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Root Assassin

if you work with the ground at all, you know the importance of a good shovel. With an ordinary shovel, you have to put a lot of weight on it to even crack the ground sometimes, let alone dig a good-size hole. But with a great shovel like the Root Assassin, it feels like you’re slicing butter.

The Root Assassin shovel is one tool a metal detectorist may want to consider adding to his arsenal.

The company was kind enough to send us their digger to review. Here’s what we think:​

Why Is the Root Assassin Good for Detectorists?

As metal detectorists, we’re sunk if we don’t have a great shovel by our side.

Without the right shovel, you’ll never be able to dig deep enough in tough ground to reach our targets, especially if there are tree roots or gravel involved.

And if we can’t dig deep enough, it doesn’t matter that we’ve found great targets — we’ll never be able to unearth them.

Plus, if you fatigue yourself just by digging a few targets, you’re not going to detect as long as you would if you weren’t tired.

The more time you spend out there detecting, the better your odds of making that once-in-a-lifetime discovery. And isn’t that what every detectorist dreams about?

The Root Assassin is a heavy-duty shovel made for tough roots. That’s important for detectorists, especially if they like to search by big, old trees.

I’ve had great success looking by old trees that I imagine were used as shade back in the day by people looking for a place to escape the summer heat.

I’ve found jewelry, coins, gold-plated lift-arm lighters and a lot of old toy cars, ships and helicopters by shade trees. And let me tell you, it wasn’t easy.

I was in a battle with a lot of thick, tough roots that were protecting all the signals I was trying to reach.

The only thing that saved me was using a shovel with serrated teeth.

When there are roots involved, shovels with serrated teeth, like the Root Assassin, will help you recover targets quickly and with less effort than a traditional shovel.

Features

The best feature on this shovel is the 16 serrated teeth that are found on each side.

Here is what is unique about these teeth — they cut while digging in and when you pull your shovel out.

That double action makes quick work of the root you’re trying to cut and get out of your way.

The teeth also help when you’re searching in heavy clay soil that is a pain to dig with a traditional shovel.

The other great thing about this shovel is how easy it is to lift and carry around with you.

It only weighs 4 pounds.

As a detectorist, you’re going to be lugging around a lot of equipment already, especially if you’re doing a day-long hunt in a remote area.

You’ll already be carrying your detector, a pinpointer, your treasure bag, plus any water, food, bug spray and sunblock you take with you on an extended hunt.

The last thing you need is a heavy shovel to take with you.

Because this shovel doesn’t weigh much, you’ll be able to take it with you and use it for hours without feeling exhausted and calling it a day early.

It cuts a neat plug, which is crucial as a detectorist.

Whether you’re hunting at a public place like a park or you’ve been granted special permission to detect on private property, you don’t want to earn a reputation as a detectorist who tears up the property he searches.

If you don’t learn how to cut a neat plug, word will spread and fewer people will be willing to let you search their grounds.

The Root Assassin is made of steel which is then treated with a silver powder coat paint.

Since it’s made of strong material, it should be durable. If you do have any issues with the durability, however, the company offers a 100 percent replacement guarantee.

The guarantee lasts for one year and will be honored with no questions asked.

This shovel has a grip on the handle, which makes it comfortable to use and easier on the hands.

Because the head of this shovel is so narrow, you won’t have to cut a huge plug to reach a small target.

If you are good at pinpointing your target, you’ll be able to cut a small plug once you’ve zeroed in on where the signal is coming from.

The length of the blade on this shovel is good for metal detecting.

You’ll be able to cut plugs at up to a foot at a time, which is as deep as most smaller targets are found from the large majority of amateur metal detectors.

The Mini Root Assassin

If a full-size, 4-pound shovel is still too much weight for you to lug around, you may want to consider using the Mini Root Assassin.

Check latest pricing here for the mini version.​

It works using the same method as the full-size shovel, with the serrated teeth that work in both directions.

But the Mini Root Assassin is a lighter, shorter option at 2.2 pounds.

If you don’t have much upper body strength or you want to conserve your energy for longer detecting sessions, you might want to go with the Mini.

It’s also a good pick for shorter detectorists who have problems wielding a longer shovel.

And it goes without saying that a smaller digging tool is always preferred when hunting in public areas or small residential yards. See our responsible metal detecting guide here.​

Wrapping Up

In addition to your metal detector, a good shovel is a key part of your success as a detectorist.

You’ll need to find a heavy-duty option that is light enough that you’ll be able to hunt day after day with minimal soreness in your arms and back.

No matter which shovel you decided to go with, remember to always fill in your plugs and be a responsible detectorist.

The kinder we are to the ground we search, the more rights we’ll keep as detectorists.

 

Review source: https://www.smarterhobby.com/metal-detecting/root-assassin-shovel-review/
Author name: Mark Orwig

 

 

 

With a fearsome name and an appearance to match, it’s easy to see why the Root Assassin Shovel is catching the eye of many gardeners. A unique take on the traditional shovel, the Root Assassin is a double-edged serrated shovel with a sharp point that claims to make short work of even the toughest root systems.

Using such a unique design helps the Root Assassin be a very versatile shovel that will make life much easier for a range of gardening tasks. Of course, many gardening products claim to be revolutionary despite being nothing special, which begs the question – is the Root Assassin Shovel worth buying?

Let’s take a closer look and see!

Overview:

 

  • Weighs only 4lb
    • 20 Serrated Blades on Each Side of the Shovel
      • Carbon Steel Blade
      • Reinforced D-Grip Handle
  • Golden Shovels Award Winner
  • 100% Money Back Guarantee For 1 Year

 

 

 

 

Digging

Any shovel that struggles to dig soil and turf won’t be worth much to most gardeners, so it’s great to see how effective the Root Assassin is when it comes to digging.

It slices through turf and other soft materials with incredible ease. Should you want to dig up a hole in your lawn for a shrub, tree, or flower bed, then the Root Assassin will make short work of pretty much everything it digs into!

This makes it especially great at digging up trenches, although the fine point does mean it’s not the best for lawn edging. However, the Root Assassin really comes into its own when digging in tougher soil rich with clay and stones.

Thanks to the serrated edges, the Root Assassin is so much better at digging through tough material than any other shovel on the market. So, if you have a lot of digging to do in rugged terrain, this is certainly the shovel you want for the job!

Dealing with Roots

digging roots with shovel

As the name suggests, the Root Assassin is highly effective at digging through roots. There are plenty of shrubs and bushes that produce very thick, deep roots that are a nightmare to deal with when trying to transport or remove the plant.

The Root Assassin makes short work of these!

Simply sink the shovel into the soil and dig away, and when you come across any type of root you only need to saw at it for a moment and the roots will be easily severed from the plant. They certainly picked an appropriate name for the Root Assassin!

Pruning

The Root Assassin doesn’t just remove roots, as the serrated blade doubles as a handy pruner. The blade is sharp enough to saw through most branches without much issue, although manoeuvring the shovel like a saw does take some getting used to.

While pruning shears are still recommended for thicker branches, the Root Assassin is still a fine alternative – especially if you can’t be bothered grabbing another tool from the shed! Also, the impressive length (4”) of the Root Assassin makes it ideal for pruning hard to reach spots without having to use a ladder!

Usability

The Root Assassin should be easy enough for most gardeners to use, although it’s worth noting that it is rather tall at 4”. Granted around a quarter of that height is the serrated steel blade, but those that are shorter may have some issues when first using the shovel.

The Root Assassin weighs a modest 4lbs, so using it shouldn’t feel too strenuous, while the reinforced D-grip handle offers enough space to use comfortably.

All in all, the Root Assassin is a fantastic shovel well worth investing in! For those with tough digging and lots of deep roots to deal with in their garden, there aren’t many better tools to make your life easier than the Root Assassin!

Review source: http://www.lawnmowerhut.com/root-assassin-shovel-review/

Move over Jason Bourne. There’s a new assassin in town. And we’re still after the bad guys. Except this time, we’re dealing with weeds, roots, and branches. It’s called the Root Assassin and it’s ready to tackle those weeds, dig up deep roots and slash that branch. You’ll love this slender, rigid tool with serrated teeth for tons of tasks. I have lots of yard to do this fall and like different tools for various jobs. It all depends. But what makes the Root Assassin completely unique? It’s the shovel/saw combo. Never seen the like of it before! It has never occurred to me to use a shovel to saw with. Until now. So I’m thrilled that there are two winners who will get their very own Root Assassin valued at $55. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page andshare this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know you entered by telling us something fun about yourself in the comment section of this post!

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First impressions of the Root Assassin

So there are times my brain tells me it’s okay to nag Tom to do tasks that I really, really don’t want to do. This is especially true when it comes to yard work that requires any upper body strength as I have zero. I’m just not very big. To give Tom credit, he’d help me in my perennial beds, but I’ve declined his help because he doesn’t know where my plants are. He just hacks at everything. Loosing perennials in this way is sad. I still miss my Japanese iris.

And I think I told you we bought my Grandma’s house several years ago? And with it, I inherited her perennial beds with plants. The problem is, over the years of neglect, they got overgrown. Unmanageable. Trees got embedded in there. Shrubs got overgrown. Thick brush took over. Weeds became so strong that they uprooted all else in their path.

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Enter: Root Assassin Shovel. Just now I was working until dark hammering away at a few super roots that had taken over my side perennial bed. For years, they remained there because no ordinary shovel that I could maneuver would be up for the task. Bu-bye roots. I actually got them out myself without Tom’s help. It was pretty easy. Those serrated teeth really hacked away. I just have to double check that I got all of the root out so it doesn’t come back stronger than ever. But that’s a success story!

But be careful! This tool is super sharp which is why it is able to chop branches. But that was my next task. Would it easily slice through a branch? That was the test the Root Assassin would have to pass. Quick answer. Yep. It worked. I hardly knew what to expect. I mean, one hardly expects a shovel to be a saw.

And that’s what so great about the Root Assassin Shovel. The typical saw doesn’t have a handle on it. I always fear that I’m going to saw my fingers off! The long handle gives you some distance from the object you are sawing. The red grippy handle also gives you something to grasp with force.

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Product rundown

  • 20 Double edged sharp serrated teeth on each side
  • Industrial grade 14-gauge blade
  • Made of solid structural carbon steel and is overlaid with a sleek silver color powder coat
  • Forward turned-step for secure foot placement
  • Comfort D-grip for added leverage and control
  • Red handle means you can find when you left it in the garden before the rain comes
  • Steel shaft is topped with durable solid rubber coated bright red handle
  • Weighs 4 pounds

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Ways to use this tool – Think outside the box

  • Trim and prune plants and trees
  • Cut branches still on the tree or on the ground
  • Dig out deep, deep roots – super roots I call them!
  • Edge your lawn
  • Dealing with thick brush
  • Transplant your “big plants” like shrubs or gigantic hostas
  • Landscaping
  • Metal Detecting tool
  • Plant your bulbs deep so the squirrels don’t eat them
  • Take with you on your next camping trip
  • Saw off your Brussel Sprouts from the plant. It worked great for this odd purpose!
  • Terrify intruders to your home. I mean, this tool is fierce. Those serrated teeth will surely scare the bad people away. Just keep under your bed at night. (I’m not kidding!)

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Last thoughts….

It was great hearing Tom shout out the other day “where’s the Root Assassin?” This means he’s going to get a job done. And a dirty shovel is one that is being used! It was intriguing that I found myself sawing away at branches, not because that was a chore that needed to get done, but rather for the fun of it. Just because I can!

And yes, I’ve endorsed other shovels on this site, but certainly not one that can slice through thick, woody branches. That’s just fierce. So it’s about having the right tool for the job. Each has a place. It’s kind of like when you sit down to dinner and you choose between using a fork or a spoon. Some choices are easy. Soup = spoon. Spaghetti = fork. But what about a thick pot roast with a gravy? You might choose both. It’s the same with with shovels and spades. At times you choose one over the over, other times, you’ll use both on the job.

 

Review source: http://www.raiseyourgarden.com/home/saw-away-with-the-root-assassin-shovel-two-winner-giveaway

Well built sturdy shovel that performed well.

In my original review I listed a con as the price. Recently I was looking at some garden spades and was surprised to see the price of these. Considering the Root Assassin is built much better than any spade I could find, the price really isn’t bad.

The Root Assassin Shovel lived up to its name in a trial in my vegetable garden. Preparing my raised beds for spring planting was easily accomplished as the Root Assassin cut through roots left by last year’s crop, cover crops and invading tree roots.

Roots up to 1 inch or more were so easily cut I barely noticed they were there.

On one raised bed all I did was turn the soil to a depth of about 1 1/2 shovel lengths. After raking the bed smoothed I just hand picked the root pieces that were left on top.

For the second raised bed I dug out some of the soil and sifted it. The Root Assasin did will in the actual digging but it may not have been as good as a standard shovel had my (sandy) soil been very dry.

Just to put the Root Assassin through some of its paces I tried digging a small hole near a tree stump.

The Root Assassin cut through the smaller roots with ease. When I hit the 2″-4″ root it took a little practice to get the shovel to cut. It didn’t take me long to learn and the root was cut within minutes.

One thing though, do not expect to get a straight cut. At least not for me.

My centipede grass has grown well onto my sidewalks as we were not living in the home for about 9 months and the maintenance was let go. I tested the Root Assassin Shovel on edging along my side walk. It cut through the thick mat of grass and roots with no effort. I’ll be finishing this chore at a later time but I will follow up using a week trimmer since the slight  curve of the blade on the Root Assassin does not make a neat straight line.

I did not attemtp to trim any tree branches with the Root Assassin Shovel and don’t think this would be my tool of choice for the chore.

