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Leonard Nursery Spade With Composite Handle

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Weight: 7.45 lbs

We've taken our proven quality nursery spades to the next level!

This spade has all of the strength and benefits of an all-steel spade with the feel of our traditional nursery spades. An incredible combination of a heat-treated alloy steel blade and our composite handle.

Built to handle the toughest landscape and nursery jobs. 13-inch closed back blade tapers from 7 1/4-inch to 6-inch with a thin, flat slicing edge to cut through roots and compacted soil. Turned steps so that you can put some muscle into it! Structurally designed 27-inch D-grip reinforced composite handle, for maximum strength and load bearing. Molded polymer exterior jacket gives you a comfortable, smooth grip. Non-conductive, chemical and moisture resistant. Lifetime warranty.


  • Weight 5.7 lbs
  • 27" Handle Blade:
  • 6.0" along the cutting edge
  • 7.25" along the top edge
  • 3.25" blade lift
  • 13" long

Product Features

  • Orange composite handle
  • Handle riveted to shank
  • Shank and blade are one forged piece of alloy steel
  • Closed back blade
  • Turned step

Product Benefits

  • This A.M. Leonard spade has all of the strength and benefits of an all steel spade with the feel of our traditional nursery spades
  • The composite handle has more 'give' than a solid steel spade, it feels more like a wooden handle when you jolt up against that solid rock
  • Handle constructed of a reinforced composite for maximum strength and load bearing
  • Non-conductive, chemical and moisture resistant
  • High quality steel and composite construction makes this nursery spade a hard one to beat. Compare the price and quality to any other brand
  • The bright orange color means that you won't be leaving this behind at the job site, or driving over one left laying on the ground
  • 'D' grip works great for digging out under a shrub or tree to form a root ball
  • The shank and blade are one forged piece of steel, keeping this from being being a weak point
  • Tip of the blade is virtually flat with no 'bowl' curve, so you can cut straight when edging or cutting sod
  • Closed back is the next to strongest of all blade types. There is a plate welded to the back of the blade and over the opening in the socket to increase strength and to keep soil from building up in the socket
  • Low blade lift means you can dig straight down without leaning the handle forward too far
  • Solid construction makes these virtually indistructable
  • The turned step is easier on your feet, especially when wearing soft-soled shoes
  • A variety of uses, such as:
  • Edging landscape beds
  • Digging or installing shrubs, trees, perennials, or other plant material
  • Dividing perennials and grasses
  • Cutting and removing sod
  • Cutting sod pieces to size when installing
  • Skimming layer off top of soil to level or grade
  • Cutting through tough roots


A.M. Leonard, Inc. warrants all its tools identified with the "A.M. Leonard Lifetime Warranty" to be free from material defects for the life of the tool.
Lifetime Warranty

Review Summary (Based on 7 Reviews)

5 Stars

really..... wrote

I bought it as a gift for my wife. When I gave it to her her face lit up with a giant smile, that makes it perfect!

5 Stars

My one and only spade wrote

I am kind of particular about my spades, having worked on a landscape crew in my youth. I was a little disappointed to find that there is not a wooden handled spade available, but I"m sure this composite handle will last a lot longer. I was concerned about the weight. I still believe it is a bit heavy, but the tapered spade cuts through our clay soil beautifully. Go ahead, order with confidence. It will last you a lifetime!

5 Stars

Dig Spade wrote

Durable, light weight dig spade. Composite handle needs very little maintenance.

4 Stars

Comments on Nursery spade with composite handle wrote

Since 1987 my one Leonard Classic Full Strap Spade has been my workhorse, my number one landscape tool. Used all spring, summer and fall for planting then used to scrape ice off sidewalks and driveways all winter. After 24 years the wood handle finally cracked and gave out (sigh). The composite handle on my new spade makes sense, especially for those of us who beat, chop, pound and jump on their spade in all soils in all weather conditions. There seems to be some shock-absorbing in the handle. Nice touch, good design. Probably the only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I haven't had it long enough to truly test it (or that I still miss my old Classic Full Strap).

5 Stars

Leonard Spade wrote

We purchased this spade for its weight and durability, when it comes to trimming off and leveling the bottom of a root ball for packaging, this spade is perfect! Light weight composite handle that won't freeze your hands in cold weather, good balance and grip. Everyone uses it over the all steel spade we have.

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