In a nutshell

A traditional, hand crafted spade with a stainless steel blade and long ash shaft and T grip handle. Its lovingly designed and built but comes at a high price.

What we tested

  • Blade and shaft
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Ease/performance
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Strength
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Value for money
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.


  • Hand crafted
  • Feels robust and built to last
  • Wide treads
  • Long comfortable shaft


  • Short T grip unpopular
  • Expensive

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What is the Sneeboer Digging Spade with Steps like?

This traditional, Dutch made and hand crafted spade is a high quality, beautiful tool. It has a long, smooth ash shaft and T grip handle and hand forged stainless steel blade with wide flat treads to protect the boots.

What is the Sneeboer Digging Spade with Steps like to use?

The Sneeboer spade is a joy to use and testers love its look, feel and design, the handle is smooth and the blade is sharp and heavy driving through the soil easily and cleanly.
However, the very long shaft is really only possible for taller users, over 5’6 and all testers wished the T grip handle was longer and more substantial.

Will the Sneeboer Digging Spade with Steps last?

The socket was surprisingly short, particularly compared to other spades tested and raised the worry that the shaft could snap after prolonged heavy use – there is only a one year warranty on this which confirms our thoughts. However, this can be easily replaced and the steel spade blade and socket feel well built and strong

Is the Sneeboer Digging Spade with Steps good value for money?

The most expensive spade tested, this spade comes at a price way above any of the other spades in our review, but it is very high quality, beautifully designed and hand forged plus it comes with a ten year warranty on all steel parts – all things considered we think it is good value for money.

Who is the Sneeboer Digging Spade with Steps most useful for?

Best for taller gardeners who cherish their tools and want a quality spade that will last them a lifetime.

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Product Specifications

NameSneeboer Digging Spade with Steps
ModelDigging Spade with Steps
Spade typeDigging
MaterialStainless Steel and wood
Foot treadYes
HandleT shape
Feature notes

Warranty 10 years on steel parts, 1 year on the handle