What is a digging fork?
|Also known as a garden fork or a spading fork, this is an all-purpose fork found in most garden sheds.
With its piercing tines, a digging fork can penetrate soil much more effortlessly than a spade, particularly compacted or rocky soil.
Other uses include:
|A digging fork normally has four long tines with sharp points for easy soil penetration and a head dimension of 304.8 x 203.2mm (12 x 8 inches).
Look for flat-faced tines to give that extra pull when digging out awkward roots or turning soil.
|The most robust tines are forged from one piece of steel. That is, either a solid socket connection…
|…or a strapped socket connection.
For more information on socket connections, please see our section: How are the tines attached to the shaft?
|A fork with a flattened foothold (or tread) will give support when extra force is needed and help prevent the foot from slipping.
Ever bruised your ankle when digging? Then you will know how painful this can be!
|A steel fork should have high quality welds (metal joins) that have no open points to allow water to enter. This will reduce the risk of internal rust and damage.
There should not be any fractured seams: welds must look immaculate and as smooth as possible.
|The handle grip can be D- or T-shaped. Look for soft, cushioned grips for added comfort.
For those with particularly large or small hands, which don’t fit easily around a D- grip, choose the T- grip.
Alternatively, look for a wider-shaped D-grip to protect your hands.
|The length of the shaft usually measures at:
For more information on choosing a shaft, please refer to our page: Is the length of the shaft important?
|For working around live cables or power lines, use a fork with an insulated shaft.
Please see our section: What are insulated forks? for further information.