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Is shovel blade size important?

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Choose the size of the blade according to your frame and the scoop capacity according to the density of the material you are scooping. The blade size is an important consideration, especially when transferring material from one place to the next.

Choose the size of the blade according to your frame, and the scoop capacity according to the density of the material you are scooping.

The size of the blade can differ in length and width Just as the blade of a shovel varies considerably in shape, so does its size in terms of both height and width at its cutting edge.

For example, a square mouth shovel has a wide, flared blade with a straight edge, whereas a round mouth shovel is widest at the top of the blade curving to a very narrow point at the tip.

The height of the blade is given followed by the width of the blade at its widest point When sizes are given on this website, the height of the blade will be the first measurement followed by the width at the tip.

For example, the dimensions of the square mouth blade on the left will be written as 300 x 250 mm (12 x 10″).

In other words, 300 mm (12″) is the height of the blade and 250 mm (10″) is the width (usually at its cutting edge).

However, the size of the blade not only differs quite substantially between the types of shovel but also between manufacturers of the same design.

For example, some square mouth shovels can be as large as 420 x 350 mm (16.5 x 14″)

Match the blade to your frame

You should be able to lift the shovel without putting extra stress on your body. The important thing to remember is that you should be able to lift the shovel without putting excess stress on your body.

  • A taller, heavier person is generally able to manage a wider blade without strain.
  • A smaller, lighter person would be better suited to a┬ánarrower blade.
Look for a deeper scoop with upturned sides when shovelling loose material such as grain As we discussed previously, another factor to consider is how deep the pan of the blade is.

In other words, look at how the blade or scoop can cup and contain bulk material.

Match the scoop to the material you are moving

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  • For loose, dry material such as sand, grain, coal and light snowfall – use a deeper scoop with upturned sides
  • For heavier, densely-compacted and wet material such as thick snow or crushed stone – use a smaller scoop so you do not overload your body.
A careful balance between the two is needed These two factors should be carefully balanced when deciding on the size of the blade.

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