Spade and shovel design hasn't changed in centuries, and once you own these tools, they generally last for years and years. But at last week's Craftsman lawn-and-garden preview in New York, these new tools struck me as a real improvement. The new tools, which will be available in spring 2012, have a bent-metal "pusher" built into each side of the shovel, giving you a place to put your foot (Craftsman is calling this feature the "Power Step").
Sure, in the end it's still a shovel, but the little platforms make it much easier to get leverage and push the shovel into the ground. It's not reinventing the wheel, but I thought this was a bit of a "Post-It' moment -- where you think "why didn't I think of that?" The tools will range in price from about $15 to $50, depending on the item. Read more