Low-lift shovels include caprock shovels and certain round point shovels as well as spades. A more vertical digging angle is best served when digging out plant material, dividing perennials, digging stright down, or redefining landscape bed edges.
This is the most common type of shovel sold in home stores. In this group are most square point shovels and round point shovels. These tools are at their best when used to load or spread materials or to clean out trenches or planting holes. The high lift angle allows the user to stand more upright, when scooping or spreading.