Shovels & Spades

Shovels are one of the most well-known hand tools due to their versatile simplicity that allows them to be used for a wide variety of applications, from home gardening to specific construction projects. With a triangular or T-shaped grip at the top that fits into the handle or shaft - which is normally made from wood, plastic or metal - and the blade attached to the base of the shaft, the shovel or spade is an easily-recognisable tool. Shovel and spade blades can be made from various materials, such as steel, polypropylene or non-sparking aluminium.

What's the difference between a spade and a shovel?

It's more than just a word choice - spades and shovels are actually different, even if the terms get used interchangeably. Spades generally have shorter, flat blades and are most effective when used for edging gardens, digging trenches or cutting into sod. Shovel blades, on the other hand, are curved more to act like a scoop and are better for digging up, breaking, lifting and moving loose materials like dirt, gravel or sand.

What are spades and shovels used for?

The versatility of these tools is granted by the simplicity of its functions, allowing it to be used for a multitude of reasons in a few simple ways. Shovels are designed to scoop up and move loose materials such as soil, sand, and snow, as well as construction aggregates and even light rubble or debris. Shovels can also be used to dig holes and trenches, with some fitted with purpose-designed blades.

Their most common applications would include gardening, farm work, utility installation, and aggregate transfer.

Types of shovels

There are various types of a shovel, choosing the correct one would depend on the application or environment it is to be used.

Digging - designed for digging holes. They feature a curved scoop with upturned edges. Digging shovels have a curved pointed tip and are ideal for preparing the ground in gardens or allotments ready for planting trees and shrubs.

Scooping - designed to scoop up or move loose materials. They usually feature a wider head with a flat tip and are ideal for shovelling moving gravel and sand on building sites. Snow shovels are another example, used to move snow from paths and driveways in colder climates or winter months.

Trench - these have a longer narrower head with a sharp pointed tip. Trench shovels have steeper upturned sides and are the perfect shape for digging new trenches to lay pipework for utility installation.

Square - have a flatter head with a straight tip. Square-head or square mouth shovels like scooping shovels are used to move loose material, with flatter head on a square shovel also making them ideal for slicing through tough tree or plant roots.


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RS Stock No. 178-7701
BrandRS PRO
£5.30
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Hand Shovel - 225 x 120 x 430 mm - Wood Black 225mm 120mm -
RS Stock No. 176-3864
BrandRS PRO
£13.08
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Snow Shovel - 385 x 150 mm - Wood Black 385mm 150mm -
RS Stock No. 473-4842
Mfr. Part No.2002ARRS
£21.93
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Square Shovel - 255 x 320 mm 710mm Metal - 320mm 255mm -
RS Stock No. 763-8100
Mfr. Part No.22-41578
BrandGerber
£27.98
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Folding Spade with Carbon Steel Blade - - - Reinforced Nylon - 419mm - -
RS Stock No. 884-7591
Mfr. Part No.56259
BrandVikan
£16.16
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Square Shovel - 330 x 270 mm 1040mm Polypropylene Black 330mm 270mm -
RS Stock No. 884-7585
Mfr. Part No.56256
BrandVikan
£16.16
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Square Shovel - 330 x 270 mm 1040mm Polypropylene Yellow 330mm 270mm -
RS Stock No. 783-9880
Mfr. Part No.2753TFL
£54.03
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Newcastle Drainer - 405 x 105 mm 711mm Fibreglass - 405mm 105mm -
RS Stock No. 783-9899
Mfr. Part No.2711TFL
£49.65
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Cable Layer - 276 x 119 mm 711mm Fibreglass - 276mm 119mm -
RS Stock No. 783-9896
Mfr. Part No.2702TFL
£49.65
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Taper Shovel - 315 x 218 mm 711mm Fibreglass - 315mm 218mm -
RS Stock No. 884-7576
Mfr. Part No.56252
BrandVikan
£16.16
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Square Shovel - 330 x 270 mm 1040mm Polypropylene Green 330mm 270mm -
RS Stock No. 884-7573
Mfr. Part No.56254
BrandVikan
£16.16
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Square Shovel - 330 x 270 mm 1040mm Polypropylene Red 330mm 270mm -
RS Stock No. 884-7589
Mfr. Part No.56257
BrandVikan
£16.16
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Square Shovel - 330 x 270 mm 1040mm Polypropylene Orange 330mm 270mm -
RS Stock No. 783-9903
Mfr. Part No.2731TFL
£49.65
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Square Shovel - 302 x 250 mm 711mm Fibreglass - 302mm 250mm -
RS Stock No. 783-9886
Mfr. Part No.2701TFL
£45.83
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Trench Shovel - 276 x 172 mm 711mm Fibreglass - 276mm 172mm -
RS Stock No. 884-7579
Mfr. Part No.56253
BrandVikan
£16.16
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Square Shovel - 330 x 270 mm 1040mm Polypropylene Blue 330mm 270mm -
RS Stock No. 124-8351
Mfr. Part No.NS802-290
BrandBahco
£166.77
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Non Sparking Round Shovel - 290 x 240 mm 1160mm - - 1450mm 240mm -
RS Stock No. 884-7598
Mfr. Part No.56258
BrandVikan
£16.16
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Square Shovel - 330 x 270 mm 1040mm Polypropylene Purple 330mm 270mm -
RS Stock No. 884-7582
Mfr. Part No.56255
BrandVikan
£16.16
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Square Shovel - 330 x 270 mm 1040mm Polypropylene White 330mm 270mm -
RS Stock No. 188-9748
Mfr. Part No.567399
BrandVikan
£30.52
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Hand Shovel Yes 327 x 271 mm 550mm Polypropylene - 327mm 271mm -
RS Stock No. 188-8942
Mfr. Part No.56012
BrandVikan
£38.59
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Ergonomic shovel Yes 380 x 340 mm 1310mm - Green 380mm 340mm -
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