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WTB German or American E-tool/shovel

 
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Owl
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:35 pm    Post subject: WTB German or American E-tool/shovel Reply with quote

After trying to dig a slit trench today, I've come to the conclusion that the P37 E-tool is one of the most utterly useless digging implements ever devised.

So if anyone has a German or American E-tool they're looking to get rid of, let me know, trying not to spend more than $25.

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Karsten Heidt
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this just for general digging purposes or reenacting? If the former, just hit up a surplus store, there will be plenty. If the latter, there's a reason you see something like one man in five in Commonwealth infantry sections carrying a GS shovel...it was really a lot better for serious digging than the individual tool.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both, actually. For field use I want something that I can actually dig with(will still use the P37 tool for displays). I'd go with a GS shovel, but aside from being fairly expensive, they're rather hard to carry.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my opinion you won't find any army e-tool that will be as comfortable as a shovel with long handle. The only way I see anyone digging in fast and effective with army e-tool if there are bullets flying above their head or an officer/NCO barking non stop Smile So for general use get a normal shovel with a long handle. Save your back and hands Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree 100% the e-tool is to start digging in with.. while in contact ..

I have dug a few trenches in my time with an e-tool it is back breaking even for the fit and youthful

a full sized shovel eases the work 10 fold.

if you are planning on digging in.. get a shovel
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had to dig in once using nothing but my helmet. A pick is also a soldiers friend when digging a proper 5 foot trench. Tools like shovels and picks were usually supplied as support items.
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