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Jackson Titanium Extra shovel review

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more shovel picsThe Jackson Titanium Xtra is hands down the best shovel I've ever moved dirt with.

The soft rubberized grip makes it easy to hold, but what sold me was the power step feature, which increases leverage by allowing your foot and legs to do more of the work.

It costs over twice what a cheaper shovel goes for, but well worth it in my opinion.

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Not sure, but your shovel looks like it has a fiberglass handle on it. The fiberglass handle on my shovel (not same type as yous) is starting to crack down at the bottom where it goes into the metal part of the shovel. Also the rubber cushion at the top of the handle split and broke off, now I have a hole going down into the hollow handle. Just give me a good old fashion shovel with an ash wood handle.
Comment by zimmy Fri Jun 11 12:39:36 2010
There seem to be a few different kinds of fiberglass handles. The hollow, cheapo ones do tend to lose the cap and collect water, then break off the tool. But the more serious version seems to be solid and much sturdier. Only time will tell, though! I'm sure that if it's even remotely breakable, I will break it in short order. :-)
Comment by anna Fri Jun 11 16:28:17 2010
We started off with 2 cheaper shovels that had fiberglass handles that were painted red. At 10 bucks a piece I thought it was a good deal, but if I remember right they only lasted a season and a half before the handle broke. Granted we were having a bit of a learning curve on how much pressure to apply and how much will break.
Comment by mark Fri Jun 11 17:52:23 2010

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