Pros:

  • Strong
  • Well built
  • Cuts roots and grass easily

Cons:

Price – The price plus shipping are little high but product is still worth it if you’ve got root and grass problems.

Recommendations:

I would definetly recommend the Root Assassin Shovel.

 

Review Source: http://thegardenswap.com/rootassassinreview.aspx/
Author name: Wayne Schaefer

Testing Out the Root Assassin Shovel

As I sit down to write this, I am pondering two possible titles, “Testing Out the Root Assassin Shovel” or “My New Favorite Shovel.” Hmmm. When the folks from the Root Assassin sent me a shovel to test for this review I was initially skeptical. It is kind of a crazy looking thing!  Almost like an alligator, chainsaw, and shovel had a baby.

 

I was waiting for the perfect project to give the Root Assassin a project it deserved. I mean you can’t use something called the Root Assassin to plant pansies!  We are working on a major yard renovation and I knew this would be the perfect opportunity. My dad came to town and we were cutting down trees, removing palms and getting busy on our projects. We removed a 25′ tall viburnum from the corner of the shed and this gave us two opportunities to test out the Root Assassin.

The first project was for digging and transplanting this large bromeliad. As you can see, the roots of the viburnum were intertwined with the bromeliad, yet we wanted to try to keep as large of a root ball as possible. We tied up the plant (the serrated edges of the bromeliad will really tear into your legs!), and I started working my way around with the Root Assassin. It was a breeze. The upper edges of the shovel have a reinforced edge to use your foot for extra push and it took less that three minutes to pop this plant out of the ground.

 

Once the viburnum was cut down it left our shed extremely visible and in need of a little more cover. I’ve been plant lusting for a Japanese Fern Tree, Filicium decipiens, for a few years but didn’t have anywhere to plant it until now. But of course I wanted to plant it approximately one foot from the trunk of the previous viburnums. If this was a small plant it may not have been much of an issue, but this plant was in a 30 gallon container almost  30″ in diameter and needed a large hole.

This is where the Root Assassin really shines. Using the shovel in a sawing motion takes some getting used to, but it very quickly cuts through large roots in the ground.  I think I could have been at this project for a long time if I hadn’t been using this shovel. I used the Root Assassin to cut large roots, some up to 2″ in diameter, and clear the hole without too much of a problem. In fact, because March Madness was on tv, I actually did this during halftime of the Iowa basketball game!

Overall the shovel is very light and just the right length for using the handle for leverage and also getting in tight areas. I have a bad habit of kind of using my shovels like crowbars to pry out plants and while my other shovels creak and grown (and will surely snap one day) the Root Assassin stood strong. And while this might sound like a trivial point, the red handle makes it easy to find too!

Root Assassin Shovel

 

 

If I have any criticism of the Root Assassin shovel it would be that I am a little afraid I will cut through an irrigation pipe with it!  My regular shovels won’t hurt these pipes, but when I get into the sawing motion with the Root Assassin I have a feeling I could cut through some pvc without even realizing it. I do take some care when I know I am near these pipes and haven’t had any issues yet.

Our next trial for the Root Assassin was to dig a large hole through established perennial peanut groundcover. By this point my dad and I were arguing over who got to use the Root Assassin and who had to use the “regular” shovel.   In my dad’s words, “Boy, that shovel really cuts through.”  Who would have thought he would be a converted fan too?

If you’ve ever tried to plant anything in an established bed of perennial peanut you probably found that the hardest part is cutting through the tough, wiry stems and roots. The Root Assassin did a great job for this task. We used the Root Assassin in a sawing motion to dig the perimeter and then remove the roots. Once that was cleared it was easier to use a regular spade to remove the sandy soil and dig to the depth for the new palm.

 

As our yard renovations continue it is a constant argument over which one of us gets to use the Root Assassin. If you are constantly battling roots and tough digging conditions I would recommend the Root Assassin. As the name so boldly states, it will tear through the toughest of soils and roots to make digging, transplanting or any garden work a pleasure. You can find more information on the Root Assassin through their website.

While I did receive a complimentary Root Assassin Shovel, the opinions provided here are my own. And yes, I would purchase one again.

 

Review source: http://misssmartyplants.com/root-assassin/
Author name: Keri Byrum

 

Review: I currently own several shovels, one for all purpose digging, and one for spading earth. Both work fine, and have held up for years to the basic needs of my gardening tasks.


deep into the clay. It also did great at digging up the rocks, based mostly on the more triangular shape of the blade. The blade is 2” wide at the digging end, 16 ½” long, and 6” wide at the top, with slight edges on top for to leverage with your foot when digging.

When it came to chopping up larger clods of soil, just turn it on it’s side and use the serrated edges. It made light work of this step.

This shovel only weighs 4 lbs, so was easy for me to use. I’m only 5’ 2”, so thought it might be a bit tall for me, but I really didn’t have any issues with the length, especially after inserting into the ground. I also love that it’s all metal with a heavy plastic handle, and easy to hose off when I was done with it.


This is honestly my new favorite shovel. I’m super happy with it, and highly recommend you give it a try in your own garden. I think it will become one of your “go to” tools! think it will become one of your “go to” tools!

 

Review Source: http://gardenbunch.com/product-reviews/root-assassin-shovel-and-saw/
Review by ChristineGB

Is your dream of an outdoor sanctuary hindered by dense, scrubby bushes and weeds? Does the thought of backbreaking digging prevent you from transforming your overgrown jungle into a relaxing haven?

Then look no further than the Root Assassin Shovel!root assassin shovel

Large holes and strong roots are no match for this extreme spade, meaning you can clear the undergrowth in no time without any hard labor.

It was a friend who first introduced me to the wonders of the Root Assassin. Having just moved into a new house, life was hectic and I simply didn’t have the time to spend tidying the neglected wilderness of my back garden. Desperate for a quick fix, I called a few landscaping companies but was shocked by the extortionate prices quoted to me. I was moaning about the predicament to my green fingered friend when she suggested I borrow her Root Assassin.

Initially, I was a little skeptical. The Root Assassin sounded like it would be more at home in a Tarantino movie than a garden. The serrated teeth added to its fearsome image, giving it the appearance of a halved shark’s head. It certainly looked fierce, but would it really make my garden woes a thing of the past?

The first thing I tackled was a large untamed Burning Bush that was swamping a large chunk of my yard. Anyone familiar with these hardy shrubs will know that the intense root system makes them a nightmare to remove. Not with the Root Assassin though. The unique structure of the toothed edge swiftly chomped its way through the roots.

Impressed and spurred on by my success, I moved on to the large section of privet hedge that fenced off an old vegetable patch. Again, no contest. The Root Assassin slid into the earth and sliced through the roots with one easy push. No straining or sweating involved.

I soldiered on and managed to clear the whole garden in one enjoyable afternoon. It was an absolute breeze! I went out the next day and bought a Root Assassin shovel for myself, knowing it would come in handy for future projects. And I haven’t been disappointed. I excavated a 14-foot-long trench to make a raised flower bed with minimal hassle, and when I realised what a cinch it was, I went ahead and dug out the foundation for a 12×6 foot patio too.

At just 4lbs, the shovel is so lightweight that it’s a pleasure to work with, and the carbon steel frame guarantees that it will withstand the elements. Along with removing unwanted shrubs and digging out earth, I have also used my Root Assassin to saw off stray branches on my birch tree without difficulty. The long handle gives access to higher limbs without the need for a ladder. Sawing with the shovel will dull the serrated teeth over time, but they can be sharpened using a wheel or grinder.

It’s almost a month since I bought my Root Assassin shovel, and it has rapidly become my favourite tool for a multitude of garden tasks. Saving time, effort and money across the board, it really is the jack of all spades!

One look at the Root Assassin shovel’s saw-toothed blade, and you know this tool means business. Nevertheless, I was skeptical. All my life I’ve gardened in dense clay soil, and my current garden is on a rocky ridge where I deal with both clay and stones. I doubted even this aggressive-looking shovel would be up to the challenging task.

pruning branches with Root Assassin

While slightly cumbersome to wield, the shovel did indeed saw through branches, even thick ones.

The video on the company’s website shows the shovel being used as a saw to cut through limbs as well as delving in the ground, cutting effortlessly through turf, and slicing through pesky roots with a single swipe. Again, I was skeptical. Would this shovel really work in the real world? Is this truly “Super Shovel,” coming to the rescue of gardeners who battle with roots and rocks and difficult soil? Can it do all that and prune branches?

Pruning Branches

penetrating turf with Root Assassin shovel

I casually stuck the blade into the grass to stand it up, and was surprised how easily it sunk deeply into the turf – deeper than shown in this photograph.

First I tried it as a saw to prune branches. While it was a little awkward to use a shovel to cut through wood, and it wasn’t as efficient as a bow saw, it worked. If you’re digging in the garden with your Root Assassin shovel and see a branch that needs trimming, you can deal with it right away, saving yourself a hike to the tool shed or garage to get another tool.

Penetrating Turf

digging thru roots with Root Assassin shovel

When you encounter a root, continue to dig and pull up against the intruding fibers. The shovel sliced through them with ease, making digging easy.

It was startling how easily The Root Assassin cut through turf, slicing through the thick mass of roots like a hot knife through soft butter. Clearly this is the tool you want if you’re planting in grass. The pointed tip, designed to penetrate through tough soil, would allow you to cut the perfect diameter holes for planting bulbs such as crocus or spring star flowers (Ipheon) in the lawn, and digging holes for trees or shrubs would be a snap.

Unfortunately, the pointed tip and slight curve of the blade makes the shovel unsuitable for edging, as it would be very difficult to cut a straight, sharp line. On the flip side, this is a superb tool for cutting deep and narrow trenches, so while the Root Assassin shovel can successfully multitask, it cannot – and should not be expected to – do everything.

Digging and Cutting Through Roots

long Root Assassin shovel

It would have been a little easier for me to dig with the Root Assassin if I were taller.

The Root Assassin also lived up to its claim as a root eater. We tackled a dead shrub that needed removing, so it didn’t take long to encounter roots of significant girth. A little sawing accompanied by continued digging, and each root was easily severed. The shovel worked like a charm, making a potentially challenging job much, much easier.

Ease of Use

handle on Root Assassin shovel

The padded handle is easy to grip and comfortable.

The solid steel shovel stands 4 feet tall. The narrow, commercial grade 14-gauge steel pointed blade represents at least 12” of that length. At 5’3” tall, I found getting my foot firmly on the step in a position where I could put my weight and strength onto the blade for digging was a bit like climbing onto stilts. However, my 6”4” tall husband had no problem whatsoever. It would be nice if the shovel came in different sizes: large, medium and small – or tall, mid-height, and short.

The handgrip is comfortably wide, accommodating large or small hands, and is made of reinforced rubber that is both durable and slip-proof.

foot step on Root Assassin shovel

The manufacturers claim the step is angled, but I didn’t notice that. However, I’m sure it didn’t matter one way or the other.

The manufacturers claim the step is forward turned for secure foot placement, but I couldn’t see it. To my eye it looked almost perfectly parallel to the ground if the shovel is held straight upright.

Specifications and Features

  • 20 Double edged sharp serrated teeth on each side
  • Commercial grade carbon steel 14-gauge blade
  • Forward turned-step for secure foot placement
  • Comfort D-grip, reinforced rubber handle for added leverage and control
  • Weighs 4 pounds
  • Retails for $59.99

Recommendation

5 Shovels Rating from Gardening Products ReviewOften hybrid tools end up doing neither job well. The Root Assassin is a happy exception. If you are digging a hole in a root-infested area, this is the perfect tool. While I would not pick up this tool simply to cut off a branch, if it’s in my hand when a branch for cutting presents itself, it will do the job effectively.

The Root Assassin Shovel lives up to its name, and to the claims made by the manufacturer. I highly recommend it.

The company can be reached online through their website www.Rootassassinshovel.com. The Root Assassin is a patented all-purpose garden shovel and saw.

Where to Buy

The Root Assassin shovel is available directly from the manufacturer or through Amazon. The retail price is $59.99 at either location, plus shipping.

 

Review Source: http://gardeningproductsreview.com/root-assassin-shovel-review/

Author Name: Monica Hemingway

At the end of each year, the Gardening Products Review takes a close look at all of the products we’ve reviewed that year. We then award up to five products with the Golden Shovel Award for outstanding garden product.

In 2014, we had a lot a fabulous products to choose from, including some new introductions, as well as some that have been around the block a few times. Our reviewers weighed in with their favorites and we also heard from many of our readers. We revisited some of the products that we reviewed earlier in the year, checked how well products were holding up after extended use, and looked at which items got the most use from our testers and home gardeners.

After weighing the pros and cons of all of the gardening products, we’re proud to announce the 2014 winners of the Golden Shovel Awards!

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Root Assassin shovel reviewRoot Assassin Shovel – One look at the Root Assassin shovel’s saw-toothed blade, and you know this tool means business. Often hybrid tools end up doing neither job well but this easy-to-use shovel not only cuts easily through root-infested soil, it also prunes branches and sinks into turf easily.

 

 

Spear Head Spade reviewSpear Head Spade – This precision digging tool combines some of the best characteristics of a spade with a garden axe or knife. Lightweight yet sturdy, it makes quick work of a wide range of garden tasks. It is a great addition to the tool shed—but not a replacement for other shovels. What it does, it does much, much better than less specialized digging tools.

 

Review Source: http://gardeningproductsreview.com/2014-golden-shovel-awards-best-gardening-product/

Author Name: Monica Hemingway

There are so many shovels on the market it’s hard to choose one to do it all. Short, tall, Y grip handle, D grip, O grip, no grip, spade, round, square and on the choices go.

