In a nutshell

This Dutch made, V-shaped spade is ideal for transplanting, slicing through soil and plant roots with ease and comfortable to use. The blade comes with a 10-year warranty, the shaft and handle just one year.

What we tested

  • Handling
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Blade
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Strength
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Value for money
    A star rating of 3.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.


  • Strong, sharp blade
  • Wide treads
  • V-shaped blade grips plants and rootballs well
  • Comfortable to use


  • Short socket
  • T-grip unusual
  • Expensive

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What is the Sneeboer Transplanting Spade with Steps like?

This is a Dutch made, traditional style spade with a sharp, V-shaped stainless steel blade. It has wide, flat, sturdy treads and the long shaft and T-grip handle are made from waxed ash. The socket is short and strapped and joined to the shaft with flush rivets.

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

This beautiful spade is well balanced and comfortable to use with a long shaft to make lifting and digging easier on the back. The V-shaped blade is indented to grip plants and rootballs well and is strong and sharp enough to cut easily through the soil and plant roots. Wide treads offer great purchase on the blade, stopping feet from slipping and protecting the soles of your boots. The T-grip handle is unusual but easy on the hands once you’re used to it and it's flexible to use.

Will the Sneeboer Transplanting Spade with Steps last?

The steel blade and socket are strong and well made and the socket is securely riveted to the shaft. Only the short length of the socket raises the worry that the shaft may snap under pressure - and this spade comes with a warranty of just one year. However, it's easily replaced. The wax on the wooden shaft and handle allows the wood to breathe and prevents it absorbing water and dirt.

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

Hand crafted by a family firm, this is a spade to be treasured but it is the most expensive in our test, by quite a long way. It's strong, does its job well and is very high quality. With a 10-year warranty on the steel parts and one year on the shaft and handle, we think this once-in-a-lifetime purchase is good value for money.

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

This spade is great for those looking after their backs, tall gardeners and anyone who needs to dig through a congested border with ease.

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Product Specifications

NameSneeboer Transplanting spade with Steps
ModelTransplanting spade with Steps
Spade typeTransplanting
MaterialStainless steel
Foot treadYes
HandleT shape