The spade and shovel battle is on! They really are not that much different from each other, but there are some differences.
The first obvious difference between a spade and a shovel is the blade. The blade on a spade is narrow. The top of the blade is set in a straight line with the handle. This is different from the shovel because the shovels blade is usually curved so you have a place to put your foot to get extra leverage when you move heavy loads.