I purchased this digging fork for light to medium duty work, primarily digging up potatoes from my home garden. The soil used for the potatoes is sandy so this fork works great for easy jobs like that. I've also used it for harder-earth digging and can tell that the plasic handle isn't able to handle clay-ridden and other tough soil - for that, either soaking the soil or using a fiberglass/wood handled fork would work better. This for is fairly inexpensive and great for light to medium work, which is what I purchased it for. The fork end itself is very well made and will definitely last well over time. Overall, I am happy with my purchase.
I rate the digging fork a two star only because of the great Craftsman warranty. The fork itself is not great. I have two Craftsman digging forks - an older one made in the USA and a more recent one that was made in China. The fiberglass handle of the newer one cracked. The tines on the older fork are at a 90 degree angle to the D handle which gives them much more strength. The US made fork is a much better design and implementation. The new replacement fork is assembled in the US. The tines are made in Austria. The quality appears to be even lower than the one which broke. The grip on the D handle is smooth rather than grooved making it more difficult to grip securely. The connection between the handle and the tines also does not have the ring covering the connection. It would look better with that covering and possibly be stronger. Of the five forks in stock, three already had their labels (with the UPC and other information) missing or barely attached to to the handle.
I will have to be very careful using this fork to dig my sweet potatoes. This tool is not the Crafstman quality I have enjoyed most of my life.
Warranty replacement for old Craftsman wood handle fork.
Nice looking red and chrome.
Tines now say "China" on them, soft steel bent instantly upon applying minimal force, despite nice diamond cross section design.
Fiberglass handle good idea, but wooden insert that tines fit into, inside steel ferrule, barely extends past top of ferrule. Should be at least a foot longer to prevent fiberglass from cracking there.
Complete failure as warranty replacement for original fork.
Epilogue: Gave to small female person with minimal fork requirements. It bent the first time she tried to use it.
I was digging up tomatoe plants in soft soil in an old garden and the tines bent. Not Craftsman quality at all. Will it be replaced with the same junk or have they fixed the problem?