What is your favorite tool?
Since we all have opposable thumbs, some evolutionarily derived and others by devine design, we are capable of using devices that help us do our work ...
Please post a picture of your favorite tools and tell us your story, we could all benefit from a little story telling and an experts tool knowledge!
My personal favorite digging device is the STRUCTRON Series 'The Worlds Best Tools' available at HD.
The narrow blade on this puppy alows for a concentrated force that will conquer all but the most stubborn hard-pan layer. Every time I purchase one of these items, I recall the sticker shock ... but alas it has outlasted wooden handled devices over and over again. The fiberglass handle takes a serious amount of bend before it deflects to the point, wher I can observe that I ought not be using it in that manner anyway ... the PRO GRIP Durable Non-slip Comfort Fit Handle is a sure benefit to those of us men + women who refuse to wear gloves. The PERMAGRIP Steel Collar. Stronger. No Bivet. appears to be a reference to the compression fitting that holds the stick part to the blade part ... Bivet? ... really ... who makes these description up? ... I want that job! The tool takes some getting used to, using this device amounts to learning to ride a 'pogostick' the deformed foot rail is minimal to say the least and may require a bit of dexterity for proper performance ... I use this tool too 'dig' / 'chop' / 'trench' and 'break' up native soil ... it is nearly useless as a form of transporting soil ... the blade 'cup' has no capacity for loose soil removal.
Over all I rate this tool 4 out of 5 Stars ... hoping that someday I will find the 5 Star model that blows this one away!
Now, with the above testimonial out there ... there is nothing better than when the tool that you love the most is mated with another of its kind, and morphs into a similarly destructive earth shattering device called the 'Post Hole Digger' by RIDGID Large Diameter Blades to Improve Efficiency / Bolt-through Hinge for Added Strength / Full lifetime Warranty ... Now these handles I can loosen up, but to date they are easily tightened. While using this tool you really know what work is: sweat / blisters / pain and then ... there you are 2'-6" deep 8" diameter hole ... good for something right? ... I use it to set chainlink fence posts / dig most of my planting holes (works well in tight locations, since it operates in a verticall fashion) / dig compost hair transplant plugs / etc ... the one caveat here is that the next day, you can feel muscles that you never thought you had!
... but opposable thumbs or not, it is truley the feeling that you have worked hard, managed to grow your own food, in your own backyard ... now that provides you with the satisfaction that you have 'devinely evolved' from the couch potato that you once were!