I have a great grandson that can bend or break just about anything he gets his hands on; NX-5; never going to happen. This is a VERY stout digger, solid and built like the proverbial "brick outhouse". It'll be around long after I'm gone.
This shovel works great and is very sturdy. I think it could be ran over by a tank and not be damaged. The only problem with being so sturdy is that it is heavy. The weight isn't terrible, but that is my only minor complaint.
This cuts through small roots and hard soil easily. Definitely worth the extra for a quality tool.