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    RIP Ground hawg

    I finally did it, only took like a month or two. Broke my shovelClick image for larger version. 

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ID:	110690, gonna play around in the shop tomorrow and try to weld it and reinforce it,

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    Sorry to hear about your ground hawg. I'll stick with my modified $8 Aldi tile spade.

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    Wow !! You're hard on your gear !!
    If there's anything I hate worse than diggin' pulltabs, its missin' a gold ring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deolslyfox View Post
    Wow !! You're hard on your gear !!
    I would be upset, but there's not a shovel out there I can't break.

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    Wow!!! It looks pretty bad. Did you do that just from prying on it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rchalker View Post
    Wow!!! It looks pretty bad. Did you do that just from prying on it?
    Yup, we have big rocks and lots of clay round here. I'll make it a Franken hawg with some scrap steel insert of some sort.

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    I was thinking of welding a piece of 1/4 inch plate to where the handle attaches to the shovel. I keep bending it there. A little reinforcement should do the trick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rchalker View Post
    I was thinking of welding a piece of 1/4 inch plate to where the handle attaches to the shovel. I keep bending it there. A little reinforcement should do the trick.
    Yah if I had done it sooner it would probably be ok still, or I would have just broken it a bit further up haha

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    I dig with 2 screw drivers that’s it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mackdog View Post
    I dig with 2 screw drivers that’s it
    Really? At silver depths? I simply can't imagine that.

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    well With a hammer a piece of pipe and super shoddy welding shes fixed and ready for more

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mackdog View Post
    I dig with 2 screw drivers that’s it
    thats a good way to damage a valuable silver or gold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinL View Post
    Really? At silver depths? I simply can't imagine that.
    you get your depth reading then use you pinpointed to tell where the target is dig to the side and push up like your air rating it. Very rarely do I hit the target,
    . Plus in the parks you can only use the screwdrivers. With practice it’s like being a surgeon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mackdog View Post
    you get your depth reading then use you pinpointed to tell where the target is dig to the side and push up like your air rating it. Very rarely do I hit the target,
    . Plus in the parks you can only use the screwdrivers. With practice it’s like being a surgeon
    I heard of people that used only a screwdriver. I was never THAT good at pinpointing. Have to stay with a plug.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mackdog View Post
    you get your depth reading then use you pinpointed to tell where the target is dig to the side and push up like your air rating it. Very rarely do I hit the target,
    . Plus in the parks you can only use the screwdrivers. With practice it’s like being a surgeon

    ahh I see, I hunt relics mostly. I don't hunt parks much, and it would be impossible to use a screw driver where I hunt. I wish it were that easy and cheap for me haha.

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    Let's see a pic of your repair !! Might help others !! Thanks .....

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    well With a hammer a piece of pipe and super shoddy welding shes fixed and ready for more
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    Quote Originally Posted by deolslyfox View Post
    Let's see a pic of your repair !! Might help others !! Thanks .....
    just stuck a piece of black iron pipe up in the handle with mr hammer and welded shovel head back on. Have no pics but it held up last night digging.

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    I still can’t believe you destroyed that shovel like that. When I first saw the picture, I thought you ran it over with a truck. Donpie has a bend in his handle too. I find the shovel to be pretty tough myself but I don’t pry on roots with it. I usually just use the shovel to chop at the roots to cut them. I plan on sharpening the edges as it dulls.

    It’s good to share your fix. White’s might take your idea into consideration to make the shovel stronger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rchalker View Post
    I still canít believe you destroyed that shovel like that. When I first saw the picture, I thought you ran it over with a truck. Donpie has a bend in his handle too. I find the shovel to be pretty tough myself but I donít pry on roots with it. I usually just use the shovel to chop at the roots to cut them. I plan on sharpening the edges as it dulls.

    Itís good to share your fix. Whiteís might take your idea into consideration to make the shovel stronger.
    My fix is just what was laying around, added like 2 lbs to the shovel. The problem is it broke at the weld to the thin pipe(probably not tempered weld) and then the more I dug the more it reamed out the pipe. To fix the problem they need a longer insert to displace the force on that joint. Or use a different design? I dunno. But there's clearly a better solution then me hammering a 9 inch section of black pipe in there like a monkey and slopping a fat weld on it, haha

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    As overpriced as they are you would think the average human or even an above average strength human couldn't break one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadow10g View Post
    As overpriced as they are you would think the average human or even an above average strength human couldn't break one.
    I'm only 5'11" 155lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tpmetal View Post
    I'm only 5'11" 155lbs.
    I’m 6’3” @ 235 lbs and I haven’t broken mine yet. Wow, I sure feel weak now. Maybe I just got an oddball tougher built one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rchalker View Post
    I’m 6’3” @ 235 lbs and I haven’t broken mine yet. Wow, I sure feel weak now. Maybe I just got an oddball tougher built one.
    I'm thinking your just nicer to your tools, or just not prying up big rocks as much as me. Though I feel its just a trend with most tools you can buy now. I broke a half inch breaker bar one time, sheared the bit right off it. A man my size should never be able to do that, Just cheap metal and manufacturing.

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