I happened upon this piece of equipment when looking at the Grow Your Own magazine competition page for the December Issue.
Historically I purchased a Backsaver Spade and Free Fork which costs around £120 all but a penny, however the Kikka Digga is a simple yet clever attachment for all standard forks and spades, which also allows you to gain extra leverage and force whilst digging and it only costs a penny under £30 that's quarter of the price of the Backsaver Spade and Free Fork.
I got in contact with Kikka Digga via their web site and asked if I could have one to trial and review and Nick Skaliotis Founder and inventor of the Kikka Digga drop the latest version off to me to have a play with, and we had a nice chat about engineering and the design of the current model and how it has changed and got lighter as a result.
I'm now looking forward to playing with it on my existing plot and my new overgrown plot. I will also take the opportunity of getting the Backsaver out of mothballs and comparing the two products side by side.
The Kikka Digga adds a levered foot-plate to your existing fork or spade to act as the fulcrum, whereas traditional digging makes your lower back take the strain.
By placing your foot on the Kikka Digga foot-plate, you simply pull back on the tool handle to lift the load without the need for bending. The marketing info suggests that you save time and your back with this product, I'm looking forward to finding out.
Here are the instructions from the Kicker Digga website
And there is a nice retro narrated Public Broadcasting video from YouTube for those that don't like instructions
The Kikka Digga can be purchased via Amazon
All Images courtesy of Kikka Digga