We are pleased that you want to find out more about our company. Since the founding of the business in the year 1899 “Idealspaten” produced and sold more than 100 million of high-grade spades and other tools for the requirements of building and garden industry.

After the death of the company founder Emil Eckardt in 1928 and the subsequent insolvency in 1929 a group of enterpreneurs including Dr. Otto Thomashoff, father of the long-time sole director Carl-August Thomashoff, took over the company which was continued under the name "Idealspaten - und Schaufelwalzwerk vorm. Eckardt & Co. GmbH".

The flagship and the eponym of our company is the Ideal spade which is conically rolled out of one piece of special steel and soon became well-known all over the world.

In the following decades the increasing global demand for building tools led to a very pleasing development of the company which endured until the 1960s. The merger with A. Bredt & Co. in Witten in 1971 was already a consequence of the emerging progress towards the replacement of muscle power by machines.

Both locations combined in Herdecke under today's name IDEALSPATEN - BREDT GmbH & Co. KG. Since then, the company has changed a lot an adapts to the needs of the different markets with their requirements.

Today IDEALSPATEN offers a wide range of gardening and construction tools in various levels of quality. As the only industrial manufacturer of blades and spades in Germany, the company produces through a mix of manufacturing and automation. This combination, combined with the will to maintain "Made in Germany" as a medium-sized manufacturer of gardening and construction tools, is the desire of the current fourth generation of shareholders.

In order to cope with the permanent increasing demands of the market Idealspaten has invested and still invests extensively in the location “Germany”.