Playground Sand Excavator Toy

Brand: The Big Dig
Manufacturer: The Big Dig®
Model: 100SIOC
EAN: 0885125658950
Category: Toys & Games
List Price: $49.99
Price: $42.99  (127 customer reviews)
You Save: $7 (14%)
Dimension: 5.20 x 21.50 x 19.30 inches
Shipping Wt: 16.00 pounds. FREE Shipping (Details)
Availability: In Stock.
Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Enjoy all-season fun with the Big Dig! Sift sand, move dirt and shovel snow. With its sturdy metal construction, the Big Dig can handle it all! The two-handed controls make digging fun and easy. The Big Dig helps kids improve their manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination! Weight limit: 110 lbs. Some assembly required.


  • Great for the beach, backyard or playground. Pretend that you're on a big construction site with this backyard sandbox excavator. The big dig is the perfect sandbox digger with 360° swivel action and two-handed digging and dumping action. The big dig is great for all-seasons.
  • All season play: Sandbox digging toy digs sand, dirt, and snow. Dig up to 15" deep. The big dig can reach 33" when crane arm is fully extended.
  • Dig and dump: Seat and crane arm swivel 360° for digging and dumping action
  • Get outside and play: The big dig sandbox digging toy encourages kids to get outside, play and use their imaginations
  • Ages 3+ | Weight limit: 110 pounds

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Top Reviews

Just buy it!
by Rk (5 out of 5 stars)
February 15, 2017

I don't write reviews often but we have had this for 2 days and my boys (3 and 5) woke up at 6:30am, ate breakfast and got dressed and hustled outside on a gloomy rainy mid February morning in Seattle to play with this. They normally fight over whose turn it is, but instead they have been taking turns and playing like civil humans for an hour already. Best toy ever, bought a second one already so they don't have to share because there's only so long siblings can go before someone throws down.
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Slight modification, then Perfect!
by Jmk (5 out of 5 stars)
July 14, 2016

Replace the screw and bolt with a locking bolt so it won't loosen and fall off. After doing that, this has been the best toy I've ever bought! We put it in our wagon and take it to the neighborhood park to dig in the wood chips. Then we bring it home and dig in the sand box! We've had it for 3 months now and my son plays with it everyday.
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Finally a sturdy, realistic toy!
by JKB (5 out of 5 stars)
April 27, 2017

Buy this one above the others! METAL! STURDY!! The seat (only plastic part) is that really ridiculous thick plastic that playgrounds are made of. We all sit on this digger. It gets dragged all around the yard by my kids. It gets extremely rough treatment and it withstands everything. I was planning on buying the other brands I've seen on here but THANKFULLY I chose this one. Definitely go with this one.
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Worth the $ - You won't regret this purchase at all
by KGL (5 out of 5 stars)
July 17, 2018

>Got this as a birthday present for my truck and construction equipment obsessed three year old son. HE LOVED IT.
>Solid metal (seat is plastic though). A bit awkward to assemble but only because you have one section where all the elements come together and it takes some dang amazing coordination to hold all the washers and nuts in place while you thread the bolt through it. Otherwise it takes no time to put together.
>Weirdly there were no holes in the bottom of the seat to put the screws through to secure to the overall contraption, so have something handy that will help you carve holes through hard plastic.
>If you have hardwood floors, don't let your kid use this on them. My son opened this gift at his party inside and we put it together (inside), and he started going to town...on the hardwoods. Luckily we also have a carpet and moved it quickly to that and all was well until we could take it outside the next day. In the meantime, he scooped up toys ;)
>He's scooped toys, gravel, mud, loose sand, leaves, you name it. Since it's solid metal, it boils down to the ability and strength of the kid as to what they can scoop up - the scoop itself can dig through just about anything.
>Didn't take him too long to figure it out either. I would say about 20 minutes of floundering and he had the moves down. He's also able to drag it to wherever he wants to dig since it's not too heavy, though it is awkward to pick up as the arm moves easily.
>Absolutely worth every penny and I've already sent this link to several friends who thought it was the coolest thing ever and wanted it for their kids. Buy it already.
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Check your contents before it's too late to return it!
by AunnyQ (1 out of 5 stars)
March 17, 2018

Purchased one from Amazon in June of last year and was put it away to be given as a Christmas gift. Upon opening it, it did not contain the seat, or the bar to connect the claw/ seat to. It only contained two pieces the bucket mechanism and the base. So it's completely useless! It's FAR too late to send it back so please make sure if you order it, that you open the box and double check that all of the parts arrived With your order! My son would have loved this toy... but we are broken hearted that we will never get to use it.
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I love this-- and so does my 5 year old grandson
by Connie (5 out of 5 stars)
September 20, 2015

I love this-- and so does my 5 year old grandson. In playing around with it I was afraid it was going to be too complicated for him to figure out how to make it work, but he was amazing with it after just a few days...including "patting" it down with the bucket to level off his load in the dump truck! Lots of fun, and the fact that he can move it from dirt pile to dirt pile makes it even better. Friends have one that is cemented into the sand box and can just swivel around the box, this one works better for our situation because his piles are in various places on the farm, depending on what is going on.

He used it to help his dad level out a load of gravel screenings to prepare the approach to a new barn door. Very cool..this picture shows him "practicing" in the little swimming pool--it even holds water!
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Got what I paid for
by Amy R. Brown (2 out of 5 stars)
April 24, 2017

easy assembly, great price, but after only ten minutes of play by my 31lb 3 year old I've already had to bend the support legs back into shape. 😓
(of note, this product is rated for UpTo 110 lbs)

edit: right after submitting review, leg broke off.
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Great For Those Really Rough Kids
by Dee Dee (5 out of 5 stars)
October 21, 2017

My little farmer boys are super tough on everything they touch. I've had this at least a year now, and it's stayed out in the sandbox the entire time. My children (up to about age 8) still play on it and it's never broken and still works. They aren't exactly gentle. I wish we'd had one sooner.
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Dig Bucket Screws are undersized - causing it to break after limited play use.
by April Nix (1 out of 5 stars)
September 4, 2018

Easy Assemble, Good Price, but after only 2 months of play in a loose pea gravel dig pit the bucket breaks -- Sad Kids.

The screw design for connecting the dig arm to the bucket has to small of screws and lacks flat washers.
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by Kindle Customer (3 out of 5 stars)
May 18, 2017

Feels sturdy enough, but my complaint is with the condition in which I received this. The seat (right out of the box) has scratches and dings all over it. Every single bolt has embedded plastic because they covered in it plastic and then bolted it together. Unless I take an Razor blade to it that plastic has to stay there. It's my sons birthday today so I can't return it, and I'm sure he'll love it anyway, but as an adult I am very unimpressed.

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