Garden Root Slayer Shovel
Product DescriptionDig through sod and roots like a hot knife through butter by going in with the garden root slayer shovel. It features a comfortable ergonomic o-grip handle to prevent slipping along with a sharpened v-blade tip with rip saw teeth - eliminating the need for hatchets and saws.
- Serrated shovel designed for reducing stress on your hands and wrist
- Digging shovel with V-shaped cutting tip to easily rip roots and dirt
- Garden digging shovel with durable powder-coated carbon steel tip
- Sturdy tip suitable for any garden task- not meant for prying
- Lifetime manufacturer warranty (continental US only)
Top ReviewsThis is probably the best tool I've ever owned.
by madeinva (5 out of 5 stars)
December 24, 2016
This is unlike any digging tool I've ever used before. It's much stronger and incredibly well-designed. The O-handle looks a bit strange at first, but as soon as you start using it you realize all shovels should be made this way. It's just much more comfortable and utilitarian. I've given the Root Slayer a real workout. I've found that in some areas fairly choked with tree roots it just digs right through them with very little effort. With some of the bigger roots, like 3" or so, you can't really dig right through the root, but you can rip through it with a few kicks by aligning the saw blade at an angle against the root. It's not actually like a normal saw blade in that it will only cut on the downstroke, but that's not a problem for me since I can exert all of my weight on the shovel on the downstroke. The inverted V cutting edge is pretty amazing. I planted several small conifers in a grassy area on my property and found that the shovel passes through sod without any resistance. The original description said you could replace a pry bar with this shovel, and that's absolutely true. I pried with all of my weight to break an old willow stump free and the shovel doesn't bend at all, unlike some others I've paid as much or more for. If there was a way to give this a higher rating than 5 stars I would definitely do it. This is probably the best tool I've ever owned.
The ultimate yard re-claiming tool.
by DaveS (5 out of 5 stars)
May 13, 2017
The Slayer was THE tool to eliminate the big fat nasty bamboo-like weeds growing in our back yard. We had given them multiple servings of increasingly potent weed killer, but they were still holding on. We had the ambitious goal to lay lawn, so they had to go. The slayer-shovel was light and strong, and uprooting the nuisance was highly satisfactory. We would still be at it next week without the slayer and the wonderful gloves featured in the photo. Highly recommend, we will probably ship it to family members for their yard project (stories of the traveling slayer to come! ).
Just the tool - and right size - for me!
by Raina (5 out of 5 stars)
September 20, 2017
Just perfect for me. I'm 5'3", and it fits me to a "T". It weighs 2 lbs. 13 oz.; stands 40' from bottom to top of handle; blade is 9-1/8" to where you press down with your foot. See their YouTube "root slayer nomad explained" - shows the difference between the Nomad and the larger root slayer. This thing is strong, and comes with a vinyl "case" for the blade. Just tried digging a hole around a plant "stump" and it was easy!!!! Can't wait to dig up some of my plantings!!!
by Amazon Customer (5 out of 5 stars)
December 12, 2016
Radius Garden Root Slayer Shovel - 2017 Green Thumb Award for Most Innovative Garden Tool
I have been gardening for over 40 years and I have used most garden tools at one time or another. Occasionally a new innovative garden tool becomes available to gardeners, which is the case with the Radius Garden Root Slayer Shovel. It won the 2017 Green Thumb Award for Most Innovative Garden Tool, and rightfully so. This tool is well designed, very well made and does an excellent job of doing what it was designed to do, "slay roots."
The Root Slayer was designed to be several tools in one. It's shape is part Drain Spade, part Digging Shovel, part Spade, and part Saw. The real beauty of the Root Slayer is the saw-toothed edges along the sides of the blade. The saw-toothed edges do indeed slay the roots of weeds, shrubs, trees, etc. These saw teeth are very sharp and saw right through any roots that are present when you are digging. This turns a difficult chore into a much easier task.
The handle is circular in shape, which allows one's hands to grasp it from various angles. This will help prevent one's hands and wrists from becoming stressed from constantly being used at the same angle.
The tip of the Root Slayer is very sharp, which is nice because every gardener knows that a sharp tipped digging tool works far better than a dull tipped garden tool.
The Root Slayer is very well made. The blade is heavy duty, rather than the flimsy construction of a lot of garden tools. The handle and shafts are also solid and heavy duty. As such, even a professional gardener can expect this tool to last for many years. The saw teeth along the edges are coarse-toothed, as opposed to fine-toothed. This coarse design prevents the teeth from getting clogged up by dirt, roots, etc. The ferrule (the place where the blade attaches to the shaft) is longer than most garden tools, definitely made for longevity.
When I received the Root Slayer, I put it to a rather thorough "field test". I quickly found out that it did a good job of doing what it was designed to do, "slay roots". I was impressed with how easily this tool sliced through most of the ever present roots of the nearby weeds, trees & shrubs. It sliced through the smaller roots with just one thrust of the tool. I used a sawing motion to slice through some of the larger roots, and the saw-toothed edges of the blade cut through these roots nicely. It also does a good job of digging, just like a spade or shovel.
I am very pleased with this tool, and I highly recommend it for anyone who gardens; even a professional gardener will find the Root Slayer to be a nice and handy tool to have in their inventory of garden tools. As I mentioned earlier, "This tool is well designed, very well made and does an excellent job of doing what it was designed to do, 'slay roots'. "
Happy Gardening to all!
