My Review of the Lesche T-Handle Shovel for Metal Detecting

Updated on December 21, 2018
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Matt is a professional painter and entrepreneur who enjoys the hobby of metal detecting in his spare time.

My Lesche heavy duty t-handle shovel for metal detecting.
My Lesche heavy duty t-handle shovel for metal detecting.

The Lesche T-handle Shovel

My Lesche t-handle shovel is the primary digger I use for recovering my metal detecting finds. I also own their metal detecting spade, which I still use occasionally, but I much prefer the t-handle Lesche digging tool for faster target recovery and cutting cleaner plugs.

My review is based on their heavy-duty t-handle shovel, not the Sampson shovel, which doesn't have the serrated blade. The hobby of metal detecting will do a number on your back if you use the wrong digger. I already have back and knee problems, so the less time I spend crouching down, the better.

Some guys prefer a metal detecting trowel, or spade, and those tools have their advantages, but I'll share a few things I like about this digger.

Cuts Dirt Plugs With Ease

What good is a shovel if it doesn't cut through dirt easily? The steel blade on this digger is very sharp, and with the serrated blade, it slices through dirt and small roots like a knife through butter.

With my metal-detecting trowel, I have to kneel down and forcefully cut the plug with my hands, but it's so much easier and faster with a t-handle shovel. I can quickly cut a perfect plug and flip it open with the edge of the shovel, all while standing up.

I can usually cut deeper plugs with a t-handle shovel, too, because I can push the blade deeper into the ground with my feet than if I were using my hands.

Less Damage to Grass

Even if you're placing your dirt plug on top of a towel, a faintly noticeable ring can remain after the dirt plug is flipped back into the ground, but this shovel cuts a neater hole with the sharp blade.

The Lesche spade I own leaves more of a mess behind from sawing the ground up and down. Cutting the ground open with a t-handle digger is neater. What I always do is leave one side of the dirt plug connected so the dirt always fits back into the hole perfectly like a puzzle piece.

Being careful not to leave a mess behind is important anywhere you go metal detecting, especially a permission on private property.


Like my handheld Lesche digging tool, this one does develop rust spots over time. The shovel is constructed of aircraft-quality steel according to the specs, but the metal still rusts. Mine hasn't rusted to the point to where I'm overly concerned, but there are rust spots, even after cleaning and drying the metal. If you leave mud on the blade, rust will develop faster. Always clean the metal right after use.

Shovel Height and Weight

If I had one minor complaint, at my height of 5'11, I wish the digger was one to two inches longer, but it's not a problem for me. If you're taller than 6'5", though, this shovel might be a little uncomfortable to dig with. The length is 31 inches. When I first unboxed mine, I was a little disappointed because I thought the blade and overall size would be bigger.

The compact size though doesn't effect its performance at all, and the smaller size makes the shovel less noticeable in public. If you walk around with a huge shovel, not only will you become fatigued faster, but people are more likely to call the police or come outside and complain, especially in curb grass. The weight is light and easy to carry around all day without soreness.

Is the Lesche Heavy-Duty T-handle Shovel Worth it?

Mine has worked great for me from day one without bending or breaking at the handle. The Lesche t-handle shovel makes cutting plugs a lot easier and faster for me when I go out metal detecting for three to five hours at a time. If you don't like crouching on your knees all day long to saw open dirt plugs with a trowel, this is the best alternative.

I used a trowel and a regular gardening shovel before buying this digger, but this one is definitely one of my favorite metal detecting tools for digging holes. I was originally going to buy the Sampson digger, also by Lesche, but I chose this one for the serrated blade to cut through roots easier. This comes in handy when recovering finds near the base of trees.

Questions & Answers

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      • RTalloni profile image


        9 months ago from the short journey

        Thanks very much for this review. Our grandson may see it in the coming year. :)


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