I see a lot on the market ( Amazon) that appear to have many gimmicks or be very flimsy / fragile. Mostly the kind of tool that campers would pack and use etc. It is simply hard to tell how tough a tool will be by looking at the pictures. Any experience here with specific models ?
Just get a surplus E-Tool. They suck to dig a hole with but I guarantee that they suck less than all the other options. They aren't fragile. Just make sure it's the genuine article with an NSN or you will be more disappointed than necessary.
Few folding shovels pass the "Doug Test." I open them up, hold in a 45-degree digging position with the tip on the floor, and surreptitiously put my body weight on it. If there's flex in the blade, forget it.
I found one years ago at Lee Valley tools. It wasn't in the catalogue. It weighs a ton but at least it works. The 90-degree "grape hoe" function is sometimes handy.
Contractor grade floral shovels with shorty handles are actually much better value, and weigh less.
The best deal is a $2 yard sale shovel with a cracked handle. Chop it short and sand it down. Voila, now you've got a real shovel that fits in your car.
find a ww2 surplus, built to be run over by a tank, or something like that
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I dont need the gimicks though some would be nice like a knife and saw in the handle etc but I do need it to become compact/ portable folding etc. I want to carry it in my boat and or RV maybe truck and stow ability is
very important. But I only want the ones that are tough. i see some that are Stainless steel but I dont care about a little rust. The ones that have threaded screw together hollow alum handle section extensions would be great if they are actually engineered and mfg to be strong. You will be amazed if you go to Amazon and type "folding shovel."
I have a couple army surplus ones in my vehicles. They make more sense than the plastic things sold in some stores. For me they are a last resort tool if I am stuck somewhere. I have only used one once. It worked
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