite its comparatively lightness this spade feels heavy and unbalanced and testers struggled with its clunky feel. The blade has no foot treads and the textured blade clogs with mud easily so needs cleaning after use and the straight plastic handle feels slippery after prolonged use. Gloves are recommended when using this spade

Will the Draper carbon Steel Spade last?

With its carbon steel blade and steel core shaft this spade has been built to last – there is little danger of this snapping underneath the plastic coating.

Is the Draper carbon Steel Spade good value for money?

With its lifetime guarantee and its robust build this spade is excellent value for money

Who is the Draper carbon Steel Spade most useful for?

Gardeners used to heavy workhorse spade with plenty of hard digging to do.

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Product Specifications


Brand Draper
Name Draper Carbon Steel Spade
Model Carbon Steel Spade
Price £15.00
Spade type Digging


Material Carbon and plastic
Shaft Plastic coated steel
Foot tread No
Handle YD shape
Blade Straight
Weight 998g
Height 100cm