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ASmall Hoe

ASmall Hoe

ASmall Hoe

The trouble, or problem, with many Draw Hoes is that people do not adjust the neck of the hoe. The neck is rod that connects the blade to the handle. The only reason the neck is there is to allow the user to allow to fine tune the geometry of the tool so that the end of the handle is at comfortable level for their height, AND allow the blade to make the proper angle with the soil. See the article "How to easily adjust a garden hoe to match your height".Here is my educated opinion, from being in the garden tool business for 11 years... The reason is that many decades ago, digging hoes became hard to get, and some tool company beefed up a standard draw hoe in a poor attempt to create a replacement for digging hoes. Look at the drawing, see how the geometry matches? This garden hoe felt robust and good quality. It cut smoothly though most ground although could catch on bigger clumps. The long, FSC weatherproofed ash handle is a good length but our testers found the leather wrist strap got in the way, although this can be removed. The blade is stainless steel blade and the tool comes with a 10-year warranty. We awarded this Best Buy status.

GARDEN

This double headed, heavy duty garden hoe is from the Falci range of high quality, Italian made gardening tools. It has a double sided head fixed securely to a long, rounded, Beech timber handle. On one side is a blade for chopping through weeds and dragging or forming soil for planting, and on the other end is a two pronged fork for weeding or raking the soil. The double sided head sits at a right angle to the handle, this acts like a lever and greatly decreases the effort required by the gardener. This hoe is lightweight compared to other tools from the Falci range and it is ideal for use on raised beds, containers, window boxes and borders. Perfect for getting in amongst your plants, the head is narrow enough to afford you greater control while hoe-ing and will cause less damage to plants.

Years ago, as I hacked huge weeds out of my mother’s enormous vegetable garden with a traditional garden hoe, I decided I would never use one of these horrible tools again — it would be easier to pull weeds out by hand. Turns out, I was probably just using the wrong type of hoe. What we all think of as a garden hoe (like the classic draw hoe above) is really best for breaking up clods of dirt and turning over new garden beds. (Source: www.gardengatemagazine.com)

 

 

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