Looking for the Best Metal Detecting Digging Tool? Check out our (updated) Review Of The Lesche Digging Tool
When I first saw the Lesche Digging Tool at White’s of New England in Watertown, Ma.; I thought to myself “I just want to cut plugs, not saw down small trees!” Upon closer examination, I was convinced this rugged, yet well designed tool would suit all of my land hunting needs.
The Lesche digger tool (pronounced LES-KEE) is made of chrome molly steel giving it incredible strength and durability. It is 12″ in overall length with a 7″ x 1- 3/4″ blade. One side of the blade is serrated and slightly curved, allowing for scoop-like operation.
It is ergonomically designed with the blade being recessed two inches behind the comfortable and covered 4-1/2″ long handle. The most important feature to this tool, as I have found, is the 4″ wide hand guard. I realized the importance of the guard the first time I encountered a rock while digging a grass plug. Needless to say, my hand was prevented from slipping down and being cut along the serrated blade edge.
Lesche Digging Tool Field Test
Eager to put the Lesche dogger to the test, I went outside to the front yard, to a grassy area surrounding some trees, knowing I would encounter the “dreaded” tree root. The blade sliced through the grass with ease, cutting a nearly perfectly rounded 6″ plug of grass. Having not met any resistance from rocks or tree roots, I proceeded to scoop out a fairly large quantity of dirt and there they were-tree roots. I don’t normally make a practice of sawing through roots if I don’t have to but this was a test and one or two roots wasn’t going to cause the demise of a fully grown tree. I carefully chose a root about 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick and proceeded to saw through it. Before I had realized it, I had sawed it in half. The intention of the large white warning label placed on the digger by the manufacturer was now clearly understood. It reads: “Warning! Do not use in areas where underground electric lines, wires, or cables may be present.” Well placed I might add, as these obstacles would be no match for the Lesche.
In just about any Lesche digger tool review you will more then likely read that its the best metal detecting digging tool and about its shear toughness… well in our Leche review you will hear it too, because well…. it is. Leche makes an incredible digging tool, you can cut through roots, and on it, and pry with it. The razor sharp serrated edge makes cutting threw the tough roots much less of a chore then with the cheaper bargain bin garden tools, sure they will do for you when you are in soft rootless soils but when you find your self metal detecting in thick clay, hard packed ground or the deep woods the Leche will be money well spent. With that said, there is some room for improvement, for starters the blade while super strong it is a bit thin, now that does make it easier to sharpen and that can help with drag when cutting your plugs, however I feel it could be a little more heavy duty for a tool of this caliber. Also the Lesche only comes with a serrated edge on only one side, you have the option of buying a left sided cutting tool or a right sided cutter, but why they do not offer a double sided serrated cutting edge is beyond me, most of the other quality metal detecting diggers have them. Over all the Lesche is in fact one of best metal detecting digging tools that money can buy, and sure you could buy one for much less but after you check the digging tool reviews for some of the other tool around the web if you decide to go with the Lesche you will get years of work and satisfaction from this little tool.