A first glance this shovel looks impressive, and it is. Its very sturdy though, I had to tighten the connecter to the shovel. It took a couple of hours before learning how to expand the shovel. I tested the shovel's durability and it withstood everything. Don't worry if You get to a rough start with this, eventually you'll figure out how to use this fine equipment. All in all, this is a great shovel.