The most efficient shovel would ideally include a fiberglass or composite shaft, comfortable grip, strong blade that gets the job done right (digging easily and keeping the contents from spilling over), and would be lightweight overall. The Root Assassin One Shot Shovel checks all of these boxes.

PACKAGING

The packaging box that the Root Assassin One Shot shovel came in was well sealed for shipping yet was easy to open. The shovel came out of the packaging ready to be put to use.

                                                              The One Shot came well packaged and ready to use

The One Shot shovel is lightweight, weighing in at only 4.5 lbs. It’s 43” long with a steel blade, slightly rounded point, fiberglass shaft and comfortable D handle. My husband and I were excited to give this a shot (pun intended). As we continued to dig, it quickly became apparent that the One Shot is a workhorse that gets the job done quickly.

“D” RING HANDLE For a COMFORTABLE GRIP

The One Shot shovel is the perfect height for my 5’ 11” husband or myself and the easy grip D-handle is comfortable for us both. Due to some physical limitations, my husband does most of the heavy lifting and he is raving about this shovel!

The comfortable rubber-like grip on the D handle makes wearing gloves unnecessary – your hands won’t slip off either the grip or the fiberglass handle. But wearing gloves is still a good idea as it helps prevent blisters while shoveling and digging.

           The shovel has a comfortable D-handle grip

THE DIRT STAYs WHERE IT’s SUPPOSED TO – ON THE SHOVEL

The steel blade has ‘wings’ or extended sides, not only to accommodate any size foot comfortably – which helps you get the job done much quicker by not slipping off – but to keep the load within the blade until it is transferred to the pile or wheelbarrow.

Many times with ordinary blades, the shovel either wobbles as you lift it, or the load slides out during the transfer. With the Root Assassin One Shot shovel the flanges on the sides keep the dirt securely in the shovel without making it wobbly and tipping like an ordinary shovel would do. It holds about the same amount as a normal shovel, but makes moving soil so much easier. You’re not leaving a trail of soil, so your work is much more efficient – soil stays within the confines of the side flanges and doesn’t fall out of the front either. We had complete confidence in lifting and moving the load.

LIGHTWEIGHT AND SURE FOOTED

Although the One Shot shovel is lightweight in comparison to the other shovels that we own, it has a more durable feeling than the shovel made of wood and metal that we normally use. The lighter weight of the One Shot makes it ideal for longer work tasks.

One thing my husband particularly liked was that his foot never slipped off of the “wings” (steps on the side of the shovel). The “wings” on the One Shot are definitely much easier to stomp down on than ordinary shovels; there was actually a feeling of accomplishment by having a sturdy place to press down and it made it much easier to push the shovel into the ground.

 

Root Assassin One Shot Shovel showing wings
The shovel’s “wings” step make for sure footing while digging

FASTER DIGGING

The One Shot shovel made the job at hand much easier given the lightweight yet sturdy shaft, the “wings” to ‘stomp’ down on and the sides to contain the load when moving it from one place to another. It will be our go-to shovel from now on.

Easy to Use

The One Shot shovel is easy to use and digs right into the ground, whether it’s sand, soil or – as we found – even clay. With a little effort, we were also able to move gravel and rocks.

QUALITY

So far we haven’t found any issues with the One Shot shovel either with workmanship or use. Everything about the shovel speaks of quality.

WARRANTY

Root Assassin offers a lifetime replacement policy for all items they sell. They won’t refund your purchase, but if you’re not happy with it (for any reason) they’ll replace it or exchange it for another product sold on their website.

 

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Root Assassin LLC was started in 2014 for the express purpose of bringing unique and efficient garden tools to the public. The company conducts extensive research with industry professionals in the landscaping and irrigation industries, as well as home garden hobbyists and “ weekend warriors”. The focus of the products is on combining the precise amount of quality, durability, utility, style, ergonomics and affordability. The first product introduced in February 2014 was the 4’ Root Assassin shovel.

Root Assassin One Shot Shovel with load of dirt
                                                The shovel’s sides made for more dirt to be moved in one load

RECOMMENDATION

I highly recommend the Root Assassin One Shot shovel to anyone wanting a sharp point to dig right in, wings to hold your payload better that also give you “the ability to put more power into stomping the shovel into the ground,” (as my husband said), and a perfect height with a comfortable easy grip handle. The One Shot shovel will store like any other shovel in your garage or shed and with the bright red handle, it will be the first one you reach for.

WHERE TO BUY

The Root Assassin One Shot shovel can be  purchased from Amazon Prime for $39.99 . It’s also available on the Root Assassin website for $39.99 (free shipping).

Do you use shovels that lose a lot of dirt? Would using the Root Assassin One Shot shovel save you a lot of time? Let us know in the comments below!

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Root Assassin

Imagine only using one tool to trim trees, cut out dead shrubbery and clear out overgrown gardens this year. Introducing The Root Assassin – an innovative three-in-one tool that takes most of the effort out of gardening. The shovel has unique ‘teeth’ instead of the typical serrated edges you might find elsewhere. The Root Assassin teeth are alternatively beveled in opposite directions so that the user can cut roots and branches while pushing in and again while pulling out. Essentially accomplishing twice the work with half the effort! The Root Assassin also has a sharp pointed blade so digging into the ground is easy and smooth. No need to jump-step on the top of the blade to get depth. The pointed tip also enables the user to make precision cuts in a delicate flower bed. The shovel is made of solid structural carbon steel and is overlaid with a sleek silver color powder coat. The ergonomically designed steel shaft is topped with a durable solid rubber coated bright red handle for comfort and ease of locating amid the grounds. Weighing 4 pounds, it’s light enough to be dragged along for a long day and yet strong enough to provide the leverage needed to get the job done.

Root Assassin is tough on weeds

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Root Assassin is tough on weeds

Root Assassin

Imagine only using one tool to trim trees, cut out dead shrubbery and clear out overgrown gardens this year. Introducing The Root Assassin – an innovative three-in-one tool that takes most of the effort out of gardening. The shovel has unique ‘teeth’ instead of the typical serrated edges you might find elsewhere. The Root Assassin teeth are alternatively beveled in opposite directions so that the user can cut roots and branches while pushing in and again while pulling out. Essentially accomplishing twice the work with half the effort! The Root Assassin also has a sharp pointed blade so digging into the ground is easy and smooth. No need to jump-step on the top of the blade to get depth. The pointed tip also enables the user to make precision cuts in a delicate flower bed. The shovel is made of solid structural carbon steel and is overlaid with a sleek silver color powder coat. The ergonomically designed steel shaft is topped with a durable solid rubber coated bright red handle for comfort and ease of locating amid the grounds. Weighing 4 pounds, it’s light enough to be dragged along for a long day and yet strong enough to provide the leverage needed to get the job done.

Shop The Root Assassin Now!

Review Source: https://www.lifewithheidi.com/fathers-day-gift-guide/

The Root Assassin Shovel Had a Baby!

Root Assassin, the company that first introduced the innovative shovel design with a pointed blade and cuttingly sharp serrated teeth along the two edges has done it again. This time it’s a scaled-down version of the original shovel, called the Mini-Root Assassin. It has the same features as the full-sized version so for more details, see our full review of the Root Assassin.

The company’s marketing material touts the shovel for treasure hunting and metal detecting. Those people value its toothy ability to cut deeply and cleanly in small areas without disturbing the landscape. The manufacturer also recommends it for garden jobs in tight fitting spaces. It is excellent for clearing out an overgrown area of the garden, forest or brush in tight places.

Smaller Size Is A Big Plus

All that is true, but the shovel also is ideal for short people and children. The full length is 32”, so those who measure in closer to 5’ than 6’ can easily reach the step to put their full weight into the digging. As a short person, it is rapidly becoming my go-to digging tool.

Light-Weight Yet Strong

The shovel literally is a lightweight, weighing in at an easy-to-lift 2.2 pounds. However, this shovel is far from flimsy or insubstantial. It is built of industrial grade steel, with an interior structure engineered for strength and durability. The serrated teeth – that cut both when the shovel is pushed down and pulled up – are up to the toughest job. When the teeth dull, sharpen them with a wheel or grinder.

Root Assassin and Mini Root Assassin
Like father, like son. It may be smaller, but the new Mini-Root Assassin shovel has the same solid construction and root cutting features as the original, larger version.

Like father, like son. It may be smaller, but the new Mini-Root Assassin shovel has the same solid construction and root cutting features as the original, larger version.

Specifications And Features

  • 16 double-edged, sharp serrated teeth on each side (cuts while digging both in and out)
  • Industrial grade steel, covered in a sleek silver powder coating
    Forward turned step for secure foot placement
  • Comfort D-grip, reinforced rubber handle for added leverage and control
  • Weighs 2.2 pounds
  • 32” long

Warranty

Root Assassin will replace the shovel free of charge (for life), if not satisfied with the purchase. They do not accept returns for refunds. The shovel, however, can be exchanged for another product that they sell on their website.

Where To Buy

The Mini Root Assassin shovel is available through their online website: for $35.95. It is also available from Amazon Prime for $37.99.

GPR Recommendation

Like the full-sized Root Assassin Shovel, the Mini-Root Assassin lives up to its name. I highly recommend it.

Now, over to you! Have you tried any of the Root Assassin tools yet? Let us know in the comments below!

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Source: https://gardeningproductsreview.com/mini-root-assassin-shovel-product-review/

A Great Spring Cleaning Tool

The Root Assassin Shovel and Saw

Sponsored

Why Dad Will Love It: If Dad is a fan of efficiency, he’ll love the Root Assassin Shovel and Saw garden tool. This patented all-purpose garden tool is a shovel and a saw in one. With it, Dad can easily slice through roots, branches, and tree limbs. It is also great for transplanting and removing overgrown areas, so if Dad has big plans in store for his yard, this tool is a must-have. The 16 supersharp serrated and beveled steel “teeth” on each side of the blade enables the user to cut while digging in and cut again when lifting out, a unique and useful function that makes clearing areas of unwanted brush and preparing soil a cinch. The Root Assassin is made of steel, is available in 32-inch and 48-inch models, weighs only 4 lbs., and comes with a lifetime replacement guarantee. Introduce Dad to his new favorite tool this Father’s Day.

https://rootassassinshovel.com/

$49.99

 

 

Review Source: https://www.finegardening.com/article/fathers-day-gadgets-tools-garden-gift-ideas

HANDYMAN MAGAZINE: STUFF WE LOVE!

 

Stuff We Love May 2018

The Root Assassin Shovel:

If you have a dad who loves to work in the yard or loves receiving tools then The Root Assassin Shovel makes a great gift idea.  This is the ultimate shovel that makes any yard work a cinch.  There is no job to big for the Root Assassin.  Dad will love receiving this must-have yard tool.

Imagine only using one tool to trim trees, cut out dead shrubbery and clear out overgrown gardens this Spring. Introducing The Root Assassin – an innovative three-in-one tool that takes most of the effort out of gardening. The shovel has unique ‘teeth’ instead of the typical serrated edges you might find elsewhere. The Root Assassin teeth are alternatively beveled in opposite directions so that the user can cut roots and branches while pushing in and again while pulling out. Essentially accomplishing twice the work with half the effort! The Root Assassin also has a sharp pointed blade so digging into the ground is easy and smooth. No need to jump-step on the top of the blade to get depth.  The pointed tip also enables the user to make precision cuts in a delicate flower bed. The shovel is made of solid structural carbon steel and is overlaid with a sleek silver color powder coat. The ergonomically designed steel shaft is topped with a durable solid rubber coated bright red handle for comfort and ease of locating amid the grounds. Weighing 4 pounds, it’s light enough to be dragged along for a long day and yet strong enough to provide the leverage needed to get the job done.

FEATURES/SPECS
16 Double edged sharp serrated teeth on each side
Industrial Grade Steel
Forward turned-step for secure foot placement
Comfort D-grip for added leverage and control
Weighs 4 Lbs
48″ Long

 

Source: http://parentinginprogress.net/fdoutdoor/8/

Wingin’ It With The One Shot Shovel – Helping You Sod Off

 

Other than perhaps a drain snake, it’s hard to think of a less-glamorous tool than the shovel. When it’s time to pick one up, it usually means hard work is in store. Or an even worse fate, if you happen to own horses or other large critters. I’ve shoveled my share of dirt, gravel, and other less-pleasant substances over the years, and there are definitely differences in quality from one shovel to the next. They’ve all had the same basic design, though, and when the folks at Root Assassin offered to send us a shovel with wings, we were intrigued. Join us as we dig in and take an unflappable look at the One Shot Shovel.

one shot shovelNo one said the life of a shovel would be glamorous…

Sadly, the wings in question aren’t capable of flight. They are capable of helping you get your chores wrapped up more quickly, though, so you can head out for cold beer and hot wings, which are likely to be MUCH tastier. Originally designed to make sod removal faster and neater, the upper half of the business end of the One Shot shovel extends forward, forming “wings,” and the top of the blade is folded forward. This allows you to pick up quite a bit more material, without having it all topple back off onto your tootsies or prize petunias.

one shot shovelThe wings on the One Shot Shovel – not very aerodynamic, but strong!

