May 29, 2014

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The Ace of Spades

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To trap a mole you have to access its tunnel network and the extent depends upon the trap you propose to use.

One way or another the mole has to trigger the trap. For most traps you have to excavate the ground with a spade and expose the tunnel and then place the trap, cover it in to exclude the light, and try and deceive the mole that there is nothing amiss with its tunnel network! So the less you disturb the tunnel and the tighter the fit for the trap the better.

At Beagle we have developed a special spade for this purpose and it is collapsible! Now you might think that is a total contradiction and useless. Not so!

The blade of the spade can be folded out or up to the handle and is locked in place either way by a ring screw nut known as a collet.

Folded it is 50 cms long and assembled 70 cms long, this makes it easier to transport in a bag and when assembled of a reasonable length whether you are handling it standing or kneeling. In short it is ideal for preparing ground for placing mole traps.

The blade is one centimetre in width more than the length of the Beagle Easyset Mole Trap. So you are not cutting a divot or excavating a hole that is too long and thus you ensure a tight fit.

The blade is also flat (not curved like most spades) so that it will cut a straight divot the length of the trap again ensuring a tight fit with little back fill to exclude light.

The cutting edge is square (unlike the collapsible snow shovels) and ground down to an acceptable level of sharpness so it will slice through small roots.There is good stout wooden T handle.

All in all an essential part of the Beagle Kit! It fits very snugly into Beagles new bag (more about that later). What is more it’s just as useful as a border spade and (especially for the decrepit writer of this blog) a very useful aid to help you up from your knees! .