Fiskars 7978 Composite Trowel Reviews

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4.2 out of 5 stars based on 359 customer reviews

Product Description

Fiskars FiberComp Trowel is lightweight for easy handling and ultra-durable for lasting value. It features a large head to carry away more dirt every time you dig in, a one-piece design that will never loosen or bend and a handle hang hole for convenient storage. The rust-proof FiberComp construction is lightweight yet still stronger than steel.

From the Manufacturer

This Fiskars Nyglass trowel is everything such a utilitarian tool should be: remarkably light, incredibly strong, and remarkably affordable. Made of Nyglass nylon/fiberglass composite, it¿s lighter than comparable metal models ¿ yet it won¿t crack or bend during even the most enthusiastic gardening sessions. Won¿t rust either, and the one-piece construction means the handle will always stay securely attached to the head. Generously sized for lots of earth-moving ability, with an easy-to-grasp, slightly oversized handle with convenient hanging hole. Plus, Fiskars lifetime warranty of reliable, no-hassle performance.

Customer Reviews

I don’t like to garden…but I do love to fertilize. ~ reviewed by A. Howard

I must preface this review by explaining that I’ve never used this item for its “intended” purpose. I don’t garden and have only recently acquired the skill to keep anything more biologically advanced than a cactus alive. If you like gardening and want to garden in style, you could almost definitely find something fancier and more ergonomically…impressive than the Fiskars (much like the dozen or so fine, Japanese & Swedish-made trowels of various sizes and shapes that are currently “supplementing” the iron content of my mother’s lawn and garden.)
I actually bought this shovel for camping and backpacking when my Coleman mini entrenching tool shovel that I’d had since boy scouts bent while trying to dig a privy hole in the roots of a long-dead, but still-stronger-than-me oak. My bad that. (Man Vs. Nature?…Bet on Nature.) Still, the mistake DID lead me (indirectly) to this little gem. Wanting a smaller and lighter trowel this time to fill the void (pardon my pun) left by my Coleman, I undertook my usual level of unusually detailed research into the range of products available for the purpose. I quickly found however that every trowel intended for the backpacker’s purpose was either light, cheap plastic woefully under matched to the intended task or a heavy steel or aluminum monstrosity, blow-fully overmatched to the contents of my wallet allocated for waste removal.
I’d nearly given up on solving the problem when I happened upon the Fiskars Trowel while picking up lawn fertilizer at the local “Home improvement Depot”. I first noticed the 99 cent price tag offered by the merchant, hoping it to be a pricing error I could capitalize on for restocking my Mother’s ever-dwindling supply. Investigating further however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was constructed of something called “Nyglass”, which I (correctly) suspected to be a non-copyrighted name for Zytel, which is a high strength, abrasion and impact resistant thermoplastic composite made of nylon reinforced by fiberglass. A LOT of companies use this stuff for knife handles and grips because it is very tuff stuff. Apart from being stronger than most plastics (and some metals), it’s also much lighter – which is handy when you’re backpacking or hiking where ounces (or the lack thereof), count. I also found it to be very comfortable in the hand, having a long, simple round grip that lends itself well to several different grip styles and usefulness in either the largest or smallest of hands. The material itself is also a bit rough, (possibly from the fiberglass) which gives it a good slip-resistant grip (a good thing when you gotta go in the rain). Couple all of those design elements then with the unintended-but-awesome feature of a long, large, hollow handle with a removable orange (visible!) cap that can be removed (and replaced) to perfectly fit a single roll of backpacker’s toilet paper…and you have something that defines utility and defies all cost Vs. benefit logic. It’s perfectly suited to the task – for which it was never intended, more so than the alternatives that were and cheaper to boot (even at the price listed here). Think that sums it up nicely. I bought a handful (3) of them at the time, foreseeing (but not lamenting at that price) the inevitability of a mechanical failure – but I can now happily report that after 6 months and over a dozen 3-4 day hiking, camping and backpacking trips with this thing, I’m still on my first.

Gotta love that.

