Sometimes referred to as an entrenchment tool due to its use in military history, a folding shovel is a compact shovel that can be used in a variety of digging, chopping, shoveling, hammering, and scraping situations on any surface you want to change.These can be made of metal, wood, nylon, fiberglass (or similar material) and have a hinged or folding shaft to provide the compact design they are so popular for. This connects to the head of the shaped metal sheet which can vary in size and shape depending on the use to which it is to be put. They also have a handle that provides leverage and user comfort.
A folding shovel works like a traditional shovel or shovel in the sense that it is leveraged through the shaft to do the job you are preparing your shovel for. However, they are much shorter, which matches the lightweight and compact design. For this reason, you may need to wear it while kneeling or sitting.
But what sets them apart from the blades you’re more familiar with is their ability to be a fraction of their size at the push of a button or twist of the wrist. The use of mounted hinges and/or axles allows you to fold and fold the bucket heads and axles for easy transport and storage.