Greenman Digging Spade review from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

Greenman Ergonomic Digging Spade review

A traditional look with a back saving, ergonomic design.

Our rating 
4.3 out of 5 star rating 4.3

In a nutshell

A great value, traditional stainless steel spade with a steam bent shaft for better digging, treads and a lifetime guarantee.
Blade and shaft
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Value for money
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Pros: Well balanced

Strong and well made

Cuts heavy soil easily
Cons: Long shaft can be hard to get used to

Treads too thin and clog with mud

Rivets on capped handle and socket snag on hands
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What is the Greenman Ergonomic Digging Spade like?

Based on traditional design with a high carbon, stainless steel blade and an ash handle and long shaft that has been steam bent for a better digging angle and extra leverage. The socket is long and there are narrow ridged treads at the top if the blade.

What is the Greenman Ergonomic Digging Spade like to use?

This feels well balanced and strong, slicing through heavy soil easily but the long bent shaft divided testers – some found it a pleasure to use but others struggled with its length and shape. The treads were welcome but the could be wider and the criss-cross ridging is shallow and soon clogs with mud and becomes ineffective. The rivets on the capped handle and socket snagged the hands when turning soil

Will the Greenman Ergonomic Digging Spade last?

This is a well thought out, robust spade with a long, lipped socket to prevent snapping and steel caps to the Y shaped handle. The stainless steel blade has a high carbon content and is rust resistant. It is strong and well made and feels built to last

Is the Greenman Ergonomic Digging Spade good value for money?

This is a beautiful spade, traditionally made and with high quality materials. At the bottom end of the midrange for price and with a lifetime guarantee we think it is excellent value for money.

Who is the Greenman Ergonomic Digging Spade most useful for?

Best for tall gardeners and those with back problems and anyone with regular or prolonged digging work.

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Product Specifications


Brand Greenman
Name Greenman Ergonomic Digging Spade
Model Ergonomic Digging Spade
Price £33.99
Spade type Digging


Material Stainless steel
Shaft Ash
Foot tread Yes
Handle YD shape
Blade Straight
Weight 2.04kg
Height 120cm