FIELD TEST

The Dig Dig
By Reg Sniff
From Page 20
July, 1995 issue of Treasure Facts

Anyone who has had to retrieve a target from a finely manicured lawn can appreciate the difficulty involved in trying to retrieve a potentially valuable target without damaging either the target or the environment. Out in the west, another problem exists -- hard ground. After a long day it is almost normal to have produced, among other things, blisters or calluses on your palms or fingers from the conventional retrieval tools such as a screwdriver, knife or other similar digging utensil. Fortunately, Zolna Enterprises of W. Bridgewater, MA has developed a simple to use recovery tool called the Dig Dig. This tool is unique in the fact that a person exerts pressure on the tool with their foot instead of their hands. Shaped like a large U, the stainless steel shaped blade is reinforced at the top with a sturdy T cross bracing which assures the structural integrity and provides a convenient handle for the tool removal. To use the tool properly, one carefully pinpoints the target and marks the spot. Now the Dig Dig is placed over the area and merely stomped into grass or dirt. Once the blade has cut deep enough, one merely pulls the tool (along with the plug) out by pulling on the T handle welded to the cutting blade. Hopefully the target will be exposed. If the target is deeper, the ground can be further disturbed using a screwdriver or knife without harming the grass. REAL WORLD TEST: When I removed the Dig Dig from its shipping box it looked so surprisingly simple and easy to use that I wondered why it hadn't been produced before. Simply stated, I liked the idea of using my foot to exert the necessary pressure on the digging tool rather than my hands. The first location I tried was a spot I knew would be difficult to penetrate, dry Colorado sod. Placing the tool on the ground, and stepping on it proved to be a simple yet very successful task. Even wearing tennis shoes, I was able to get the Dig Dig to cut through the sod and hard soil with ease. Unfortunately, on my initial attempt, I stomped a little too hard and left little room to grab the built in handle so it took a little effort backing the tool out of the dirt a little so I could get my hand through the handle. Once I was able to do this, I was able to easily remove the tool complete with the sod clump. The procedure was quick and easy. More importantly, once I broke the sod clump free from the tool, I was able to place it back into the hole leaving little indication that I had ever disturbed the area even though the ground was extremely dry. This was surprising considering how dry and hard the ground was. I tried the Dig Dig in other types of soils including nice wet grass with similar results in most cases. I did, however, experience a couple of areas where it was necessary to make two cuts by first stomping the tool into the ground and then removing and reversing it to get a complete cut of the sod. In most cases, the most difficult procedure was breaking the sod clump free from the tool. This I found I could do easily using a large screwdriver, using the T handle as a fulcrum point and prying the clump loose. The Dig Dig weighs approximately 13/4 lbs. and measures 41/4 by 53/4 by 41/4 inches. The dimensions of the sod cut and removed closely matched the tool's dimensions. The Dig Dig would fit in my pouch so carrying it didn't prove to be a difficult problem. CONCLUSION: The Dig Dig is designed for the careful hunter who wants not only to minimize damage to grass or other areas but also wants a simple, less strenuous method of sod removal. Priced at $59.95 plus $5.05 S/H, the Dig Dig comes with a 1year warranty and is made in the U.S.A. For more information, contact: Zolna Enterprises, P.O. Box 137, W. Bridgewater, MA 02379. Phone: (505) 583-8928.

The Dig Dig


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