Shovel Sizes

There are many different shovel sizes, so how do you determine which one to pick? While manufacturers may have different sizing systems, the following information can help you make sense of the info you see in stores.

Basic Considerations

Many of the shovels sold have numbers, and this is indicative of their size. For example, a #2 shovel has a 9” x 11” head. The #1 shovel will be smaller than the #2. The smallest shovels will not even have a number. These are usually the floral shovels used in gardening.

The size to use will depend not just on the task but also the strength of the person. You should only use a shovel size that you are comfortable with.

As a rule, the small shovels are most useful in tight spaces and corners. The small shovels are also ideal for digging thick soil. The big shovels are best for digging up large open areas.

Other Factors

Aside from the size, the head quality is also important. Also remember that a forward shovel is heavier and sturdier compared to a shovel with a hollow back. Whatever the shovel variant is, make sure that the grain handle is clean.

You must also make certain the grain is running in the appropriate direction. If alignment is incorrect, the shovel will be susceptible to breaking.

How to Select Garden Shovel Sizes

Size is important when choosing garden shovels. If you’re digging big holes, a long handled scooped shovel will be a good choice. It will offer better leverage for taking out those large chunks. The short handles are more suited for close up digging.

The short handled shovels are also more suitable for digging in small locations. They will let you manage the plants more easily.
Large scoops are best for removing lots of dirt,

while the small scoops are for people who perform a lot of carrying and transporting. Unlike big scoop shovels, the small scoops won’t cause any damage when you move the plants.

Weight Matters Too

The heaver the shovel is, the sturdier it will be. Some inexpensive shovels are made from lightweight materials. These are liable to break down under heavy duty work.

Make sure the wood handle is strong. A good sized and good quality shovel won’t splinter. They might bend after a while, but they won’t break. The scoop part must be thick and constructed of strong metal.

Other Types of Shovels

For cleaning up snow and other debris, 15-1/4 x 19-3/4 inch shovels will be sufficient. There are also some shovels that measure 13-1/2" x 14-1/2". Other shovel variants you will come across are those measuring 13-1/2" x 14-1/2" and 14-1/2" x 15-1/4".

Aside from the size difference, there are also many types available. These include the hand shovel, coal shovel, snow shovel and many more.

The varied shovel sizes are an indication of the many ways it can be used. Although shovels are versatile tools, you need to choose the right type so you can get the job done more effectively.

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  1. John Cronin says:

    There’s a story in the family that my great grandfather shoveled coal on a converted China clipper ship using a number 9 shovel, which the story goes was enormous. Is there any validity to the size, number 9?

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