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This shovel is fabulous - The Kombi

rosiew
July 4, 2006

No one has posted about the Kombi shovel. Had my first one for about 14 years - got stolen. Recently tracked down the source and ordered several, for myself, neighbors and family. Also bought their hand trowel. Joe Gardener (Joe Gardener.com) has named it one of The Best of the Must-Haves for 2006.

Part shovel, cultivator, edger and weeder, this tool has a lot of uses. There are six styles, from the Kombi Pro down to the Kombi Trowel. We couldnt decide which was our favorite.

I first became aware of this tool when a trusted friend and expert gardener rushed into a Master Gardener meeting one Saturday morning to announce that someone was selling Kombi tools from their trunk. He could hardly contain his enthusiasm but warned if we wanted one we had better rush out there and get one now as they were going quick!

"A Kombi what?" I exclaimed. I didnÂt even know what he was talking about, as I had never heard of such a tool. However, I knew if this guy was so excited about it, then I must have one! He went on to say it was his very favorite tool and he took it on plant rescues and logged "thousand of hours with it!" I was sold and didnÂt even know what it looked like yet.

This IS the shovel with "attitude" as the Kombi folks say and we must agree! Although it appears as some medieval weapon at first glace, this is the tool you want to take into the garden for transplanting and where we see itÂs best application.

The six styles are more than enough to get the job done but I must admit to having and loving them all. All Kombi tools have a one-year guarantee and are sold and shipped out of Clarkesville, Georgia. After getting a taste of the Kombi on tough transplanting jobs, itÂs hard to imagine using anything else. ThatÂs why weÂve made it a joe gardener Certified BEST OF THE MUST-HAVESÂ for 2006.

Here's a post I found at Google: (GPPA is the GA Perennial Plant Ass'n)

I Dig It

GPPA member Jack Driskell is a big proponent of the Kombi Shovel. Jack bought his first kombi about twelve years ago. Since that time Ace Hardware bought the patent but never did anything with it. Several years later the son of the original developer bought the rights back. They contacted Jack and said his name was on their previous customer list and was he still interested in their product? Of course Jack was as he had completely worn out the original shovel from taking it on so many plant rescues where its unusual design is ideal for digging around roots and rocks. What sets the Kombi apart from other shovels is its deeply serrated edge. There is nothing else like it in the trade. Jack says he currently owns three different styles. Besides the original design there is a Kombi Pro which has a wider blade with less serrations and comes with a fiberglass handle, ideal for home use. They even make a trowel in this unique style. Jack thinks so highly of this tool that he sometimes gives them as gifts. But don't wait on Jack to get around to you, simply call their office in Clarksville, GA at 706-754-2875 and request a brochure.

I'm really happy to share this info with y'all and think you'll love, love, love these.

Rosie in Sugar Hill, GA

Comments (17)

  • maineman

    Rosie,

    A lot of your original message is copy-and-pasted from the Joe Gardener website without labelling it as a direct quotation.

    However, although you just signed up a few days ago, on May 31, which in itself is a little suspicious, you have posted an impressive number of non-advertising messages, so I think we should give you the benefit of the doubt and not label you as an advertiser. Sorry about that, Rosie.

    You probably know that the forums are ongoing targets for attempts at free advertising, so people are a little bit sensitive about that. And your message did happen to have several of the earmarks of a free advertisement.

    But I, for one, am taking you at face value as a new and prolific participant on the Garden Web. Welcome.

    MM

  • mikie_gw

    I wanna see a picture of this mysteriously wonderful shovel.

  • maineman

    Mikie,

    Here's a picture of a {{gwi:311833}}.

    MM

  • mikie_gw

    wow, thanks.
    One evil looking shovel. My luck...some passing cop would tazer me,, drop your weapon, Now..

  • maineman

    Mikie,

    It's the kind of shovel I imagine a Klingon would use, if Klingons gardened, which I am pretty sure they don't. OK, weeds, today is a good day to die...

    MM

  • zevi_b


    the kind of shovel I imagine a Klingon would use

    Finally -- the duscussion takes an interesting direction!

    Of course, the Romulans would use it cloaked to trick the weeds...

  • masiman

    So why the censure of the previous comments? I don't get it. People expressed their opinion that it looked like an advertisement and that they did not like it. Someone backed up that Rosie was not spamming. All apologized. Why the censure?

    I think it would have been better left alone. Others reading the thread would see what the community collectively deems acceptable. Now it looks like an advertisement type posting is ok. Poor move moderator, in my opinion.

  • mwieder

    Where to buy?

  • maineman

    Mwieder,

    Apparently you have to order by phone at the phone number given in Rosie's original message. There are apparently several models of the thing, ranging in price from $6.50 for a Kombi "trowel" up to $27 for the largest version.

    As Rosie's original message said, you can request a brochure at that phone number and use the brochure as the basis for selecting which model(s) you want. Or you could just discuss the models over the phone and make your selection(s) based on verbal descriptions.

    Apparently Kombi doesn't have a website and apparently they don't have any dealers or online sellers.

    MM

  • mwieder

    I spoke with them. My issue is that I broke my last shovel and I need one more durable; they only offer a 1 year garuntee and make no mention of using any material stronger then a $5 Walmart shovel. :(

  • maineman

    Mwieder,

    I am not surprised that the Kombi shovels are not unusually durable. Durability is not their "claim to fame." Presumably you would buy a Kombi for its unusual cutting design.

    I have broken several "ordinary" spades, usually by prying on a heavy rock or root that I encountered, and usually it was the handle that actually broke. In Fort Worth, I had an old "sharp shooter" whose wooden handle was always breaking, so I started keeping a spare handle on hand "just in case." Nowadays they make more durable handles out of fiber glass and such.

    You might want to check with Sears and find out what kind of replacement policy they have on their Craftsman shovels.

    I need to find a spading fork with a steel-shafted handle, because everytime I use a spading fork it seems that I encounter a rock that I pry out of the ground.

    MM

  • mwieder

    They do make a full size Kombi shovel in steel for $50 plus shipping - maybe that solves your need. I need a transplanting hand shovel.

  • maineman

    Mwieder,

    There are several good ones available. Two that come to mind are Stainless Steel Round Point Shovel and Stainless Steel Transplant Spade.

    MM

  • shermers

    I have broken a few shovel shafts. I think the way the digging end is attached to the shaft is just as important as the shaft material itself. The "sleave" part of the metal end should be long and well fitted to distribute the stress.

  • mwieder

    Well, the Kombi just bent all the way at the handle as I was prying a root ball out of the soil. :(
    Now if only they made a toothed trowel/hand shovel out of Carbon Steel all the way through the handle...

  • rosiew

    Rosie back again. mweider, you have that warranty, should still be in effect. My Kombi broke at the handle a couple of months ago. When I called, he told me about the warranty! For about (+/-) $15.00 he sent me the all steel as a replacement.

    I wish they'd make a straight shovel with those greatly wicked cutting edges. I'm not very big, have trouble cutting through sod when I'm putting in an edge.

    HTH, Rosie in Sugar Hill, GA

  • mwieder

    Hi Rosie - I called and left a message so we'll see what happens, but they don't have a steel replacement for the trowel to the best of my knowldge, so I'm still looking for a good one.
    thanks!

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