The upper portion also provides a much larger support area for your foot as you push the blade into the ground. It’s much easier on the sole of your foot than the standard 1/8” or so blade on most shovels. It also makes the already-beefy blade even stronger; the One Shot shovel seems capable of lifting whatever YOU’RE capable of lifting. Here are the specs from Root Assassin, followed by a two-minute demo video on the One Shot shovel, which apparently started its life with the Superhero moniker the Earth Mover:

Length: 43” and 60” versions available
Steel round point shovel with fiberglass shaft
Holds 25% more dirt than a standard shovel
Comfort D-handle on 43” model
Extra large foot step
Free shipping within the Continental United States

Dishing The Dirt With The One Shot Shovel

As it happened, the One Shot shovel winged its way to HomeFixated’s East Coast headquarters just as we were about to prep a small garden for planting. With my wife’s blessing and encouragement, I grabbed it and headed out to make the dirt fly.

one shot shovelThe One Shot shovel, eager to do a bit of garden prep…

Even with its heavy-duty blade, the One Shot shovel doesn’t feel overly heavy, thanks to its fiberglass handle. The folks at Root Assassin strengthened the connection between the handle and the business end by inserting a 6” composite plug.

The shovel is very nicely balanced, and the two rubber grips on the handle add a bit of comfort. I like the fact that you can reposition the lower grip to get better leverage, for users with longer or shorter limbs. It also helps keep the shovel from slipping, on the off chance you sweat when you’re shoveling tons of dirt or whatever.

one shot shovelThe top of the 60″ shovel has a comfortable rubber grip…

I dug right in to the garden bed, and started turning over the soil and breaking up the clumps with the shovel blade. The lip/wing/shelf/whatever on top of the blade is great; I was able to put a lot of down force on the shovel without feeling any discomfort at all in my foot. The One Shot shovel performs as advertised; it picks up a whopping amount of dirt with every plunge.

one shot shovelThe One Shot shovel gets its first tasty load of dirt…
one shot shovelThe sharp blade made it easy to do some clod bustin’.
one shot shovelThe wing top makes it easy on your wing tips.

After about 15 minutes of semi-strenuous work, I had dug up and turned over all the soil in our small garden. Unfortunately, in the spirit of “No good deed goes unpunished,” my wife had the brainstorm that I should continue the evaluation of the One Shot shovel by using it to spread a truckload of mushroom manure over the garden and elsewhere. Ah well, happy wife, happy life…

one shot shovel“While you’re at it…” The price you pay for doing a good deed.

Ready To Give It A Shot?

To paraphrase what I said earlier, shovels aren’t the sexiest tools in the shed. When it comes time to move large quantities of dirt, sand, gravel or whatever, though, they are definitely the tool everyone picks first for their team. I really like the One Shot shovel; it’s very sturdy and well-made, and the wings aren’t just a gimmick, they actually make the shovel stronger and more capable. The shovel is comfortable to use, has a very solid feel, and it can lift a LOT of dirt.

one shot shovelThe One Shot Shovel can lift and hang onto a fair bit of dirt.

If you were wondering about the name of the company that makes the One Shot shovel, the Root Assassin is actually the name of their flagship product. It has a long, toothed shovel blade designed to make roots wish they’d never reared their ugly tendrils. We’ll be taking a closer look at it soon.

one shot shovelThe One Shot’s butt-kicking brother…full review coming soon!

The One Shot Shovel is available in the 60″ length we got, and a 43″ version, which comes with a D-handle. The folks who make the One Shot shovel seem pretty confident it will hold up. Here’s their warranty statement: “Root Assassin LLC stands by every product we sell. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, we will replace the item free of charge for life.” Seems pretty solid to me. If you’re looking for a sturdy, well-designed shovel that can help you get your work done faster, wing your way over to their web site and check out the One Shot shovel and its kin.

one shot shovel

Buy the One Shot Shovel for $39.99 – $49.99:

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The Root Assassin Shovel Wants To Be your Underground Enforcer

 

In the ongoing quest to root out unwanted roots, most gardeners are willing to employ any means necessary to put their roots six feet under. Or to get them OUT from six feet under. We recently took a look at one tool in the battle against subterranean tendrils, the Root Slayer. It’s not the only enemy of the trip-inducing tubers, though; when it comes to root annihilation, the Root Assassin folks claim their shovel is the original and the best. We’ll take a look at the Root Assassin shovel, and then you can root for your favorite.

Root Assassin

One look at the Root Assassin, and your plants will uproot themselves. Maybe.

Designed to be equally at home annihilating roots in gardens, forest or brush, each edge of the Root Assassin shovel has 16 sharp teeth. To speed up your assassination attempts, the teeth are angled and designed to cut in both directions. The bottom edge of the shovel blade is also nice and sharp, and actually works very well to sever small to mid-sized roots, without even needing the vicious killer teeth. If any of the cutting surfaces get dulled after dealing with a yard full of roots, they can be sharpened with a grinder or wheel.

root assassin

My, grandma, what sharp teeth you have…

Like its big brother, the One Shot shovel, the top edge of the shovel blade is folded forward, creating a little ledge or wing. It’s a simple design tweak, but it makes a big difference in how much force you can put into the downstroke – and in how the edge of the shovel feels on the sole of your foot.

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The top edge of the blade is easy on the feet…

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And the handle is sturdy and comfortable.

The handle and blade on the Root Assassin are made of solid structural carbon steel, and they feel very robust. The D handle on top is made of solid red plastic, riveted onto the steel handle. It feels very sturdy, and has a rubber overmold on top, which makes the shovel more comfortable and less likely to slip. Here’s the official spec list, and a short promo video from Root Assassin:

16 Double edged sharp serrated teeth on each side
Industrial Grade Steel
Forward turned-step for secure foot placement
Comfort D-grip for added leverage and control
Weighs 4 Lbs.
48″ Long
Free shipping within the Continental United States

The Root Assassin Gets Its First Dirty Job

For its initial mission, I introduced the Root Assassin to a thick root growing very close to our foundation wall. The tree the root had once fed came down in a storm a few years ago, and the root had been spared this long because it was out of the way. Also because it would be such a pain in the neck to get at; the root had actually wrapped itself right around the corner of the foundation. This is the type of root my pickaxe loves to bounce right back off of, sometimes with unhappy results.

root assassin

The Root Assassin, ready to fulfill its first contract.

I picked a spot near where the root dove underground, put the edge of the blade up against it, and stomped on the shovel. The Root Assassin plunged right in, and made a nice starting cut in the root. I pulled it back up, keeping pressure on the root, and stomped it back down. After two or three repetitions of this process, the root was severed. Woohoo!

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Plunging in. The sharp teeth tore right in.
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After a couple of strokes, the first end was out.

There was an offshoot where the root went around the corner, so I got the blade under it and quickly sliced it off. Then it was ‘round the bend, where I tackled the other end of the root. It was right up against the wall, a tricky spot to get to, but in less than a minute the Root Assassin had finished its deadly work. The root was out, and all easy peasy.

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The Root Assassin was easy to use in a tight spot…
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And the toothy shovel soon had its first kill.

The Root Assassin Goes After The Capo Di Tuti Rooto

Now that it had its first kill, it was time for something a bit more challenging. It’s been said that money is the root of all evil. Sometimes, though, ROOTS are the root of all evil, as demonstrated by a couple of firmly-rooted thorn bushes at our farm. I had cut all the branches off last fall, but after fifteen minutes of hacking at the roots with my pickaxe didn’t phase them a bit, I decided to give them the winter to ponder the error of their ways.

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The Root Of All Evil, ready to do battle…

Unfortunately, they were still there in the spring. I decided to tackle the root that was trickiest to get at first, to get it out of the way. It was located near part of the deck that used to surround our pool, until a windstorm worked its magic on it last fall. Obviously, snow isn’t the only trick Mother Nature has up her sleeve. I first used the Root Assassin to cut around the circumference of the root ball, then dug away some of the dirt around it and tried to undercut it, since it was still solidly in place.

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I first used the Root Assassin to cut around the perimeter of the evil root…
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Then trenched around the edges, and undercut the roots.

The Root Assassin shovel worked very well, and held up nicely, despite my jumping on it, and standing on it swaying back and forth with my 200+ pound bulk atop it. Finally, with a combination of the Root Assassin and my trusty pickaxe, the *&^%$#@ root gave way.

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The shovel survived my bulk doing the patented “Stomp and wiggle” assassin move…
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And with the help of its old-school partner, the Medusa bush was uprooted.

There’s no way I would have gotten it out with the pickaxe alone; too many large roots at bad angles, and the axe just bounces off. With most of the prep done by the Root Assassin, and the final prying by the pickaxe, humanity prevailed.

root assassinNo wonder I couldn’t just wiggle it out…

It had taken over two hours to get the first root out, and since the temperature and humidity were both in the upper 80’s, I decided to give the other root ball a temporary reprieve, and went in search of some Aleve and an appropriate beverage.

Ready To Put Out A Hit On Your Roots?

I’m a sucker for a well-designed, well-made tool. The Root Assassin shovel qualifies in both regards. It feels sturdy as hell, and it does the job it was designed for very well: Slice out those #^(%!*$ roots! I stomped on it, twisted it, and generally abused the heck out of it, and the Root Assassin was still in fine shape when all the roots had been laid to rest.

root assassinThe Root Assassin is a great addition to the garden arsenal.

If you do manage to destroy it, not to worry. The Root Assassin shovel is covered by the same no BS guarantee as the One Shot shovel: If for any reason you are not satisfied with it, they’ll replace it free of charge for life. You can also exchange the Root Assassin for any other item on their website. Like maybe the Mini-Me version of the Root Assassin, the more compact Mini Root Assassin.

root assassinThe Root Assassin with its apprentice, the Mini Root Assassin (Photo – Root Assassin)

I didn’t get a chance to get a hands-on tryout of the Root Slayer shovel. Our fearless leader Marc, who dwells in the inhospitable climes of San Diego (hey, we can’t all be lucky enough to live in the Persistent Snowband south of Lake Erie), tried it out on a yard full of laid-back California roots. All I know is, the Root Assassin kicked butt on our very hardy northeast roots. And by the way, the Root Assassin was the winner of the Golden Shovel Award by Garden Products Review. That seems good, right? Anyhow, if you’ve got unruly roots, let the Root Assassin cut your underworld problems down to size. Then settle back and enjoy a cold, frosty mug of root beer. Possibly omitting the root.

root assassin

Buy the Root Assassin Shovel:

BUY NOW – via RootAssassinShovel.com

Every gardener should have at least the basics in their toolsheds: shovel, spade, gloves, pruning shears, wheelbarrow, and so on. But there are some tools that go beyond the basics which can make gardening easier, quicker, and less damaging on the body. All avid gardeners know that the right tool can make the difference between a job being efficient and pain-free and the job taking forever and causing aching joints and muscles. Luckily, Root Assassin has you covered. Here are a few tools you may not have considered before but will want to try out in your garden.

 

           One Shot Shovel

A Better, More Effective Shovel

A shovel is a crucial tool in the garden for digging holes, turning over soil, putting in transplants, turning mulch, and so much more. But not all shovels are the same. If you’re still using the same basic shovel you got ten years ago, it’s time to check out the advances that have been made in the intervening years. If you have ever had to dig a big hole or trench, or cut out grass or sod, you know how much effort it takes.

You can do these tough digging jobs more easily with a tool like the One Shot Shovel. It comes in two lengths: 43 and 60 inches. But what really makes this shovel special is that it has a unique shape with two wings, one to either side of the handle. These provide greater surface area for your foot so that you can press down into hard soil and roots with greater force. They also strengthen the shovel and provide a larger area to hold soil so that you don’t get spillage over the sides. It’s an easier, cleaner, and more efficient way to move soil and sod.

 

                    Rack Assassin

 

 

An Easy-to-Use Tool Caddy

Every gardener comes up with his or her own solution to organizing tools, but what if you could put all your tools in one spot, easily hang it in the shed or garage, and also be able to pick them all up at once and carry them around the garden? The Rack Assassin Tool Caddy can do all this, making it easier to store, organize, and move gardening tools.

The tool caddy can hold five long-handled tools at once, which is adequate for most home gardeners. The clips adjust to fit any width of handle and fitting them in is as simple as just popping the tool into the clip. There are sturdy carrying straps and a handle so the caddy can be lifted and carried from bed to bed throughout the garden; it weighs just five pounds without the tools.

This hand tool holder is also easy to mount on a wall. Instead of dumping all your tools into a cluttered pile that will have you swearing the next time you need to extract a rake or shovel, hang the caddy on the wall and have quick access to any of the tools or the entire caddy.

Having the right tools in the garden make tough chores easier and this beloved hobby more fun and less painful. Get through the tougher chores with these and other unique tools that you can find at Root Assassin, from specialized shovels and tool caddies to more effective rakes and clean up tools.

Tree Surgeons operate with Root Assassin Tools

 

 

 

 

 

HOW WE PREPARE OUR URBAN YARD FOR WINTER

 

Once we determined a natural split in the leaves, we used a shovel to split the root ball in half, leaving as much soil intact a possible. The Mini Root Assassin was an absolute champion here! The shovel head has ‘teeth’ that cut through roots with very little effort, and it features a narrow, pointed shape that was easy to maneuver between the sidewalk and fence in our tight beds. Once the roots were split, we cut around the portion of root we’d be removing and then used the shovel to lift out the newly halved plant. It was even easier than we anticipated!

 

How to prepare your lawn for winter | via Yellow Brick Home
How to prepare your lawn for winter | via Yellow Brick Home

+ Smarter Hobby

if you work with the ground at all, you know the importance of a good shovel. With an ordinary shovel, you have to put a lot of weight on it to even crack the ground sometimes, let alone dig a good-size hole. But with a great shovel like the Root Assassin, it feels like you’re slicing butter.

The Root Assassin shovel is one tool a metal detectorist may want to consider adding to his arsenal.

The company was kind enough to send us their digger to review. Here’s what we think:​

Why Is the Root Assassin Good for Detectorists?

As metal detectorists, we’re sunk if we don’t have a great shovel by our side.

Without the right shovel, you’ll never be able to dig deep enough in tough ground to reach our targets, especially if there are tree roots or gravel involved.