I Love my Root Slayer! One of my Best purchases Ever!
by mel0789 (5 out of 5 stars)
October 14, 2017
I LOVE this unique shovel! I am an elderly arthritic female who retired at age 71 and stepped up her reading on ecology and the dire straits of our earth habitat. I wanted to help monarch butterflies and pollinators further by removing "alien" and "invasive" shrubs and plants from my cookie cutter suburban yard and put in natives. This wonderful shovel is helping me do it. I have some mobility issues but I can handle this shovel. If I'm digging, I'm using my Root Slayer. It's incredibly well designed--sturdy and balanced. It has a lip on the top of the blade to stabilize your foot when you bear down. My foot stays put. I like the unique circle handle which is comfortable for me to grasp and non slip. And what a job it does! I'm removing huge old shrubs I planted myself some 35 years ago. I'm cutting like butter through the incredible strangling masses of evergreen periwinkle which are everywhere in my borders. (Why did I ever pay a fortune for flats and flats of periwinkle ground cover and start it everywhere thinking it was a good ground cover??) I'm digging down through some most awful dead yellow clay laden through with rocks from when the house was built 50 years ago. (When I hit those hidden rocks I adjust the slant of the Root Slayer to get around or in between them to get below and bring the rocks up for removal.) I'm digging appropriate and even generous sized planting holes for my wonderful replacement native shrubs, whereas before I was prone to 'fudge' planting hole suggested dimensions because of the difficult digging. This Root Slayer Shovel is a most wonderful tool! If something happens to my Root Slayer (which I highly doubt it's so sturdy) or if it is stolen (unlikely but possible), I will immediately log onto Amazon and buy another one. My yard is transitioning from a slice of suburban wasteland to a small but lively habitat. I've had so many monarch butterflies come to visit this summer as I'm continuing to plant the milkweeds and other natives. The Root Slayer has made it possible for me to perform my work and enjoy the benefits that come with it. My Root Slayer is worth every penny and more!
This shovel is perfect for metal detecting!
by Troy T (5 out of 5 stars)
November 21, 2017
This shovel is perfect for metal detecting. It's not too heavy to carry around and the handle length is just right for cutting plugs. It cut through a root the size of my thumb in one stroke. After breaking a couple of shovels, I think I've found a keeper!
This shovel is every bit as good as advertised
by Frank (5 out of 5 stars)
January 9, 2017
Give it 5 stars and add a few more! This shovel is every bit as good as advertised. Strong and cuts through roots and hard ground as easily as that process can be. I was working without gloves and whoever designed this handle should be in for a raise. It makes working in a tight space possible because of being able to grip the shovel from different angles.
If you have a yard project with roots and/or hard ground, give this shovel serious consideration.
If you do much gardening, you need this shovel.
by Amazon Customer (5 out of 5 stars)
December 1, 2016
Got the Root Slayer just in time to plant a sapling and dig a new perennial bed in the back yard. The design is amazing and really ergonomic. The serrated shovel slices through roots that otherwise would have needed me to kneel down and hack away with a knife or saw. I have five other Radius garden tools that I love. The Root Slayer is my new favorite.
A must for bamboo removal
by Nacirema (5 out of 5 stars)
August 2, 2017
I bought one of these to combat a bamboo infestation left by a previous owner. If you have dealt with bamboo, you'll understand why I wish I had a second one of these. (Folks, unless you have a panda or live in a region where bamboo is native, don't ever plant it!)
This thing was MUCH more effective than a regular shovel. We have used it to sever and scoop out the big clumps of stalks to get them out, pry up the rhizome trails, cut through smaller interfering tree roots, till up the ground where all the tiny seeker roots have made the top couple inches of soil very difficult to penetrate, and yeah it also severed our cable line pretty effectively. (Make sure you call before you dig to locate underground utilities, as we did, and be aware that they may be at any depth.)
This was well worth the purchase and we may get another. I'll be using it later to try to relocate a crepe myrtle that volunteered itself in an undesirable location.
And seriously, DON'T PLANT BAMBOO.
I Dig this Tool!
by Drew M. (5 out of 5 stars)
August 16, 2017
So many times you see product reviews, buy the product based upon those reviews or the seller's description of the item and then you are sadly disappointed in the product.
That is not the case here. This "Garden Root Slayer" works as advertised.
My backyard needs to be xeriscaped, but I have two large trees in the middle and one large tree I previously removed and then hired out the stump grinding. I now needed to dig down about six inches so I could add base rock, top with pavers and in other areas decomposed granite. This digging task has proven to be extremely monumental, not due to hard dirt or rocks, but those *&%$# roots.
I'd been using a standard shovel, poker bar, axe and a Nupla FHR-48 McLeod (purchased from Amazon) and it was just wearing me out. I had dug out about 175 sq feet and just about given up on the project. Every time I would try to get a shovel of dirt out of the way I'd hit a root about two inches down and hurt my knee and foot and then switch to one of the other tools to continue and not only did this make the work harder but it also added time to the project.
Along comes the "Garden Root Slayer" and I thought I give it a try, and I am glad that I did. I won't say that the tool makes my job easy, but it makes it 50% easier. You still need muscle to do the job. The design of the tool's round handle makes it the perfect place to hold the tool out in front of the body and with the weight of the tool and a sound driving down motion the tool breaks into the dirt and cuts right through the smaller roots. Sometimes when you hit a larger root you need to take several whacks at it. Kicking down on the tool with foot doesn't seem to give enough force to break the roots. Using the foot on the tool is useful to push the blade forward away from the body loosing the surrounding dirt.
The side of the tool has teeth for sawing that I have also found useful. When you hit a root that is too large for the tool to break through just lean the tool over to about a 45 degree angle and give it a few moments of sawing, to weaken the root, and then have at it with a few more whacks, this seems to work for roots about 1" - 1.5". Roots larger than 1.5" still need an axe or a reciprocating saw. But I still use the Garden Slayer to move the dirt and cut the smaller roots around the large root so I can get access to the larger root.
I highly recommend this tool if nagging roots are a problem for you and your digging.
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