We, a group of 3 civil engineering students, are assessing a range of square-headed shovels on the market, with a view to designing a new product that incorporates modifications suggested by users of currently available brands. It would be really helpful to us if any readers of this post who have experience in using a square-headed shovel (or, indeed any other kind of shovel) would be generous enough to tell us about the experience. We are interested in, for example, opinions about the weight of the implement, its dimensions, materials, the shape and comfort of the handle, the shape and length of the shaft, whether it was suitable for use by left-handed people or by smaller people. If you could design your perfect shovel, in what ways would it be different from the one you have used? We'd be really happy to hear from you.
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