A great… plastic… trowel ~ reviewed by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod, author of the Seven Day Manuscript Machine and Writing the Bible for Kids

This was my first trowel as a novice gardener 3 years ago. I loved it. I love that it’s easy to spot in the garden, can be left out, and I don’t care if the kids “borrow” it because it’s dirt cheap. I have the hand rake to match, both in a not-too-glaring terra cotta colour.

For a while, this was my only garden tool, and it held up respectably creating beds, stirring in amendments and transplanting annuals and perennials of all sizes.

I’d have to go slowly when doing serious digging in rocky areas or digging up long-buried bricks – we have a million of these under our garden! But it did the trick, including digging post holes for my new Square Foot Garden this season.

However… this season brought the arrival of serious competition: the Rittenhouse Trake (also available at Amazon!). The trake’s sturdy cast aluminum construction has, I’m afraid, blown this baby out of the water.

However much you want to call this trowel’s material “composite,” what it basically is is plastic. It’s a plastic trowel. And metal, I’m afraid, will always trump plastic when you’re investing in a real garden tool. The trake has a built-in rake (hence the name: trowel/rake), a nicely-rubberized grippy handle, and the digging power to seriously unearth those stones or bricks. It’s also a girl-friendly small size without feeling too delicate or flimsy. I always was afraid that the matching Fiskars hand rake would get stepped on and snap. :-(

SO… I’m afraid, as much as I have loved my terra cotta Fiskars trowel / rake set, they’ve pretty much been relegated to the sandbox this season. The kids still use them in the garden, but I’m so happy with my metal version that can slice through anything without fear of snappage.

Mine lasted about five Minutes ~ reviewed by Derek Long

Ok, after about 5 minutes of use the first rock that I encountered broke it into about 5 pieces. Nowhere near as strong as a steel trowel.

Thanks for the backpacking shovel! ~ reviewed by topchef

I bought this based on a previous review illuminating how perfect this shovel is for backpacking. I must say that I concur, the hollow handle holds TP perfectly, it weighs less than most power bars, and it digs adequately. PERFECT!

Not for rough soil ~ reviewed by Panic_Buyer

Mine also broke at the tip after encountering hidden rocks in soil. I had about one month of use out of it before it broke. Next time, I’ll buy a steel trowel. This is only good for soft soil.

Mine lasted five minutes too ~ reviewed by Darrin D. Vernier

I bought one of these years ago and it broke rather quickly. Apparently I forgot. I read somewhere these were guaranteed and getting one seemed like a good idea. When I got it I used it for about five minutes at which point it hit a rock hidden in the soil and shattered. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice on me. Too bad I bought two this time and have a third one. I think I’ll just throw it away and save myself the time and chore of carrying the small pieces back from somewhere. If you’re just shoveling bagged potting soil into pots this might do the trick otherwise please buy anything else.

snapped in half ~ reviewed by Carolyn

Bought this trowel in the winter, seemed like a great item to round out my order to qualify for super saver, as a gardener a trowel that wouldn’t rust and was lightweight seemed ideal. Unfortunately today while transplanting plants it snapped in half, broke in 2. This is not a sturdy trowel. I would have been better off buying a metal one…..

junk,sorry,my very first transplant,put the trowel in the ground,snap ~ reviewed by paita

this trowel stinks.It broke my very first transplant.Stick w/the old time steel ones if u can find them,my rating would be zero stars if it allowed it.paita

Worthless for helping with dirt plugs when metal detecting ~ reviewed by Arsenic

Lasted me about 2 hours then broke in half. It’s plastic and may be fine for light gardening but if you’re metal detecting and working with dirt plugs, don’t waste your money on this – get a steel trowel.

Snapped in Half ~ reviewed by Jennifer

I purchased this item at my local hardware store. It worked for about an hour or so before snapping in half. I do not recommend this product, and will be looking for something more durable. It has a lifetime warranty, but for the 99 cents I paid for it, I just tossed it. Not worth the hassle.Buy it at Amazon

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