And if we can’t dig deep enough, it doesn’t matter that we’ve found great targets — we’ll never be able to unearth them.

Plus, if you fatigue yourself just by digging a few targets, you’re not going to detect as long as you would if you weren’t tired.

The more time you spend out there detecting, the better your odds of making that once-in-a-lifetime discovery. And isn’t that what every detectorist dreams about?

The Root Assassin is a heavy-duty shovel made for tough roots. That’s important for detectorists, especially if they like to search by big, old trees.

I’ve had great success looking by old trees that I imagine were used as shade back in the day by people looking for a place to escape the summer heat.

I’ve found jewelry, coins, gold-plated lift-arm lighters and a lot of old toy cars, ships and helicopters by shade trees. And let me tell you, it wasn’t easy.

I was in a battle with a lot of thick, tough roots that were protecting all the signals I was trying to reach.

The only thing that saved me was using a shovel with serrated teeth.

When there are roots involved, shovels with serrated teeth, like the Root Assassin, will help you recover targets quickly and with less effort than a traditional shovel.

Features

The best feature on this shovel is the 16 serrated teeth that are found on each side.

Here is what is unique about these teeth — they cut while digging in and when you pull your shovel out.

That double action makes quick work of the root you’re trying to cut and get out of your way.

The teeth also help when you’re searching in heavy clay soil that is a pain to dig with a traditional shovel.

The other great thing about this shovel is how easy it is to lift and carry around with you.

It only weighs 4 pounds.

As a detectorist, you’re going to be lugging around a lot of equipment already, especially if you’re doing a day-long hunt in a remote area.

You’ll already be carrying your detector, a pinpointer, your treasure bag, plus any water, food, bug spray and sunblock you take with you on an extended hunt.

The last thing you need is a heavy shovel to take with you.

Because this shovel doesn’t weigh much, you’ll be able to take it with you and use it for hours without feeling exhausted and calling it a day early.

It cuts a neat plug, which is crucial as a detectorist.

Whether you’re hunting at a public place like a park or you’ve been granted special permission to detect on private property, you don’t want to earn a reputation as a detectorist who tears up the property he searches.

If you don’t learn how to cut a neat plug, word will spread and fewer people will be willing to let you search their grounds.

The Root Assassin is made of steel which is then treated with a silver powder coat paint.

Since it’s made of strong material, it should be durable. If you do have any issues with the durability, however, the company offers a 100 percent replacement guarantee.

The guarantee lasts for one year and will be honored with no questions asked.

This shovel has a grip on the handle, which makes it comfortable to use and easier on the hands.

Because the head of this shovel is so narrow, you won’t have to cut a huge plug to reach a small target.

If you are good at pinpointing your target, you’ll be able to cut a small plug once you’ve zeroed in on where the signal is coming from.

The length of the blade on this shovel is good for metal detecting.

You’ll be able to cut plugs at up to a foot at a time, which is as deep as most smaller targets are found from the large majority of amateur metal detectors.

The Mini Root Assassin

If a full-size, 4-pound shovel is still too much weight for you to lug around, you may want to consider using the Mini Root Assassin.

Check latest pricing here for the mini version.​

It works using the same method as the full-size shovel, with the serrated teeth that work in both directions.

But the Mini Root Assassin is a lighter, shorter option at 2.2 pounds.

If you don’t have much upper body strength or you want to conserve your energy for longer detecting sessions, you might want to go with the Mini.

It’s also a good pick for shorter detectorists who have problems wielding a longer shovel.

And it goes without saying that a smaller digging tool is always preferred when hunting in public areas or small residential yards. See our responsible metal detecting guide here.​

Wrapping Up

In addition to your metal detector, a good shovel is a key part of your success as a detectorist.

You’ll need to find a heavy-duty option that is light enough that you’ll be able to hunt day after day with minimal soreness in your arms and back.

No matter which shovel you decided to go with, remember to always fill in your plugs and be a responsible detectorist.

The kinder we are to the ground we search, the more rights we’ll keep as detectorists.

 

Review source: https://www.smarterhobby.com/metal-detecting/root-assassin-shovel-review/
Author name: Mark Orwig

+ Lawn Mower Hut

 

 

 

With a fearsome name and an appearance to match, it’s easy to see why the Root Assassin Shovel is catching the eye of many gardeners. A unique take on the traditional shovel, the Root Assassin is a double-edged serrated shovel with a sharp point that claims to make short work of even the toughest root systems.

Using such a unique design helps the Root Assassin be a very versatile shovel that will make life much easier for a range of gardening tasks. Of course, many gardening products claim to be revolutionary despite being nothing special, which begs the question – is the Root Assassin Shovel worth buying?

Let’s take a closer look and see!

Overview:

 

  • Weighs only 4lb
    • 20 Serrated Blades on Each Side of the Shovel
      • Carbon Steel Blade
      • Reinforced D-Grip Handle
  • Golden Shovels Award Winner
  • 100% Money Back Guarantee For 1 Year

 

 

 

 

Digging

Any shovel that struggles to dig soil and turf won’t be worth much to most gardeners, so it’s great to see how effective the Root Assassin is when it comes to digging.

It slices through turf and other soft materials with incredible ease. Should you want to dig up a hole in your lawn for a shrub, tree, or flower bed, then the Root Assassin will make short work of pretty much everything it digs into!

This makes it especially great at digging up trenches, although the fine point does mean it’s not the best for lawn edging. However, the Root Assassin really comes into its own when digging in tougher soil rich with clay and stones.

Thanks to the serrated edges, the Root Assassin is so much better at digging through tough material than any other shovel on the market. So, if you have a lot of digging to do in rugged terrain, this is certainly the shovel you want for the job!

Dealing with Roots

digging roots with shovel

As the name suggests, the Root Assassin is highly effective at digging through roots. There are plenty of shrubs and bushes that produce very thick, deep roots that are a nightmare to deal with when trying to transport or remove the plant.

The Root Assassin makes short work of these!

Simply sink the shovel into the soil and dig away, and when you come across any type of root you only need to saw at it for a moment and the roots will be easily severed from the plant. They certainly picked an appropriate name for the Root Assassin!

Pruning

The Root Assassin doesn’t just remove roots, as the serrated blade doubles as a handy pruner. The blade is sharp enough to saw through most branches without much issue, although manoeuvring the shovel like a saw does take some getting used to.

While pruning shears are still recommended for thicker branches, the Root Assassin is still a fine alternative – especially if you can’t be bothered grabbing another tool from the shed! Also, the impressive length (4”) of the Root Assassin makes it ideal for pruning hard to reach spots without having to use a ladder!

Usability

The Root Assassin should be easy enough for most gardeners to use, although it’s worth noting that it is rather tall at 4”. Granted around a quarter of that height is the serrated steel blade, but those that are shorter may have some issues when first using the shovel.

The Root Assassin weighs a modest 4lbs, so using it shouldn’t feel too strenuous, while the reinforced D-grip handle offers enough space to use comfortably.

All in all, the Root Assassin is a fantastic shovel well worth investing in! For those with tough digging and lots of deep roots to deal with in their garden, there aren’t many better tools to make your life easier than the Root Assassin!

Review source: http://www.lawnmowerhut.com/root-assassin-shovel-review/

+ Raise Your Garden

Move over Jason Bourne. There’s a new assassin in town. And we’re still after the bad guys. Except this time, we’re dealing with weeds, roots, and branches. It’s called the Root Assassin and it’s ready to tackle those weeds, dig up deep roots and slash that branch. You’ll love this slender, rigid tool with serrated teeth for tons of tasks. I have lots of yard to do this fall and like different tools for various jobs. It all depends. But what makes the Root Assassin completely unique? It’s the shovel/saw combo. Never seen the like of it before! It has never occurred to me to use a shovel to saw with. Until now. So I’m thrilled that there are two winners who will get their very own Root Assassin valued at $55. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page andshare this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know you entered by telling us something fun about yourself in the comment section of this post!

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First impressions of the Root Assassin

So there are times my brain tells me it’s okay to nag Tom to do tasks that I really, really don’t want to do. This is especially true when it comes to yard work that requires any upper body strength as I have zero. I’m just not very big. To give Tom credit, he’d help me in my perennial beds, but I’ve declined his help because he doesn’t know where my plants are. He just hacks at everything. Loosing perennials in this way is sad. I still miss my Japanese iris.

And I think I told you we bought my Grandma’s house several years ago? And with it, I inherited her perennial beds with plants. The problem is, over the years of neglect, they got overgrown. Unmanageable. Trees got embedded in there. Shrubs got overgrown. Thick brush took over. Weeds became so strong that they uprooted all else in their path.

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Enter: Root Assassin Shovel. Just now I was working until dark hammering away at a few super roots that had taken over my side perennial bed. For years, they remained there because no ordinary shovel that I could maneuver would be up for the task. Bu-bye roots. I actually got them out myself without Tom’s help. It was pretty easy. Those serrated teeth really hacked away. I just have to double check that I got all of the root out so it doesn’t come back stronger than ever. But that’s a success story!

But be careful! This tool is super sharp which is why it is able to chop branches. But that was my next task. Would it easily slice through a branch? That was the test the Root Assassin would have to pass. Quick answer. Yep. It worked. I hardly knew what to expect. I mean, one hardly expects a shovel to be a saw.

And that’s what so great about the Root Assassin Shovel. The typical saw doesn’t have a handle on it. I always fear that I’m going to saw my fingers off! The long handle gives you some distance from the object you are sawing. The red grippy handle also gives you something to grasp with force.

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Product rundown

  • 20 Double edged sharp serrated teeth on each side
  • Industrial grade 14-gauge blade
  • Made of solid structural carbon steel and is overlaid with a sleek silver color powder coat
  • Forward turned-step for secure foot placement
  • Comfort D-grip for added leverage and control
  • Red handle means you can find when you left it in the garden before the rain comes
  • Steel shaft is topped with durable solid rubber coated bright red handle
  • Weighs 4 pounds

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Ways to use this tool – Think outside the box

  • Trim and prune plants and trees
  • Cut branches still on the tree or on the ground
  • Dig out deep, deep roots – super roots I call them!
  • Edge your lawn
  • Dealing with thick brush
  • Transplant your “big plants” like shrubs or gigantic hostas
  • Landscaping
  • Metal Detecting tool
  • Plant your bulbs deep so the squirrels don’t eat them
  • Take with you on your next camping trip
  • Saw off your Brussel Sprouts from the plant. It worked great for this odd purpose!
  • Terrify intruders to your home. I mean, this tool is fierce. Those serrated teeth will surely scare the bad people away. Just keep under your bed at night. (I’m not kidding!)

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Last thoughts….

It was great hearing Tom shout out the other day “where’s the Root Assassin?” This means he’s going to get a job done. And a dirty shovel is one that is being used! It was intriguing that I found myself sawing away at branches, not because that was a chore that needed to get done, but rather for the fun of it. Just because I can!

And yes, I’ve endorsed other shovels on this site, but certainly not one that can slice through thick, woody branches. That’s just fierce. So it’s about having the right tool for the job. Each has a place. It’s kind of like when you sit down to dinner and you choose between using a fork or a spoon. Some choices are easy. Soup = spoon. Spaghetti = fork. But what about a thick pot roast with a gravy? You might choose both. It’s the same with with shovels and spades. At times you choose one over the over, other times, you’ll use both on the job.

 

Review source: http://www.raiseyourgarden.com/home/saw-away-with-the-root-assassin-shovel-two-winner-giveaway

+ Wisconsin Garden

+ The Garden Swap

Well built sturdy shovel that performed well.

In my original review I listed a con as the price. Recently I was looking at some garden spades and was surprised to see the price of these. Considering the Root Assassin is built much better than any spade I could find, the price really isn’t bad.

The Root Assassin Shovel lived up to its name in a trial in my vegetable garden. Preparing my raised beds for spring planting was easily accomplished as the Root Assassin cut through roots left by last year’s crop, cover crops and invading tree roots.

Roots up to 1 inch or more were so easily cut I barely noticed they were there.

On one raised bed all I did was turn the soil to a depth of about 1 1/2 shovel lengths. After raking the bed smoothed I just hand picked the root pieces that were left on top.

For the second raised bed I dug out some of the soil and sifted it. The Root Assasin did will in the actual digging but it may not have been as good as a standard shovel had my (sandy) soil been very dry.

Just to put the Root Assassin through some of its paces I tried digging a small hole near a tree stump.

The Root Assassin cut through the smaller roots with ease. When I hit the 2″-4″ root it took a little practice to get the shovel to cut. It didn’t take me long to learn and the root was cut within minutes.

One thing though, do not expect to get a straight cut. At least not for me.

My centipede grass has grown well onto my sidewalks as we were not living in the home for about 9 months and the maintenance was let go. I tested the Root Assassin Shovel on edging along my side walk. It cut through the thick mat of grass and roots with no effort. I’ll be finishing this chore at a later time but I will follow up using a week trimmer since the slight  curve of the blade on the Root Assassin does not make a neat straight line.

I did not attemtp to trim any tree branches with the Root Assassin Shovel and don’t think this would be my tool of choice for the chore.

Pros:

  • Strong
  • Well built
  • Cuts roots and grass easily

Cons:

Price – The price plus shipping are little high but product is still worth it if you’ve got root and grass problems.

Recommendations:

I would definetly recommend the Root Assassin Shovel.

 

Review Source: http://thegardenswap.com/rootassassinreview.aspx/
Author name: Wayne Schaefer

+ Miss Smarty Plants

Testing Out the Root Assassin Shovel

As I sit down to write this, I am pondering two possible titles, “Testing Out the Root Assassin Shovel” or “My New Favorite Shovel.” Hmmm. When the folks from the Root Assassin sent me a shovel to test for this review I was initially skeptical. It is kind of a crazy looking thing!  Almost like an alligator, chainsaw, and shovel had a baby.

