American made shovel

Re: American made shovel

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:40 am

I'm assuming its an aluminum shovel? The tempering is well worth the $12, I searched for them a few years ago and couldn't find them. Only thing i could find is the cheaper non-tempered ones, they last about a year on a coal truck. The tempered ones last forever. When I first came on the delivering job back in the early 90's my Uncle purchased two of them and they lasted for about 12 years on the job. Probably put about 5 or 6 handles on each one. They were actually still good but getting a little a short. I'll bet they lost a good 5 inches. :lol:

As far as the "Made in the U.S." its getting tough to find anything hat is fully made in the U.S. Nearly everything you purchase will have parts made from places all over the world. In this case though it's pushing the limits of the definition.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
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Re: American made shovel

PostBy: traderfjp On: Mon Aug 18, 2008 1:47 am

I had the head on a Craftsman shovel crack in half last month. I don't think it was tempered but they happily replaced my 10 year old shovel.
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Re: American made shovel

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:07 am

Coal shovels are aluminum (least if you're smart) and wear out very quickly if they aren't tempered.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite


Re: American made shovel

PostBy: ken On: Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:17 am

"As far as the "Made in the U.S." its getting tough to find anything hat is fully made in the U.S. Nearly everything you purchase will have parts made from places all over the world. In this case though it's pushing the limits of the definition." alot of guns are made here. :D
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Re: American made shovel

PostBy: traderfjp On: Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:36 am

traderfjp
 
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Re: American made shovel

PostBy: Devil505 On: Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:02 am

ken wrote:"As far as the "Made in the U.S." its getting tough to find anything hat is fully made in the U.S. Nearly everything you purchase will have parts made from places all over the world. In this case though it's pushing the limits of the definition." :D



I don't know about that "nothing is made in the USA anymore" crap...............I have some great XXX-rated movies.....All made in the USA!! :lol:




Buy U.S.!! :devil:
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Re: American made shovel

PostBy: gambler On: Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:44 am

Richard S. wrote:I'm assuming its an aluminum shovel?


unfortunately it is a steel shovel.
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Re: American made shovel

PostBy: Patch On: Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:13 am

For a Made in The USA shovel, you might consider True Temper. Located in Camp Hill, Pa.

http://ames.com/index.html
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"Rakes, hoes, potato hooks and scythes were forged from steel back in 1808 by the company that started as The Old Stone Shop. By 1949, it had changed its name to reflect its interest in metallurgical research and development. True Temper was born. At their manufacturing plant in Camp Hill, raw wood and steel come together to create a variety of tools. The largest manufacturer of lawn and garden tools in the United States, True Temper makes shovels, rakes, hoes, posthole diggers, and other tools. The company also owns Jackson Manufacturing, a leader in wheelbarrow production."

I don't know anything about their quality, fit, or finish, but they are a local Pa. company.

Since I've discovered coal, I've been using my grandfather's "foundry" shovel. Funny how the old tools are coming out of storage, and are being used again. There is a bond knowing that my hands hold the same tool used by my grandfather.

John
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Re: American made shovel

PostBy: mikeandgerry On: Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:25 pm

Wood'nCoal wrote:You can't even find a box of nails at the Depot that isn't made in China.
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LOL

In my hardware store I stock nails made in Saudi Arabia ! (not by choice; my co-op shops around)
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Re: American made shovel

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Thu Sep 04, 2008 12:58 am

Anyone seen a 'neverbreak' ash shovel.
Came with the Vermont Castings stove in 1981
Still have it but want to get some more for gifts.
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Re: American made shovel

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Wed Sep 10, 2008 10:04 pm

I took Mom to the local Applebee's tonight. At the table I could see one word reflected in the window by the entrance, "Coal".

Turns out there were a few old adverts from local coal dealers displayed on the wall (Anyone who has visited an Applebee's knows they display lots of local memorabilia on the walls).

The kicker was a perfectly usable coal shovel also attached to the wall. Made a mental note to try and get out the door with it on the next visit.
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Re: American made shovel

PostBy: lwalper On: Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:09 am

I know this is an old thread, but I had one of those shovels too -- came with my Vermont Castings stove in the early 80's. Was that just an old cache of shovels they were sending out with their stoves, or does someone still make them? I purchased one on eBay a couple of years ago for just a few dollars -- now I see them (rarely) in private auctions selling for $120 each.

What's the deal? Doesn't anyone make a decent ash shovel anymore? This is a GREAT little tool for those of us who use alternative fuels for home heating.
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Re: American made shovel

PostBy: brckwlt On: Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:24 am

I found one on ebay. 99 dollars plus 12.95 shipping

dear god thats a lot of money


http://cgi.ebay.com/Neverbreak-Fire-Shovel-Union-Fork-Hoe-Co-Antique-1926_W0QQitemZ220515385688QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3357bdc158
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and more


http://cgi.ebay.com/Antique-1926-Union-Fork-Hoe-Fire-Coal-Ash-Shovel_W0QQitemZ350281202007QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item518e62f957
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that one is 120 plus 15 shipping.

take your pick. or buy both and send one to me for christmas!
brckwlt
 
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Re: American made shovel

PostBy: Yanche On: Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:06 pm

Bought an aluminum shovel at a flea market in October. Says "True Temper Better Quality USA Bag12". I thought of this thread when I bought it. Paid $10. Can't find any place on the aluminum where it's stamped tempered. Sure is nice to use.
Yanche
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Alternate Heating Systems S-130
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea

Re: American made shovel

PostBy: stovepipemike On: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:34 pm

I also have a Neverbreak shovel and use it all the time.It seems I bought it 25 years ago for about $7.00 brand new. Phew,sure wish I knew they were going to skyrocket.That bullet proof little shovel did better than any 401K ever did for me.
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