Tools for Digging

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Tools for Digging
A spade's job is to dig up soil from the digging site. (fork and spade image by Horticulture from

Different types of tools for digging exist. Each of these digging tools have multiple though specific purposes and, when used properly, make digging a lot easier on the digger. Augers and spades dig up soil or rubble from the dig site, and shovels lift and move the soil and rubble loosened up by the previous tools out of the dig site and out of the way.

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The shovel is one of the most widely used digging tools in existence because of its multipurpose usefulness. A shovel serves as a tool for moving and lifting loose materials such as soil and rubble from the site that you are digging. The shovel, unlike the spade, has a large blade, sharp edges on the sides and a medium to long handle to help with leverage when lifting out materials from a dig site. A hand shovel is not the only type of shovel available either. Power shovels are large machines that do the exact same job that a standard shovel does--lift and move loose materials--but the power shovel is capable of moving larger quantities of these materials.


While the shovel's job as a digging tool is to lift and move loose material from the digging site, the spade's job is to dig out the material that the shovel is meant to lift and move. Spades, unlike shovels, generally have a short to medium length handle, they are strictly hand tool and they cannot hold a lot of soil or rubble in their small blades. Like a shovel, a spade has sharp edges on the sides of the blade and a handle. As a matter of fact, a spade often resemble a miniature version of a shovel with a shorter, flatter blade and a shorter handle.


An auger is less like a shovel or a spade and more like a drill. As a digging tool, the auger primarily digs and moves material out in the shape of a round hole. Augers, like shovels, come in both hand tool forms and large mechanical forms that resemble tractors. The auger tunnels into the digging site like a giant corkscrew into the cork of a wine bottle and then twists out. The grooves on the auger then move all the soil from the bottom of digging site up to the top where a shovel can collect and move the material.

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