 

I was waiting for the perfect project to give the Root Assassin a project it deserved. I mean you can’t use something called the Root Assassin to plant pansies!  We are working on a major yard renovation and I knew this would be the perfect opportunity. My dad came to town and we were cutting down trees, removing palms and getting busy on our projects. We removed a 25′ tall viburnum from the corner of the shed and this gave us two opportunities to test out the Root Assassin.

The first project was for digging and transplanting this large bromeliad. As you can see, the roots of the viburnum were intertwined with the bromeliad, yet we wanted to try to keep as large of a root ball as possible. We tied up the plant (the serrated edges of the bromeliad will really tear into your legs!), and I started working my way around with the Root Assassin. It was a breeze. The upper edges of the shovel have a reinforced edge to use your foot for extra push and it took less that three minutes to pop this plant out of the ground.

 

Once the viburnum was cut down it left our shed extremely visible and in need of a little more cover. I’ve been plant lusting for a Japanese Fern Tree, Filicium decipiens, for a few years but didn’t have anywhere to plant it until now. But of course I wanted to plant it approximately one foot from the trunk of the previous viburnums. If this was a small plant it may not have been much of an issue, but this plant was in a 30 gallon container almost  30″ in diameter and needed a large hole.

This is where the Root Assassin really shines. Using the shovel in a sawing motion takes some getting used to, but it very quickly cuts through large roots in the ground.  I think I could have been at this project for a long time if I hadn’t been using this shovel. I used the Root Assassin to cut large roots, some up to 2″ in diameter, and clear the hole without too much of a problem. In fact, because March Madness was on tv, I actually did this during halftime of the Iowa basketball game!

Overall the shovel is very light and just the right length for using the handle for leverage and also getting in tight areas. I have a bad habit of kind of using my shovels like crowbars to pry out plants and while my other shovels creak and grown (and will surely snap one day) the Root Assassin stood strong. And while this might sound like a trivial point, the red handle makes it easy to find too!

Root Assassin Shovel

 

 

If I have any criticism of the Root Assassin shovel it would be that I am a little afraid I will cut through an irrigation pipe with it!  My regular shovels won’t hurt these pipes, but when I get into the sawing motion with the Root Assassin I have a feeling I could cut through some pvc without even realizing it. I do take some care when I know I am near these pipes and haven’t had any issues yet.

Our next trial for the Root Assassin was to dig a large hole through established perennial peanut groundcover. By this point my dad and I were arguing over who got to use the Root Assassin and who had to use the “regular” shovel.   In my dad’s words, “Boy, that shovel really cuts through.”  Who would have thought he would be a converted fan too?

If you’ve ever tried to plant anything in an established bed of perennial peanut you probably found that the hardest part is cutting through the tough, wiry stems and roots. The Root Assassin did a great job for this task. We used the Root Assassin in a sawing motion to dig the perimeter and then remove the roots. Once that was cleared it was easier to use a regular spade to remove the sandy soil and dig to the depth for the new palm.

 

As our yard renovations continue it is a constant argument over which one of us gets to use the Root Assassin. If you are constantly battling roots and tough digging conditions I would recommend the Root Assassin. As the name so boldly states, it will tear through the toughest of soils and roots to make digging, transplanting or any garden work a pleasure. You can find more information on the Root Assassin through their website.

While I did receive a complimentary Root Assassin Shovel, the opinions provided here are my own. And yes, I would purchase one again.

 

Review source: http://misssmartyplants.com/root-assassin/
Author name: Keri Byrum

+ Garden Bunch

 

Review: I currently own several shovels, one for all purpose digging, and one for spading earth. Both work fine, and have held up for years to the basic needs of my gardening tasks.


deep into the clay. It also did great at digging up the rocks, based mostly on the more triangular shape of the blade. The blade is 2” wide at the digging end, 16 ½” long, and 6” wide at the top, with slight edges on top for to leverage with your foot when digging.

When it came to chopping up larger clods of soil, just turn it on it’s side and use the serrated edges. It made light work of this step.

This shovel only weighs 4 lbs, so was easy for me to use. I’m only 5’ 2”, so thought it might be a bit tall for me, but I really didn’t have any issues with the length, especially after inserting into the ground. I also love that it’s all metal with a heavy plastic handle, and easy to hose off when I was done with it.


This is honestly my new favorite shovel. I’m super happy with it, and highly recommend you give it a try in your own garden. I think it will become one of your “go to” tools! think it will become one of your “go to” tools!

 

Review Source: http://gardenbunch.com/product-reviews/root-assassin-shovel-and-saw/
Review by ChristineGB

+ DIY Garden

Is your dream of an outdoor sanctuary hindered by dense, scrubby bushes and weeds? Does the thought of backbreaking digging prevent you from transforming your overgrown jungle into a relaxing haven?

Then look no further than the Root Assassin Shovel!root assassin shovel

Large holes and strong roots are no match for this extreme spade, meaning you can clear the undergrowth in no time without any hard labor.

It was a friend who first introduced me to the wonders of the Root Assassin. Having just moved into a new house, life was hectic and I simply didn’t have the time to spend tidying the neglected wilderness of my back garden. Desperate for a quick fix, I called a few landscaping companies but was shocked by the extortionate prices quoted to me. I was moaning about the predicament to my green fingered friend when she suggested I borrow her Root Assassin.

Initially, I was a little skeptical. The Root Assassin sounded like it would be more at home in a Tarantino movie than a garden. The serrated teeth added to its fearsome image, giving it the appearance of a halved shark’s head. It certainly looked fierce, but would it really make my garden woes a thing of the past?

The first thing I tackled was a large untamed Burning Bush that was swamping a large chunk of my yard. Anyone familiar with these hardy shrubs will know that the intense root system makes them a nightmare to remove. Not with the Root Assassin though. The unique structure of the toothed edge swiftly chomped its way through the roots.

Impressed and spurred on by my success, I moved on to the large section of privet hedge that fenced off an old vegetable patch. Again, no contest. The Root Assassin slid into the earth and sliced through the roots with one easy push. No straining or sweating involved.

I soldiered on and managed to clear the whole garden in one enjoyable afternoon. It was an absolute breeze! I went out the next day and bought a Root Assassin shovel for myself, knowing it would come in handy for future projects. And I haven’t been disappointed. I excavated a 14-foot-long trench to make a raised flower bed with minimal hassle, and when I realised what a cinch it was, I went ahead and dug out the foundation for a 12×6 foot patio too.

At just 4lbs, the shovel is so lightweight that it’s a pleasure to work with, and the carbon steel frame guarantees that it will withstand the elements. Along with removing unwanted shrubs and digging out earth, I have also used my Root Assassin to saw off stray branches on my birch tree without difficulty. The long handle gives access to higher limbs without the need for a ladder. Sawing with the shovel will dull the serrated teeth over time, but they can be sharpened using a wheel or grinder.

It’s almost a month since I bought my Root Assassin shovel, and it has rapidly become my favourite tool for a multitude of garden tasks. Saving time, effort and money across the board, it really is the jack of all spades!

+ Gardening Products Review

One look at the Root Assassin shovel’s saw-toothed blade, and you know this tool means business. Nevertheless, I was skeptical. All my life I’ve gardened in dense clay soil, and my current garden is on a rocky ridge where I deal with both clay and stones. I doubted even this aggressive-looking shovel would be up to the challenging task.

pruning branches with Root Assassin

While slightly cumbersome to wield, the shovel did indeed saw through branches, even thick ones.

The video on the company’s website shows the shovel being used as a saw to cut through limbs as well as delving in the ground, cutting effortlessly through turf, and slicing through pesky roots with a single swipe. Again, I was skeptical. Would this shovel really work in the real world? Is this truly “Super Shovel,” coming to the rescue of gardeners who battle with roots and rocks and difficult soil? Can it do all that and prune branches?

Pruning Branches

penetrating turf with Root Assassin shovel

I casually stuck the blade into the grass to stand it up, and was surprised how easily it sunk deeply into the turf – deeper than shown in this photograph.

First I tried it as a saw to prune branches. While it was a little awkward to use a shovel to cut through wood, and it wasn’t as efficient as a bow saw, it worked. If you’re digging in the garden with your Root Assassin shovel and see a branch that needs trimming, you can deal with it right away, saving yourself a hike to the tool shed or garage to get another tool.

Penetrating Turf

digging thru roots with Root Assassin shovel

When you encounter a root, continue to dig and pull up against the intruding fibers. The shovel sliced through them with ease, making digging easy.

It was startling how easily The Root Assassin cut through turf, slicing through the thick mass of roots like a hot knife through soft butter. Clearly this is the tool you want if you’re planting in grass. The pointed tip, designed to penetrate through tough soil, would allow you to cut the perfect diameter holes for planting bulbs such as crocus or spring star flowers (Ipheon) in the lawn, and digging holes for trees or shrubs would be a snap.

Unfortunately, the pointed tip and slight curve of the blade makes the shovel unsuitable for edging, as it would be very difficult to cut a straight, sharp line. On the flip side, this is a superb tool for cutting deep and narrow trenches, so while the Root Assassin shovel can successfully multitask, it cannot – and should not be expected to – do everything.

Digging and Cutting Through Roots

long Root Assassin shovel

It would have been a little easier for me to dig with the Root Assassin if I were taller.

The Root Assassin also lived up to its claim as a root eater. We tackled a dead shrub that needed removing, so it didn’t take long to encounter roots of significant girth. A little sawing accompanied by continued digging, and each root was easily severed. The shovel worked like a charm, making a potentially challenging job much, much easier.

Ease of Use

handle on Root Assassin shovel

The padded handle is easy to grip and comfortable.

The solid steel shovel stands 4 feet tall. The narrow, commercial grade 14-gauge steel pointed blade represents at least 12” of that length. At 5’3” tall, I found getting my foot firmly on the step in a position where I could put my weight and strength onto the blade for digging was a bit like climbing onto stilts. However, my 6”4” tall husband had no problem whatsoever. It would be nice if the shovel came in different sizes: large, medium and small – or tall, mid-height, and short.

The handgrip is comfortably wide, accommodating large or small hands, and is made of reinforced rubber that is both durable and slip-proof.

foot step on Root Assassin shovel

The manufacturers claim the step is angled, but I didn’t notice that. However, I’m sure it didn’t matter one way or the other.

The manufacturers claim the step is forward turned for secure foot placement, but I couldn’t see it. To my eye it looked almost perfectly parallel to the ground if the shovel is held straight upright.

Specifications and Features

  • 20 Double edged sharp serrated teeth on each side
  • Commercial grade carbon steel 14-gauge blade
  • Forward turned-step for secure foot placement
  • Comfort D-grip, reinforced rubber handle for added leverage and control
  • Weighs 4 pounds
  • Retails for $59.99

Recommendation

5 Shovels Rating from Gardening Products ReviewOften hybrid tools end up doing neither job well. The Root Assassin is a happy exception. If you are digging a hole in a root-infested area, this is the perfect tool. While I would not pick up this tool simply to cut off a branch, if it’s in my hand when a branch for cutting presents itself, it will do the job effectively.

The Root Assassin Shovel lives up to its name, and to the claims made by the manufacturer. I highly recommend it.

The company can be reached online through their website www.Rootassassinshovel.com. The Root Assassin is a patented all-purpose garden shovel and saw.

Where to Buy

The Root Assassin shovel is available directly from the manufacturer or through Amazon. The retail price is $59.99 at either location, plus shipping.

 

Review Source: http://gardeningproductsreview.com/root-assassin-shovel-review/

Author Name: Monica Hemingway

+ Gardening Products Review

At the end of each year, the Gardening Products Review takes a close look at all of the products we’ve reviewed that year. We then award up to five products with the Golden Shovel Award for outstanding garden product.

In 2014, we had a lot a fabulous products to choose from, including some new introductions, as well as some that have been around the block a few times. Our reviewers weighed in with their favorites and we also heard from many of our readers. We revisited some of the products that we reviewed earlier in the year, checked how well products were holding up after extended use, and looked at which items got the most use from our testers and home gardeners.

After weighing the pros and cons of all of the gardening products, we’re proud to announce the 2014 winners of the Golden Shovel Awards!

2014 Golden Shovel Award Winners – Editor’s Choice

 

Review of Bear Wallow rose gauntlet glovesBear Wallow Gloves Rose Gauntlets – At first glance, these gauntlet-style gloves look like a pair of regular leather gardening gloves with a sleeve sewn on. Kind of a home-made look (which makes sense – they’re hand-made right here in the USA). But don’t let that fool you – these are hands down the absolute best pair of gardening gloves I’ve ever used for pruning roses..

 

HERShovel-featuredHERShovel Ergonomic Shovel for Women – HERS® is a hybrid tool that combines the features of both shovel and spade, designed with women’s bodies, height, and digging style in mind. Women will find that it offers lighter weight, improved leverage, and larger capacity than most shovels.

 

 

Root Assassin shovel reviewRoot Assassin Shovel – One look at the Root Assassin shovel’s saw-toothed blade, and you know this tool means business. Often hybrid tools end up doing neither job well but this easy-to-use shovel not only cuts easily through root-infested soil, it also prunes branches and sinks into turf easily.

 

 

Spear Head Spade reviewSpear Head Spade – This precision digging tool combines some of the best characteristics of a spade with a garden axe or knife. Lightweight yet sturdy, it makes quick work of a wide range of garden tasks. It is a great addition to the tool shed—but not a replacement for other shovels. What it does, it does much, much better than less specialized digging tools.

