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On your knees

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I suppose there will always some clever dick who will brag about their ability to bend standing and set a mole trap. Certainly not me! I don’t think I have seen my toes since I was about ten! So for the majority of us we will have to get down on our knees to excavate and prepare a mole run and then set and place the trap.

Now the probing and cutting the initial divot and perhaps lifting the first spadeful with your Beagle Folding Spade and can probably be done reasonably comfortably from the standing position and without too much bending.

But then it’s down on your knees and get at the run with your specially designed, ergonomic, Beagle run clearing Trowel to prepare the excavation ready to receive the trap.

You need to land on your knees safely and comfortably, protect your clothing and keep them clean so you need a nice padded kneeler. Which is exactly what you get when you purchase the Beagle Super Padded Kneeler.

Light weight, well padded, durable and washable and it stows away very conveniently in The Beagle Kit Bag with all the other kit. The kneeler is made for us by Bosmere Products who make a wide range of excellent garden and outdoor products.

Needless to say but these kneelers are versatile for domestic or religious purposes! In fact it would be a welcome idea if some religious establishments replaced their old moth eaten kneelers with some new ones and if local worthies wish to cover them with tapestry in the hope of getting a better position at the gates, then God bless them!

You could be excused for feeling that I have been padding (ha ha!) this blog out. You are right I have; there is a limited amount you can eulogise on the subject of Kneelers! Let us pray!.

The Beagle Run Clearing trowel – A real scoop!

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The very careful preparation of the hole you have excavated into which you are going to place your Beagle EasySet Mole Trap is essential for a successful trapping.

It is inevitable that when cutting your divot and digging out the spoil, some will fall into the run and back up the tunnel either side of the excavated hole.

Whilst you might be able to get most of it out with the Beagle spade, you will need a trowel or scoop to clean out the approaches and the base of the excavated hole of loose soil and you also need a trowel to finish the excavation and maybe dig out a stone or two.

Secateurs are also useful from time to time to cut out an obstructive root. You also need to tamp down the base of the run to ensure a clear run. Too much soil left in the tunnel and beneath the set trap and it is highly likely that a mole will push it forward and block the trap.

Many trowels are too long or too wide or too flat to do this effectively, so at Beagle we have designed a special trowel for this purpose.

Firstly the blade and handle of our trowel have been shortened so that you can get into the excavation and poke it up the tunnel either side. Also it is of optimum width (5 cms) so that it will poke up the average mole tunnel and can be used to draw back loose soil. The leading edge is slightly pointed to ease this process; it has also been reasonably sharpened to remove obstacles or trim the sides of the excavation so that the trap will fit snugly and be set in proper alignment.

It has a nice deep scoop for soil removal and a superb ergonomically designed handle. Moreover, turn it upside down and the top of the handle can be used for tamping down the base of the excavation prior to placing the trap!

In short, Perfect!

Although especially designed for the Beagle Kit it is also a damned good general purpose trowel and as the ergonomically designed handle implies, extremely comfortable to use. .