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Offline Stein

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Re: Razor clam digging
« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2019, 05:51:05 AM »
The Clamhawk is awesome but pricey.  We have one of the more inexpensive aluminum vented but haven't tried it out.  If you try a pvc and then an aluminum or steel tube, you will wonder how the pvc ones even sell.

The guns are very quick, we share 1 gun with our family of four and bang out limits before anyone gets bored.

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Re: Razor clam digging
« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2019, 06:39:07 AM »
The Clamhawk is awesome but pricey.  We have one of the more inexpensive aluminum vented but haven't tried it out.  If you try a pvc and then an aluminum or steel tube, you will wonder how the pvc ones even sell.

The guns are very quick, we share 1 gun with our family of four and bang out limits before anyone gets bored.
Na, Ive had steel, aluminum, pvc. I prefer PVC over everything. I dont see whats to love about an aluminum tube. Its heavier, Clunkier, Needs to be rinsed (not really, but should) Pfft my PVC I can make repairs on the spot with a plastic welder, Keep the edges sharp so they glide through sand like its not there..

So lighter, easier to fix, easier to pull out, inexpensive.. Aluminim still isnt making sense to me.
Maybe if you and your friend want to have a light saber fight after you dig maybe??

But then again guess anyone could argue, Still seeing people use shovels. You guys are funny. My back just puts on sunglasses and sits back while yall get dirty dig 3 foot holes. lol
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Re: Razor clam digging
« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2019, 04:19:22 PM »
Shovels are more sporting, and it makes me feel more "at one with the clams"  :chuckle:
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Re: Razor clam digging
« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2019, 05:38:04 PM »
I've had and tried them all.  Clamhawk #1 PVC would be last. 
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Re: Razor clam digging
« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2019, 06:52:28 PM »
I like the pvc guns as well.  Had the same 3 for probably 20 years.  Easy to re sharpen and I think I paid a total of $25 for all of them.

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Re: Razor clam digging
« Reply #20 on: January 11, 2019, 07:19:58 PM »
The guns are very quick, we share 1 gun with our family of four and bang out limits before anyone gets bored.
But then again guess anyone could argue, Still seeing people use shovels. You guys are funny. My back just puts on sunglasses and sits back while yall get dirty dig 3 foot holes. lol

Guns are OK for getting 15 clams a whack.  But you will never see a commercial digger using a gun. Shovels only, as it's faster,  easier, easier on your back, and way easier to go fast and not damage the clams.  There is a reason the guys who dig for volume use shovels. 
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Re: Razor clam digging
« Reply #21 on: January 11, 2019, 07:36:59 PM »
I'm a shoveler.  I think they work great.  One quick stab followed by a push and the clam is at your feet.

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Re: Razor clam digging
« Reply #22 on: January 11, 2019, 07:47:29 PM »
I have a pile of guns, currently:
5 PVC
2 Aluminum
2 Stainless
1 steel

Also a couple of shovels

Stainless guns by far are the best material, followed by aluminum, then PVC, and lastly steel. I rate this by the force required to push it in the sand, other metrics are all design dependent and would require a much more thorough review.

The PVC take significantly more force to use and the ones I have had become brittle over time and break easily. The stainless ones are easy to push in and can be sunk to the handle with little effort. The aluminum are a bit more difficult than the SS but easier than PVC. The regular steel are good initially, but once they rust a little inside the tube they are miserable to use.

Stainless clam hawks with the vent are the best IMO, except the vent is in the wrong location.

Shovels - I like them every now and then for something different. Very effective if you know how to use them. You donít see commercial diggers with guns if that tells you anything.

 

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