 

Review Source: http://gardeningproductsreview.com/2014-golden-shovel-awards-best-gardening-product/

Author Name: Monica Hemingway

+ American Digger Magazine - MINI
+ GARDEN PRODUCTS REVIEW-ONE SHOT

There are so many shovels on the market it’s hard to choose one to do it all. Short, tall, Y grip handle, D grip, O grip, no grip, spade, round, square and on the choices go.

The most efficient shovel would ideally include a fiberglass or composite shaft, comfortable grip, strong blade that gets the job done right (digging easily and keeping the contents from spilling over), and would be lightweight overall. The Root Assassin One Shot Shovel checks all of these boxes.

PACKAGING

The packaging box that the Root Assassin One Shot shovel came in was well sealed for shipping yet was easy to open. The shovel came out of the packaging ready to be put to use.

                                                              The One Shot came well packaged and ready to use

The One Shot shovel is lightweight, weighing in at only 4.5 lbs. It’s 43” long with a steel blade, slightly rounded point, fiberglass shaft and comfortable D handle. My husband and I were excited to give this a shot (pun intended). As we continued to dig, it quickly became apparent that the One Shot is a workhorse that gets the job done quickly.

“D” RING HANDLE For a COMFORTABLE GRIP

The One Shot shovel is the perfect height for my 5’ 11” husband or myself and the easy grip D-handle is comfortable for us both. Due to some physical limitations, my husband does most of the heavy lifting and he is raving about this shovel!

The comfortable rubber-like grip on the D handle makes wearing gloves unnecessary – your hands won’t slip off either the grip or the fiberglass handle. But wearing gloves is still a good idea as it helps prevent blisters while shoveling and digging.

           The shovel has a comfortable D-handle grip

THE DIRT STAYs WHERE IT’s SUPPOSED TO – ON THE SHOVEL

The steel blade has ‘wings’ or extended sides, not only to accommodate any size foot comfortably – which helps you get the job done much quicker by not slipping off – but to keep the load within the blade until it is transferred to the pile or wheelbarrow.

Many times with ordinary blades, the shovel either wobbles as you lift it, or the load slides out during the transfer. With the Root Assassin One Shot shovel the flanges on the sides keep the dirt securely in the shovel without making it wobbly and tipping like an ordinary shovel would do. It holds about the same amount as a normal shovel, but makes moving soil so much easier. You’re not leaving a trail of soil, so your work is much more efficient – soil stays within the confines of the side flanges and doesn’t fall out of the front either. We had complete confidence in lifting and moving the load.

LIGHTWEIGHT AND SURE FOOTED

Although the One Shot shovel is lightweight in comparison to the other shovels that we own, it has a more durable feeling than the shovel made of wood and metal that we normally use. The lighter weight of the One Shot makes it ideal for longer work tasks.

One thing my husband particularly liked was that his foot never slipped off of the “wings” (steps on the side of the shovel). The “wings” on the One Shot are definitely much easier to stomp down on than ordinary shovels; there was actually a feeling of accomplishment by having a sturdy place to press down and it made it much easier to push the shovel into the ground.

 

Root Assassin One Shot Shovel showing wings
The shovel’s “wings” step make for sure footing while digging

FASTER DIGGING

The One Shot shovel made the job at hand much easier given the lightweight yet sturdy shaft, the “wings” to ‘stomp’ down on and the sides to contain the load when moving it from one place to another. It will be our go-to shovel from now on.

Easy to Use

The One Shot shovel is easy to use and digs right into the ground, whether it’s sand, soil or – as we found – even clay. With a little effort, we were also able to move gravel and rocks.

QUALITY

So far we haven’t found any issues with the One Shot shovel either with workmanship or use. Everything about the shovel speaks of quality.

WARRANTY

Root Assassin offers a lifetime replacement policy for all items they sell. They won’t refund your purchase, but if you’re not happy with it (for any reason) they’ll replace it or exchange it for another product sold on their website.

 

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Root Assassin LLC was started in 2014 for the express purpose of bringing unique and efficient garden tools to the public. The company conducts extensive research with industry professionals in the landscaping and irrigation industries, as well as home garden hobbyists and “ weekend warriors”. The focus of the products is on combining the precise amount of quality, durability, utility, style, ergonomics and affordability. The first product introduced in February 2014 was the 4’ Root Assassin shovel.

Root Assassin One Shot Shovel with load of dirt
                                                The shovel’s sides made for more dirt to be moved in one load

RECOMMENDATION

I highly recommend the Root Assassin One Shot shovel to anyone wanting a sharp point to dig right in, wings to hold your payload better that also give you “the ability to put more power into stomping the shovel into the ground,” (as my husband said), and a perfect height with a comfortable easy grip handle. The One Shot shovel will store like any other shovel in your garage or shed and with the bright red handle, it will be the first one you reach for.

WHERE TO BUY

The Root Assassin One Shot shovel can be  purchased from Amazon Prime for $39.99 . It’s also available on the Root Assassin website for $39.99 (free shipping).

Do you use shovels that lose a lot of dirt? Would using the Root Assassin One Shot shovel save you a lot of time? Let us know in the comments below!

And if you liked this review, please sign up for our email updates with reviews, special offers and giveaways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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+ Life With Heidi

Root Assassin

Imagine only using one tool to trim trees, cut out dead shrubbery and clear out overgrown gardens this year. Introducing The Root Assassin – an innovative three-in-one tool that takes most of the effort out of gardening. The shovel has unique ‘teeth’ instead of the typical serrated edges you might find elsewhere. The Root Assassin teeth are alternatively beveled in opposite directions so that the user can cut roots and branches while pushing in and again while pulling out. Essentially accomplishing twice the work with half the effort! The Root Assassin also has a sharp pointed blade so digging into the ground is easy and smooth. No need to jump-step on the top of the blade to get depth. The pointed tip also enables the user to make precision cuts in a delicate flower bed. The shovel is made of solid structural carbon steel and is overlaid with a sleek silver color powder coat. The ergonomically designed steel shaft is topped with a durable solid rubber coated bright red handle for comfort and ease of locating amid the grounds. Weighing 4 pounds, it’s light enough to be dragged along for a long day and yet strong enough to provide the leverage needed to get the job done.

Root Assassin is tough on weeds

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Root Assassin is tough on weeds

Root Assassin

Imagine only using one tool to trim trees, cut out dead shrubbery and clear out overgrown gardens this year. Introducing The Root Assassin – an innovative three-in-one tool that takes most of the effort out of gardening. The shovel has unique ‘teeth’ instead of the typical serrated edges you might find elsewhere. The Root Assassin teeth are alternatively beveled in opposite directions so that the user can cut roots and branches while pushing in and again while pulling out. Essentially accomplishing twice the work with half the effort! The Root Assassin also has a sharp pointed blade so digging into the ground is easy and smooth. No need to jump-step on the top of the blade to get depth. The pointed tip also enables the user to make precision cuts in a delicate flower bed. The shovel is made of solid structural carbon steel and is overlaid with a sleek silver color powder coat. The ergonomically designed steel shaft is topped with a durable solid rubber coated bright red handle for comfort and ease of locating amid the grounds. Weighing 4 pounds, it’s light enough to be dragged along for a long day and yet strong enough to provide the leverage needed to get the job done.

Shop The Root Assassin Now!

Review Source: https://www.lifewithheidi.com/fathers-day-gift-guide/

+ Gardening Products Review - MINI

The Root Assassin Shovel Had a Baby!

Root Assassin, the company that first introduced the innovative shovel design with a pointed blade and cuttingly sharp serrated teeth along the two edges has done it again. This time it’s a scaled-down version of the original shovel, called the Mini-Root Assassin. It has the same features as the full-sized version so for more details, see our full review of the Root Assassin.

The company’s marketing material touts the shovel for treasure hunting and metal detecting. Those people value its toothy ability to cut deeply and cleanly in small areas without disturbing the landscape. The manufacturer also recommends it for garden jobs in tight fitting spaces. It is excellent for clearing out an overgrown area of the garden, forest or brush in tight places.

Smaller Size Is A Big Plus

All that is true, but the shovel also is ideal for short people and children. The full length is 32”, so those who measure in closer to 5’ than 6’ can easily reach the step to put their full weight into the digging. As a short person, it is rapidly becoming my go-to digging tool.

Light-Weight Yet Strong

The shovel literally is a lightweight, weighing in at an easy-to-lift 2.2 pounds. However, this shovel is far from flimsy or insubstantial. It is built of industrial grade steel, with an interior structure engineered for strength and durability. The serrated teeth – that cut both when the shovel is pushed down and pulled up – are up to the toughest job. When the teeth dull, sharpen them with a wheel or grinder.

Root Assassin and Mini Root Assassin
Like father, like son. It may be smaller, but the new Mini-Root Assassin shovel has the same solid construction and root cutting features as the original, larger version.

Like father, like son. It may be smaller, but the new Mini-Root Assassin shovel has the same solid construction and root cutting features as the original, larger version.

Specifications And Features

  • 16 double-edged, sharp serrated teeth on each side (cuts while digging both in and out)
  • Industrial grade steel, covered in a sleek silver powder coating
    Forward turned step for secure foot placement
  • Comfort D-grip, reinforced rubber handle for added leverage and control
  • Weighs 2.2 pounds
  • 32” long

Warranty

Root Assassin will replace the shovel free of charge (for life), if not satisfied with the purchase. They do not accept returns for refunds. The shovel, however, can be exchanged for another product that they sell on their website.

Where To Buy

The Mini Root Assassin shovel is available through their online website: for $35.95. It is also available from Amazon Prime for $37.99.

GPR Recommendation

Like the full-sized Root Assassin Shovel, the Mini-Root Assassin lives up to its name. I highly recommend it.

Now, over to you! Have you tried any of the Root Assassin tools yet? Let us know in the comments below!

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Source: https://gardeningproductsreview.com/mini-root-assassin-shovel-product-review/

+ Port Arthur News

A Great Spring Cleaning Tool

+ Fine Gardening

The Root Assassin Shovel and Saw

Sponsored

Why Dad Will Love It: If Dad is a fan of efficiency, he’ll love the Root Assassin Shovel and Saw garden tool. This patented all-purpose garden tool is a shovel and a saw in one. With it, Dad can easily slice through roots, branches, and tree limbs. It is also great for transplanting and removing overgrown areas, so if Dad has big plans in store for his yard, this tool is a must-have. The 16 supersharp serrated and beveled steel “teeth” on each side of the blade enables the user to cut while digging in and cut again when lifting out, a unique and useful function that makes clearing areas of unwanted brush and preparing soil a cinch. The Root Assassin is made of steel, is available in 32-inch and 48-inch models, weighs only 4 lbs., and comes with a lifetime replacement guarantee. Introduce Dad to his new favorite tool this Father’s Day.

https://rootassassinshovel.com/

$49.99

 

 

Review Source: https://www.finegardening.com/article/fathers-day-gadgets-tools-garden-gift-ideas

+ Family Handyman

HANDYMAN MAGAZINE: STUFF WE LOVE!

 

Stuff We Love May 2018

+ Parenting In Progress

The Root Assassin Shovel:

If you have a dad who loves to work in the yard or loves receiving tools then The Root Assassin Shovel makes a great gift idea.  This is the ultimate shovel that makes any yard work a cinch.  There is no job to big for the Root Assassin.  Dad will love receiving this must-have yard tool.

Imagine only using one tool to trim trees, cut out dead shrubbery and clear out overgrown gardens this Spring. Introducing The Root Assassin – an innovative three-in-one tool that takes most of the effort out of gardening. The shovel has unique ‘teeth’ instead of the typical serrated edges you might find elsewhere. The Root Assassin teeth are alternatively beveled in opposite directions so that the user can cut roots and branches while pushing in and again while pulling out. Essentially accomplishing twice the work with half the effort! The Root Assassin also has a sharp pointed blade so digging into the ground is easy and smooth. No need to jump-step on the top of the blade to get depth.  The pointed tip also enables the user to make precision cuts in a delicate flower bed. The shovel is made of solid structural carbon steel and is overlaid with a sleek silver color powder coat. The ergonomically designed steel shaft is topped with a durable solid rubber coated bright red handle for comfort and ease of locating amid the grounds. Weighing 4 pounds, it’s light enough to be dragged along for a long day and yet strong enough to provide the leverage needed to get the job done.

FEATURES/SPECS
16 Double edged sharp serrated teeth on each side
Industrial Grade Steel
Forward turned-step for secure foot placement
Comfort D-grip for added leverage and control
Weighs 4 Lbs
48″ Long

 

Source: http://parentinginprogress.net/fdoutdoor/8/

+ Home Fixated

Wingin’ It With The One Shot Shovel – Helping You Sod Off

 

Other than perhaps a drain snake, it’s hard to think of a less-glamorous tool than the shovel. When it’s time to pick one up, it usually means hard work is in store. Or an even worse fate, if you happen to own horses or other large critters. I’ve shoveled my share of dirt, gravel, and other less-pleasant substances over the years, and there are definitely differences in quality from one shovel to the next. They’ve all had the same basic design, though, and when the folks at Root Assassin offered to send us a shovel with wings, we were intrigued. Join us as we dig in and take an unflappable look at the One Shot Shovel.

one shot shovelNo one said the life of a shovel would be glamorous…

Sadly, the wings in question aren’t capable of flight. They are capable of helping you get your chores wrapped up more quickly, though, so you can head out for cold beer and hot wings, which are likely to be MUCH tastier. Originally designed to make sod removal faster and neater, the upper half of the business end of the One Shot shovel extends forward, forming “wings,” and the top of the blade is folded forward. This allows you to pick up quite a bit more material, without having it all topple back off onto your tootsies or prize petunias.

one shot shovelThe wings on the One Shot Shovel – not very aerodynamic, but strong!

