Shovels, Spades, Gardening Trowels
& Post Hole Diggers

Sharpening the outside (bottom) edge will push the shovel's blade towards the inside of the hole, and away from the outside edge. This helps to keep the hole from getting too big.

Sharpen the outside of the digging edge using an angle grinder with a 120 grit flap disc. A metal grinding wheel may be needed for shaping the edge if it is in bad shape.

General Guidelines
If the original angle is different, it is best to match that.

Notes & Comments

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Remember : The goal of sharpening is to produce sharp tools, and these tools can injure you if mishandled. Safety measures should be followed to protect yourself and those in your shop. Be sure to read and follow all instructions from the manufacturer, and and utilize proper safety equipment. Never consume alcohol or anything that could impair your judgement before sharpening tools, or using sharp tools. Comments can be sent via eMail to me at