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My Review of the Lesche Digging Tool for Metal Detecting

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Matt is a professional painter who enjoys fishing and metal detecting on the weekend for old coins and rings.

The handheld Lesche digging tool.

The handheld Lesche digging tool.

Lesche Metal-Detecting Spade

When you metal detect on land, you dig a lot of holes, and that's why it's so important to use a shovel that's comfortable and digs well. When I first got into this hobby, I used a free trowel that came with my Garrett AT Pro metal detector, but after using it to recover my finds only one time, I knew I needed to switch to something else.

After buying and using the serrated spade from Lesche several times, I thought I'd share my experience in this review. I own two metal-detecting shovels, one being this spade, and the other being a T-handle digger, both from Lesche. I use the T-handle digger more than this one for a few reasons.

I have mixed feelings about this digger. I still use it to treasure hunt in certain situations, but I'll explain what I like and dislike about it.

Cutting Plugs

The serrated blade on the Lesche digging tool is very sharp and cuts through dirt—even rocky dirt—easily with some force. The blade acts like a saw, slicing through grass without making much of a mess if you're careful.

Gloves are a must with this tool if you're going to dig dirt plugs all day; otherwise, you'll end up with blisters for sure. What I don't like is constantly crouching on my hands and knees to cut dirt plugs. This tool makes it more fatiguing than using a long-handle shovel designed for metal detecting. With my t-handle shovel, I can easily cut the plug and flip it open while standing up, instead of having to kneel down constantly.

I can dig deeper plugs with my metal-detecting shovel. I've also scratched my finds more using this spade. You have to be careful because the sharp blade jabs into the dirt like a knife. I dinged a couple of silver coins while retrieving them with this digger.

Small Size

The small size of this digger is nice for metal detecting curb strips and private-property permissions where a full-sized shovel might freak people out. I use it sometimes at new property permissions.

This digger also comes with a sheath for your belt loop, so you don't have to carry it around all day like you would a regular shovel.

Loose Handle

The red rubber handle on mine came loose from the metal handle underneath after using it only a few times, which was annoying because the rubber handle would slide up and down when cutting plugs. I fixed it with some glue, but it was still disappointing that the handle came loose at all, especially after using it only a few times.

Not long after using this digger, corrosion started forming on the blade. I washed off the dirt and dried the metal after every use, but it still corroded. The corrosion isn't horrible, but there are some rust spots on the new blade.

Pros and Cons of the Lesche Spade


Sharp blade

Can ding your finds

Good for curb-strips and permissions

Causes blisters if you don't wear gloves

Can be carried on your belt

Harder on body to dig on hands and knees

Less obvious than a full-sized shovel

Doesn't cut as deep as a foot-powered full-sized shovel

Is the Lesche Digging Tool Worth It?

This metal detecting spade is sharp and cuts open dirt plugs for retrieving objects, but it's a lot faster and easier to dig holes with the T-handle Lesche shovel. After using both of the Lesche diggers multiple times, I can definitely recommend that shovel over the handheld one. It's so much easier on my back to push a shovel into the ground with my foot than it is to crouch down and saw open the dirt with my hands using this spade.

The T-handle shovel cuts deeper plugs too, and as a result, the object I'm retrieving usually ends up inside the plug. When I used the handheld digger in the past, the object was often still in the ground and not inside the plug. Then I would have to dig deeper to recover it. Retrieval is faster with the long handle shovel.

I still use the handheld digger on occasion. For those who might feel uncomfortable metal detecting in public with a larger shovel, the handheld spade is a good option, but you should definitely wear gloves or you'll end up with blisters. The sheath that holds the spade is nice because you can swing your metal detector in one hand without having to hold onto your shovel in the other hand. The price for this digger is also reasonably priced if you're new to the hobby and don't want to spend more for a larger shovel.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2018 Matt G.