The upper portion also provides a much larger support area for your foot as you push the blade into the ground. It’s much easier on the sole of your foot than the standard 1/8” or so blade on most shovels. It also makes the already-beefy blade even stronger; the One Shot shovel seems capable of lifting whatever YOU’RE capable of lifting. Here are the specs from Root Assassin, followed by a two-minute demo video on the One Shot shovel, which apparently started its life with the Superhero moniker the Earth Mover:

Length: 43” and 60” versions available
Steel round point shovel with fiberglass shaft
Holds 25% more dirt than a standard shovel
Comfort D-handle on 43” model
Extra large foot step
Free shipping within the Continental United States

Dishing The Dirt With The One Shot Shovel

As it happened, the One Shot shovel winged its way to HomeFixated’s East Coast headquarters just as we were about to prep a small garden for planting. With my wife’s blessing and encouragement, I grabbed it and headed out to make the dirt fly.

one shot shovelThe One Shot shovel, eager to do a bit of garden prep…

Even with its heavy-duty blade, the One Shot shovel doesn’t feel overly heavy, thanks to its fiberglass handle. The folks at Root Assassin strengthened the connection between the handle and the business end by inserting a 6” composite plug.

The shovel is very nicely balanced, and the two rubber grips on the handle add a bit of comfort. I like the fact that you can reposition the lower grip to get better leverage, for users with longer or shorter limbs. It also helps keep the shovel from slipping, on the off chance you sweat when you’re shoveling tons of dirt or whatever.

one shot shovelThe top of the 60″ shovel has a comfortable rubber grip…

I dug right in to the garden bed, and started turning over the soil and breaking up the clumps with the shovel blade. The lip/wing/shelf/whatever on top of the blade is great; I was able to put a lot of down force on the shovel without feeling any discomfort at all in my foot. The One Shot shovel performs as advertised; it picks up a whopping amount of dirt with every plunge.

one shot shovelThe One Shot shovel gets its first tasty load of dirt…
one shot shovelThe sharp blade made it easy to do some clod bustin’.
one shot shovelThe wing top makes it easy on your wing tips.

After about 15 minutes of semi-strenuous work, I had dug up and turned over all the soil in our small garden. Unfortunately, in the spirit of “No good deed goes unpunished,” my wife had the brainstorm that I should continue the evaluation of the One Shot shovel by using it to spread a truckload of mushroom manure over the garden and elsewhere. Ah well, happy wife, happy life…

one shot shovel“While you’re at it…” The price you pay for doing a good deed.

Ready To Give It A Shot?

To paraphrase what I said earlier, shovels aren’t the sexiest tools in the shed. When it comes time to move large quantities of dirt, sand, gravel or whatever, though, they are definitely the tool everyone picks first for their team. I really like the One Shot shovel; it’s very sturdy and well-made, and the wings aren’t just a gimmick, they actually make the shovel stronger and more capable. The shovel is comfortable to use, has a very solid feel, and it can lift a LOT of dirt.

one shot shovelThe One Shot Shovel can lift and hang onto a fair bit of dirt.

If you were wondering about the name of the company that makes the One Shot shovel, the Root Assassin is actually the name of their flagship product. It has a long, toothed shovel blade designed to make roots wish they’d never reared their ugly tendrils. We’ll be taking a closer look at it soon.

one shot shovelThe One Shot’s butt-kicking brother…full review coming soon!

The One Shot Shovel is available in the 60″ length we got, and a 43″ version, which comes with a D-handle. The folks who make the One Shot shovel seem pretty confident it will hold up. Here’s their warranty statement: “Root Assassin LLC stands by every product we sell. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, we will replace the item free of charge for life.” Seems pretty solid to me. If you’re looking for a sturdy, well-designed shovel that can help you get your work done faster, wing your way over to their web site and check out the One Shot shovel and its kin.

one shot shovel

Buy the One Shot Shovel for $39.99 – $49.99:

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The Root Assassin Shovel Wants To Be your Underground Enforcer

 

In the ongoing quest to root out unwanted roots, most gardeners are willing to employ any means necessary to put their roots six feet under. Or to get them OUT from six feet under. We recently took a look at one tool in the battle against subterranean tendrils, the Root Slayer. It’s not the only enemy of the trip-inducing tubers, though; when it comes to root annihilation, the Root Assassin folks claim their shovel is the original and the best. We’ll take a look at the Root Assassin shovel, and then you can root for your favorite.

Root Assassin

One look at the Root Assassin, and your plants will uproot themselves. Maybe.

Designed to be equally at home annihilating roots in gardens, forest or brush, each edge of the Root Assassin shovel has 16 sharp teeth. To speed up your assassination attempts, the teeth are angled and designed to cut in both directions. The bottom edge of the shovel blade is also nice and sharp, and actually works very well to sever small to mid-sized roots, without even needing the vicious killer teeth. If any of the cutting surfaces get dulled after dealing with a yard full of roots, they can be sharpened with a grinder or wheel.

root assassin

My, grandma, what sharp teeth you have…

Like its big brother, the One Shot shovel, the top edge of the shovel blade is folded forward, creating a little ledge or wing. It’s a simple design tweak, but it makes a big difference in how much force you can put into the downstroke – and in how the edge of the shovel feels on the sole of your foot.

root assassin

The top edge of the blade is easy on the feet…

root assassin

And the handle is sturdy and comfortable.

The handle and blade on the Root Assassin are made of solid structural carbon steel, and they feel very robust. The D handle on top is made of solid red plastic, riveted onto the steel handle. It feels very sturdy, and has a rubber overmold on top, which makes the shovel more comfortable and less likely to slip. Here’s the official spec list, and a short promo video from Root Assassin:

16 Double edged sharp serrated teeth on each side
Industrial Grade Steel
Forward turned-step for secure foot placement
Comfort D-grip for added leverage and control
Weighs 4 Lbs.
48″ Long
Free shipping within the Continental United States

The Root Assassin Gets Its First Dirty Job

For its initial mission, I introduced the Root Assassin to a thick root growing very close to our foundation wall. The tree the root had once fed came down in a storm a few years ago, and the root had been spared this long because it was out of the way. Also because it would be such a pain in the neck to get at; the root had actually wrapped itself right around the corner of the foundation. This is the type of root my pickaxe loves to bounce right back off of, sometimes with unhappy results.

root assassin

The Root Assassin, ready to fulfill its first contract.

I picked a spot near where the root dove underground, put the edge of the blade up against it, and stomped on the shovel. The Root Assassin plunged right in, and made a nice starting cut in the root. I pulled it back up, keeping pressure on the root, and stomped it back down. After two or three repetitions of this process, the root was severed. Woohoo!

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Plunging in. The sharp teeth tore right in.
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After a couple of strokes, the first end was out.

There was an offshoot where the root went around the corner, so I got the blade under it and quickly sliced it off. Then it was ‘round the bend, where I tackled the other end of the root. It was right up against the wall, a tricky spot to get to, but in less than a minute the Root Assassin had finished its deadly work. The root was out, and all easy peasy.

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The Root Assassin was easy to use in a tight spot…
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And the toothy shovel soon had its first kill.

The Root Assassin Goes After The Capo Di Tuti Rooto

Now that it had its first kill, it was time for something a bit more challenging. It’s been said that money is the root of all evil. Sometimes, though, ROOTS are the root of all evil, as demonstrated by a couple of firmly-rooted thorn bushes at our farm. I had cut all the branches off last fall, but after fifteen minutes of hacking at the roots with my pickaxe didn’t phase them a bit, I decided to give them the winter to ponder the error of their ways.

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The Root Of All Evil, ready to do battle…

Unfortunately, they were still there in the spring. I decided to tackle the root that was trickiest to get at first, to get it out of the way. It was located near part of the deck that used to surround our pool, until a windstorm worked its magic on it last fall. Obviously, snow isn’t the only trick Mother Nature has up her sleeve. I first used the Root Assassin to cut around the circumference of the root ball, then dug away some of the dirt around it and tried to undercut it, since it was still solidly in place.

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I first used the Root Assassin to cut around the perimeter of the evil root…
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Then trenched around the edges, and undercut the roots.

The Root Assassin shovel worked very well, and held up nicely, despite my jumping on it, and standing on it swaying back and forth with my 200+ pound bulk atop it. Finally, with a combination of the Root Assassin and my trusty pickaxe, the *&^%$#@ root gave way.

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The shovel survived my bulk doing the patented “Stomp and wiggle” assassin move…
root assassin
And with the help of its old-school partner, the Medusa bush was uprooted.

There’s no way I would have gotten it out with the pickaxe alone; too many large roots at bad angles, and the axe just bounces off. With most of the prep done by the Root Assassin, and the final prying by the pickaxe, humanity prevailed.

root assassinNo wonder I couldn’t just wiggle it out…

It had taken over two hours to get the first root out, and since the temperature and humidity were both in the upper 80’s, I decided to give the other root ball a temporary reprieve, and went in search of some Aleve and an appropriate beverage.

Ready To Put Out A Hit On Your Roots?

I’m a sucker for a well-designed, well-made tool. The Root Assassin shovel qualifies in both regards. It feels sturdy as hell, and it does the job it was designed for very well: Slice out those #^(%!*$ roots! I stomped on it, twisted it, and generally abused the heck out of it, and the Root Assassin was still in fine shape when all the roots had been laid to rest.

root assassinThe Root Assassin is a great addition to the garden arsenal.

If you do manage to destroy it, not to worry. The Root Assassin shovel is covered by the same no BS guarantee as the One Shot shovel: If for any reason you are not satisfied with it, they’ll replace it free of charge for life. You can also exchange the Root Assassin for any other item on their website. Like maybe the Mini-Me version of the Root Assassin, the more compact Mini Root Assassin.

root assassinThe Root Assassin with its apprentice, the Mini Root Assassin (Photo – Root Assassin)

I didn’t get a chance to get a hands-on tryout of the Root Slayer shovel. Our fearless leader Marc, who dwells in the inhospitable climes of San Diego (hey, we can’t all be lucky enough to live in the Persistent Snowband south of Lake Erie), tried it out on a yard full of laid-back California roots. All I know is, the Root Assassin kicked butt on our very hardy northeast roots. And by the way, the Root Assassin was the winner of the Golden Shovel Award by Garden Products Review. That seems good, right? Anyhow, if you’ve got unruly roots, let the Root Assassin cut your underworld problems down to size. Then settle back and enjoy a cold, frosty mug of root beer. Possibly omitting the root.

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+ Gardening Know How

Every gardener should have at least the basics in their toolsheds: shovel, spade, gloves, pruning shears, wheelbarrow, and so on. But there are some tools that go beyond the basics which can make gardening easier, quicker, and less damaging on the body. All avid gardeners know that the right tool can make the difference between a job being efficient and pain-free and the job taking forever and causing aching joints and muscles. Luckily, Root Assassin has you covered. Here are a few tools you may not have considered before but will want to try out in your garden.

 

           One Shot Shovel

A Better, More Effective Shovel

A shovel is a crucial tool in the garden for digging holes, turning over soil, putting in transplants, turning mulch, and so much more. But not all shovels are the same. If you’re still using the same basic shovel you got ten years ago, it’s time to check out the advances that have been made in the intervening years. If you have ever had to dig a big hole or trench, or cut out grass or sod, you know how much effort it takes.

You can do these tough digging jobs more easily with a tool like the One Shot Shovel. It comes in two lengths: 43 and 60 inches. But what really makes this shovel special is that it has a unique shape with two wings, one to either side of the handle. These provide greater surface area for your foot so that you can press down into hard soil and roots with greater force. They also strengthen the shovel and provide a larger area to hold soil so that you don’t get spillage over the sides. It’s an easier, cleaner, and more efficient way to move soil and sod.

 

                    Rack Assassin

 

 

An Easy-to-Use Tool Caddy

Every gardener comes up with his or her own solution to organizing tools, but what if you could put all your tools in one spot, easily hang it in the shed or garage, and also be able to pick them all up at once and carry them around the garden? The Rack Assassin Tool Caddy can do all this, making it easier to store, organize, and move gardening tools.

The tool caddy can hold five long-handled tools at once, which is adequate for most home gardeners. The clips adjust to fit any width of handle and fitting them in is as simple as just popping the tool into the clip. There are sturdy carrying straps and a handle so the caddy can be lifted and carried from bed to bed throughout the garden; it weighs just five pounds without the tools.

This hand tool holder is also easy to mount on a wall. Instead of dumping all your tools into a cluttered pile that will have you swearing the next time you need to extract a rake or shovel, hang the caddy on the wall and have quick access to any of the tools or the entire caddy.

Having the right tools in the garden make tough chores easier and this beloved hobby more fun and less painful. Get through the tougher chores with these and other unique tools that you can find at Root Assassin, from specialized shovels and tool caddies to more effective rakes and clean up tools.

+ Target Trees

Tree Surgeons operate with Root Assassin Tools

 

 

 

 

 

+ Yellow Brick Home

HOW WE PREPARE OUR URBAN YARD FOR WINTER

 

Once we determined a natural split in the leaves, we used a shovel to split the root ball in half, leaving as much soil intact a possible. The Mini Root Assassin was an absolute champion here! The shovel head has ‘teeth’ that cut through roots with very little effort, and it features a narrow, pointed shape that was easy to maneuver between the sidewalk and fence in our tight beds. Once the roots were split, we cut around the portion of root we’d be removing and then used the shovel to lift out the newly halved plant. It was even easier than we anticipated!

 

How to prepare your lawn for winter | via Yellow Brick Home
How to prepare your lawn for winter | via Yellow Brick Home